Ground was broken on April 24th for the new Dry Powder Media (DPM) manufacturing facility that SAFC is building on its Irvine, Scotland site. The addition of dry powder milling and blending capability to this facility will complete a 5-year Capital Expansion Plan SAFC initiated as part of its long-term commitment to supporting customers in the growing industrial biopharmaceutical market. The purpose-built facility will produce animal component free (ACF) media and will offer regional support to the European market along with manufacturing redundancy to its North American sister facility in Lenexa, Kansas.
The new facility at Irvine is currently under construction with commissioning and qualification scheduled to start Q4 2013. The fully qualified facility will be handed over for routine manufacture during Q1 2014.
Here, the team celebrates the ground breaking, which was well attended by Scottish officials and local media.
For a recent interview with site director, Fiona Oldfield, please click here.
The Scottish Enterprise also highlighted SAFC (and parent company, Sigma Aldrich) as a key global player in fine chemicals and the future of Scotland in this September 2012 release.