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Pharmaceutical company Ego Pharmaceuticals is expanding production capacity by 50 per cent at its Braeside facility in Melbourne as part of a $35 million project.

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

The project will add new cream and filling lines to Ego’s Braeside manufacturing facility and extend its distribution centre in Dandenong South, increasing capability and capacity to support local and fast-growing export markets.

Minister for industry and innovation and manufacturing sovereignty Ben Carroll announced the Victorian state government’s support of the expansion, which will create 90 new jobs.

“Ego Pharmaceuticals’ decision to expand its operations in Victoria demonstrates the strength of our nation-leading advanced manufacturing industry and highly skilled workers,” Caroll said.

“We’ll continue to back local manufacturers because it builds our capacity to make more things in Victoria and creates secure jobs.”

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.”

The company was founded 70 years ago by Gerald and Rae Oppenheim, who began creating skincare products out of their Elsternwick home. Ego Pharmaceuticals has since 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 exports across Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom now make up half its business.

From sunscreen products to hand sanitiser and gentle skin lotions, Ego Pharmaceuticals has manufactured all its products in Victoria for 70 years.

Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson said, “This support for Ego Pharmaceuticals will boost the local economy and create new job opportunities in the area.”

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