Lek celebrates Earth Day in Lendava by holding an Open House Day- Lek cares about the environment and fosters friendly relations with its neighbors

The Open House in Lendava

24. 4. 2002

Lendava, April 23 – The pharmaceutical company Lek d. d., hosted many visitors from the Lendava neighborhood. By holding an open house today at its facility in Lendava, Lek sought to present itself in greater detail to its neighbors, as well as commemorate Earth Day, which we celebrated yesterday.

Lek d. d. is an international pharmaceutical company with a 55 year old tradition and numerous companies and representative offices in over 20 countries. The company’s basic business is development, manufacture and sales of medicines. Non-prescription drugs, animal health drugs, medical devices, and cosmetic products supplement the basic pharmaceutical program. Lek Kozmetika d. o. o., the manufacturer of the cosmetic products, is an independent company since January 1st of this year, owned a hundred percent by Lek d. d.

In Slovenia, Lek has manufacturing facilities in Ljubljana, Mengeš, Lipovci, Prevalje and Lendava. Part of Lek’s facilities are also in Romania, Macedonia, and Poland. The company’s principal mission is concern for a better quality of life. But, its responsibility as good corporate citizens involves more than just this basic mission. It also involves an active, and accountable attitude towards the environment, and towards the local communities. Lek holds the ISO 14001 quality standard, and has for years also been adjusting its business operations to comply with the international standards. Last year, Lek also built a treatment plant in Lendava together with the local community.

The facility in Lendava is one of Lek’s key facilities. It produces active pharmaceutical ingredients used for the manufacture of antibiotics. Cosmetic products are also manufactured in Lendava.

The Lendava plant is one of the important forces of economic development in the region, employing 270, and contributing to the growth of the larger, as well as the local community. Lek strives for a good relationship with the local community, and is seeking to become an important player in the socio economic development in the entire region.

Today, Lek opened the doors to its facility and hosted its neighbors, partners and anyone interested in becoming better acquainted with its business operations. In addition, this occasion gave us an opportunity to elaborate in greater detail about who Lek is and what Lek does, and to pay tribute to Earth Day, which we celebrate April, 22nd. Lek in compliance with its business orientation does not concentrate on sustained growth alone, but is concerned with both protecting the environment, and observing the environmentally safe and efficient manufacturing.

Lek’s representatives introduced the visitors, among which the inquisitive school children were the most numerous, to our products and the ways they are produced. The guests could also tour part of the manufacturing plant in Lendava. It was talked about Lek d.d., Lek Kozmetika , and Lek’s environmental policies. The visitors could also observe how the incinerator of production wastes works; how the waste is collected and the wastewater treated. The representatives also explained in great detail the air bio-filtration process, which helps lower emissions of unpleasant odors, and procedures for lowering noise levels.

“ We at Lek understand that being environmentally responsible means more than just meeting the legal requirements. We are environmentally conscious already in the planning stages, as well as in managing manufacturing and R&D processes,” stated dr. Aleš Rokavec, director of Pharmaceutical Ingredients Manufacturing in Lendava, at the occasion.

All guests were also encouraged to visit the Lendava Treatment Plant and see how it works. The Lendava Treatment Plant, which Lek is particularly proud of, is an independent company. Its founders are the Lendava municipality and Lek. The plant, which started operating last summer, is used for the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewaters in the Lendava community.

This press release contains statements and conclusions based on projections of Lek’s future business operations. These estimates are derived from the best information currently available. In case these forecasts prove unreliable, the actual results could prove different from those projected.

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For additional information, please contact: Miša Komar – Žiberna, Lek’s Corporate Communications Telephone: + 386 1 580 22 43