A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for Vetter’s newest facility, Ravensburg Vetter West. Vetter, a specialist in aseptically pre-filled drug-delivery systems, will build a state-of-the-art high bay warehouse for cold-storage and room-temperature goods. Space will also be dedicated for automatic and manual visual inspection as well as for stability chambers designed to the highest standards.

The new facility will allow the company to optimise both its control and logistical processes, which will enable safe and expeditious product delivery to customers. To power the new facility, Vetter will use mostly renewable energy, from photovoltaic cells, biogas and geothermal sources. The first construction phase, scheduled for completion by the end of 2011, is estimated to cost more than €30 million.

“Our investment in a state-of-the-art centre for visual inspection and logistics is an investment in our partnership with customers worldwide,” says Vetter managing director Thomas Otto. “The facility will broaden the base for our global market supply and underscores our dedication to staying at the forefront of technology.”

A highly efficient floor plan and optimised personnel and material flows enable the greatest level of product safety. End-to-end material tracking ensures optimised processes and high traceability. Specially secured storage rooms for visual inspection help prevent product mix-ups and cross-contamination.

The new centre will also meet environmental standards. Once completed, the new facility will use mainly renewable energy. The storefront will be equipped with photovoltaic cells; for climate control of storage rooms, Vetter will harness geothermal energy, a biogas-fired block heat and power plant and excess energy.