On the move We move people and markets into the future
Dr. Wolfgang Wienand
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Andreas Casutt
Chairman of the Board of Directors
150 years of Siegfried – 150 years on the move
It is mainly the developments of the last 14 years that have resulted in the Siegfried we know today, i.e. an agile business with sites in Europe, the United States and China, powered by competent and committed staff from various nations, a leader in its markets, with an international shareholder base. Since 2010, sales have almost quadrupled and the workforce has grown fivefold. We’ve gone from three sites to 11, thus building an efficient global network. At any one time, many millions of people around the world are benefiting from pharmaceutical products made in our facilities.
Despite all this dynamic change, there are some things in 2023 that Benoni Siegfried – founder, together with this brother-in-law, Johann Wilhelm Dürselen, of the “Fabrik Chemisch-Pharmazeutischer Präparate sowie Handel mit Drogen” (“Chemical-Pharmaceutical Preparations Production and Drugs Business”) in 1873 – would recognize. For example, science and technology are just as much the cornerstones of our business now as they were then. Pharmacopoieas are still the authoritative “recipe books” for the manufacture and quality assurance of drugs. Contract manufacturing for third parties was similarly part of the offer back then. The environment in which Benoni Siegfried operated was also highly competitive. Innovative strength and the desire to do the best job possible were as crucial to successful development then as they are now.
Our founder would also note some differences between his day and ours. In the company’s first thirty years, Benoni Siegfried was – in the best sense of the word – an opportunist. As a young and still fledgling entrepreneur, he did whatever the customers wanted, even when many of the orders weren’t profitable – because the volumes they involved were too low, for example. As a result, the range of services that developed in the following decades was broad and largely disjointed. It was little wonder, therefore, that Siegfried routinely fell into difficulty. Selling the company was discussed several times.
In the early 1980s, those in charge realized that the business needed to focus, and so they laid the foundation for the current direction, i.e., manufacturing active ingredients and ready-formulated drugs for third parties, rather than researching and clinically testing molecules, licensing and marketing them ourselves. It was also around this time that the era of Siegfried as a family business came to an end.
If Benoni Siegfried were to give a speech for the 150th anniversary, he would no doubt be proud of what has become of his chemical-pharmaceutical preparations business – as proud as we are of the foundation he laid.
We want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to Siegfried’s success in the last 150 years. To the many people in the production facilities, labs, in sales, administration, management and in all Siegfried divisions who were once and are now responsible for ensuring that we continue to offer first-class products and services. To our customers, who have placed their trust in us and without whom we would not exist. To our suppliers, with whom we work in partnership. To the authorities, towns and communities – our neighbors – that host Siegfried’s sites. To our investors and shareholders, who entrust us with their capital. And finally, to the Siegfried family, which is still very much associated with the company.
We are proud to be part of this longstanding and successful undertaking, and we are committed to ensuring it continues to thrive –we’ll continue to be “on the move”!
On the move
People at Siegfried AG
Diversity of professions and personalities
"I am fortunate to have a job that matches my passion for numbers, which has never left me since my university studies."
Head of Finance and Controlling, St. Vulbas
"After being diagnosed with acromegaly (an endocrine disorder), I first came into contact with Novartis as a patient, and my goal became to one day work at their plant in Barberà."
Capsuling Specialist, Barberà del Valles
"When we take responsibility for something, we also gain tremendous energy, which can make things work out better."
Production Manager, Nantong
"My main task at the Siegfried site in Zofingen is to ensure the quality of all necessary raw materials for the entire site under GMP and in a timely manner. This is a challenge that requires me to work hard every day, sometimes in the evening or on weekends."
Team Lead Quality Assurance, Zofingen
"Quality has always been a driving force in every workplace I’ve been part of and it remains the most important aspect. I enjoy being analytical and on the innovative side of things."
Analytical Manager, Pennsville (USA)
"Over the years, I have seen the transition to Alcon, Novartis and Siegfried. I started in the R&D department, but in 2012 that area was closed, ending a period in which, unfortunately, more than 50 colleagues had to leave."
Formulation Development Technician, El Masnou
"We collate information from all divisions. Some might hear the word 'controller' and picture a boring number-crunching job, but I find my work very varied and exciting – every day is different."
Team Leader Controlling, Hameln
"I enjoy getting to know the newly hired Chemical Operators, especially demonstrating and providing hands on training on how to operate the equipment, safely and precisely."
Senior Production Training Specialist, Pennsville
"I have always appreciated working in plant management because you have to solve complex chemical, technical and organizational problems."
"My hobby is making natural cosmetics. Mixing different substances, observing what they do and creating something new has been my great passion for a long time."
Head Technical Training / Resource Planning, Zofingen
"My vision was to become part of a company that gave me the opportunity to grow professionally and personally. How exciting to see this come true!"
Maintenance Supervisor, Irvine
"To all dreamers out there, do not let negativity distract you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and with right people, anything is possible."
Quality Assurance Supervisor, Irvine
"To contribute to the development of a positive culture in the workplace, I’m also a member of the Health and Wellbeing Committee, which promotes a better quality of work life."
Training Specialist Production, Evionnaz
"I strongly believe in teamwork and I am always ready to support my colleagues."
Production & Material Administrator, Malta
"Although Siegfried is just a workplace, it gives me a warmth similar to that of my home. All the employees are like family members and support each other."
Product QA Engineer, Nantong
"So, from all sciences degrees I decided to study Pharmacy. At first glance, I thought I'd like to work as a hospital pharmacist, but I realized that the industry was more suitable for me because of its dynamic, competence and challenging environment."
Project Manager, Barberà del Valles
"Travelling has always been one of our favorite ways to unwind and reset while feeding our minds and souls with different cultures and experiences."
Accounts & Administration Executive, Malta
"Doing the main elements of this job well — monitoring and evaluating processes, and ensuring procedures are complied with —requires diligence, perseverance, curiosity and being able to set a good example."
Quality Assurance Technician, Saint-Vulbas
"Working for Siegfried brings me enormous satisfaction. On the one hand, I have the genuine feeling of helping people, since we are in the pharmaceutical industry. On the other hand, my daily work routine fully meets my expectations."
Senior DA Chemists Manager, Evionnaz
"I consider myself to be a very self-demanding person, and expect a lot from myself and others. I might not always be 'politically correct', but I always respect the opinions of others."
Liquids Coordinator, El Masnou
"It was the job advertisement, but above all my discussions with colleagues and my visit to Minden, that motivated me to take the leap from measuring in milligrams at university to weighing out kilos and metric tons in the context of industrial production."
Fenja Leena Dücker
Production Chemist, Minden