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January 6th, 2015
Keystone Folding Box Co. Launches Ecoslide-RX 2.0 Compliance Package
Walmart First to Adopt Next-Generation Compliance Package
Newark, NJ – Walmart has announced plans to incorporate the next generation of Keystone Folding Box Company’s Ecoslide-RX compliance package into its pharmacies nationwide beginning in 2015. The new Ecoslide-RX 2.0 offers a host of upgraded features that enhance user-friendliness, including redesigned lock/unlock functionality and enhanced graphics providing more dynamic user instructions.
The package passed Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) protocol testing for child resistance and once again received the highest rating, F=1. In addition to demonstrating a high level of senior friendliness, Ecoslide RX 2.0 was also reported by patients to be “easy to open” in consumer testing.
December 8th, 2014
Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging Hires Two High-level Executives, including New Chief Operating Officer
Steve Meeker, 30-Year Pharma Veteran, Named COO; Longtime QA Specialist Edwin Miranda Becomes Director of Quality
Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, a contract packager serving the global pharmaceutical industry with bottling, blistering, pouching, unit-of-use, compliance and secondary packaging services, has hired two high-level executives following its recent move into a modernized 190,000-square-foot production facility. Steve Meeker, whose more than three decades of pharmaceutical industry experience includes the previous 18 years with Bayer Health Care LLC, has been named the company’s new COO, while dedicated QA specialist Edwin Miranda has become Legacy’s newest Director Of Quality.Read More
December 3rd, 2014
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST WITH SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF REVENUE GROWTH AND SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN PROFITABILITY
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group, the global
leader in primary packaging and specialty plastic film solutions, once again delivered a
successful operational and financial performance in the financial year 2013/2014. Read More
November 3rd, 2014
Colbert Debuts New F=1 Patient Adherence Package, MedLock EZ, at Pack Expo
Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today announced the availability of MedLock EZ™, its latest invention in patient compliance packaging solutions. MedLock EZ is a child-resistant, senior-friendly and sustainable unit dose alternative to amber prescription vials.
"While patient nonadherence continues to plague the industry, and is often the primary driver behind a switch from nondescript pharmacy vials to branded unit dose packages, the packaging alternatives must do more than just promote adherence,” said Glenn Grosskopf, vice president of product development for Colbert Packaging. “MedLock EZ is a compact, all-in-one package that provides security and sustainability – and promotes patient adherence." Read More
September 23, 2014
Constantia Flexibles Introduces Coldform Foil Solution Offering Maximum Moisture Protection
Constantia DryFoil Includes Special Polyethylene Layer Serving as Desiccant and offers a blister solution offering the highest-possible protection against moisture cross-diffusion (egress and ingress). Substituting traditional PVC with a special polyethylene desiccant layer, the company’s Constantia DryFoil is a customized packaging concept for unit-dose applications whose maximum moisture protection can significantly extend product shelf life. Read More
September 19, 2014
PCI significantly expands Global Clinical Services business through Biotec acquisition
PCI is pleased to announce it has acquired Biotec Services International (Biotec). Biotec is a leading provider of Clinical Trial Services and Temperature Controlled Pharmaceutical Services headquartered in Bridgend, Wales in the United Kingdom. The addition significantly expands PCI’s presence in the UK/EU to support global investigational studies of medicinal products by adding packaging, storage and distribution capacity, as well as consultative services for clinical trial supplies.Read More
September 9, 2014
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST DISPLAYING WIDE RANGE OF SHRINK-LABEL FILMS AT LABELEXPO ‘14
Klöckner Pentaplast is displaying applications of a wide range of shrink-label films in booth # 3010 during the Labelexpo 2014 show, September 9-11, at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Among the newest products on display are Pentalabel® LV PETG films with Y460 coating designed to provide customers with a new digital printing solution that meets high productivity performance requirements and Pentalabel® PETG roll-sleeve films for shrink-label packaging applications.Read More
September 3, 2014
Contract Packager Reed-Lane
Opens Dedicated Serialization Suite
Reed-Lane, a New Jersey-based contract packaging provider that serves leading RX, OTC, and generic drug manufacturers, has completed a dedicated Serialization Suite allowing the company to provide track-and-trace services down to the unit level. The new suite – Reed-Lane’s first for such purposes – debuts with the installation of an Optel Vision TrackSafe™ system. The initial installation of the line was completed in July 2014. Validation is projected to be completed by the first quarter of 2015, and pilots with company customers shortly thereafter.Read More
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Bilcare Research AG Announces €50 Million Euro Growth Plan
Bilcare Research AG has announced investments in new capacities of more than EUR €50 million. With the support of an international European bank, Bilcare Research AG aims for an accelerated growth in domestic markets as well as in the target markets of South America and Asia.
With the consistent implementation of its strategy and the reorganization of the group, Bilcare Research AG has achieved remarkable success over the past years. Consequently, the company developed from a films producer to a provider of integrated solution concepts, catering to the constantly increasing and challenging demands of a growing market. Read More
August 1, 2014
PCI Announces Completion of Penn Pharma Purchase
Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) is pleased to announce it has finalized its agreement to acquire Penn Pharmaceutical Services Limited (Penn Pharma). Headquartered in Tredegar, Wales in the United Kingdom, Penn Pharma offers both drug development and manufacturing services, including Clinical and Commercial dosage form manufacturing, as well as Clinical Packaging, Labeling, and global Storage, Distribution and Return Drug Services.
July 31, 2014
Uhlmann Packaging Systems LP Names Andy Span Western Regional Sales Manager
Uhlmann Packaging Systems LP, the worldwide leader in pharmaceutical packaging, has hired Andy Span as its newest Western Region Sales Manager. In this role, Mr. Span will be responsible for managing sales in the western United States and western Canada.
July 28, 2014
PCI’s Expands Service Offering with Acquisition of Penn Pharma
Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) is pleased to announce it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Penn Pharmaceutical Services Limited (Penn Pharma). Penn Pharma is headquartered in Tredegar, Wales in the United Kingdom and operates regional offices in New Hope, Pennsylvania and Tokyo, Japan. Penn Pharma offers both drug development and manufacturing services, including Clinical and Commercial dosage form manufacturing, as well as Clinical Packaging, Labeling, and global Storage, Distribution and Return Drug Services. Recently, Penn Pharma opened a new world class, purpose-built contained manufacturing facility in response to market need for specialist containment solutions for the development and manufacturing of solid oral dose products containing highly potent compounds. In 2014, Penn launched a capacity expansion project for large scale commercial manufacturing and packaging.
July 14, 2014
Contract Packager Reed-Lane Secures New Warehouse Space and Adds New Bottling Line
Reed-Lane, a New Jersey-based contract packaging provider that serves leading RX, OTC, and generic drug manufacturers, has added to its existing 132,000-square-foot facility with a 30% increase in warehouse space.
The warehouse expansion makes room for an expected increase in overall production, as the company also put the finishing touches on its fifth bottling Line. Reed-Lane has four main specialties within the pharmaceutical contract packaging industry: blister packaging, bottling, pouching and convenience vial filling.
July 1, 2014
Constantia Flexibles Introduces Deep-drawn Aluminum Container for Pharmaceutical Devices
Constantia Flexibles has developed a new deep-drawn aluminum container for pharmaceutical devices. Known as Constantia Safemax, the innovation offers dramatic improvement over traditional packaging in protecting pharmaceutical devices against moisture ingress during global distribution. For customers, the container’s conveniently peelable lidding foil also makes it easy to open.
May 15, 2014
PCI WELCOMES TIM BROWN TO CLINICAL SERVICES GROUP
PCI’s North American Clinical Services team adds Tim Brown as Director of Project Management
Philadelphia, PA – May 19, 2014 - Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) has announced the addition of Tim Brown to its Global Clinical Services staff, assuming the role of Director of Project Management for North American operations. Brown is transitioning from PCI’s Commercial packaging services team at the Rockford site, where PCI operates nine facilities including PCI’s state-of-the-art North American Clinical Packaging, Storage, and Distribution operations. Brown joins PCI’s Clinical Services team as they are experiencing significant business growth and expansion, evidenced both in personnel growth as well as capital expansions. In December PCI broke ground on a brand new 97,000 square foot stand-alone Storage and Distribution facility, slated to open in September of 2014.
