Support building the next-generation pharma manufacturing plant - Convoi

We know how to handle your sensitive equipment with care.

When a leading U.S. biopharmaceutical firm decided to build an advanced production plant in central Switzerland, their construction firm called in Convoi…
Simon Spinnler, Managing Director Convoi Schweiz AG

New pharmaceutical industry

“The company, which specializes in neuropathological treatment, planned to set up a facility to produce treatment for a variety of diseases. This was to be a highly regulated, Industry 4.0 production environment, with a lot of smart built-in technology and sensors and very high level of automation. Initially, the scope of our activities consisted of lifting and rigging activities inside the main production plant, including all installations and equipment. The size of the project was challenging, but also the fact that everything had to be completed in a relatively tight time frame, as time to market is essential in the pharma industry and product pipelines have to be accommodated.”

“An engineer was sent over from the Netherlands to provide the required technical expertise, I took care of commercial and local expertise, and we put together a team of experienced riggers to work with us. Over the course of the project, we got to expand our scope from being the main lifting contractor to also include practically all logistics activities on site, moving around the heavy equipment used to build the plant over the course of two years. Our team expanded from 15 to 70 people. We recruited local support on administrative tasks, as well as scheduling and technical support people.

 The multidisciplinary contractor

“Our work ranged from unpacking and unloading to on-site storage, lifting, internal transportation and manipulation, positioning of loads inside the building, assembling and anchoring platforms, skids and tanks. We can now confidently say we’re experts in lifting and manipulating pharmaceutical equipment, which is extremely expensive and often very sensitive. Everything is polished in order to meet the highest standards of hygiene. Even the slightest scratch or bump can have severe consequences. Many items are one-off designs, sometimes costing up to a million dollars – just one error and they have to be recreated from scratch. This is not only expensive, but can cause delays.”

Work safe or not at all

“Safety is essential to Convoi’s culture, and for many clients this is a key reason for working with us. With safety in mind, we needed to take some extra steps, compared to other projects. Together with the people in the field, we planned all of the work carefully and then handed this documentation over to the client. With effort, hard work and great team spirit we got the job done! The client was very happy with the close cooperation and all of the work we’ve done, and we are delighted with the positive feedback and recognition we received. Convoi has considerable knowledge and experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and we look forward to taking on the next projects!”

We know how to handle your sensitive equipment with care.
When a leading U.S. biopharmaceutical firm decided to build an advanced production plant in central Switzerland, their construction firm called in Convoi…

Simon Spinnler, Managing Director Convoi Schweiz AG

Facts and Figures

315 large items of equipment uncrated, brought into the building, assembled and anchored. The majority of these include more than 10 subcomponents

  • 350 acceptance protocols issued and closed
  • 13,000 pieces of Anchors mounted
  • 17,500 crane lifts performed with one of our three cranes
  • 145,000 worked hours in the field
  • 30,000 hours worked in the offices to support the field
  • 250 40″ containers unloaded and loaded back onto trucks
  • 130 huge break bulk crates unloaded and uncrated
  • 500 smaller crates removed from containers and uncrated
  • No lost time due to injury
  • Practically no damages

About Simon

Simon Spinnler previously worked for a company that made shieldings for the medical market and often cooperated with Convoi, who asked him to join in 2016. Following market research in Switzerland, business there rapidly expanded.