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December 25, 2012

Completion of Construction of a New Facility for Formulation of Solid Dosage Forms at the Ube Plant

Tokyo, Japan, December 25, 2012 --- Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Nobuo Hanai, "Kyowa Hakko Kirin") has completed construction of a new facility ("Plant [Ⅲ]") at its Ube Plant (Ube, Yamaguchi, Plant Manager: Tomohiko Goto) for formulation of solid dosage forms, and held a ceremony to celebrate its completion, today. (Its construction started in September 2011.)

Kyowa Hakko Kirin is in the course of fulfilling its plan for reorganization of its production system. As a part of this plan, some of the products manufactured at the Fuji Plant (Nagaizumi, Shizuoka) will be transferred to Plant [Ⅲ]. After completion of Plant [Ⅲ], adding its annual production capacity of 800 million tablets to that of the existing facility, the total annual production capacity of the Ube Plant will reach 1.4 billion tablets.
Technology transfers will be started in the beginning of 2013, and commercial production at Plant [Ⅲ] will commence in the beginning of 2015.

Kyowa Hakko Kirin is striving to enhance its production system to maintain stable distribution of high-quality pharmaceuticals to patients.

[Overview of Completion Ceremony]
Date: December 25, 2012 (Tuesday)
Place: Ube Plant (Oaza Fujimagari 2547-3, Ube, Yamaguchi)
Attendees: President and CEO Nobuo Hanai, others

[Overview of Facility]
Name: Plant [Ⅲ]
Scale: Building area 3360.43m2, steel frame, 4 stories, total floor space 7665.60m2
Total construction cost: Approximately 4 billion yen
Products: Solid dosage forms
Operations commence: Beginning of 2015
Features:
(1)Employing state-of-the-art manufacturing engineering technologies, the new facility is a highly automated plant.
(2)By separating the flow of operators from that of materials, the new facility pursues high quality.
(3)Employing an automated transportation system, the new facility has high productivity, and is people-friendly.
(4)Including an unloaded area, the new facility has the flexibility for future expansion and renovation.



[External Appearance of the New Facility]



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