New Vaccine Facility Includes Animal and Aquaculture Vaccine Lines; At Maximum Potential Production Capacity, the New Facility Is Projected to Be Capable of Manufacturing an Estimated $15 Million to $17 Million of Combined Annual Revenue
Xi'an, Shaanxi (Marketwire) - Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: SKBI) ("Skystar" or the "Company"), a China-based manufacturer and distributor of veterinary medicines, vaccines, micro-organisms and feed additives, today announced that China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Good Manufacturing Process "GMP" experts have certified that Skystar's new vaccine facility in Huxian, China is 'Stage 1' GMP compliant. A public record of the MOA Inspectors' decision is posted on the China Institute of Veterinary Drug Control's website at: http://www.ivdc.gov.cn/zzys/gmpys/201209/t20120924_39284.htm.
The inspection team has recommended to the MOA's Office of the Working Committee that it should go forward with Stage 2 of the GMP certification process. Stage 2, the final stage of the GMP certification process, requires production line samples of the Company's various vaccine products to be submitted to the MOA for testing. The Committee will then determine if the production line samples meet current GMP production standards. At the successful completion of this process, Skystar must then apply for and receive drug control numbers for each product before vaccine production at the new facility can begin.
At maximum potential production capacity, the new facility is projected to be capable of manufacturing an estimated $15 million to $17 million of combined annual revenue with gross margins near 70% on an annual basis. The Company anticipates launching 10 new vaccine products in 2013 and a total of 20 to 30 products in total over the next 5 years.
Mr. Weibing Lu, Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the foregoing: "The Company is moving its newly built vaccine plant towards full GMP certification. The increased manufacturing capability will play an integral part of Skystar's growth strategy in the upcoming years as the Company focuses on expanding its footprint, customer base and verticals."
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About Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company
Skystar is a China-based developer and distributor of veterinary healthcare and medical care products. Skystar has four product lines (veterinary medicines, micro-organisms, vaccines and feed additives) and over 284 products. Skystar has formed strategic sales distribution networks covering 29 provinces throughout China. For additional information, please visit http://www.skystarbio-pharmaceutical.com.
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