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£1.8m warehouse officially opened as BASF expands in Lewis


Norman Campbell (Technical and EHS Manager, BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd), Carroll Buxton (Deputy Chief Executive, HIE), Dr Veit Wascholowski (Vice President – Operations Pharma Solutions, BASF SE), Annie Macleod (Deputy Site Manager, BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd), Angus Morrison (Site Manager, BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd), Kathleen Stewart (Head of Enterprise Support, HIE), Joanna Peteranna (Area Manager, HIE)

By Mairi Gillies, HIE and Emma Gregory

A new consumables warehouse at BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd, Isle of Lewis, was officially opened on 26 September 2023.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) invested £1.8m to create a new warehouse at BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd in Breasclete to enable the site to grow its operations. The site is BASF's largest production facility in the UK.

The 550m2 facility was built by Lewis Builders at the site in Breasclete which is owned by HIE. The new warehouse will provide much needed storage capacity to support the company’s growth development plans.

Around eighty people are employed at the factory, with a team of skilled experts producing highly purified omega-3 extracts as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Using patented processing technology and certified sustainable fish oil supplies, the products are used in pharmaceutical and dietary supplements, most of which are exported around the world.

Joanna Peteranna, area manager for HIE’s Outer Hebrides team visited BASF for the opening with HIE's deputy chief executive, Carroll Buxton.

Joanna said: “We’re really pleased to see this warehouse open today. The company has already achieved a great deal in Lewis, developing a highly successful scientific business providing well paid employment and trading internationally from an island location.

“We’re delighted to have played a key role in enabling this latest investment to strengthen the business further and secure jobs on the west side of Lewis. It's great that BASF have an operation in Lewis and we are pleased that this in turn gives them the opportunity to contribute to the island’s economy and communities.”

Angus Morrison, site manager for BASF Pharma (Callanish) Ltd, said: “Today marks another significant milestone in the development of our site here in Callanish. We are highly appreciative of the support HIE have provided us over the years. The addition of this new warehouse will enable us to meet increasing market demand and continue to provide opportunities for the local community.”

Attending the opening was Dr Veit Wascholowski, Vice President - Operations Pharma Solutions, BASF SE.