Thermo Fisher Scientific is opening a new facility in Suzhou, China, for the manufacturing of life sciences consumables and equipment. The firm says the facility expands its global manufacturing footprint and establishes local production capabilities to meet increased customer demand in China and other Asia-Pacific markets.

Thermo Fisher has invested nearly $20 million in the 12,000-square-meter Suzhou plant. The new facility will primarily serve the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries including research, diagnostics, and bioproduction. There, the company will manufacture plastic labware and consumables including sample preparation products and filterware, as well as laboratory refrigerators, freezers, incubators, and centrifuges.

“China is one of our fastest-growing markets and has been a key contributor to our success,” says Marc N. Casper, Thermo’s president and CEO. “The Suzhou facility builds on our well-established presence in China and is an important next step as we closely align our depth of capabilities with China’s five-year plan to develop strategic industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare, and environmental.”

Suzhou is home to BioBay, a 86.3-hectare industrial park for the biotech and nanotech industries. It began operations in June 2007 and has helped make Suzhou an emerging biotech cluster in China.

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