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M+W Group receives contract for Merck’s new pharmaceutical facility in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

M+W Group (Stuttgart, Germany; www.mwgroup.net), one of the world’s leading high-tech engineering and construction companies, has been awarded a major order from Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany; www.merckgroup.com) for its new pharmaceutical facility in China. The site, with around 40,000 m2, is located in the Nantong Economical Technological Development area in the Greater Shanghai region. M+W Group will be responsible for the engineering design, procurement, construction-management and validation services of the factory including production and support buildings. The new facility is designed to manufacture multiple types of dry forms of oral solid dosage (OSD) in their final packaging for the Chinese market, with focus on Merck’s leading brands for the treatment of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and thyroid disorders. Production capacity is planned to reach over two billion tablets per year in the first phase, going operational by the end of 2016. The total building area has about 38,000 m2, with the production building (23,000 m2) as well as the warehouse and logistics building (9,000 m2) taking up the most space. Both are dedicated to high-level cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) activities. Other buildings…
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