In 2019, Grifols intensified its capital expenditures to expand and enhance its divisions’ production facilities. The company allocated EUR 332.2 million to CAPEX in 2019, a 31.7% increase over the EUR 252.2 million invested in 2018. Within the framework of its long-term sustainable growth strategy, the company announced plans to invest EUR 1,400 million over 2018-2022. Investments highlights in 2019 include the following:

bioscience division

Larger capacity for protein fractionation and purification

Construction of a new plasma fractionation plant on the North Carolina (U.S.) complex continued as planned. With a fractionation capacity of 6 million liters per year, the plant will allow the complex to double its current capacity. Expected to be operational by 2021, it will include the installation of two parallel plasma fractionation and grouping lines to maximize flexibility and efficiency. 

Construction also continues on the world’s first purification, dosing and sterile filling plant of immunoglobulins in flexible bags. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 6 million equivalent liters of plasma and is expected to be operational in 2022.

The construction of a new albumin purification, dosing and sterile filling plant in Dublin (Ireland) continues according to plan. The plant will have an annual production capacity of 6 million equivalent liters of plasma and incorporate state-of-the-art filling technology. In 2019 the installation of the first filling line of albumin out of the two planned was completed.

Expansion of the fibrin and topical thrombin sealant production plant is underway at the Barcelona industrial complex. Upon completion of the new purification and dosing installations, this extension will increase production capacity to 3.3 million equivalent liters of plasma equivalent and also include a packaging and finishing plant.

Investment to increase access to plasma

As of December 31, 2019, Grifols operated the largest plasma center network in the world, with 295 centers. Thanks to its capital investments, the company increased its capacity to 45,000 average daily donations and total volume of plasma obtained for fractionation to nearly 13,5 million liters. This volume represents a 12.5% increase compared to 2018.

Diagnostic division

The San Diego (California, U.S.) installations were renovated to boost production of the NAT product line.

The Brazil plant, dedicated to the collection, separation, storage and production of transfusion bags for blood components, has become operational. The installation has a production capacity of 2 million units per year, scalable to 4 million units.

Hospital division

expansion of intravenous solutions production

This division’s capital investments are focused on increasing capacity and productivity of its intravenous solutions, manufactured in its industrial complexes in Barcelona and Murcia. These improvements will enable the division to meet expected growth in this product segment, as outlined in its internationalization plan.