The opening of the production factory marks the completion of Nestlé’s four year, investment to create a world leading centre of excellence, specialising in infant formula and healthcare nutrition products.
Nestlé said that the new unit will produce the latest-generation probiotic infant formulas, which will enable the company to respond to growing demand from consumers, in addition to producing healthcare nutrition products for the recently established Nestlé Health Science business.
Nestlé said the new production unit will benefit directly from synergies with its
Product Technology Center (PTC), which is already based on the same site.
“Today’s event illustrates the continued importance we give to developed markets and the growth we continue to see here,” said Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé.
“Nestlé has been present in both developed and emerging markets for many decades, and we continue to invest in our innovation and Research and Development capabilities across these different countries,” he added.
Centre of excellence
The opening marks the final stage in expanding production capacities at the Swiss site, which has seen a series of investments over four years – totalling close to CHF 400 million – and has created 370 new staff positions.
Equipped with the latest technology, Nestlé say that the new unit has been designed from the start to be a model factory when it comes to consideration of the environment, and will help to reduce CO2 emissions by 58%.
The new production technologies will also mean a 34% cut in water consumption, and provide a ‘significant’ 37% saving in energy consumption per ton of products.