May 12, 2014
PCI TO HOST GLOBALCLINICAL TRIAL SERVICES SEMINAR JUNE 18, 2014 IN OXFORD, ENGLAND
Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) will be hosting the latest in their Global Clinical Trial Services Seminar Series in Oxford, England on June 18. The event including a complimentary breakfast, will focus on the role of Rapid Response and Direct to Patient Home Delivery in addressing innovation and cost efficiency in drug development within the dynamically changing environment of the Clinical Trial industry. Speakers include PCE's Tim Roberts, Associate Director of Clinical Services (Europe) and Gavin Morgan, Manager of Global Clinical Storage & Distribution. Registration is available online at http://pciservices.com/uk-oxford-seminar-june-2014/ or by emailing Becky Griffiths at email@example.com.
May 7, 2014
Uhlmann Packaging Systems Introduces the Blister Express Center 500: Integrated Line Combines Flexibility, Efficiency and Ease-of-Use
Uhlmann Packaging Systems, the worldwide leader in pharmaceutical packaging, has introduced the new Blister Express Center 500 (BEC 500), a double-lane, integrated blister and carton module less then 10 meters in length. Designed to maximize efficiency and versatility, the BEC 500 is exceptionally easy to operate, allows fast format changeovers, and can process up to 500 blisters and 500 cartons per minute – making it ideal for packaging medium-sized batches of standard solid-dose products using conventional forming materials.
April 14, 2014
PCI CONGRATULATES NOVEN THERAPEUTICS AND DEPOMED INC FOR HCPC COMPLIANCE PACKAGE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) congratulates Noven Therapeutics and Depomed, Inc. for their recent awards in the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's 2013 Compliance Package of the Year awards competition. HCPC recognized Noven as the overall winner for the Brisdelle™ compliance prompting design at the RxAdherence conference on patient adherence in Florham Park, NJ on April 8th, while also recognizing Depomed for the Gralise® Starter Pack as 1st Runner up in the competition.
April 10, 2014
Rondo-Pak Introduces Imperceptible Digital Watermarking for Folding Carton Packaging
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, now offers enhanced Digital Watermarking for folding cartons. Utilizing mobile technologies such as InvisiMarc™ (IM) code, the Digital Watermarks invisibly connect packages and other printed materials to interactive experiences on consumers' smartphones.
March 17, 2014
PCI WELCOMES MEDRICK RAINBOW AS VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER FOR ROCKFORD, IL LOCATION
Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) is pleased to welcome Medrick Rainbow as General Manager of its Rockford, IL location. PCI operates nine facilities in Rockford, totaling over 1,000,000 square feet and employing over 1,300 highly trained associates. The sites support pharmaceutical and biotech packaging services for clinical and commercial medicines, as well as medical device, consumer healthcare and beauty products. In addition to packaging of commercial and investigational medicines, the Rockford location provides global storage and distribution services for clinical trial materials. Rainbow joins PCI with an extensive pharmaceutical and healthcare operations background, most recently as Senior Director of Operations for Fresenius Kabi in the greater Chicago area. During his time at Fresenius Kabi Rainbow oversaw facility remediation and significant expansion initiatives for the facility's operations. Prior to his employment with Fresenius Kabi, Rainbow held operational leadership positions with Hospira at various locations, and with Abbott Laboratories. Rainbow's pharmaceutical background is complemented by extensive manufacturing leadership experience in the automotive industry. Rainbow is a graduate of East Carolina University.
