By Alexa Kaczka
A company which produces contact lens solutions and other eyecare items for consumers and surgeons has started constructing a new plant in Singapore.
The Alcon plant will be finished in 2012 if it goes according to schedule and it is dedicated mostly to making pharmaceutical products to be sold within Asia.
Ed McGough, senior vice president for global manufacturing and technology operations, said the plant"s location and enhanced capability would be beneficial.
"With the rapid growth we are experiencing in Asia, this new Singapore plant is integral to our ability to meet the increasing demand for our products in the region," he said.
The new plant will create 150 jobs and span 330,000 square feet.
Alcon produces the OPTI-FREE contact lens solution range.
Its other products include eye allergy drop PATANOL, also known as OPATANOL, as well as a number of tools for ophthalmic surgery.
Alcon makes the ACRYSOF intraocular lenses which are used for treating cataracts.
by Alexa Kaczka