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Nitrosamine Case Update

Based on the “Sartan case“ in 2018, where potentially carcinogenic Nitrosamines were found in a number of blood pressure medicines, regulatory agencies such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada requested all marketing authorization holders to evaluate the possibility of...
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First Graduates of Siegfried’s Trainee Program

Marie-Luise Kelch and Sara Da Ros are the first two graduates of the Siegfried Trainee Program. Marie-­Luise, who had only just graduated in medical technology, started the two-year program at the beginning of 2018, followed by Sara a few months later. She had recently graduated with a Ph.D. in...
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| Report

Supplier Audits at Siegfried

The Siegfried Group takes on the ­responsibility connected with its role as a member of the chemical-pharmaceutical industry. Its entire value chain is subject to strict controls. All of the steps taken at ­Siegfried are regulated and documented, and our suppliers are being comprehensively...
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| In Conversation with

Irene Wosgien

Irene Wosgien was appointed Multi Site Head for the sites in Zofingen, Evionnaz, St. Vulbas and Pennsville in August 2019. Following several years in various functions at DSM, returning to a CDMO is a matter close to her heart. When did you join Siegfried and how did you settle in? I joined...
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| Apprentices Zofingen

A Training Course Accompanied by Strong Odors

Within the parameters of training our CPT/CPPs, we organized an excursion to the wastewater treatment plant. Mr. Burkart met us at the reception, and he showed us a short information video before starting on the tour.  He explained the individual steps that turn Siegfried wastewater into clean...
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| Apprentices Minden

Final Examination

Beginning of 2020, the practical final exam for chemical technicians was held in Siegfried Minden’s technical training center. The ten candidates from nine companies included one trainee from Siegfried Minden. In accordance with examination specifications, the trainees had to demonstrate their...
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| Apprentices Minden

School Lessons in the Training Laboratory

A project with our cooperation school (Käthe-Kollwitz-Schule) was carried out in the Siegfried Minden training laboratory. Seven ninth-grade students with a keen interest in chemistry were required to produce the Acetylsalicylic acid drug substance, or ASS for short. ASS was chosen as the substance...
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| Apprentices Hameln

Large Vocational Trainer Meeting at Chemie Nord

A large number of vocational trainers of Chemie Nord, the employers’ association of North German chemical organizations, met for an exchange of ideas and short workshops.  Chemie Nord introduced its latest marketing concepts and presented initial achievements. The participants were shown how...
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| Apprentices Evionnaz

Fair “Your Challenge”

What should I do after school, and which profession should I choose? The “Your Challenge“ fair aims to support young people in their choice of a profession.  The fair takes place in Martigny, and is dedicated, to a large extent, to technical professions. Siegfried’s trainee laboratory assistants...
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| Apprentices Hameln

Rising Attendance Figures at HIT: Pupils Gained Information ­concerning Degree Programs and Training Professions in Hameln

What should I do after finishing school? Where is my future career going to take me? What is it that I want?  There are so many questions that young people ask themselves at some stage in their lives. How can they determine what is going to be the right path for them to choose? They can obtain help...
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| Inside View

Zofingen: 60-Bar Hydrogenation Plant Successfully ­Taken into Operation

At the Zofingen production site, the new MZA1 multi-­purpose hydrogenation plant in Building 425 was successfully taken into operation following a one-year ­period of construction. Initial production charges have been carried out and supplied product in conformance to Siegfried’s high-level quality...
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Pennsville: A Record Year for Safety

The safety performance of the Pennsville Site finished strong in 2019. The facility received recognition from ChemStewards® for two achievements and a new safety record was established. ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) performance improvement program....
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Malta: Remarkable Output Improvements Packaging Lines

In September 2018 the nitro­samine issue stopped the supply of Valsartan. The Malta site, as manufacturer of the competing Candesartan product, was asked to “step-up to the plate” and increase output of Candesartan to satisfy our customers needs. A number of coordinated actions were taken. Some...
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| Inside View

