Open House at Aenova Kirchberg site

Kirchberg, 19/09/2023

Aenova Kirchberg site produces highly potent drug products for the international pharmaceutical market. As one of the major employers in the region, the Aenova site opened its doors to the public on Saturday, September 16, 2023. There were guided tours of the laboratories and production; a festive restaurant with entertainment and a children's fun event rounded off the program of events. Around 1,000 interested guests visited the open day.

The Aenova site in Kirchberg (SG), Switzerland, SWISS CAPS AG, develops and produces softgelatine capsules for the pharmaceutical industry, helping patients around the world to lead healthier lives. More than two billion capsules leave the factory every year and are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide, including Europe, the USA and China.

In Kirchberg, softgel capsules are also filled with highly potent active ingredients in the lowest possible dosage, where the proverbial Swiss precision is required. Currently, a high-tech tropical blister line is being commissioned for such a new product to protect the drug even in extreme climatic conditions. Aenova is also investing heavily in sustainability in Kirchberg; with solar modules on flat roofs and carports, the site aims to generate more than 400,000 kWh of solar power annually itself in the future. Around 170 employees contribute to the success of the site.

At the open day on September 16, 2023, interested parties from all over the region were able to take a look at the exciting world of pharmaceutical production. Around 1,000 visitors took the opportunity to look behind the scenes of the development and production of medicines "Made in Switzerland". During various plant tours, SWISS CAPS AG employees provided information on all questions. Visitors were also treated not only to food and drink stands, but also to entertainment provided by the Altoberndorf music band and the Gähwil male voice choir. For the children, fun was organized with the Jungwacht and Blauring Kirchberg, and there was a raffle with attractive prizes.

"As one of the largest employers in the region, it was a great pleasure for us to give visitors a glimpse into the highly regulated world of pharmaceutical manufacturing. It's not something that happens every day. I would like to thank all those involved and, of course, all the interested guests," explains Dr. Christian Luftensteiner, Managing Director of Aenova's Kirchberg site.

Im Labor Kirchberg beim Tag der Offenen Tür
In the laboratory: Experts explain the activities in the laboratory to members of the Kirchberg municipal council (Photo: Aenova)