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SAFC Pharma Completes Large-Scale API Manufacturing Expansion in Ireland
Date:9/28/2008

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAFC Pharma(TM), a focus area within SAFC(R), a member of the Sigma-Aldrich Group (Nasdaq: SIAL), today announced that a new reactor at its Arklow (Ireland) manufacturing site has begun operation, expanding the facility's capacity for large-scale active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing by approximately 15%. The new reactor is the latest in a series of investments designed to enhance production capacity and expand capabilities at the Arklow site, which is the company's global center for the production of commercial and late-stage APIs and advanced intermediates.

The $4-million project involved the installation and start-up of a 6,000 liter Hastalloy(R) reactor for large-scale API manufacturing, increasing the total capacity at the site to 96,000 liters, with a reactor range from 250 to 8,000 liters. This latest investment adds capacity for both large- and small-scale manufacturing and improves upon the site's award-winning environmental performance. The Arklow site is a recognized leader in setting environmental standards and received the PharmaChem Ireland's Responsible Care 2006 Award in the "Environment" category for development of an imaginative approach to reduce and recycle its solvent waste from API processing.

Commenting on the latest expansion in SAFC's global manufacturing, SAFC Pharma Vice President Europe, Dr. Michael Harris commented, "Our continued investment in capabilities and capacity is a direct reflection of SAFC's long-term commitment to meeting customer requirements for API manufacturing. Our continuing investments in facilities and personnel support the growth of SAFC Pharma and underline our position as an industry leader whose focus includes th
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