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Sartorius Stedim Biotech's New Manufacturing Facility in Yauco, Puerto Rico, Receives LEED Platinum Certification


1/25/2013 9:46:08 AM

Goettingen, Germany | Yauco, Puerto Rico, January 25, 2013 / B3C newswire / – Sartorius Stedim Biotech, a leading international equipment provider for the pharmaceutical industry, has now been awarded the highest certification for ecological and sustainable building by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its new facility in Yauco, Puerto Rico. According to the LEED certification system, an internationally recognized green building program, the new building was certified as “LEED Platinum.” As a result, Sartorius is the only company worldwide to have a LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing facility for the biopharmaceutical industry. LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Sartorius invested 20 million U.S. dollars in the new production building, which was officially opened in the summer of 2012, after approximately one year of construction. Covering an area of 5,000 square meters, or some 55,000 square feet, the new eco-friendly building complex provides space for two new cleanrooms for filter and bag manufacture, labs and offices. From the beginning, ecological aspects played a role in the project; special attention was given to conserving water and energy resources. The new building complex in Yauco has been designed to save approximately 85% of water consumed in comparison with conventional facilities. It uses harvested rainwater and air-handling unit condensate for cooling cleanrooms and supplying gray water to facilities, as well as for irrigation purposes. The building’s climate control technology, special building materials, and perforated metal fins and diaphanous screen walls that reduce sunlight contribute to energy savings. In addition, Sartorius Stedim Biotech covers approximately 10% of its energy needs for the new building with a photovoltaic system, which is installed on the factory roof.

“We are very proud to have received this prestigious rating for our new facility in Yauco from the USGBC organization. It acknowledges the green building measures that Sartorius has taken to ensure protection of the environment. Our innovative building sets new standards and proves that careful planning enables ecological and economical concerns to be reconciled,“ stated Volker Niebel, member of the Executive Committee of Sartorius Stedim Biotech.

Sartorius has been represented since 1982 in Puerto Rico by its wholly owned production facility in Yauco, where it employs some 240 people. The new facility in Yauco is one of the three major building projects undertaken over the past year to expand manufacturing infrastructure and to support the further growth of the Sartorius Group.

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Sartorius Stedim Biotech’s new manufacturing facility in Yauco, Puerto Rico:

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Volker Niebel, member of the Executive Committee of Sartorius Stedim Biotech:

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Single-use filters and bags are utilized in the manufacture of biopharmaceutical medications:

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Certification mark “LEED Platinum”:

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A Profile of Sartorius Stedim Biotech

Sartorius Stedim Biotech is a leading provider of cutting-edge equipment and services for the development, quality assurance and production processes of the biopharmaceutical industry. Its integrated solutions covering fermentation, cell cultivation, filtration, purification, fluid management and lab technologies are supporting the biopharmaceutical industry around the world to develop and produce drugs safely, timely and economically. Sartorius Stedim Biotech focuses on single-use technologies and value-added services to meet the rapidly changing technology requirements of the industry it serves. Strongly rooted in the scientific community and closely allied with customers and technology partners, the company is dedicated to its philosophy of “turning science into solutions.” Headquartered in Aubagne, France, Sartorius Stedim Biotech is listed on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris. With its own manufacturing and R&D sites in Europe, North America and Asia and a global network of sales companies, Sartorius Stedim Biotech enjoys a worldwide presence. Its key manufacturing and R&D site is in Germany. The company employs approx. 2,850 people, and in 2011 earned sales revenue of 477.3 million euros.

About USGBC and LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. Its members believe in better buildings; places that complement the environment and enhance communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. Green building is win-win, offering both environmental and economic opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future demand for energy in the United States and a commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million jobs. USGBC is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters and student and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward in a way that has never been seen before. The council is a diverse group of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofits, teachers and students, lawmakers and citizens. Today the Council consists of 77 chapters, 13,000 member organizations and 181,000 LEED professionals that share the same vision of a sustainably built environment for all within the next generation.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.

Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants.

LEED projects have been successfully established in 135 countries. International projects, i.e., those outside the United States, make up more than 50% of the total LEED registered square footage. LEED unites us in a single global community and provides regional solutions, while recognizing local realities.

Contact:

Sartorius Stedim Biotech

Dominic Grone

Group Corporate Communications

+49 (0)551.308.3324

dominic.grone@sartorius.com



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