Minden: Caffeine is White! From a Difficult Start to Great Potential

The first batch of 4.3 kilograms of pure caffeine was produced in December of 1944 within the parameters of operating trials in Minden. The product was not yet the white powder it is today, it was a yellow-red powder that was laboriously crystallized and purified several times by means of active...
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| Inside View

Evionnaz: Trade Fairs

Siegfried participated in several events, such as Forum HES held at the ­Beaulieu Congress Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.    Our booth was very successful, and ­students from advanced technical colleges were welcomed and informed by a team consisting of Joachim Ahlin and Julien Howald on the...
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| Inside View

St. Vulbas: Mondial des Métiers

About fifteen Siegfried ambassadors took turns to attend to our booth at the “Mondial des Métiers“ and introduce our various professions to a broad public interested in chemistry. Some 600 professions were represented at the exhibition which attracted nearly 123 000 visitors. A big Thank You to...
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| Inside View

St. Vulbas: Inauguration of QC Laboratory

Our new QC laboratory was put into operation within the parameters of expansion. Our employees are very satisfied with the new situation, because they can now unfold in a spacious environment specially developed for sample preparation including a section reserved for cleaning glassware.   New...
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Hameln: Next Level Operational Excellence – First Group of OPEX Yellow Belts

At the beginning of March 2020, five nominated colleagues started on theoretical training ­toward obtaining the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt in Hameln. The nominated participants were:    – MF2: Gülhan Sarikcioglu  – QC1: Kerstin Marx – MF1: Dario Stöber – QA: Steffen Kästner  – MF1: Piotr...
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Evionnaz: Driss Achour - a Remarkable Success Story

Driss Achour’s history is absolutely remarkable, and it represents Siegfried’s corporate values in an exemplary way. It’s the story of a young man, who through passion and education achieved his goal of a career in a company that permits him to move beyond boundaries and functions.  Following a...
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| Inside View

Siegfried Annual Report Again Receives Multiple Awards

The bar was set high by the success experienced last year. However, this year again, Siegfried’s annual report was so convincing that it achieved top marks from national and international juries. The newspaper format proved to be an efficient form for reporting. In terms of content, the annual...
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| Inside View

Operational Excellence – Start of the Second Group of Black Belts

The first of three training modules for the training of a further group of black belts began. Naïma Benzitouni (OPEX, Evionnaz), Nikolay Slavov (QC, Minden) and Katrin Strasser (OPEX, Hameln) experienced intensive days in Zofingen which were designed by internal and external professionals. In...
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| In Conversation with

Peter Kienholz

Peter Kienholz took on the newly created position of Global Head Strategic Projects Operation at the beginning of 2019. In this function, he plays a vital role in achieving our desired growth targets.  You joined Siegfried at the beginning of 2019. How did you settle in, and what is your...
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| Event

Global Meeting Team Human Ressources

Siegfried’s global HR team met for three days in Zofingen for the ­annual HR conference. The participants were confronted with a tight program. Day 1 was dedicated entirely to a review: What happened since the previous HR conference? The presentation by CEO Wolfgang Wienand on Siegfried’s Vision,...
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Global Meeting Team Sales

The Global Business Development and Sales team held its annual team meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. Members from API ­Portfolio, Exclusives and Drug Product from all over the world met at the Mercure Residence Hotel and took the opportunity to meet new and old colleagues and exchange experience with...
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Global Meeting Team TechOps

A car ride from Minden – our largest Drug Substance Site – to Hameln – our largest Drug Product site – takes just 45 minutes – even without a German Porsche. An ideal location for the Global Technical Operations annual meeting. Our Technical Operations leaders – multi-site heads, site heads, global...
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Global Meeting Team R&D

The Global R&D Meeting under the guidance of Jürgen Roos took place in Evionnaz. The meeting was attended by 15 representatives from Process Research, Chemical Process Development, Formulation Development (oral, sterile), Project Management and Analytical Development at the sites in Zofingen,...
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| Inside View

