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MilliporeSigma Announces Completion of € 180 Million Schnelldorf Distribution Center Expansion

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  • Expands facility by 25,000 square meters, nearly doubling size
  • Adds new down filling capabilities and distribution space for Life Science customers
  • Employs more than 470 people, including engineers, manufacturing and distribution experts

Schnelldorf Distribution Center ExpansioBurlington, Massachusetts, June 6, 2024 – MilliporeSigma, the U.S. and Canada Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced that its Life Science business has opened a newly expanded distribution center in Schnelldorf, Germany. The investment of € 180 million added 25,000 square meters to the site, almost doubling its size. It now includes a new manual down filling operation and additional space for the distribution of a wide range of products to laboratories and research facilities all around the world. The site employs 470 engineers, manufacturing, and distribution experts.

“By combining manual down filling capabilities with our distribution expertise, our customers will benefit from increased product availability and quicker delivery,” said Matthias Heinzel, Member of the Executive Board and CEO Life Science, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “This is critical to ensuring that medicines reach patients faster, safely, and more efficiently. This is how we do our part to impact life and health with science.”

"With this expansion, Schnelldorf is becoming one of our flagship sites, providing unique end-to-end capabilities for our Life Science customers," said Ivan Donzelot, Head of Integrated Supply Chain Operations, Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “With the full integration of manufacturing and distribution in one site, our customers can now receive even faster and better service whether they are in Europe or in other regions of the world.”

The expansion of the Schnelldorf facility is part of a multi-year investment program of the company’s Life Science business. It aims to increase the capacity and capabilities to support the growing global demand for critical drugs and to make significant contributions to public health. Since 2020, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has announced industrial capacity and capabilities expansion projects in Life Science throughout Europe, China, and the United States, of more than € 2 billion.

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is comprised of more than 50 production and testing sites and 64 distribution centers around the world and has more than 27,000 employees in 65 countries.

About the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has more than 28,000 employees and more than 55 total manufacturing and testing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products focused on scientific discovery, biomanufacturing and testing services. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and electronics.

Around 63,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From providing products and services that accelerate drug development and manufacturing as well as discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2023, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 21 billion in 65 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, operate as MilliporeSigma in life science, EMD Serono in healthcare and EMD Electronics in electronics. Since its founding in 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. For more information about Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, visit www.emdgroup.com.

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