Ego Pharmaceuticals expands in Victoria

One of Australia’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers Ego Pharmaceuticals is expanding production in Melbourne’s southeast, creating jobs and boosting exports.

Minister for Industry and Innovation and Manufacturing Sovereignty Ben Carroll today announced government support for Ego Pharmaceuticals’ $35 million project to increase production capacity at its Braeside manufacturing site by 50 per cent and create 90 new jobs.

However he did not detail the quantum of assistance.

The company produces more than 150 dermatological skincare products for local and international markets, with its brands including QV, SunSense, Elucent and Aquim.

Ego Pharmaceuticals Managing Director Alan Oppenheim said: “Keeping our high-technology manufacturing in Australia has and always will be important to us.

“This grant will help us further in creating good jobs to support our local economy as we continue to grow and will enable Ego to transform more lives through the science of healthy skin across many nations.”

From beginnings 70 years ago when founders Gerald and Rae Oppenheim began creating skincare products out of their Elsternwick home, Ego Pharmaceuticals has grown into a global brand with more than 730 employees in 15 countries, including around 400 employees in Victoria.

Ego Pharmaceuticals’ products are stocked in more than 20 countries and the exports across Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom now make up half its business.

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