Minden: Trainee Excursion to Klimahaus 8° Ost

The Minden apprentices and their vocational trainers visited Klimahaus 8° Ost in Bremerhaven.  We departed from Minden by coach early in the morning. Upon arrival at Klimahaus, we joined a 90-­ minute tour that took us through the various climate zones on our planet, and we could experience the...
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| Inside View

Zofingen: Retiree Outing

A total of 87 retired Siegfried employees joined an outing organized by the company. The departure from Zofingen was early: at 7:00 a.m. the large group of former employees filled two coaches that took them to Zurich International Airport. When everyone had found their preferred seat, they were...
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Irvine: Clean Room and New Fill Line

The Irvine site is a drug product manufacturer of sterile products in numerous dosage forms. Our drug manufacturing operations focus on both commercial and development product activities; both of which are increasing our manufacturing and challenging our ­capacity. To address the growth, we...
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Malta: Siegfried Malta’ Participation at MCAST Freshers’ Week

This year Siegfried Malta extended its exposure on the island by attending the MCAST Freshers’ Week. MCAST is a ­vocational education and training institution in Malta with over 6500 full-time students and around 5000 part-time students. MCAST stands for Malta College for Arts, Science and...
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Evionnaz: Traineeship in Ambulance Driving for Our Emergency Helpers

Our Evionnaz site runs an emergency operation that consists of more than 40 individuals. This fall, within the parameters of continued training, seven of them benefited from an immersion day at an emergency organization. These organizations represent an important link in the emergency chain of...
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Evionnaz: Evi’Tamine – Visit to a Dairy Farm

One of our excursions took us to a dairy farm in Collonges, a small town close to Evionnaz. Here, Marjolaine and Steve Mottiez showed us their beautiful cows and pointed out the current challenges that farmers have to deal with. Following a tour of the farm and a personal introduction into milking...
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St.Vulbas: Team “Industrialization”

The Industrialization team represents an important element in our production chain, and it delivers ­indispensable work toward the development of production maturity. Six colleagues under the guidance of Paluine Laigre take care of the technical side of the processes.  Industrialization’s core...
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St.Vulbas: Teachers in the Company

Each year since 2011, Siegfried St. Vulbas has worked with teachers from the region, often from scientific subjects. These meetings are organized in cooperation with the “CGénial” Foundation (pronounced C’est génial = That’s great). The foundation aims to build a bridge between the field of...
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St. Vulbas: New Production Plant

The St. Vulbas site invested 7 million euros to cope with higher demand for one exclusive product.  To do justice to the scope of the project, a small team of employees comprising all levels of corporate hierarchy contributed their professional knowledge to ensure that the project would proceed in...
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Evionnaz: La Montheysane

The "La Montheysanne" run took place in Monthey for the eighth time. About 2100 participants joined the women’s race this year to prevent isolation and loneliness among women cancer victims.  Our Siegfried Evionnaz team, consisting of Dorine Belmessieri, Cecilia Tortoreto, Naïma Benzitouni and...
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Hameln: Mission Matsch

This is the motto with which eleven colleagues from Hameln started the Xletix extreme obstacle course. The motivated group was confronted with a track of 12 kilometers including 25 obstacles. It was soon evident that mastering this task required good team work and boundless willpower.  Within only...
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Zofingen: Laboratory Extension

About 40 new laboratory workplaces were taken into operation at the Zofingen site in Spring 2019. The existing laboratory building, which was completed in 2009, included so far unused additional space of about 600 square meters on a higher floor. In a period of about 9 months, the necessary...
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Zofingen: New Cleaning ­Concept

Cleaning plays an important role in the production of drug substances and intermediates, and it is an important prerequisite for the impeccable quality of products. A new cleaning concept was developed and introduced in Zofingen when the old cleaning concept became outdate, no longer lived up to a...
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Hameln: Introduction Days

Four new trainees entered a new stage in their life at Siegfried Hamel. Maryel Corinth, vocational trainer, welcomed the young people. In the morning the trainees were shown the Optical Control & Packaging department and provided with safety instructions.  At noon, the new trainees were introduced...
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