Success Case: Why Siegfried opened a new Drug Products Development Center in Barcelona-Catalonia

25 Jun 2024

Business Investments · Life Sciences

Swiss company Siegfried, renowned for developing and manufacturing active pharmaceutical ingredients, has strategically expanded its footprint in Barcelona-Catalonia, a premier life sciences hub in Europe. With a global presence encompassing 12 sites worldwide, Siegfried has established two pivotal locations in Catalonia, further cementing the region’s reputation as a top destination for life sciences businesses.

Siegfried inaugurated a state-of-the-art Drug Products Development Center in Barcelona last year, following a significant €15 million investment. This new center aims to bolster Siegfried's research and development capabilities across its drug product sites. Carolina Bonifacio, Head of Drug Product Development at Siegfried Holding AG, highlighted the company's robust presence in Catalonia: “Siegfried has more than 3,500 collaborators globally, with around 1,000 based here in Catalonia.”

“Barcelona and its industrial area is a great place to do business because of its industrial ecosystem, strategic location, and competitive environment”

Carolina Bonifacio, Head of Drug Product Development, Siegfried Holding AG

Carolina Bonifacio

Siegfried’s sites in Barcelona-Catalonia

Siegfried's site in El Masnou (Barcelona) boasts a long-standing expertise in manufacturing aseptic products, having been established in 1925. This site is the largest factory in Spain specializing in ophthalmic products, including eye drops and sterile eye care ointments, as well as products for nasal and otic use.

The Siegfried Barberà site, also located in Barcelona, excels in manufacturing and packaging solid oral dosage forms (OSD), including high-potency and inhalation capsules for respiratory diseases. Since its establishment in 1994, this site has been supplying products worldwide, including to markets in Japan and the USA.

Both sites feature cutting-edge production equipment and integrate Industry 4.0 technologies, such as digitization, system integration, robotics, and automation, ensuring efficiency and quality in their operations.

Barcelona-Catalonia: the ideal business environment

“Barcelona and its industrial area is a great place to do business,” said Carolina Bonifacio. “The industrial ecosystem, strategic location, and competitive environment make it a perfect fit to attract talent.”

Founded in 1873 in Zofingen, Switzerland, Siegfried now employs approximately 3,600 people across Switzerland, Spain, Germany, France, Malta, China, and the USA.

The vibrant life sciences sector in Catalonia

Catalonia is a powerhouse in the life sciences sector, offering a dynamic environment for businesses to thrive. With world-class research institutions, a robust healthcare system, and a highly skilled workforce, the region is an attractive destination for life sciences companies. The strategic location in Southern Europe, coupled with excellent infrastructure and connectivity, provides seamless access to European and global markets.

Catalonia Trade & Investment is dedicated to supporting life sciences businesses looking to establish or expand in the region. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including market insights, site selection assistance, and networking opportunities with key industry players. Our expert team is committed to facilitating your business journey in Catalonia, ensuring a smooth and successful setup.

Join the growing community of life sciences leaders in Catalonia and discover the opportunities this region has to offer. Contact Catalonia Trade & Investment today to learn how we can help your business thrive in one of Europe's top life sciences hubs.

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