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2018-01-26

Newcastle welcomes Accord

We have expanded our UK distribution network by opening a 22-acre state-of-the-art pharmaceutical facility in Fawdon (Newcastle), which was officially launched on January 25th by Catherine McKinnell MP for Newcastle North. 

A plaque to commemorate the opening of the Centre, which will employ 500 staff at its peak, was unveiled by Catherine and Accord employee Lesley Lavin who previously worked for Sanofi at the same site for many years.

Commenting on the centre opening, Catherine McKinnell MP, said: “I am so pleased to see this site back in productive use, and creating good, skilled jobs in our local economy. Accord’s investment in its Fawdon plant is a real vote of confidence in Newcastle by its owners, and I am delighted that they have such big and exciting plans for the future. Our city has a proud history of innovation and I’m looking forward to supporting Accord Healthcare to play an important part in that.”

Along with our sites in Harrow, Barnstaple, Haverhill and Didcot, Fawdon will play a key part in supporting the company’s position as one of the fastest growing generic pharmaceutical companies in Europe.  With dedicated investment and a five-year growth strategy behind it, Fawdon will be the first Accord site to produce generic effervescent medicines and become our regional centre for excellence for effervescent tablets and other types of medicine.

Fawdon will play a vital role in strengthening our manufacturing network, supported by our parent company Intas and our other UK sites. After seeing many domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing sites close, with production redirected overseas, this opening marks a vote of confidence in the UK’s attractiveness for high tech pharmaceutical manufacturing. We are committed to further strategic investment to support the site’s growth, adding value to the local economy in terms of jobs and exports, as well as furthering patient access to affordable medicines in both the UK and beyond.” said Dr James Burt, Executive Vice President, Europe & MENA, Accord Healthcare.

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