On 27 June 2012, the technology group Sartorius officially opened a new building for the manufacture of filters and single-use bags for biopharmaceutical applications at its Yauco, Puerto Rico site. After approximately one year of construction, the new building was officially dedicated in the presence of the governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño, the Secretary of the Economic Development and Commerce Department, José Pérez-Riera, as well as numerous guests from the local political and business community.
The global pharma supplier and provider of laboratory equipment invested around €16m into the expansion of its production capacity in Puerto Rico. Covering an area of 5,000m2, the new eco-friendly building complex provides space for two new clean rooms for filter and bag manufacture, labs and offices. By the end of 2012, bag manufacturing operations will be moved from their present site in Concord, California, to Yauco, Puerto Rico. There, Sartorius added about 120 new employees and thus nearly doubled its workforce. The Concord site is due to close by the end of 2012.
By extending its plant, Sartorius is responding to the biopharma industry's growing demand for single-use products. Filters are used in this industry to sterile-filter biopharmaceuticals or to obtain active pharmaceutical ingredients from liquids. Single-use bags are employed as flexible containers for preparing nutrients, installed in single-use bioreactors, or utilized for transporting and storing biological active ingredients. Filters and bags are increasingly being requested as combined, sterile-packaged and ready-to-connect single-use assemblies.