Lonza and BKW Enter into Partnership for Energy Procurement

November 03,2010 Visp/Berne, Switzerland

Lonza AG in Visp has entered into a partnership with BKW FMB Energy Ltd (BKW) in the field of energy logistics and procurement management. Lonza plans to purchase its energy – around 500 GWh per year – on the free market in future, and has selected BKW as its partner of preference.


BKW has contracted to support Lonza AG with its energy procurement strategy and sustainably implement the related strategic and operational procurement processes. As part of the partnership, BKW will take over responsibility for Lonza's metered data and balance group management and will draw up consumption forecasts. BKW will also help Lonza to purchase electricity. This includes advising the company on procurement decisions and providing the requisite market information.

This partnership will allow Lonza to operate efficiently in the liberalised Swiss electricity market and purchase energy at optimised cost and risk conditions.

Lonza is one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life sciences industries. Products and services span its customers' needs from research to final product manufacture. It is the global leader in the production and support of active pharmaceutical ingredients both chemically as well as biotechnologically. Biopharmaceuticals are one of the key growth drivers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Lonza has strong capabilities in large and small molecules, peptides, amino acids and niche bioproducts which play an important role in the development of novel medicines and healthcare products. In addition, Lonza is a leader in cell-based research, endotoxin detection and cell therapy manufacturing. Furthermore, the company is a leading provider of value chemical and biotech ingredients to the nutrition, hygiene, preservation, agro and personal care markets.

Lonza's Visp site is unique in several respects: The company has its roots here in south-western Switzerland, and this is where Lonza operates its largest production as well as research and development centre. Around 2,800 employees (of which approximately 10% are non-Swiss) work at this location.

Lonza is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. In 2009 the company recorded sales of CHF 2.690 billion. For more information, visit www.lonza.com.

With revenue of CHF 3,593 million reported in 2009, the BKW Group is one of Switzerland's leading energy providers. The company employs more than 2,800 staff and covers all aspects of energy supply, from electricity production and transport to trading and sales. BKW delivers electricity to more than a million people, both directly as well as indirectly through its sales partners. The BKW production portfolio covers hydroelectric power plants, a nuclear power plant, a gas-fired combined-cycle power plant (CCGT), and new renewable energy plants. Today BKW is the leading producer of electricity from photovoltaics, wind power, small hydroelectric power plants and biomass. www.bkw-fmb.ch


Further information

Lonza Group Ltd
Media Relations
Dominik Werner
Münchensteinerstrasse 38
CH-4002 Basel
Phone: +41 61 316 8798
Fax: +41 61 316 9798

Lonza AG
Communications Visp
Gsponer Manuela
CH-3930 Visp
Phone: +41 27 948 53 49
Fax: +41 27 947 53 49

BKW FMB Energie AG
Media Communications
Antonio Sommavilla
Viktoriaplatz 2
CH-3000 Bern 25
Phone: +41 31 330 51 07
Fax: +41 31 330 57 90

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