Basel, Switzerland, 08 February 2012 – Lonza today announced an investment into a new manufacturing concept, offering increased flexibility and capacity for production that uses continuous flow and microreactor technologies. The manufacturing concept which will be established at its Visp, Switzerland site, will help Lonza serve its customers better in both the development and manufacture of APIs.
Lonza’s “Factory of Tomorrow” will offer expedited development and technical transfer in a cGMP environment and expanded capabilities for multiple chemical reactions in extreme conditions. It will offer production of multi-tons of intermediates and/or APIs based on continuous flow processing. Lonza currently operates assets that can produce several kilograms to several tons of small molecule APIs using microreactors. The new facility will provide an integrated solution where all common unit operations in flow can be streamlined in a flexible fashion with the Lonza award winning FlowPlate™ MicroReactors, enabling faster change-over of processes and efficiencies in production and cleaning. The facility will be ready for full operation in June 2012.
“Lonza’s commitment to our “Factory of Tomorrow” represents a milestone in the long term plan for more efficient and sustainable processes in fine chemical manufacturing. Our customers will benefit from Lonza‘s experience in flow chemistry, now adapted for large scale needs of the industry. We expect to share significant cost savings with our customers as a result of this commitment to novel processing and a long term relationship”, says Stefan Stoffel, Head of Lonza’s Chemical Manufacturing Business Unit.