Norwegian company wants to establish vaccine factory in Sandefjord

Laboratory testingPhoto / illustration: David Morrison / Eli Lilly via AP / File

If everything goes according to plan, the newly established company Ecam Norge AS could open a factory for the production of coronavirus vaccines in Sandefjord before the summer.

“Sandefjord and Borgeskogen could be the right locations for the factory. No contract has been signed yet, but it may be imminent,” Arild Theimann in the LO union Industri Energi told newspaper Sandefjords Blad.

Theimann is participating in a working group that has worked on how Norway can establish the Center for Norwegian Vaccine Production and Innovation (SEVI). 

Åge Nærdal, CEO of Ecam Norge AS (a subsidiary of British Ecam Biomed ltd), is also in the group.

Waiting for the paperwork

They want to build a 6,000 square meter factory for the production of vaccines, test equipment, and medicines. 

Now they are waiting for the paperwork from the municipality. 

“If we get it within a month, the factory could be built in six months,” Nærdal noted.

Borgeskogen is interesting to the company as it’s close to Torp Airport, E18, and Larvik harbor. 

Project manager Sigbjørn Myhre in Format Eiendom, who owns the plot, confirmed to newspaper Sandefjords Blad that they are talking to Ecam.

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