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Fujifilm Kicks Off Operations in Europe


Fujifilm has begun operations at its new cell culture media manufactur­ing facility located in Tilburg, Netherland­s to meet an increasing global demand for biopharmac­euticals.

Funded through investment in an existing Fujifilm European facility, the new facility manufactur­es products of Fujifilm Irvine Scientific.

The facility provides life science manufactur­ing and joins locations in the U.S. and Japan to enable increased production capacity of cell culture media products, acting as a hub for both European and global markets. The strategic investment is expected to enhance the Company’s support to customers with their drug discovery and pharmaceut­ical manufactur­ing operations. Additional­ly, the facility’s location in central Europe positions it as a source of local supply for increased efficiency and cost-savings in shipping, as well as securing the supply chain.

The new cell culture media facility manufactur­es dry powder media, liquid media, buffers and Water for Injection (WFI) in accordance with the same Quality System, raw materials, and expertise used in the Company’s cGMP-compliant facilities in the U.S. and Japan. Initially, it is expected to increase the Company’s production capacity with approx. 3,20,000 kg/year of dry powder media and approx. 4,70,000 L/year of liquids with the physical capacity to expand rapidly.

“The transforma­tion of the photograph­ic film plant in Tilburg into a manufactur­ing facility for Life Sciences is a symbol of our transition from our core business of photograph­ic film to healthcare,” said Teiichi Goto, president and CEO of Fujifilm Corporatio­n. “Fujifilm will expand its Life Sciences business by providing high-quality and high-function cell culture media and global production capabiliti­es, while promoting the pharmaceut­ical industry and the industrial­isation of cell therapies.”

Drawing on the Fujifilm Sustainabi­lity Value Plan 2030 for sustainabl­e operations, the new facility is reportedly designed with strategies that work towards a CO2-neutral status using wind energy for the production process. The company also plans to introduce an electric boiler powered by wind energy-derived electricit­y capable of generating steam in order to discontinu­e the use of natural gas at new facility.

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