March 10, 2014
PCI ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF PACKAGING CAPACITY
Packaging Coordinators, Inc. (PCI) is pleased to announce the completion of the planned expansion of its packaging facilities in Rockford, IL. The Rockford site is one of three locations in the United States, and the facilities expansion in Rockford was designed to accommodate continued business development in its contract packaging services. PCI converted underutilized space to further support its expanding packaging operations, adding 20,000 square feet for secondary and tertiary packaging. The additional production capacity will enable continued growth in operations such as cartoning, overwrapping, heat seal carding and compliance prompting packaging, as well as supporting packaging for biotech delivery forms such as secondary packaging for injectable vials, syringes, devices, and transdermal products. The packaging operations support both commercial operations as well as large-scale clinical studies.
March 6, 2014
Platinum Press Offers Combined Carton & Insert
Platinum Press – a leading supplier of healthcare packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, medical device and animal care sectors that specializes in labels, folding cartons, blister packaging and printed literature – offers Combination Carton, a combined carton and insert whereby the insert is consolidated into the carton itself. A window on each carton makes inserts visible for quality assurance inspection.
March 5, 2014
For Reed-Lane, First Launch on Enhanced Uhlmann Packaging Systems UPS4 Blister Line; Company to Add Another UPS4 This Spring
Reed-Lane, a New Jersey-based contract packaging provider that serves leading RX, OTC, and generic drug manufacturers – has completed its first new product launch on its recently installed Uhlmann Packaging Systems UPS4 MT Blister line. Reckitt Benkiser's Mucinex Allergy Tablets were packaged on the premium blister line, which can produce up to 600 blisters per minute and features a dedicated Aylward product feeder, an Uhlmann VisioTec vision system and an in-line Uhlmann cartoner.
Reed-Lane was selected for the launch based partly on its breadth of expertise. The company has four main specialties within the pharmaceutical contract packaging industry: blister packaging, bottling, pouching and convenience vial filling. The new Mucinex Allergy Tablets come in blisters housed in a secondary folding carton, which was packaged in-line via the Uhlmann system.
February 18, 2014
Platinum Press Launches New Website Showcasing Expanded Line of Products and Services
Platinum Press, a leading supplier of healthcare packaging solutions dedicated to the pharmaceutical, medical device and animal care sectors, has launched a new, mobile-friendly website featuring an all-inclusive product and service library and a comprehensive corporate capabilities overview.
In conjunction with their recent corporate rebranding initiative and new advertising and public relations efforts, Platinum Press has revamped www.PlatinumPress.com to showcase the company's expanded line of printed packaging components including labels, folding cartons, blister packaging and printed literature such as inserts, outserts and medication guides. Read More
February 25, 2014
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST ANNOUNCES NEW PENTAPHARM® PHARMACEUTICAL BARRIER FILM CAPACITY IN ARGENTINA
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group recently announced the launch of its new pharmaceutical laminated barrier film capacity serving the South American market. Located in kp's Villa Del Totoral, Argentina, facility, the state-of-the art laminating line expands the company's existing capacity for high-quality Pentapharm® ACLAR® PVC/PCTFE films, as well as high barrier Pentafood® films. The $3.3 million USD investment will provide shorter lead times for kp's customers in the region and locally supply material structures that were previously available only on an import basis from kp facilities in the US and Europe. All Pentapharm® pharmaceutical films are registered in the FDA Global Drug Master File #3764. Read More
January 15, 2014
Platinum Press to Showcase New 266-Fold Outsert at INTERPHEX NYC
Platinum Press, a leading supplier of healthcare packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, medical device and animal care sectors that specializes in labels, folding cartons, blister packaging and printed literature, will showcase its new 266-Fold Outsert at INTERPHEX NYC Booth #3742, March 18-20 at the Jacobs K. Javits Center. The outsert allows for an expanded number of panels which, in turn, yields a significant increase in copy space for necessary product information and instructions. As a result, the need for a "twinsert," or piggybacked outsert, often is eliminated. Read More
January 13, 2014
PCI ANNOUNCES HIRING OF TIM ENTERLINE
TIM ENTERLINE JOINS PCI AS ACCOUNT DIRECTOR.
Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI) is pleased to welcome Tim Enterline to its Sales team. Enterline joins PCI as an Account Director. With an extensive history in pharmaceutical packaging, Enterline brings significant experience to the position. Enterline has worked in the pharmaceutical packaging services industry for over 25 years, most recently with Aphena Pharma Solutions in the same capacity. Read More
December 09, 2013
PCI ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF STEVE MCNETT
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF QUALITY RETIRES AFTER 27 YEARS WITH PCI
Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI) has announced the retirement of Steve McNett, Senior Vice President of Quality. McNett has worked at PCI, formerly Anderson Packaging/AndersonBrecon, for over 27 years. He has overseen Quality functions at the Rockford location through substantial growth and expansion during his time with the company. Founded in Rockford as Anderson Packaging in 1967 and acquired by PCI in May of this year, the company has grown to now operate nine facilities in the Rockford area, employing over 1,200 highly trained associates. Read More
November 27, 2013
PCI ANNOUNCES GROUND BREAKING ON CLINICAL Storage and DISTRIBUTION FACILITY
Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI) is pleased to announce it has undertaken construction of a new stand-alone Clinical storage and global distribution facility to support its growing business. PCI plans to break ground this week in anticipation of completing construction in mid-2014. Read More
November 5, 2013
Joe Luke, VP of Sales & Marketing at Reed-Lane, Appointed to Board of Directors of Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council
Joe Luke, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Reed-Lane, a New Jersey-based contract packaging provider that serves leading RX, OTC, and generic drug manufacturers has been named the newest member of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's (HCPC) Board of Directors. Read More
October 17, 2013
Once Again, Constantia Flexibles Receives Most Recognitions at European Aluminium Foil Association's Alufoil Awards
Constantia Flexibles, a global corporation that develops, manufactures and supplies flexible packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage markets, received more honors than any other entrant in the European Aluminium Foil Association's prestigious Alufoil Trophy Awards. Of the contest's five categories, Constantia Flexibles was recognized in four – the only company to receive that number of accolades. Read More
October 4, 2013
Folding Carton Supplier Rondo-Pak Opens New Facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has opened a manufacturing and distribution facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The new location will offer world class climate controlled manufacturing and warehousing space, and gives Rondo-Pak a foothold on an island well known for its flourishing healthcare products manufacturing industry.
The new facility immediately makes Rondo-Pak an attractive option for pharmaceutical manufacturers seeking a reliable new supplier, as well as those looking for a strong secondary supplier to help minimize risk. Rondo-Pak also will use the facility to manufacture folding cartons, and has plans to expand the plant's production capabilities to include other printed packaging components. Read More
September 30, 2013
Constantia Flexibles - Focus on Coldform Foil
Constantia Flexibles supplies the Pharma and Healthcare market with high quality Coldform Foil which is produced with special focus under clean room conditions. The modern and dedicated production equipment with state of the art camera inspection systems ensures a top performing packaging product which runs smoothly on the highly sophisticated Pharma packaging lines. Constantia offers a full and running back up situation with two plants producing identical specifications.
Constantia Flexibles' product development works intensively with customers to develop bespoke specifications to match their needs. Read More
September 23, 2013
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST INTRODUCES THE NEXT GENERATION OF PENTAPHARM® BLISTERPRO®, AN INNOVATIVE, INTEGRATED PREDICTIVE MODELING AND PROTOTYPING SOLUTION FOR BLISTER DESIGN
Pentaplast is pleased to introduce the next generation of the company's blister design service, Pentapharm® BlisterPro®. In conjunction with Klöckner Pentaplast's Blister Technology Center, the capabilities of this innovative solution have been expanded to include new design and optimization services for the pharmaceutical packaging industry. Pentapharm® BlisterPro® allows package designers, technicians, and engineers to explore the effects of tool geometry, film types, and process conditions as well as predict the protective barrier properties of the final package without running expensive and time consuming line trials. The next generation of Pentapharm® BlisterPro® will further expedite the package development cycle by combining BlisterPro® finite element analysis simulations with actual tool design, fabrication, and package production. Klöckner Pentaplast is the only global supplier to offer an integrated, advanced technical support program that provides scientific development to practical application in one solution. Read More
