Daiichi Sankyo acquires first US-based packaging facility


Strengthens global supply chain capabilities

Daiichi Sankyo, Inc (DSI) has acquired global packaging manufacturer Amcor’s 140,000ft2 plant in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, US, for US$10.25m.

DSI, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, said the move would enable it to supplement its operations rather than build a new facility.

The facility is expected to be operational in the summer or early autumn and is expected to package products such as Benicar, Welchol and Azor.

Once the facility is operating at full capacity, it is expected that it will package the entire line of DSI products marketed in the US, as well as handle compounding operations for certain products.

DSI said the move would create approximately 80 jobs, continuing the productive use of a facility that would otherwise have been closed.

Jeff Lane, vice president of operations, Daiichi Sankyo, said the acquisition diversifies DSI’s capabilities and allows it to streamline operations and minimise commercialisation risk by exerting greater control over the life cycle of products, from r&d through to packaging and distribution.