Construction of new spinning plant for Planova filters
Asahi Kasei Medical will construct a new plant for the spinning of cellulose hollow-fiber membranes for Planova virus removal filters in Nobeoka/ Miyazaki, Japan, increasing annual production capacity by 40,000 m2/year upon completion in May 2019. Virus removal filters are used to enhance safety in the production process for biotherapeutic products such as biopharmaceuticals and plasma derivatives. The Planova cellulose membrane filters were launched in 1989 as the world's first filters developed specifically for removing viruses from biotherapeutic products.
With heightened standards throughout the world for the viral safety of biotherapeutics and advances in the development of monoclonal antibodies and other biopharmaceuticals, global demand for Planova filters is expected to continue on growing. The new spinning plant will enable the company to maintain stable product supply and meet rising demand.