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B. Braun doubles production at Hungary plant

By: EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

May 15, 2013

MESLUNGEN, GERMANY — German medical products manufacturer B. Braun Medical has inaugurated a 13 million euro expansion of its disposable medical supplies plant at Gyöngyös in northeastern Hungary.

The investment doubled the site production area and capacity, creating 100 new jobs taking the local workforce to 755. Expansion of the plant has added 2,900 square meters to the manufacturing area and 2,200 square meters of extra warehouse space.

A clean room area of 5,300 square meters is capable of turning out disposable blood lines, would drainage systems, catheters and customized infusion sets at the facility. Production covers around 800 product types and about 98 percent of the devices are exported, stated Braun group based in Meslungen, Germany.

Today, the company employs 2,000 in this and other operations in Hungary and since 1991, is reported to have invested almost 204 million euros in the country. The firm's Hungarian businesses produce annual revenue worth nearly 92 million euros.

"The modern clean room has brought processes to the latest standards of technical development and ensures a more efficient production," commented the Hungarian plant's manager Jozsef Bognar at the project launch.

Managing director Peter Horn highlighted the importance of the investment in terms of both the economy and the region. Braun was now the second biggest employer in the region and over 20 years, had "set lasting values in the health care system".

The German group saw its annual sales during 2012 increase by 9.5 percent to more than 5 billion euros.