July 20, 2006
Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation
Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd.

Expansion of capacity for assembly of Planova™ filters
Asahi Kasei Medical will add a new assembly line for Planova™ virus removal filters, with a capacity of 20,000 m2/year. Complementing an existing line of the same capacity, this will raise total Planova™ filter assembly capacity to 40,000 m2/year.

Planova™ filters are used to remove viruses during the manufacture of biotherapeutic drug products such as biopharmaceuticals and plasma derivatives. Enabling high rates of virus removal and protein recovery, Planova™ filters are widely recognized for their robust performance in contributing to the safety of biotherapeutics. Nearly 90% of sales are to customers in Europe and the US.

With heightened standards throughout the world for the viral safety of biotherapeutics and advances in the development of monoclonal antibodies and other biopharmaceuticals, demand for Planova™ filters is growing briskly. The new assembly capacity will enable Asahi Kasei Medical to meet this growing demand. Asahi Kasei Medical is also advancing new product development to meet emerging needs for quality and performance.

Outline of the new assembly line
Location: Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan
Capacity: 20,000 m2/year (raising total to 40,000 m2/year)
Investment: Approx. ¥700 million
Schedule: October 2006 groundbreaking, October 2007 start-up
Sales forecast: ¥8 billion for Planova™ filters in fiscal 2010 (double fiscal 2005 sales)

Asahi Kasei Medical corporate profile
President: Yasuyuki Yoshida
Establishment: July 1974
Paid-in capital: ¥800 million
Shareholding: 100% by Asahi Kasei Pharma
Head office: Tokyo, Japan
Production facilities:  
  Nobeoka - production of hollow-fiber dialyzer membrane, production of hollow-fiber virus removal membrane, assembly of Planova™ virus removal filters
Oita - assembly of dialyzers and blood filters
China - assembly of dialyzers
Employees: Approx. 1,700 (as of March 31, 2006)
Fiscal 2005 sales: ¥40.1 billion (year ended March 2006)
Main products:  
  Dialyzers, leukoreduction filters for transfusion, blood purification products, Planova™ virus removal filters


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