Ivaylo Dimitrov, managing director of Bulgaria Production Ltd., managing directors of MULTIVAC Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, group chief executive and spokesman, Guido Spix, group chief technology officer and chief operating officer, and Christian Traumann, Group chief financial officer.

Multivac has opened a production site in Bulgaria at a cost of €18.8 million ($22.1m), with more than 150 jobs created as a result. It is the company’s first plant in Eastern Europe.

The manufacturing plant has a total surface area of around 20,000 sq m. In addition to a factory building with technology for the production of parts, the facility also includes a warehouse and logistics centre, a training centre and an administration building.

As well as the Bulgarian sales and service company headed by Trifon Filipov, an international shared service centre for IT, strategic purchasing, design and service will also be housed in the new building.

Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov and Emil Karanikolov, minister of economy were in attendance for the opening ceremony near the capital Sofia.

Hans-Joachim Boekstegers, group chief of Multivac, said: “We are pleased to celebrate the opening of our first production facility in Eastern Europe here in Bozhurishte after a construction period of roughly two and a half years.”

Managing director of Bulgaria Production Ltd, Ivaylo Dimitrov added: “We are proud that the Multivac Group has opted for Bulgaria as the place to expand its production capacity. Our goal is to be one of the most modern production sites within the Group and to guarantee the high standards through our specialists.”

In addition to the new plant in Bulgaria, Multivac has eleven additional production sites in Germany, Austria, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Finland and the USA, as well as more than 80 sales and service companies worldwide.