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Minister opens ‘world class’ general anaesthetic manufacturing line in Gqeberha

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MINISTER of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel officially opened Aspen’s new general anaesthetics production line at its Gqeberha-based flagship manufacturing site on Monday.

According to the company, this manufacturing capability will convert its Gqeberha facility into one of the largest manufacturing hubs for general anaesthetic products in the world.

“This facility consolidates the Eastern Cape as the most significant advanced pharmaceutical hub on the African continent and it will create local jobs. The start of operations is timely as anaesthetics are a class of drug that, among other uses, supports the treatment of COVID-19 patients on ventilators in intensive care units,” Patel said.

“South Africa has to date imported the general anaesthetics needed in our healthcare system and the new production line will provide an important medical product for the local market, assuring security of supply, and the bulk of it will be exported across the world, contributing to global patient support.”

Stephen Saad, Aspen Group Chief Executive described the opening as a significant milestone for the company. “This is one of the world’s largest general anaesthetics production lines and it positively positions Aspen’s integrated supply, marketing, and sale of anaesthetics globally.

“Our investment of more than R3.0 billion in this facility is the single largest investment in the pharmaceutical industry in the country and aligns with our commitment to supporting the industrialisation of South Africa.”

Sterile Focus Brands, comprising anaesthetic and thrombosis products, is one of Aspen’s key business segments and contributes 28% of revenue. The general anaesthetics production line extends Aspen’s sterile footprint.

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