RecipharmRecipharm, the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), has announced an €18 million investment to expand its blow-fill-seal (BFS) capacity at its site in Kaysersberg, France

The investment will see the introduction of a new blow-fill-seal high speed filling and packaging line, bringing the total number of lines from seven to eight to meet growing demand for the service.

Preparations will also be made to add a further three filling lines during the coming years, more than doubling the size of the CDMO’s operations from 2000 square metres to 4150 square metres and increasing its blow-fill-seal capacity by 50%. The first of the four planned filling lines will allow Recipharm to support more drug developers with the aseptic processing of sterile liquids such as eye care and ear drops into plastic containers.

Yves Buelens, General Manager at Recipharm’s Kaysersberg site, said: “We are experiencing increased demand for our blow-fill-seal services from markets including the US, Turkey, Australia and Canada, and the new filling line will help us to meet this growing need.”

“The increased capacity will position us well for future growth and allow us to take on new projects from new customers more swiftly. With the site’s big pharma heritage, we are ideally placed to meet the highest quality and regulatory requirements and are committed to investing in the facility to ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible service,” he added.

Recipharm serves more than 250 customers globally, offering manufacturing services of pharmaceuticals in various dosage forms, the production of clinical trial material and APIs, and pharmaceutical product development. The Kaysersberg site, located in Alsace, France, is a sterile facility specializing in blow-fill-seal technology for sterile liquids. The site manufactures single dose units and has an advanced aseptic process for sterile liquid packaging applications in plastic containers.