New $95 million 'green' site expected to be LEED certified
Pfizer has announced that it broke ground for a $95 million consumer products production facility in Suzhou, China.
The new site is near the company’s existing Suzhou site and will help to increase production capacity to meet growing demand for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare’s brands in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
'Asia Pacific is a large and rapidly growing region for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and our new plant in Suzhou will give us the production capacity we need to meet increasing demand for our brands, particularly in China,' said Andy Schmeltz, Regional President, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.
The new facility will primarily produce Caltrate dietary supplements, Centrum multivitamins and, in the future, will support the production of additional products. There are also plans to eventually house a research and development facility on the site to help support innovation in the region.
The site design is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, and will incorporate the most advanced technologies to minimise energy and water consumption.
For instance, to minimise energy consumption, the plant will be fitted with high-efficiency manufacturing equipment, LED and solar powered lighting with automatic controls. It will employ technologies to recycle waste heating and cooling and will make extensive use of natural lighting and shading.
To conserve water, the plant will use high efficiency equipment and fixtures, recycle treated wastewater for its cooling tower and for toilets and capture rain water for irrigation of its lawn and landscaping.
'This new site is the latest step on our journey of environmental sustainability,' said Tony Maddaluna, Executive Vice President and President of Pfizer Global Supply. 'For 15 years, we have voluntarily met or exceeded the public goals we have set to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions globally. This new facility is in keeping with that commitment to environmental stewardship.'