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Foundation of Lonza AG Electricity Works in Gampel, Valais (Switzerland), on the banks of river Lonza. The electricity was used to manufacture calcium carbide and acetylene.


Lonza moves to Visp and manufactures synthetic fertilizers out of nitrogen, ammonia and calcium carbide. Production of nitric acid begins.


Production of ketene and diketene starts.


Change of the raw material base from carbide to naphtha and further development of backwards integration: intermediates and additives for pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, dyestuffs, colours, adhesives, etc.


Lonza expands to the USA and starts its business with chemical specialties.


Start of production of niacin, a vitamin of the B-group. 


Merger with Alusuisse and development into an internationally operating enterprise.


Lonza starts its biotechnological business.


Start of exclusive manufacturing of substances for pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies.


Lonza acquires a biotechnological production facility (fermentation) in the Czech Republic.


In Guangzhou (CN) a joint venture is signed to build up a niacinamide plant primarily to satisfy the regional market needs.

Lonza acquires Celltech Biologics (UK and USA) and expands into the business with mammalian cell cultures and monoclonal antibodies.


Lonza is de-merged from the Alusuisse-Lonza Group and listed as an independent company at the Swiss stock exchange.


Lonza starts up three 20,000-liter mammalian cell culture fermentation reactors in Portsmouth, NH (USA), the biggest single investment in its history.


Lonza announces a significant investment program in the expansion of its peptides manufacturing capacities in its production site in Visp (CH).


Lonza carries out a series of strategic transactions aimed at transforming the company into one of the world’s leading suppliers of active pharmaceutical ingredients, biopharmaceuticals and research products to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life-science industries.

Acquisition of Bioproducts manufacturing division of UCB (Braine-L’Alleud, BE) positions Lonza as a leading global provider of peptides to the biopharmaceutical market.

Lonza acquires Arabinogalactan business assets from Larex Inc. The fourth 20,000-liter bioreactor in Portsmouth, NH (USA) came on stream. IPO of Polynt S.p.A., Lonza’s Polymer Intermediates business. Lonza retains a minority stake in Polynt.

The fourth 20’000-liter bioreactor in Portsmouth, NH (USA) came on stream.

Lonza announces the acquisition of the complementary Bioproducts and Biopharma businesses from Cambrex to further enhance Lonza’s capability to service the needs of the high-growth life sciences R&D and pharmaceutical development industries. The acquisition also expands Lonza’s geographical footprint, particularly in the United States.

Agreement with Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies, to acquire mid-scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing operation in Porriño (ES), providing significant manufacturing capacity two years earlier than planned. In addition, Lonza will build and start up a large-scale mammalian biopharmaceutical facility in Singapore, which Genentech will have an exclusive option to buy upon U.S. FDA licensure. In parallel, Lonza will build its own planned large-scale (4 x 20,000-liter) biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Singapore.


Lonza announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Research Bioproducts business and the Microbial Biopharmaceutical business of the U.S. company Cambrex, published in October 2006.

Lonza announced the acquisition of the assets of S.A.M. Electron Technologies based in Shawinigan (CA). The acquisition of these assets is concurrent with an exclusive worldwide license for a cerium mediator electrochemical technology (CeTECH™) from Hydro-Québec and lease agreement with the City of Shawinigan.

Lonza finalizes the divestiture of its purified isophthalic acid plant in Singapore.


Lonza finalizes the selling of the majority of its shares in Polynt S.p.A.

Lonza completes the acquisition of Amaxa. The acquisition of Amaxa is in line with Lonza’s strategy of growing its life-science platform. Amaxa is a premium supplier to the cell discovery market with leading edge, proprietary technologies in well-defined market niches of transfection systems.


Teva and Lonza announced their agreement to establish a joint venture to develop, manufacture and market a portfolio of biosimilars.

Lonza strengthens its protein design technology offering for biopharmaceutical development by acquiring Algonomics NV (Gent, BE).

Lonza expands its cell-biology platform by acquiring Simbiosys Biowares’ preclinical cell and molecular biology group.


