AGC to expand API facility with micronisation capabilities

Pharmaceuticals CDMO business has decided to expand its Spanish facility for supply of APIs and their intermediates, adding an R&D facility and micronisation technology

AGC, a manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials, has decided to expand facilities at its pharmaceuticals CDMO business subsidiary AGC Pharma Chemicals Europe, headquartered in Spain.

This initiative will not only upgrade existing production facilities to achieve 1.3 times the capacity of the current production level, but also establish a brand-new R&D facility. The new R&D facility is scheduled to begin operation in March 2021, while the expanded facility is scheduled to begin in May 2022.

AGC Pharma Chemicals Europe, a synthetic pharmaceutical CDMO, was acquired from Boehringer Ingelheim in March 2019 in order to establish a synthetic pharmaceutical production capability in Europe, to supply active pharmaceutical ingredients and their intermediates. In October of the same year, the name was changed from Malgrat Pharma Chemicals to its current AGC Pharma Chemicals Europe.

The company has experience in the manufacture of GMP compliant pharmaceutical ingredients, and is capable of handling a wide range of production from development drugs to commercial drugs.


To satisfy accelerating demand, a new micronisation facility will also be introduced to respond to the increasing demand for micronisation of active pharmaceutical ingredients. In addition, a brand-new R&D facility will be built which will enable development of processes from lab scale to commercial production, and to deliver better and faster services to customers.

Under its AGC plus management policy, the AGC Group has made a commitment to position life-sciences related business, including the pharmaceutical CDMO business, as one of its strategic initiatives, aiming at sales in the 100-billion-yen range by 2025.

In addition to mergers and acquisition, AGC is actively investing in facilities in Japan, the US and Europe. By maximising synergies among operation sites, AGC will enhance its technology and continue to pursue its goal of being a company that contributes to pharmaceutical companies, medical patients, and the society.