One of King’s Lynn’s largest employers opened its doors to a visit from the area’s MP.
Recipharm’s North Lynn site is a global market leader in the design, development and manufacturing of valves and components for inhalers for respiratory conditions.
Making over a million valves a day and producing almost 50 per cent of global inhaler valves yearly, Recipharm’s West Norfolk site is the second largest employer locally with a workforce of more than 1,000.
North West Norfolk MP James Wild was given an insight into the firm’s development, manufacturing successes and career opportunities when he met the head of business Chris Hirst, site director Darren Hodkinson, and plant manager Chris Summers.
The company manufactures products for global pharmaceutical companies.
It offers local opportunities in design, engineering, manufacturing and testing, alongside apprenticeships in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
Opening in 1959, Recipharm initially focused on cosmetic and consumer products before moving to manufacturing respiratory inhalers.
Originally based in just one building, it has since expanded to over eight buildings.
Mr Wild saw the process of developing the specialised valves for inhalers and the process to design and mould plastic components.
Annually, more than five billion plastic components are moulded and assembled from Lynn.
Mr Wild discussed future growth opportunities for the company including through innovative nasal devices for potential use in vaccine administration as well as the importance Recipharm places on sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr Wild said: “It was a pleasure to visit Recipharm to learn more about the international markets served from Lynn and its role in producing 50 per cent of the inhalers used globally.
“There are exciting opportunities for the company to grow by developing new technologies.
“As one of the largest employers locally, Recipharm offers great career opportunities, including for apprentices, in STEM and manufacturing.”
Recipharm has developed connections with local schools such as through offering tours, recruiting apprentices locally, and sponsoring local engineering projects.
The firm also supports the town’s GEAR, Grand East Anglia Run.
Mr Hodkinson said: “It was a pleasure to welcome James and discuss the opportunities we have to grow the site through innovation in new technologies to help patients breathe.
“We are proud of our quality and safety record as well as our recent awards for sustainability at the site, and we recognise the contribution of our employees in achieving this success.
“We look forward to being part of Lynn’s economic growth for years to come.”