Lonza expands its capacities for Carnipure™ and Carniking™ by investing in a new manufacturing facility for L-carnitine products in Nansha (CN).

Lonza invests in new plant for vitamin B3 (nicotinates) in Nansha (CN).

Lonza Group Lp acquires MODA Technology Partners, a software company that provides paperless quality control solutions. The acquisition will strengthen the Rapid Testing Solutions platform of Lonza’s Bioscience division by adding a complementary product offering for quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) organizations in the life-science industry.

Lonza acquires viral vaccine and vector manufacturer Vivante GMP Solutions. The acquisition advances Lonza’s strategy to broaden its biologics custom service offering for the growing viral vaccine and gene therapy markets.

Lonza signs agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to secure capacity and expertise in biological manufacturing to support ongoing development of GSK’s biopharmaceuticals portfolio. Thereby, Lonza will supply manufacturing capacity for five early-stage monoclonal antibodies.

Lonza acquires biotech service provider Algonomics, a contract research organization providing integrated immunogenicity prediction services to support companies in the development of biotherapeutics.


Lonza invests £16 million to further develop the flexibility and capability of its Slough (UK) biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility to respond to a broader range of customer projects and strengthen its global network of biologics development and manufacturing.

Lonza plans to invest CHF 24 million to expand cytotoxic manufacturing capabilities in Visp (CH) to serve growing oncology API market. Cytotoxic APIs are commonly used in oncology therapeutics, which represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the pharma and biotech industry.

Lonza expands its viral-based therapeutics business with the construction of a new, state-of-the-art cGMP clean room located adjacent to its existing Houston, TX (USA) operations.

Lonza is investing CHF 10 million to expand its biopharmaceutical development services platform in Singapore (SG) to meet increasing demand for biopharma development services from preclinical to commercial.

Lonza invests CHF 5.8 million in a formulation plant for Meta™ metaldehyde to enable Lonza to supply its own formulations and allow the company to serve the market not only with metaldehyde as an active substance, but also with ready-made slug pellets.

Lonza celebrates 40 years as leading producer of vitamin B3. Since 1971 Lonza has supplied more than half the world’s demand for vitamin B3 in the human and animal health nutrition industries.

Lonza and global regenerative medicine company Mesoblast Limited enter into a strategic alliance for clinical and long-term commercial production of Mesoblast’s off-the-shelf (allogeneic) adult stem cell products.

Lonza acquires Arch Chemicals, Inc., a global biocides company providing innovative solutions to destroy or to selectively inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms, to create the world’s leading microbial control business. The combined businesses will be able to develop innovative microbial control formulations based on a broad portfolio of registered and approved active ingredients.  

Lonza Group Lp (SIX stock code: LONN VX; SGX-ST stock code: O6Z) makes its trading debut on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”) on 21 October 2011 and consequently is the first SIX Swiss-listed company to dual list in Singapore.

Lonza to expand early-phase manufacturing capacity at its site in Nansha, China, to serve small molecules market.


Lonza builds “Factory of Tomorrow” with investments in continuous flow and microreactor technology. The manufacturing concept offers increased flexibility and capacity for production that uses continuous flow and microreactor technologies and will be established at its Visp, Switzerland site.

Lonza announces successful completion of new GMP suite for growing viral vaccine and gene therapy business. The flexibly designed clean room supports viral-based GMP manufacturing projects of up to 2,000 liter working volumes using state-of-the-art disposable manufacturing technologies.

Lonza signs definitive agreement for the sale of Brandenburg, KY (USA) Performance Urethanes and Organics business to Monument Chemical.

Lonza and Sartorius Stedim Biotech enter collaboration, supply and distribution agreement in the field of cell culture media, in which Sartorius Stedim Biotech assumes global sales and marketing of media and buffer solutions for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Lonza will continue to manufacture all media products.


Lonza to invest CHF 14 million to expand antibody drug conjugate (ADC) manufacturing capacity in Visp, Switzerland to meet growing customer demand.

