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employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that an additional 500 jobs will be created by Aspen Pharmacare’s new R1bn facility in Port Elizabeth, where the pharmaceutical manufacturer will produce specialised products for chronic conditions.  

The official opening on Monday marked a shift for Aspen from commodity generics into specialised products with niche markets.  The additional 500 jobs will add to the more than 2,000 jobs at the company’s flagship site in Port Elizabeth.  The group employs more than 10,000 people globally, 40% of whom are employed in SA.  Aspen is also in the process of establishing a training academy to give its employees the opportunity to attain national accredited qualifications in pharmaceutical manufacture.  Aspen group CEO Stephen Saad said at the opening of the facility that it would allow the group to expand its export of products.  Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies officiated at the opening, while Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip said the investment demonstrated the company’s confidence in the city’s future growth potential.

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