The new building is dedicated to visual inspection, secondary packaging and shipping of Merck's biotech medicines in more than 150 countries. It will also provide capacity for ongoing and further potential future product launches.

With its optimized flow, fully automated equipment and robotized logistics, the new packaging building will process more than 12 million boxes of medicines and four million injection devices every year. It is designed to comply with the highest international standards in terms of quality, environment, health and safety.

The new packaging building represents an investment of 27 million Swiss francs realized over the 2015-2017 period and is part of a series of investments totaling more than 1 billion Swiss francs over the past ten years in Switzerland. Merck currently has over 2,000 highly-skilled employees at 11 locations across Switzerland, including more than 700 in Aubonne where 200 jobs have been created over the past three years.

"This state-of-the-art new packaging building demonstrates Merck's technological leadership in biotech manufacturing" said Stefan Oschmann. "With Aubonne and nearby Vevey, Switzerland is our prime hub for the manufacturing of biotech medicines for patients all over the world. It plays an instrumental role for the growth of our Healthcare business sector and the launch of new products".

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