Lonza adapts its management structure to focus on target markets and improve profitability. In alignment with Lonza markets, the current Custom Manufacturing and Bioscience sectors will be regrouped into one Pharma&Biotech segment. Microbial Control and Life Science Ingredients will be regrouped into a Specialty Ingredients segment.

Lonza awarded Contract to Generate Research Grade iPSCs by the National Institutes of Health Center for Regenerative Medicine.


Bristol-Myers Squibb and Lonza expand manufacturing agreement. The contract expansion will include the production of commercial quantities of a second Bristol-Myers Squibb biologic medicine at Lonza’s mammalian manufacturing facility in Portsmouth, NH (USA).   

Lonza signs exclusive agreement with Index Ventures for the development and manufacture of biologics for portfolio companies.   

Lonza extends partnership with Pharmacyclics to support manufacturing of recently approved oncology therapeutic, IMBRUVICA™. 

Lonza invests in single-use technology and facility upgrades for clinical antibody drug conjugate (ADC) manufacturing in Visp (CH). Second large-scale ADC facility in Visp started up as scheduled.

Lonza celebrates opening of niacinamide plant in Nansha (CN).

Lonza and Celladon Corporation establish a strategic commercial manufacturing collaboration for MYDICAR®.


Lonza holds its first Global Endotoxin Testing Summit in two U.S. locations: Annapolis, MD, and Pickering Beach, DE.            

Lonza signs a long-term manufacturing supply agreement with Alexion, under which Lonza will construct and launch a new suite dedicated to Alexion in Portsmouth, NH (USA).

Lonza acquires Zelam, a research-focused chemical company based in New Zealand that develops and manufactures products for wood protection and crop protection.


Industrial Solutions is renamed Coatings and Composites and is expanded to include Wood Protection.

Lonza expands single-use manufacturing capacity in its Slough (UK) facility.

Lonza acquires Triangle Research Lab, a hepatocyte provider based in North Carolina (USA).

Lonza acquires InterHealth Nutraceuticals, based in Benicia, CA (USA), which is a leader in research, development, manufacture and marketing of proprietary, value-added nutritional ingredients for use in dietary supplements.


Lonza and Sanofi enter into a strategic partnership to establish a large-scale biologics production facility.

Lonza completes acquisition of Capsugel to create leading integrated solutions provider to the global pharma and consumer healthcare and nutrition industries.


Lonza expands Ibex™ Solutions to offer complete product lifecycle management in one location.

Lonza opens world’s largest dedicated cell- and gene- therapy manufacturing facility in Houston, TX (USA).

Lonza breaks ground on expanded manufacturing facility for nutritional offerings in Greenwood, SC (USA).

Lonza expands Portsmouth, NH (USA) site, including mid-scale biologics.

Lonza invests in further development of Cocoon™ autologous technology.

Lonza establishes strategic biomanufacturing base in Guangzhou (CN).


Lonza divests Water Care business to Platinum Equity

Lonza launches GS piggyback™ - a unique and versatile cell line engineering technology

Lonza announces start of carve-out of Lonza Specialty Ingredients

Lonza expands HPAPI development and manufacturing capacity

Lonza acquires sterile fill and finish facility in Stein (CH) from Novartis

Lonza expands bioconjugation facility and announces approval of third commercial ADC

Chr. Hansen and Lonza’s newly branded joint venture, BacThera, receives anti-trust approvals to start contract manufacturing of live biotherapeutic products

Agreement signed for Lonza's Ibex™ Solutions in Visp (CH) to support Genmab's growing clinical portfolio

Mesoblast and Lonza entered into agreement for commercial manufacture of Mesoblast's potential first United States allogeneic therapy

Celltrion and Lonza signed contract to manufacture Remsima drug substance


Lonza delivered a strong full-year 2019 result of CHF 5.9 billion in sales, CHF 1.6 billion in CORE EBITDA and CHF 1.2 billion in CORE EBIT. This reflects 6.8% sales growth, and a CORE EBITDA margin of 27.4%.