Sawai Cites Broader Supply Issue As It Plots Construction Of A New Facility
New Solid Dosage Form Facility Planned At Its Local Daini Kyushu Site
Japan’s Sawai was cautioned by one analyst earlier this year that it lacked sufficient excess production capacity to handle the sharp expansion in demand for its products. Now the company has announced plans to build a new solid dosage form facility.
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