B. Braun Opens Five New Medical Production Facilities in Penang
The new facilities in Malaysia manufacture medical devices for infusion therapy, pharmaceutical solutions and surgical instruments for the treatment of patients in Malaysia and around the world.
Penang (Malaysia), 18 April 2018 – B. Braun Medical Industries officially opened 5 new and enhanced production plants and other administrative buildings in Penang today. Built over a period of 9 years, the new state-of-the art facilities, featuring the latest building and production technologies, manufacture medical devices for infusion therapy, pharmaceutical solutions and surgical instruments for the treatment of patients in Malaysia and around the world.
Established in 1972, B. Braun Medical Industries is the first production site of the global healthcare company in the Asia Pacific region. In line with increased global demand for its products and services, B. Braun launched a large scale expansion project in 2009, to enhance its production facilities, which were built in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Between 2010 and 2018, B. Braun invested RM3.5 billion into its Penang site. Since its establishment till 2018, B. Braun has invested a total of RM4.75 billion.Furthermore, since 2009, the expansion project has created 3,000 additional jobs for Malaysians. Today, more than 7,700 employees work at B. Braun in Penang.
Located also in Penang are B. Braun’s Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters, the B. Braun Global Centre of Excellence for Intravenous Access with more than 100 engineers and full research and development capabilities; and the Aesculap Academy Skills Learning Centre, which provides continuous medical education and training to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in Malaysia and across the Asia Pacific region.
Officiating at the launch in Bayan Lepas were the Chief Minister of Penang, Mr Lim Guan Eng; Dr Elizabeth Anthony, State Health Deputy Director for Medical Services, Malaysia, and the Ambassador of Germany to Malaysia, His Excellency, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff; who also toured the production site spanning 184,000 square metres across two campuses.
In his speech, Mr Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang, said, “My heartiest congratulations to B. Braun on the occasion of the official opening of your new office buildings and production facilities. The State wishes to record our appreciation to B. Braun’s significant contribution in Penang, and I look forward to seeing B. Braun’s continued growth in Penang.”
Dr. Elizabeth Anthony, who represented the Deputy Minister of Health, Malaysia, said, “B. Braun is one the largest medical device companies in the world and will further greatly contribute to the socio-economic development of our country, as well as help to protect and improve the health of Malaysians.”
H.E. Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, Ambassador of Germany to Malaysia, said, “As one of the pioneer German companies in Penang, B. Braun has greatly contributed to the economic development of the state, the people and the industry at large. I warmly congratulate B. Braun on the opening of its new buildings and production facilities.”
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Heinz Walter Große, Chairman of the Management Board, B. Braun Melsungen said,“With 62,000 employees in 64 countries, B. Braun takes pride in sharing our expertise in 18 therapy fields with healthcare professionals. From Penang, we are deeply committed to providing medical solutions of the highest quality and safety standards to treat and heal patients.“
Ms Anna Maria Braun, President of B. Braun Asia Pacific said, “B. Braun has truly grown with Malaysia for close to half a century. Our success is a result from the strong support from the government, industry, and most importantly our 7,700 employees. Together, B. Braun is determined to work hard to protect and improve the health of people in Malaysia and around the world.”