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08/05/2012Pfizer invests 100 million euros in Puurs
American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is planning a major investment at its outfit in Puurs. No details have been disclosed as yet, but the investment amounts to 100 million euros and is said to create about one hundred jobs. Pfizer will announce its plans at a ceremony that will be attended by Flemish Minister of Welfare and Public Health, Jo Vandeurzen CD&V, next Wednesday. The plans have already been submitted to the works council of the Pfizer plant in Puurs, Paul Schoeters of the Christian trade union ACV confirms. According to Schoeters, it involves increased production of a drug and its packaging, which will require the construction of another building in Puurs. This outfit currently employs a staff of 1 100. “This is a crucial investment if one considers the economic climate. It indicates America’s confidence in Puurs and serves as a tremendous boost for employees here,’ says Schroeder. In 2010 the group invested 61 million euros in Belgium. This resulted in the creation of 170 new jobs spread over three years in Zaventem and Puurs. The latter is Pfizer’s second largest production site in the world, the local outfit faced a secure future with the arrival of new drugs. Zaventem, on the other hand, served as Pfizer’s European headquarters for veterinary research. There were times, however, when Pfizer questioned its presence in Belgium. Only last year CEO Kris Westelinck said how much ‘fighting’ it took to convince the American management to remain in the country. In 2005 Puurs was overlooked when the group made an investment of 180 million euro.
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