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March 20, 2012

Sigma-Aldrich Unveils Distribution and Packaging Facilities in India
By Carolyn J Dawson
TMCnet Contributor

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation has improved its customer support in Asia-Pacific by widening its campus in Bangalore, India. The company recently unveiled a 57,000-square-foot facility for housing a distribution center and a packaging facility. Sigma-Aldrich will now be able to offer enhanced support to customers in India and the Asia-Pacific region, with these latest additions along with the existing R&D, custom fusion and manufacturing infrastructure.

In a release, Eric Green, Vice President and Managing Director for International at Sigma-Aldrich, said, "Sigma-Aldrich has built a strong foundation, achieving consistent double-digit sales growth driven by our first mover advantage, our approach in providing excellent service, our investments and our high standards for operation. A key focus in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions has been to accelerate localization to continue to drive further growth."

Fixed-priced contract based services will now be offered by Sigma-Aldrich at the Bangalore facility, thereby enhancing service experiences for regional customers. The company already has a 10-acre campus in Bangalore, where its administrative offices, sales, marketing and distribution functions and manufacturing are located. The latest 57,000-square-foot facility will include 49,000 square feet area for the distribution center and 8,000 square feet area for the packaging facility.

Nearly 100 people from the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and CRO industries, government research institutes and academia were invited for the opening ceremony of Sigma-Aldrich’s new facility. Rakesh Sachdev, President and CEO of Sigma-Aldrich, declared the facility open through the conventional Indian method of "lighting the lamp."

Sachdev said, "India is a key location for us, where we engage in the entire spectrum of activity including manufacturing, R & D, packaging and distribution. The country has huge potential and we plan to continue our focus in this important market. We currently have small scale manufacturing in India. Based on customer input, we are evaluating further expansion programs that could include larger scale manufacturing in the future."

Sigma-Aldrich’s strong expansion approach in the Asia-Pacific region has been complemented with its latest expansion of the Bangalore facility. The company has been concentrating on the requirements of its customers and aiming for operational distinction by continuously expanding its products and offerings.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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