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Thermo Fisher Scientific

Vilnius, Lithuania


Read the press release here.

Corporate Overview

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $18 billion and approximately 55,000 employees globally. Thermo Fisher Scientific’s mission is to enable customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. They help customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – Thermo Fisher Scientific offers an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support.

Vilnius Site Overview

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Vilnius site has world-class capabilities in manufacturing products for the life science research market, specifically in molecular, protein and cell biology, with an outstanding research and development (R&D) center, focused on the development of new products in all aspects of molecular, protein and cell biology. The facility employs over 700 people in a variety of roles including 100 researchers, making the Vilnius site one of the largest private R&D centers in the whole region.

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s products are broadly used worldwide to study gene structure, expression and genetic variation, and to create new diagnostics methods for congenital, hereditary and infectious diseases. All products are manufactured with constant focus on quality and lead times in six value streams using the flow approach. Clean room facilities from ISO 5 to ISO 8 (in total 20 k sq. ft.) help to ensure high quality and lot-to-lot consistency of products. The business is constantly growing: the number of employees increased from 420 in 2013 to 700 in 2017, and 220 k sq. ft. in three buildings.

Mission, Strategy and Behavior

The mission is supported by the site strategy statement: “All products in 24 hours with zero waste.” It is visible throughout the site for all employees and everybody is working to achieve it. The everyday motto for all employees is: Job = Daily Work + Kaizens.

An educated employee community (>80% with university degree, 8% with PhD) shows commitment to learning and continuous improvement and understands how critical the link is between the company strategic goals and employee personal objectives. With that in mind, the site developed a unique process for strategy deployment (based on X-Matrix and strategic A3 tools). According to employee survey results, 98% of all employees understand the site’s strategic goals and know how they contribute to achieve these goals by their daily work.

Continuous Improvement Process

The foundation for the site achievements for the last three years is the scientific PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) approach used on a daily basis via kaizen, just do it, or PPI (Practical Process Improvement – structured continuous process improvement business system) classic projects. The site has implemented more than 1500 kaizens during the last three years. The PPI Business System includes both the 8-step methodology based on PDSA scientific method and all Lean management and manufacturing tools.

Quality Management Systems

Customer and Quality

Safety & Environmental


Outstanding Reputation in the Region

Collaboration with Universities

For more information contact:

Alina Stura

Senior Business Excellence Specialist

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Vilnius site

Phone +370 5250 7913