CSL boosts plasma production, adds 200 jobs with $172M project

Australia's CSL has opened the first phase of a new albumin production plant that eventually will add up to 200 jobs at the site in Broadmeadows, Australia.

Australia’s CSL has opened the first phase of a $170 million plasma products plant that will boost production for the U.S. and Europe as well as Asia-Pacific markets.

CSL today said the new facility will add about 100 tons of albumin production at its CSL Behring site in Broadmeadows, Australia. A second phase will follow, which when complete, will double that capacity.

The company, which received government support for the $230 million Australian dollar project, has pledged to add up to 200 jobs by 2026 and maintain the 1,000 positions already at the site.

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CSL said it has, over the last five years, invested about AU$610 million ($459 million) in the site, which opened in 2014 with large-scale production of novel recombinant therapies for international clinical trials. The following year, it opened a second facility that produces a product to treat immune disorders.

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Other plasma product companies have also expanded in recent years. Grifols, the Spain-based specialist in blood plasma products, in 2015 opened a $370 million plasma fractionation plant at its site in Clayton, North Carolina, and then last year said it would spend another $210 million to build another fractional plant and a purification plant there.