Düsseldorf/Zaragoza, October 4, 2016. The Gerresheimer plant in the Spanish town of Zaragoza optimizes the business model to meet the pharma expectations by including a total solution of bottles and caps. All processes are following the target “Customer in Focus” to make sure the clients perceive this as more than an adaption.
“All the staff at the plant have been working very hard to facilitate the optimization of Gerresheimer Zaragoza into a competence center for amongst other pharmaceutical bottle and closure production,” commented Niels Düring, Global Executive Vice President Plastic Packaging. The optimization of the production processes, all the associated technical modifications and the construction of a new ISO class 7 clean room have already commenced. The product portfolio has also been adapted to reflect customer requirements.
Gerresheimer has decided to roll out new technology for pharmaceutical bottle production in Zaragoza. The new, high-performance machines manufacture PET bottles in higher quality, both as a result of the optimized machine technology and due to improved material distribution. The bottle top design has been modified so that the bottles can be fitted with any kind of closure system, from tamper-evident and child-safe closures, at one end of the scale, to simple stoppers, on the other. Production of PP128/PP28 standard closures and accessories has now commenced in Zaragoza. The plant offers a total solution with tamper evident closures. In other words, Zaragoza is evolving into a system supplier of high quality PET pharmaceutical bottles.
By October 2016 construction work will be finished and the new ISO 7 clean room will be ready. The new 600 square meters clean room is designed to house nine injection stretch blow moulding (ISBM) and injection moulding (IM) machines, and another six can be successively installed before the maximum capacity of fifteen in total is reached.
Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industries. The company’s special glass and plastic products contribute to health and well-being. Gerresheimer is a global organization with 11,000 employees and manufacturing operations in the local markets, close to customers. It has over 40 production facilities in Europe, North and South America and Asia generating revenue in excess of EUR 1.4 billion. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging products as well as convenient and safe drug delivery systems such as insulin pens, inhalers, pre-fillable syringes, vials, ampoules, bottles and containers for liquid and solid pharmaceuticals with closure and safety systems, plus cosmetic packaging products.