Groundbreaking MedTech: Ypsomed Changzhou

Ypsomed is a global leading company of injection systems for self-medication. After supplying products to China for over 15 years and considering the growth potential of the market, Ypsomed has decided to open its first production facility in China, investing over CHF 35 million (over 270 million RMB) in the first phase.

“The Chinese market is growing rapidly, and the number of our local customer projects is constantly increasing. Due to this growth potential, the establishment of a local production facility is obvious for us. We are not moving capacity out of Europe but expanding it. With our new production plant in China, we are closer to our Chinese customers and shorten the supply chains considerably, which will also have less of an impact on our carbon footprint,” says CEO Simon Michel, explaining the move to China.

Ypsomed first production site in China, Changzhou

Ypsomed has a consequent zero carbon emission policy, so a good design considering sustainability aspects is essential to achieve Ypsomed’s ambitious goals. VIRTUARCH as the architecture design and project management partner for this project is certainly the right partner to achieve these goals.

On April 25th, Ypsomed held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the new production facility in the Changzhou National Hi-tech District. A delegation led by Ypsomed’s CEO flew from Switzerland to celebrate this important occasion for the Group. The event was also attended by Chinese and Swiss authorities in China.

Groundbreaking ceremony

Ypsomed is determined to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Therefore, the building that will be home to production, logistics warehouse, and offices, will be equipped with state-of-the-art energy-saving solutions, including a photovoltaic system, ground source heat pump, and intelligent building management system. The highly advanced technology applied to this project has also been designed with the aim of reaching the international LEED Platinum certification and the Chinese GBL 3-stars certification.

A comfortable and classy outdoor area 

VIRTUARCH designed a building that follows VIRTUARCH’s philosophy at its best: being an absolutely optimized production facility, it’s also a great work environment for Ypsomed’s employees in Changzhou. Employees and visitors will enjoy carefully designed, high-standard spaces where they can thrive. Generous open office spaces, meeting and conferencing facilities, and a bright staff restaurant with a covered terrace on the top floor of the office building provide the best possible work environment for the highly qualified team of Ypsomed China.

Handshake at groundbreaking: YPSOMED CEO Simon Michel and VIRTUARCH GM Daniel Heusser

Construction of the new Ypsomed plant will take about one year and operations are expected to start in the second half of 2024. VIRTUARCH is honored to have been chosen for this important milestone project in the development of Ypsomed and wishes Ypsomed great success in its first facility in China!

Owner: YPSOMED China
Construction Area: 15,300㎡
Design Date: December 2022 – May 2023
Construction: June 2023 – May 2024
Services: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Project Management
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