A hi-tech American firm has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art gamma sterilisation centre in Chesterfield.
Sterigenics will build the 60,000-square-foot facility on the Markham Vale North site, next to the M1, with work due to be completed by the end of the year.
The centre will use gamma radiation to sterilise and kill harmful micro-organisms for medical and pharmaceutical businesses.
“Sterigenics is committed to being the world’s leading provider of sterilization services and partnering with our customers to eliminate threats to human health,” said Philip Macnabb, President of Sterigenics.
“We continue to invest in our global network to meet our customers’ growing demand for gamma irradiation capacity as a critical step in their product development processes.
“Our new Markham Vale facility will strengthen our ability to serve our European customers, particularly in the MedTech and pharmaceutical fields, and help them innovate with success.”
Sterigenics already runs a factory in Somercotes, which uses specialist gases to sterilise products.
“Our Markham Vale North facility is strategically located to serve the needs of our European customers,” said Adrian Wye, Director of UK Operations.
“Its prime location at the heart of the UK’s motorway network will provide an optimum location for their supply chain logistics. And our facility’s high-tech capabilities will deliver the turnaround times necessary to distribute their products to market quickly.”
Bosses say the development will create 30 jobs at the new facility.