Inauguration of Martin Dow pharmaceuticals, Meymac, France


Staff Reporter


Martin Dow Pharmaceuticals officially inaugurated its plant in Meymac, France. Martin Dow Pharmaceuticals plans to ramp up manufacturing activity to the hilt and expand into other therapeutic areas such as oncology and antibiotics in the coming months and years. Martin Dow has been encouraged and supported by French regional and departmental elected representatives and government officials. This momentous day for the site and for its employees was marked by the visit of Mr François Hollande, President of the French Republic, who inaugurated the Meymac site.
At present, the Martin Dow Pharmaceuticals, Meymac plant, specialises in the manufacture of solid form medicines (capsules, tablets, powders) and has positioned itself as a major pharmaceutical industry contract manufacturer for French and international (including Pakistan) clients.
Subsequently the company intends to market its own brands in Europe, Central Asia, Far East, Middle East and in South America.
The Akhai family’s involvement in the pharmaceutical world commenced in 1960whenMr Sattar Akhai created a pharmaceutical distribution company. In 1995, his son Mr Jawed Akhai went beyond distribution and set up Martin Dow Pharmaceutical Pakistan Limited. A few years later, in 2000, Mr Jawed Akhai acquired his first pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Lahore.
Business developed fast for Mr Jawed Akhai and in 2010Martin Dow acquired the manufacturing facility of Roche in Karachi marking the company’s accession as a major player in the Pakistan pharmaceutical industry. In 2016, Martin Dow’s acquisition of the majority shareholding of Merck Germany in Merck (Pvt) Ltd marked another major and significant pharmaceutical acquisition in the country. Martin Dow Group in Pakistanis currently ranked 5th in the pharmaceutical industry of Pakistan.
The Chairman of Martin Dow Group, Mr Jawed Akhai, is delighted by the French President’s participation in this historic event which is a momentous occasion for him and for Pakistan.