Neuchâtel, Switzerland – 28th May, 2009 – At an official ceremony today, Philip Morris International (PMI) officially opened its new Research & Development Campus, home to more than 400 scientists, specialists and administrative staff.
PMI has invested over CHF120 million developing the new campus, which brings together laboratories and employees previously spread across three locations in Neuchâtel and Fribourg. The 36,500 square meter campus comprises three independent laboratory and office sections all encased in a single glass structure. Meeting areas, terraces, gardens and social meeting points create an environment which fosters interaction and innovation.
At today’s event, held at the lakeside building on Quai Jeanrenaud, officials from the federal and cantonal authorities and the city of Neuchâtel joined PMI Chief Operating Officer, André Calantzopoulos, in celebrating this milestone for the company.
“PMI has been established in Neuchâtel for 46 years, and this new building reinforces our commitment to the city and the canton,” said Mr. Calantzopoulos. “I would like to thank the city and cantonal authorities for their support in helping us realize the completion of this important project. One of the company’s primary goals is to reduce the harm caused by tobacco products by researching and developing products with the potential to reduce the risk of tobacco-related disease. The investment in this new state-of-the-art facility will help us achieve that objective.”
A major focus of the project was to create world-class facilities using an environmentally sensitive design. Two key features of the building are the double glazed façade and the glazed atrium roofs, which allow for heating in the winter via passive solar energy and cooling in the summer through natural ventilation. In addition, lake water is used for the cooling system of the building, thereby reducing the environmental footprint of the new facility.
“We wanted to create an environment that would build community spirit and drive interaction, innovation and creativity among our employees and enable us to achieve our business objectives,” said Dr. Doug Dean, Senior Vice President, Research & Development. “Our new campus is a place where our employees can enjoy the experience of coming to work and which encourages creativity and innovation.”
Design of the project was led by HRS Burckhardt+Partner SA of Zurich and construction by HRS Hauser Rutishauser Suter SA of Frauenfeld. Over 2,800 architects, designers, engineers, builders and suppliers were involved in the project over the past three years.
About Philip Morris International
Philip Morris International (PMI) [NYSE / Euronext Paris: PM] is the leading international tobacco company, with seven of the world’s top 15 brands including Marlboro, the number one cigarette brand worldwide. PMI has more than 75,000 employees and its products are sold in approximately 160 countries. In 2008, the company held an estimated 15.6% share of the total international cigarette market outside of the U.S. For more information, see www.pmintl.com.
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PMI is the world’s leading international tobacco company, with six ot the world’s top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, including Marlboro, the number one global cigarette brand, and other tobacco products, PMI is engaged in the developement and commercialization of Reduced-Risk Products (RRPs). RRPs is the term PMI uses to refer to products with the potential to reduce individual risk and population harm in comparison to smoking cigarettes. Through multidisciplinary capabalities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities, and indusrty-leading scientific substantiation, PMI aims to provide an RRP portfolio that meets a broad spectrum of adult smoker preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements.