The Secretary General for Industry visits the Pharmaloop plant

  • Mr. Raúl Blanco, Secretary General for Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, visited Pharmaloop’s new sterile liquids plant, located in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).
  • Pharmaloop is the first fully autonomous pharmaceutical production center in Spain, with a natural gas cogeneration system that creates its own energy.
  • The visit served to reinforce the company’s commitment to product innovation and internationalization with the construction of this 8,500 m² plant, which has also meant the creation of 100 new jobs.

Last April 9, the Secretary General for Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr. Raúl Blanco, visited Pharmaloop’s new sterile liquids plant located in Alcalá de Henares, which, thanks to its advanced technology and production processes, demonstrates the pharmaceutical group’s commitment to the innovation and internationalization of its products.

The Secretary, who was received by Alberto Bueno, CEO of Laboratorios Salvat, Juan de la Fuente, Site Manager of Pharmaloop, and Marisa Poncela, Non-Executive Director of Laboratorios Salvat, was accompanied by Alejandro Cros, Deputy Director General of Industrial Sector Policies, and Carmen Álvarez, Head of the Pharmaceutical Technologies Area.

During the meeting, held two months after the Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto, visited Pharmaloop, the delegation toured the more than 8,500 m² of the new plant, considered the first fully autonomous pharmaceutical production center in Spain thanks to its cogeneration system that creates its own energy, making it less polluting.

Innovation and internationalization

The project for the new plant in Alcalá de Henares has involved an investment of 65 million euros for Laboratorios Salvat and, together with the current plant, will allow Pharmaloop to have facilities covering more than 23,000 m².

As Alberto Bueno, CEO of Salvat, explains, “with Pharmaloop, we have made a very important commitment to growth at an international level. Thanks to the new plant’s production capacity, we will be present in more markets and we will continue with the expansion strategy started a few years ago which already generates more than half of our annual turnover as a group.”

The international demand for sterile single-dose units is increasing substantially with the Covid-19 pandemic as they are necessary to produce vaccines and other pharmaceutical products. With the plant completed and fully operational, Salvat will have a production potential of 500 million sterile vials per year.

This plant is at the forefront of technology. It is fully automated and uses some of the most advanced systems for drug production such as BFS (Blow, Fill and Seal). Likewise, it applies the most comprehensive quality tests, with 100% of its vials checked to avoid leaks, not just a random sampling of vials as occurs with other control systems.

The company’s forecast is to increase the number of collaborators in the coming months to reach more than 70 countries – it is currently in 60 – and to position itself as a global benchmark in the manufacture of sterile single-dose liquids.