Catalent Pharma Solutions, a unit of Catalent Inc., announced the opening of a large scale expansion at its Winchester, Kentucky, manufacturing facility, which has doubled its footprint to 180,000 sq. ft. The expansion features newly installed fluid bed capacity; expanded analytical laboratories; and an advanced, open facility design that provides flexibility in supporting the requirements of new customer programs, according to a press release.
The expansion was completed in response to increased customer demand for the manufacture of complex, oral solid formulations. Catalent’s Winchester facility has more than 20 years of experience in product development, technology transfer and commercial manufacturing. The site has produced over 3 billion tablets and capsules annually and launched more than 100 new products into the market since its inception, the release said.
John Chiminski, Catalent’s president & CEO said, “The Winchester facility has grown through its continued investment in technical expertise and capability, and through employing a flexible business model to support tailored manufacturing solutions for its customers. This flexibility, along with our proven track record of success with technology transfers and product launches, has clearly driven increased demand for manufacturing services at Winchester, and our latest capacity expansion allows us to manufacture substantial marketed products for both new and existing customers.”
Opened in 1992, Catalent’s Winchester facility has evolved into one of the industry’s premier sites for advanced oral controlled-release drug formulation and manufacturing. Construction work on the expansion began in 2013 with a $35M facility investment, followed by a subsequent investment in additional fluid bed capacity. The expansion will add as many as 140 new employees at the site, with potential to add further employees and capabilities as customer demand for Winchester’s manufacturing solutions continues to grow.