Grace invests in small molecule API expansion


COLUMBIA, Maryland, July 12. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WR Grace & Co., a global leader in specialty silica and fine chemicals, today announced it is expanding its contract development and manufacturing facility (CDMO) in South Havre, MI.

The expansion will bring a new 4,000-gallon multipurpose reactor train made of glass-lined construction materials and stainless steel. The extension will also include a HASTELLOY® centrifuge to facilitate product isolation, which greatly enhances the site’s cGMP compliant business capability.

The project will bring South Haven up to three 4,000-gallon general purpose reactor trains enabling Grace’s Fine Chemical Manufacturing Services (FCMS) business to support the continued growth of its small molecule drug production, including custom active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), cGMP intermediates and generic APIs. The project is expected to be completed in January 2024.

In June 2021, Grace acquired Albemarle’s FCMS business as part of an expansion to support its pharmaceutical portfolio. The acquisition enabled Grace’s Materials Technologies division to triple its fine chemical footprint while leveraging its existing chromatography resins and formulation excipients in the healthcare and life science markets.

“Our company’s growth strategy is aligned to support the success of our customers,” said Bob Patel, President and CEO of Grace. “Our expansion to South Haven demonstrates this commitment and addresses the growing market demand for small molecule drug manufacturing that has occurred year over year over the past decade. Anticipation of market needs, coupled with our expertise, are key Grace capabilities that work together to enable customer success.

“The FCMS business has a promising growth trajectory as the leading CDMO in North America,” said Sandra Wisniewski, president, Grace Materials Technologies. “The additional capacity created through this project will enable our customers to develop essential drug therapies in areas such as oncology, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and antivirals.”

Grace’s FCMS is a premier North American CDMO offering extensive capabilities for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and fine chemical industries. Its network of three fully integrated sites provides an industry-leading flexible supply chain through the upstream integration of its intermediaries.


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About Grace

Built on talent, technology and trust, Grace, a Standard Industries company, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of catalysts, engineered materials and fine chemicals. The company’s two leading business segments, Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies, provide innovative products, technologies and services that improve the products and processes of our customers worldwide. With approximately 4,300 employees, Grace operates and/or sells to customers in over 60 countries. More information about Grace is available at

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