FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific reports that its new manufacturing facility in Tilburg, the Netherlands is now open and fully operational. The facility joins locations in the U.S. and Japan to enable increased production capacity of cell culture media products, acting as a hub for both European and global markets.
The facility is built with sustainable initiatives in mind, drawing on parent company’s Fujifilm Sustainability Value Plan 2030 for sustainable operations. Strategies in use that adhere to the plan include working towards a CO2-neutral status, using wind energy for the production process, and using sustainable technologies such as membrane bioreactors for wastewater purification.
Set within FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V., one of the main production sites for FUJIFILM, the facility occupies approximately 13,500 m2 of space previously utilized to manufacture film rolls. The facility manufactures dry powder media, liquid media, buffers, and Water for Injection (WFI). Initially, it increases the company’s production capacity with approximately 320,000 kg/year of dry powder media and approximately 470,000 L/year of liquids with the physical capacity to expand rapidly.
“We worked steadily to achieve milestones for construction, validation, and commissioning of this manufacturing facility,” said Yutaka Yamaguchi, chairman, and CEO, FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific. “Even with the global challenges faced in recent years, FUJIFILM Irvine Scientific was determined to provide customers in Europe with local service that strengthens the supply chain and increases manufacturing capacity. It is extremely rewarding to see this commitment realized.”
The site intends to become an ISO 13485 certified manufacturing facility and follow cGMP, 21 CFR 820 for product manufacturing.