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Sigma-Aldrich is a leading Life Science and High Technology company and also a major employer in the Irvine, Scotland area through its SAFC® business unit. SAFC is a top 10 global specialty chemicals and biologics products and services supplier that works closely with customers to resolve development and manufacturing challenges utilizing its global Centers of Excellence and dedicated manufacturing facilities, ultimately accelerating the customers’ product pipelines.

As a major component of SAFC’s European operations, the company is expanding its Irvine manufacturing plant to include large-scale production of bulk, dry powder media and reagents in addition to its existing liquid media manufacturing capabilities. The expanded facility will support the growing needs of the European and Asia pacific market and will result in redundant manufacturing capabilities in conjunction with SAFC’s current dry powder media facility in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

The project is being supported by a Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise. SAFC has a strong affiliation with the North Ayrshire area, and this latest expansion builds upon an earlier investment to the Irvine plant in 2009 to upgrade its liquid capabilities, which was also supported by Scottish Enterprise.

With social responsibility, environmental sustainability and fiscal accountability at the core of its business, SAFC is highly engaged with their local environments and a strong asset to the North Ayrshire area. Their strict efficiency improvement targets for 2015 demonstrate the level of commitment SAFC has to ensuring the areas in which they operate continue to thrive.

Sigma-Aldrich and SAFC are trademarks of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC, registered in the US, the EU and in other countries.

"SAFC is committed to investing in areas where we can deliver tangible value for our global customer base. By harnessing the talent and innovation that Scotland offers, SAFC is investing in areas where we can deliver value for our global customer base."