Cipan, Vala do Carregado’s antibiotic-producing company, is benefiting from investments of around 14 million euros. Acquired two years ago by the Spanish group SUANFARMA, the Companhia Industrial Produtora de Antibioticos, created 55 years ago, doubled its number of employees and recorded a large increase in turnover. The company, which received a visit from local authorities and journalists, is preparing to start an investment of 6 million euros in a new unit aimed at the production of Omadacycline. It is a new active ingredient that Cipan will provide exclusively to a US company that has recently been able to validate a new antibiotic, which will be launched in 2019.
In the last two years, the Spanish group has already invested another 8 million euros in the modernization of Cipan’s facilities and in the construction of a new water treatment plant. The Portuguese company, specialized in the manufacture and commercialization of active pharmaceutical ingredients, mainly antibiotics, but also other raw materials, is going through a phase of great growth. It registered in 2017 a turnover of 19, 262 million euros, plus 7, 6 million of the previous year. And it intends to reach a turnover of 25 million euros already in 2018. Héctor Ara, president of the SUANFARMA group, makes a very positive balance on the acquisition of the Portuguese company, emphasizing that it has a lot of accumulated know-how and that it is one of the few industries in the world that has the conditions to produce, simultaneously, pharmaceutical compounds by fermentation and by chemical synthesis . He also pointed out that Cipan is using actually about the 30 percent of its capacity and that it can grow in the coming years. Alberto Mesquita, mayor of Vila Franca de Xira, congratulated the president of SUANFARMA and the Portuguese managers of Cipan for the development achieved by the company in recent years.