MilliporeSigma holds topping-out ceremony of $165m membrane production plant in Germany

WCN Editorial Team 9 Oct 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

MilliporeSigma held topping-out ceremony for its new membrane production plant in Darmstadt, Germany.

With this new facility, the company intends to expand manufacturing of Millipore Express membranes.

These members serve as essential elements in Millipore Express filters and help in providing sterility of biological drug products.

This project, with an investment of over $165m, is part of the overall $1.2bn investment in the firm’s global headquarters until 2025.

The investment was announced in 2019 by MilliporeSigma's parent company, Merck KGaA.
Merck KGaA chairman of the executive board and CEO Stefan Oschmann said: "As a science and technology company, we want to pave the way for new therapies and contribute to improving the lives of patients around the world.

"With this strategically important production facility for our Life Science business sector, we are investing in future technologies, enabling additional growth and creating new jobs at our company's global headquarters."

MilliporeSigma interim CEO Chris Ross said: "As a world-leading life science tools and solutions provider, we play a pivotal role in the growing biopharmaceutical membrane market.

"This investment increases our membrane manufacturing capacity and allows for more supply chain diversification. It also demonstrates our commitment to advancing the production of new therapies and our support for bringing important drugs to market."

The new four-story membrane facility is expected to create around 55 new jobs.

Construction works commenced in March and is expected to be completed in 2022, following which there would production process validation and commercialisation.

The new facility will feature immersion membrane casting equipment, quality control laboratories and offices.

It will manufacture Millipore Express membranes, which will be then processed into filters for pharmaceutical production at MilliporeSigma's existing device Center of Excellence in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Millipore Express membranes and Durapore membranes are currently manufactured at the Center of Excellence in Cork, Ireland.


MilliporeSigma plays a pivotal role in the growing biopharmaceutical membrane market. This investment demonstrates the company's commitment to advancing the production of new therapies and its support for bringing important drugs to market. (Credit: PR Newswire Association LLC.)

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