Merck wants to rely on oil in the event of a gas shortage

In the event of a fuel cut, the pharmaceutical company Merck sees itself well positioned. Production processes could also be switched to oil in the short term. The Darmstadt-based pharmaceutical and technology group Merck is prepared for a possible sudden gas shortage. “We are very well prepared for this,” CEO BelĂ©n Garijo said in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Tuesday) in response to a question. “We are ready to then move our production processes to oil, among other things.” At the same time, dependence on fossil fuels will be reduced. “I’m pretty confident about the situation we find ourselves in.” But of course, the government must prioritize companies that manufacture critical drugs and products, the official demanded.

Drugs still available

She was “completely confident that we can continue to provide medicine,” Garijo said. Merck sourced raw materials. “We have also planned to buy oil to prepare for the worst case scenario. But at the same time, it very much depends on how long the shortages last and how well we manage to switch to alternative sources in parallel.” Garijo did not comment specifically on the question of what is the longest period that Merck could last. She pointed out that the group is not particularly energy-intensive in a sectoral comparison. Merck, with more than 60,000 employees worldwide and a turnover of 19.7 billion euros in 2021, manufactures drugs against cancer, infertility and multiple sclerosis. In addition, the Dax group markets products and services for the production of medicines and offers, among other things, solutions for the semiconductor industry.

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