Date Created: 24 April 2012
"We have a skilled workforce in Scotland whose commitment gives us a competitive advantage and allows us to serve our customers with high quality products."
US biotech giant, Life Technologies has announced a major expansion of its existing manufacturing facilities at its European, Middle East and Africa headquarters at Inchinnan near Glasgow.
The £12 million investment will increase the company's capabilities to support the rising demand of its GIBCO® cell culture products used for biological drug research, development and production, and secures the supply chain for Europe, Americas and Asia.
It is hoped that 30 jobs will be created at the Inchinnan site, where 500 people are already employed, many in the manufacture of cell culture products used in biological drug production.
Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Life Technologies, said: "We have a skilled workforce in Scotland whose commitment gives us a competitive advantage and allows us to serve our customers with high quality products."
On welcoming Life Technologies' plans to expand its European base in Scotland, Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: "This investment is a welcome boost for Scotland's economy. Scotland's life sciences research is rightly regarded as among the very best in the world and developments like this help to continue to build on that enviable reputation for the future."
Support from SDI
Anne MacColl, Chief Executive of Scottish Development International (SDI), said: "Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International have worked closely with Life Technologies to provide an integrated package of support towards this expansion of its manufacturing facilities at Inchinnan."
"The fact that Life Technologies views Scotland as the ideal place to grow its business is testament to Scotland's growing reputation as a key player on an international level."
"We very much welcome this announcement and look forward to continuing to work with the company and in doing so, we can help generate long-term sustainable growth for the Scottish economy."
Life Technologies is based in California and employs more than 10,000 people and has customers in 160 countries.
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