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14 February 2001

SAJAPHCO JV’s Pharmaceuticals Formulation Plant, Saudi Arabia

In 1998, construction began on a new pharmaceuticals formulation plant in Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.
The plant was completed in 2002 and produces formulations for Sankyo and Yamano.
Location of SAJAPHCO´s new pharmaceuticals formulation plant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The plant in the final stages of construction; trial formulation began in August 1999.
Foundations and initial stages of plant construction.

Construction on a pharmaceuticals formulation plant began in 1998 in Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.

The plant was owned by Saudi Arabian-Japanese Pharmaceutical Company (SAJAPHCO) as part of a joint venture (JV) established in 1996 between Japan International Development Organization (JAIDO), Sankyo, Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical, Marubeni Corporation and Tamer, a Saudi Arabian drug wholesaler.

Completed in 2000, the plant produces two Sankyo formulations, an anti-inflammatory drug Loxonin and Acecol-ACE inhibitor, and three Yamanouchi products, Josamycin-macrolide antibiotic, Omnic-benign prostatic hyperlasia, and Hypoca for the treatment of hypertension. All of the products are manufactured under license.

The plant also carries out contract bulk pharmaceutical production for other Japanese drug companies.

Participants in the Jeddah plant venture

“The plant also carries out contract bulk pharmaceutical production for other Japanese drug companies.”

With backing from both the Saudi Arabian and Japanese Governments, the project was first conceived in July 1996 and received capital amounting to SAR72m. This was shared out between FMT Industries (51%), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tamer (15.47%), JAIDO (15.47%), Sankyo (15.47%), Yamanouchi (15.47%) and Marubeni (2.59%). The Japanese companies hold a total of 49%.

As a long-established pharmaceuticals importer on behalf of many pharmaceuticals manufacturers, Tamer has been appointed to act as the sole agent for marketing and distribution in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Yemen.

Construction and production capacity of the Sajaphco plant

The plant was completed in Q4 1999 and trial formulations began in August of that year. Full-scale production and marketing was expected to begin in 2000.

With a total cost of  SAR180m ($48m), the plant was constructed by Japanese contractor JGC (Arabia) and Saudi Arabian construction company FREYSSINET SAUDI ARABIA.

A 30,000m² site was chosen for the project. Juffali Airconditioning Mechanical and Electrical Co (JAMED) carried out the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) work.

The plant was designed to produce 90 million tablets and 75 million capsules a year. The majority of these were intended to be diabetes and hypertension medication.

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