Lonza is further strengthening its presence in China with the construction of a Research and Development Center in Guangzhou.
The Lonza Guangzhou Research and Development Center is focused on research and development of active substances and intermediates for chemical custom manufacturing. The laboratories are equipped to the latest standards. The new Research and Development Center employs at present 10 people and will be expanded stepwise in 2005.
Lonza has produced Niacinamide, a B-Vitamin, in Guangzhou since 1999. As announced earlier Lonza is building a new Niacinamide production plant there. The new plant is planned to go on stream in the spring of 2005. Lonza currently employs 220 people in China.
Lonza is a life sciences driven company, headquartered in Switzerland, which generated sales of CHF 2.24 billion in 2003. It operates 17 production and R&D facilities in eight countries and employs 5660 people worldwide. Lonza is one of the leading custom manufacturers of chemical intermediates and active ingredients as well as biopharmaceuticals for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. In addition, Lonza also offers organic intermediates for a wide range of applications and provides antimicrobial and associated products as well as polymer intermediates and compounds. For more information please visit the company’s website at www.lonza.com.