Paris wass the rendezvous on 6 and 7 February for pharma experts from the whole of Europe when the doors open for Pharmapack 2008, one of the most important information and contact forums in the field of drug delivery. A particularly varied subject range is offered to visitors by the Gerresheimer Group (Stand B01/B03). With glass and plastic variants for every type of medication, standardised primary packaging and highly specialised application systems it covers an extraordinarily wide spectrum - which has just been expanded once again. The Spanish company EDP also appears for the first time under the internationally leading Gerresheimer label.
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Step by step, Gerresheimer has completed its product range for pharmaceutics and life sciences, while at the same time developing a global network of production locations. In January the newly acquired PET specialist gave the Group a strong base in Southern Europe and South America, and just at the start of February Gerresheimer furthermore announced the takeover of Allplas in Brazil – another acquisition which further strengthens the Group particularly in the segment of pharmaceutical plastic packaging.
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Including the two new subsidiaries, the Group as a whole now has more than forty production plants in Europe, North and South America as well as China. The strategic objective is to achieve maximum flexibility and innovation-generating synergies for the market, says Burkhard Lingenberg, Director of Marketing and Communication for the Gerresheimer Group.
What has long applied for pharmaceutical glass products is therefore now continuing in the plastics sector: Gerresheimer operates in an ever expanding catchment area as a high-calibre specialist and, evidently, also as an all-in-one supplier in each individual segment. The exhibition during the Paris event provides a condensed overview.
• Glass pharma packaging forms an extremely wide and diversified requirement area – and Gerresheimer covers it completely. The product range starts with vials, ampoules and cartridges made of type-I borosilicate tubular glass, which the Group not only shapes in a multitude of forms but also, as a vertically integrated manufacturer, produces itself from start to finish. The most neutral glass type I is offered by Gerresheimer in addition to types II and III for moulded glass as well – a unique feature in Europe, which here rounds off a universal range of pharmaceutical bottles and jars.
• In the case of injection systems, key focus is on the RTF® brand. With their convenience for the pharma industry Ready-to-Fill syringe systems delivered in sterile form are on an unstoppable growth course: today already they make up the greater part of Gerresheimer’s syringe sales, and the next production expansion is already in sight. Resounding success has also been achieved by multifunctional complementary systems such as the Rigid Needle Shield (RNS), the Tamper Evident Luerlock Closure (TELC) and the Backstop: accessories which provide great benefits in terms of
both safety and handling of syringes.
• Technologies for the treatment of respiratory diseases are a key area of focus in the case of medical plastic systems. For pulmonary delivery of drugs Gerresheimer exhibits powder and capsule inhalers, nebulisers and nasal spray systems. Behind these stands a highly innovative project business, in which Gerresheimer realises customer-specific systems and system components through all the phases in the value-added process – from individual development to tool manufacture, customised production and international logistics. In parallel with the pharma sector, industrial customers in the field of diagnostics and medical technology also use the exclusive full service. The competence spectrum is large. Specialist areas include for example the field of diabetes.
• Last but not least, an innovative presentation is staged for the wide spectrum of plastic packaging. Convenience is the keynote of this varied range – from eyedroppers to tablet containers: naturally for users but also for the pharma industry. Completely new standards are set here for example by tamper-evident and moisture-absorbing closure systems under the Duma® trademark, which Gerresheimer is the first manufacturer to produce
completely under one roof – including the desiccant capsules. This Powder-Inhaler eliminates external influences and shortens the registration
process. Further innovation is unlikely to be far down the pipeline, especially since the new subsidiaries offer interesting indicators for this. The Brazilian market leader Allplas Embalagens, which operates two production plants and will now bear the name Gerresheimer Sao Paulo, produces high-calibre system packaging which ideally complements the portfolio of the Plastic Packaging Unit. EDP, which will in future operate under
the names Gerresheimer Zaragoza, Gerresheimer Valencia and Gerresheimer Buenos Aires after its production plants in Spain and Argentina, substantially expands the PET range and immediately opens up additional synergy opportunities. West European sister companies will for example contribute existing system additions to allow an even greater variety of design for the smart pharma bottles made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate).