SCHOTT breaks ground on new pharma packaging plant

Specialty glass manufacturer SCHOTT has given the starting signal for the construction of a new $3 million production facility for sterile pharmaceutical primary packaging

Groundbreaking ceremony for SCHOTT’s new polymer container plant in Müllheim, Germany. From left to right: Thomas Fischer, architect and external project leader, Mario Haas, Head of Business Field Polymer Solutions, Martin Löffler, Mayor of Müllheim, Andreas Reisse, Head of Business Unit Pharmaceutical Systems, Bernhard Langner, Site Manager SCHOTT Müllheim, Ralf Hänlein, internal project leader. Photo: SCHOTT / Margrit Müller

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.

“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.

This is what the state-of-the-art plant will look like. Visualization: SCHOTT / IE Plast

“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.

Sterile prefillable polymer syringes will complement the product portfolio of SCHOTT in Müllheim in the future.

“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.

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