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14.02.2020, Müllheim, Germany

Groundbreaking ceremony for a new SCHOTT pharmaceutical packaging plant in Müllheim

Investment in the three-digit million euro range / 100 new jobs

By breaking ground, the specialty glass manufacturer SCHOTT has given the starting signal for the construction of a new production facility for sterile pharmaceutical primary packaging made of polymer at its Müllheim site in Germany. The state-of-the-art plant is to be built by 2022 with an investment volume in the three-digit million euro range and will then offer 100 additional jobs.
Sterile prefillable polymer syringes will complement the product portfolio of SCHOTT in Müllheim in the future. Photo: SCHOTT
Sterile prefillable polymer syringes will complement the product portfolio of SCHOTT in Müllheim in the future. Photo: SCHOTT
“The construction of this new production facility represents an enormous reinforcement of our site here in Müllheim. In addition to pharmaceutical glass vials, we will now have sterile, prefillable polymer containers and here in particular syringes, as a second pillar,” explained Site Manager Bernhard Langner. The new plant will be built on the existing plant grounds on an area of 11,000 square meters. Besides the production building that will be equipped with the latest cleanroom technology, the new building project also includes a pilot center for developing innovations, a logistics center and an integrated administrative area.

“The city of Müllheim warmly welcomes SCHOTT’s expansion, which will further strengthen our prospering business location between Basel and Freiburg. We are particularly pleased about the high level of investment, the significant increase in jobs and the fact that SCHOTT is so clearly committed to our city,” said Martin Löffler, the Mayor of Müllheim.

With currently 280 employees, Müllheim is the only plant the SCHOTT Pharmaceutical Systems Business Unit has in Germany. It is part of a global network of 18 production sites in 13 countries.

“After we just significantly expanded capacity by adding new production lines at our competence center for polymer syringes in St. Gallen and recently completed the installation of the new lines there, the construction of the new plant in Müllheim represents another important step in the strategic expansion of our polymer business," explained Mario Haas, Head of the Polymer Solutions division. The new production facility will meet the highest standards. The entire process, from injection molding and quality control to sterile packaging, will be automated and digitally connected in a state-of-the-art clean room environment. “By also using the principle of machine learning and artificial intelligence in inspection technology, we can use the data we have collected to optimize process parameters,” added Andreas Reisse, Head of the Pharmaceutical Systems Business Unit.

Prefillable syringes made of polymer are used for highly viscous drugs, emergency medication and intensive care medicine, among other applications.

SCHOTT is one of the world’s leading suppliers of pharmaceutical packaging made of glass and polymer. Every year, the company manufactures around eleven billion syringes, vials, ampoules and cartridges. This, in turn, means that, in purely mathematical terms, every person in the world comes into contact with pharmaceutical packaging from SCHOTT one and a half times a year.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass, glass-ceramics and related high-tech materials. With over 130 years of experience, the company is an innovative partner to many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT has a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 34 countries. In the 2018/2019 fiscal year, the group generated sales of EUR 2.2 billion with over 16,200 employees. SCHOTT AG has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. This is one of the oldest private and largest science-promoting foundations in Germany. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.
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