Almac Group £35 million Brexit Solution Complete
October 21, 2019
EU distribution centre attains successful HPRA inspection
Craigavon, N.I., 21 Oct 2019 – Almac Group, the global contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organisation, has announced the completion of the final phase of its £35 million custom-built European Campus in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. This site provides uninterrupted service provision to its global clients regardless of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
Almac first announced acquisition of its new European Campus in early 2017 as part of its global expansion strategy creating over 100 new jobs.
Twelve months later, the company announced further investment at the campus to significantly increase the Group’s footprint and provide an expanded presence within the European Union in preparation for Brexit.
This latest milestone follows Almac Clinical Services’ (Ireland) successful completion of a Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) inspection of its bespoke 79,000ft2 EU distribution centre for clinical trial supply at the campus. Regulatory approvals are now in place in this new facility to enable GMP receipt & storage, QP certification, Just-in-Time labelling and global logistics.
In addition to the distribution centre, the European Headquarter campus also houses a state-of-the-art QC laboratory and dedicated packaging facility for commercial drug products operated by Almac Pharma Services (Ireland) which received HPRA approval in October 2018.
The combined services offered from the campus complement the existing clinical supply and drug product development operations provided from Almac’s Global HQ site in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, which is just 40 minutes, by road, from Dundalk.
Alan Armstrong, CEO Almac Group said, “I am pleased to note that we have made significant progress on our global growth strategy and I am proud to announce the completion of the final phase of our new European HQ campus in Ireland. Our global clients expect, and deserve, certainty and clarity as we prepare for Brexit and these facilities offers just that. This has been an extremely ambitious project and represents a key milestone in our success as we continue to strengthen and develop our capacity, capabilities and scale to meet growing client demand. We look forward to further developing this campus, and growing our team in Dundalk, as we continue to provide best-in-class services across the globe.”
This year, Almac reported a £17 million rise in turnover at £548 million for 2017-18 whilst average global employee figures increased by 8% to 4,798 for the same period. The Group continues to expand globally as it experiences increased demand for its wide range of services.
More about Almac European HQ campus can be viewed here.