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Fresenius opens new production facility in Vietnam

(PresseBox) (Bad Homburg, ) Fresenius is expanding its production capacity in Southeast Asia. Fresenius Kabi, a market leader in infusion therapy and clinical nutrition, opened a new production facility in the coastal city Quy Nhon in central Vietnam today. The opening ceremony was attended by Cornelia Pieper, the Minister of State at Germany's Federal Foreign Office, along with many other high-profile guests from Germany and Vietnam. Nearly 380 employees will work at the production facility. With the new plant, Fresenius Kabi will almost double its manufacturing capacity for infusion solutions and liquid medications. Most of these products are intended for the Vietnamese market. Investment costs totaled to approximately €20 million, and construction took about two years to complete.

Ulf Mark Schneider, CEO of Fresenius, said: "Health care systems in Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia are developing at a rapid pace, so there is a constantly increasing demand for Fresenius Kabi products in these countries. Our new plant in Quy Nhon will help us meet this demand and allow us to make a significant contribution to high-quality, yet affordable health care in the region."

Minister of State Cornelia Pieper highlighted the plant's role in German-Vietnamese relations: "I am pleased to see that Fresenius Kabi has opened a new plant in Quy Nhon. Direct investments such as these benefit both Germany and Vietnam. And they serve to secure jobs in both countries as well. What's more, they are an important part of our two countries working more closely together."

The new plant replaces the existing Fresenius Kabi production facility in Quy Nhon. Jan Walter, managing director of Fresenius Kabi for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, explained: "Over the last three years, our sales in Vietnam have grown by more than 20 percent every year. The new plant in Quy Nhon will significantly increase our production capacity and has the country's most advanced production equipment for infusion solutions and liquid medications. So we are well equipped for the further growth that we expect to see at Fresenius Kabi in Vietnam over the next few years."

The new production facility covers 15,000 square meters. The manufacture of infusion solutions is already certified in line with GMP (good manufacturing practice) guidelines as set down by the World Health Organization. Most of the employees from the former plant will be taken over, and 45 new jobs are being created.

The Quy Nhon plant is run by Fresenius Kabi Bidiphar JSC, a joint venture between Fresenius Kabi and Bidiphar, a state-owned health care company based in Quy Nhon. Fresenius Kabi Bidiphar was founded on December 1, 2008, and Fresenius Kabi holds the majority of its shares and provides the management team. The joint venture is Vietnam's market leader in standard solutions and also enjoys a leading position in I.V. generic drugs. Other Fresenius Kabi products made outside Vietnam are sold through a separate entity in Ho Chi Minh City. Overall, Fresenius Kabi employs nearly 500 people in Vietnam.

Fresenius has also been providing support for the Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Ho Chi Minh City since 2008 to foster German-Vietnamese relations. The aim of this partnership is to set up and run the Fresenius Institute of Life Sciences, an institute that offers Vietnamese medical professionals training and continuing education. Among other measures, Fresenius has committed US$1 million to the project over a period of five years.

Fresenius Kabi is the market leader in infusion therapy and clinical nutrition in Europe and holds leading positions in important countries of Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Within I.V. generic drugs, Fresenius Kabi counts among the leading suppliers in the US market. Fresenius Kabi is focused on the therapy and care of critically and chronically ill patients inside and outside the hospital. Its portfolio comprises a wide range of IV drugs, infusion therapies, clinical nutrition products as well as the related medical devices. With a corporate philosophy of "caring for life," the company's goal is to improve the patient's quality of life.

Fresenius Kabi has 23,670 employees worldwide (June 30, 2011). In 2010, Fresenius Kabi's sales were €3,672 million and the company's EBIT was €737 million. Fresenius Kabi AG is a 100% subsidiary of the health care group Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA.

For more information visit the Company's website at www.fresenius-kabi.com.

Fresenius AG (SE)

Fresenius is a health care group with international operations, providing products and services for dialysis, hospital and outpatient medical care. In 2010, Group sales were approximately €16.0 billion. On June 30, 2011 the Fresenius Group had 142,933 employees worldwide.

For more information visit the Company's website at www.fresenius.com.