Sandoz to strengthen European antibiotics manufacturing

Sandoz is further expanding production capabilities in Kundl, Austria and in Palafolls, Spain as it looks to strengthen its European antibiotics manufacturing.

By modernising and simplifying its manufacturing setup, Sandoz will improve its ability to consistently deliver high-quality medicines to patients, while remaining cost-competitive on the global market.

In line with plans announced with the Austrian government in July 2020, Sandoz confirms that in a first step it will proceed to invest more than €100 million to introduce new manufacturing technology for the production of oral amoxicillin, an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for its leading penicillin product.

This investment will allow Sandoz, a Novartis division, to leverage its position in Kundl as the hub and center of the only major end-to-end antibiotics supply chain in Europe, covering all production steps from API to Finished Dosage Forms (FDF) for many leading antibiotics.

In addition to the investment in Kundl, Sandoz announces plans for an expansion of its Palafolls site in Spain, planning to invest around €50 million in new production technology and increased capacity for the production of sterile penicillin APIs and sterile API mixtures.

As part of this network modernization plan, Sandoz will phase out the current production of oral APIs at the Les Franqueses site in Spain, which it plans to close in 2024. Sterile API production is planned to transfer from Kundl to the new facility at Palafolls in 2025. Sandoz is committed to its people and will offer full support to its associates who might be impacted.

Sandoz CEO Richard Saynor said: “Antibiotics are the backbone of modern healthcare and a key strategic pillar of our business.

“Despite a temporary drop in demand due to the pandemic, we remain as confident as ever in the mid- to long-term prospects for this segment, which meets a significant quantity of the global disease burden.

“This investment, which comes shortly after we announced plans to acquire GSK’s global cephalosporin antibiotics, confirms our commitment to securing the future of our leading global business.”

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