Eisai, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, has decided to establish a new parenteral facility on a lot retained by Eisai's Chinese subsidiary, Eisai China, at the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China.
Eisai currently retains a production facility, Suzhou Plant, nearby the site scheduled for construction of the new facility; the Suzhou Plant operates as a solid preparation production and packaging base that supplies domestic demand in China.
Eisai's decision to establish the new facility is aimed at constructing a stable supply chain for injection products in China in expectation of future sustained growth in the Chinese pharmaceutical market, particularly a forecasted increase in demand for Methycobal injection, one of Eisai's major products in China, as a drug for peripheral neuropathies. The move is also expected to achieve cost reduction at the new facility through improving production efficiency in the mid-term. Injection products produced at the new facility going forward will also be considered for supply to emerging countries, including in Asia and Central and South America, with the goal of having the new facility function as a global supply base.
The new facility will be built on an approximately 132,000 square meters purchased by Eisai in 2010. It will stand two floors above ground, contain a building area of approximately 2,500 square meters and initially operate as a production line of Methycobal injection. Construction is planned to start in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 and completion in the first half of fiscal 2014.
Through the establishment of the new facility, Eisai seeks to make further contributions to patients by strengthening its production capacity in China while also ensuring the stable supply of high-quality products to not only China, but also emerging countries in Asia and other regions.