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Sirio Europe invests in advanced manufacturing and green technologies19 Oct 2020
Manufacturing facility upgrades have substantially increased the CDMO’s production capacity and energy efficiency.
Sirio Europe — a European nutraceutical and pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO), part of the Sirio group — has completed a major overhaul of its Brandenburg site with advanced manufacturing and green technologies.
The improvements were implemented as part of Sirio Europe’s continuous efforts to further improve the quality and sustainability of manufacturing.
The company has installed new HVAC systems, which help to reduce the risk of product contamination.
Similarly, by installing individual drying chambers, the company can control the temperature of individual products, which is more energy-efficient and improves the softgel drying process.
In addition, adding a new vegetarian softgel manufacturing line, which transfers technology from Sirio’s Guangzhou plant, is a direct response to the growing demand for plant-based nutraceuticals.
In line with the company's commitment to increased sustainability, the site upgrades will be supported by an energy-efficient block heat and power station, which is estimated to increase power output by up to 50% through combined heat and power (CHP). The technology captures and recycles heat — otherwise lost as waste — into thermal energy to power the new manufacturing equipment.
Dominique Baum, Managing Director at Sirio Europe said that installing the heat block and power station not ony benefits the environment, it also makes good business sense: "For example, softgel production uses a lot of energy as strict parameters need to be adhered to; through CHP we can now manufacture softgels at a lower cost.”
The new plant upgrades form just a small part of wider drive at the Sirio Group to implement the most sustainable manufacturing processes of any nutraceutical CDMO globally; for example, the company exclusively sources ingredients from certified, sustainable suppliers, and are members of a number of certified sustainability groups, including the Friends of the Sea (part of the World Sustainability Organisation) and Marine Stewardship Council.
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