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Merial Unveils New IVOMEC(R) Plant in Brazil

by 5m Editor
5 November 2003, at 12:00am

BRAZIL - Alan Reade, Executive Chairman of Merial Ltd, today inaugurated a new endectocide plant at Paulinia, Brazil, representing an investment of $US 9m. Merial has invested $US 25m in its manufacturing plants in Brazil over the past six years.

Merial Unveils New IVOMEC(R) Plant in Brazil - BRAZIL - Alan Reade, Executive Chairman of Merial Ltd, today inaugurated a new endectocide plant at Paulinia, Brazil, representing an investment of $US 9m. Merial has invested $US 25m in its manufacturing plants in Brazil over the past six years.

The inauguration was attended by Mr. Kurt Hausmann, Merial's Vice- President for Global Manufacturing and Mr. Jorge Sole, Vice-President for Latin America. Representatives of the Ministry of the Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, state and federal government officers, Merial customers and animal health industry representatives were also invited.

The production capacity for the new plant is 150 million doses per year of IVOMEC® Ivomec® Gold, and DUOTIN® injectable formulations for use in livestock. An additional 60 jobs will be created at Paulinia to support the increase in production. "This is the largest animal health plant of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere", summarizes the Executive Chairman, Alan Reade, who came to Brazil especially for its inauguration.

The plant was planned and built according to the strict requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enable exports to the USA and incorporates the highest levels of safety and environmental requirements. When approved by the FDA, this will be the first plant producing animal health products in Brazil able to export to the United States.

"With the new plant, Merial Brazil becomes a global supplier of cattle endectocides to other Merial subsidiaries," states Jorge Sole. The Brazilian affiliate currently exports, among other products, IVOMEC® Gold, -- a unique injectable long acting endectocide formulation for use in cattle -- to Latin America, South Africa and, in the near future, to Australia, New Zealand and other markets.

"It is the most modern plant for Merial animal health products worldwide," emphasizes Kurt Hausmann.

Source: PR Newswire - 5th November 2003

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