ONE of the country’s largest medicine manufacturing units has been unveiled at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
The £8m state-of-the-art unit, one of the biggest in the UK, was completed with the involvement of internationally- renowned manufacturing specialists Extract Technology of Huddersfield.
The unit includes specialised manufacturing areas, complete with dust control booths to protect the products and operatives, and a quality control lab.
The controlled airflow booths have been made by the Huddersfield company.
The unit will supply about 1,000 customers in both primary care and secondary care, with more than 90% of sales made to organisations outside the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
All its running costs will be recovered through sales.
Work on the unit began last year after the trust’s successful bid to have the unit – paid for by the Government’s Health Department – built in the town.
The unit employs some 45 people and replaces a former facility in HRI.
Production manager John Harwood said: "The existing facility was too small and in need of major refurbishment.
"Coincidentally, we had one of the world’s leading manufacturers of dust control booths right on our doorstep and this joint venture with Extract Technology proved very successful.
"The new site has freed space which can now be used for clinical purposes."
Extract Technologies, of the Bradley Junction Industrial Estate on Leeds Road, exports its specialist booths all over the world and has an expanding product range for hospitals and medical units.