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Vetter Success Story

It all started with a pharmacy in Ravensburg, over 70 years ago. See the events, milestones and highlights that helped shape our history.

Vetter through time – From Ravensburg to the world

Vetter Headquarter Ravensburg


Long-term investment strategy to sustain future growth 

  • New corporate headquarters building in Germany
  • A sharp focus on stability and progress even in globally difficult times
  • Investments in national and international development and production capacities continue
Vetter and TWS Partnership


In focus: Sustainable energy supply

Vetter reaches another important milestone concerning sustainability: Since mid-2019, all German sites have been exclusively powered by CO2-neutral electricity from verifiably renewable energy sources. This achievement highlights our commitment to climate and environmental protection as an important element of our responsible corporate governance.

vetter standort ravensburg west


Winner of the Facility of the Year Award 2018

Vetter wins the renowned Facility the the Year Award (FOYA) in the category "Facility of the Future“ for its Center for Visual Inspection and Logistics. The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) was impressed by the intelligent combination of location design, state-of-the-art technologies and innovative processes.

Opening of office in Incheon, South Korea


Opening of a new branch office in South Korea

The establishment of its own local branch office in South Korea underlines Vetter’s commitment to the Asia Pacific market. With the new footprint, Vetter will be better positioned to support its existing South Korean business as well as that of new local and global customers, helping them to meet stringent development, manufacturing and packaging requirements of their injectable drugs.

Vetter RVB Ravensburg


New multi-functional building for Development Service and IT

Growing customer demand for support in drug development as well as the need for enhanced IT systems has created the need for expansion of the Ravensbug Schuetzenstrasse building.

Opening of Office in Tokyo, Japan


Vetters presence in Tokyo, Japan

In October 2015, Vetter opens a new business entity in Tokyo, Japan. The new office underlines the importance of Japan for Vetter’s business activities. As the second largest pharmaceutical single market, Japan is home to a number of leading global companies which offer a promising injectable pipeline. As such, the new office will support customer relations and aid in the development of new business within Japan.

Skyline Singapur


Opening of representative office in Singapore

In November 2014, Vetter opens an office in Singapore to increase its presence and to take advantage of the rapidly growing Asian healthcare market. The new office will support customer relations and the development of new business.



First product transfer from Skokie to Ravensburg

This year marks the first of many product transfers from the US to Germany for market production, offering further proof of our range of clinical and commercial manufacturing services from a single source.

vetter standort ravensburg west


Commissioning of site in Erlen

In May 2012, Vetter puts the center for visual inspection and logistics into operation. With the site at Erlen, the company offers even higher quality standards as well as more efficient and safer supply-chain processes. Along with optimized operations, the site uses a variety of renewable power sources including photovoltaic and biogas energies. Thus, Erlen is an investment in the future in many respects.

Vetter development service office in Chicago, USA


Opening of production site in Skokie

The first US production site, which is an expansion of Vetter Development Service begins operations at the Illinois Science Technology Park in Skokie, Illinois. With the new facility, the company expands its services for early clinical development. An advantage for North American customers: now, Vetter locally supports the early phases with the aseptic filling of vials, syringes and cartridges according to cGMP standards.

Vetter Chicago Sales office


Sales office moves to Skokie

In August 2010, Vetter relocates its North American sales office from Yardley, Pennsylvania to Chicago, Illinois. The company settles its sales subsidiary in the suburb of Skokie, where the first US production site for early development comes into being. Short commutes and a faster and more direct exchange of information strengthen the partnership with local customers.


Vetter continues to grow

On April 1, Vetter combines its sales and marketing activities under the subsidiary Vetter Pharma International GmbH, to strengthen Vetter Pharma-Fertigung’s position in the international marketplace. In the fall, Vetter inaugurates its Ravensburg Vetter South site, including its new secondary packaging facility, VSP.

Vetter RVS Ravensburg


Repositioning as a full-service provider

Vetter evolves into a full-service provider for its international customers. This new orientation includes expansion of existing facilities and the building of new ones, like Ravensburg Vetter Sued (RVS), as well as investments in the latest technology and quality assurance systems.

Lyophising machine


Innovation and automation

1990 marks the market introduction of the Vetter Lyo-Ject® dual-chamber prefilled syringe. Two years later, Vetter uses robots in the aseptic production process for the first time ever, thereby setting a high standard of quality in the manufacture of injected drugs. As of 1996, production of the Vetter Lyo-Ject® dual chamber syringe is fully automated at the new manufacturing facility in Langenargen.

1984 Prefilled Syringe


The prefilled syringe

Vetter Pharma-Turm Inc. is founded in New Jersey, USA, evidence of Vetter’s international strategic orientation. In 1984 the prototype for the dual-chamber syringe Vetter Lyo-Ject® is presented worldwide.

historic picture of manual visual inspection


The step towards aseptic production

The company begins sealing in particle-reduced rooms. Helmut Vetter develops the idea of the prefilled syringe, which becomes the focus of the manufacturing portfolio in the late 70s.

Vetter Pharmaceutical Processes


Innovative packaging methods

During the 1960s, quality in packaging pharmaceuticals became increasingly important. Helmut Vetter enlarges contract blister packaging and manufacturing of drugs.

Historic Vetter Pharmacy Downtown Ravensburg


Entrepreneur and pharmacy owner

Helmut Vetter develops the Ullus® stomach medicine, which is sold even in the USA. In 1958, he purchases his own pharmacy on Marienplatz in Ravensburg.



Helmut Vetter leases the Marien-Apotheke (pharmacy) in Ravensburg, which was the foundation of our company. Development of Ullus® stomach medicine, which is exported as far as the USA.


1945 Licensed Pharmacist


Licensed as a pharmacist

Honorary Senator and pharmacist Helmut Vetter (1920-1999) founds the “Chemisch-Pharmazeutische Laboratorium Ravensburg GmbH,” which comprises a school for lab technicians and a drug production facility in addition to a laboratory.