The Catalan pharmacist Reig Jofre will allocate 30 million euros to expand the plant for sterile injectable medications that it has in Sant Joan Despí (Baix Llobregat) and plans to generate 100 jobs when it is at full capacity. This was stated by the Managing Director of the pharmaceutical company, Ignasi Biosca, during the ceremony to place the first stone of this enlargement project, which should be completed by the end of 2020, during an event at which was attended by the mayor of Sant Joan Despí, Antoni Poveda, according to Efe.
Reig Jofre's estimates estimate that the plant will be operational in 2021, once the authorizations of the FDA and EMA have been obtained, the health regulators of the USA and Europe, respectively.
The plant currently employs around 340 people, but with the expansion, about 20 jobs will be created, which will become one hundred when it is at full capacity.
After enlargement, this plant will become the freeze drying center equipped with the largest insulator technology in Spain, and one of the largest in Europe, according to the family pharmacist in a statement.
The extension of the plant consists in the construction of a new building equipped with three large freeze-dryers on a surface of about 2,500 square meters.
New international markets
This will allow tripling the current production capacity to reach 50 million lyophilized vials when the plant is at full capacity. Freeze-drying is a technology that is based on the freezing of a product in order to preserve it better.
With these investments, Reig Jofre plans to respond to their entry or growth plans in markets such as the USA, Indonesia, Korea and Japan.
The CEO of Reig Jofre highlighted the company's commitment to "the creation of industrial fabric" and the generation of "highly qualified employment in Catalonia", while the mayor of Sant Joan Despí thanked "the Future and international dimension "bet by Reig Jofre with this plant expansion. The company billed 168 million in 2017 and won eight.