September 23, 2013
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST DISPLAYING NEW PACKAGING MATERIALS AT PACK EXPO LAS VEGAS 2013
Gordonsville, Virginia – September 23, 2013 – Klöckner Pentaplast is displaying applications of a wide range of packaging materials in booth #6011 (South Hall, Lower Level) during the Pack Expo Las Vegas 2013 show, September 23-25, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. kp will be debuting the next generation of the company's blister design service, Pentapharm® BlisterPro®; the results of a kp eyetracking study conducted by Clemson University's CUShop™ that evaluates how different styles of packaging influence customer point-of-sale behavior; the announcements of kp's recent global capacity expansion and NSF International's 'certificate of verification' for the company's line of SmartCycle® post-consumer recycled (PCR) content polyester films produced in North America. In addition, among the newest products on display are kp's Pentaform® SmartCycle® 100% post-consumer-recycled (PCR) content films designed to help customers meet their sustainability goals for visual packaging applications. Read More
September 10, 2013
PCI Welcomes Mitchell Blumenfeld as Chief Financial Officer
Packaging Coordinators Inc (PCI) announces the hiring of Mitchell Blumenfeld as Chief Financial Officer. Blumenfeld will be located at PCI's headquarters in Philadelphia, PA. He joins PCI having previously worked at AmerisourceBergen Corporation, most recently in the role of Chief Financial Officer for the World Courier Group. World Courier is a leader in global specialty distribution, including clinical trial materials and commercial medicines. Blumenfeld brings over 20 years of financial experience across several industries including healthcare. Read More
September 5, 2013
Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Company, Introduces Closure Liners for Containers Holding Aggressive Chemicals
Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex Company and a leading manufacturer of cap liners and seals (closure liners) for plastic, metal, and glass containers, has developed the new HS8500 series of closure liners for containers housing aggressive chemical contents. The two-piece induction heatseal liner solutions are ideal for industries that demand robust packaging technologies, including the chemical, agro-chemical and automotive sectors. Read More
September 3, 2013
Rondo-Pak Hires Steve Hreshko as VP of Finance & Administration
Folding Cartons Manufacturer Also Names Thomas Fitzgerald as New Independent Sales Representative
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has hired Steve Hreshko as Vice President of Finance & Administration. In this role, Mr. Hreshko is responsible for a wide swath of financial functions, including strategic planning, reporting, taxes, controllership, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll. These duties necessitate his oversight of Rondo-Pak's other sectors such as IT, HR and business administration. Read More
August 19, 2013
PETER BELDEN NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF PCI ROCKFORD FACILITIES
Packaging Coordinators Inc (PCI) is pleased to announce that Peter Belden has assumed the role of General Manager for its Rockford, IL based facilities. PCI operates nine facilities in Rockford, totaling over 1,000,000 square feet and employing over 1,300 highly trained associates. The site supports pharmaceutical and biotech packaging services for clinical and commercial medicines, as well as medical device, and consumer healthcare products. PCI is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and features over 14 facilities in North America and Europe serving the global pharmaceutical packaging market. The company added the Rockford facilities as part of its acquisition of AndersonBrecon Inc. from AmerisourceBergen Corporation in May of this year. Read More
July 25, 2013
Tekni-Plex Receives Certified Supplier Award from Unilab
Tekni-Plex, Inc., a globally-integrated company that develops and manufactures innovative packaging materials and precision-crafted tubing solutions, has been awarded a Certified Supplier Award from Unilab, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines. The award was presented at a prestigious ceremony hosted by Unilab. Read More
July 15, 2013
Kevin H. Kerchner Named CEO of Aphena Pharma Solutions
Philadelphia-based Aphena Pharma Solutions, Inc., a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer and packaging provider in the United States, is pleased to announce Kevin H. Kerchner as its CEO.
Mr. Kerchner brings to Aphena a track record of accomplishments at companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to private equity-backed companies. His focus is on team development, improving margins and revenue growth. Read More
July 12, 2013
DIGITAL HIVE MIND CONTRACTED BY PACKAGING COORDINATORS INC. FOR BRAND STRATEGY
Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI) has contracted Digital Hive Mind to develop and implement a brand strategy with the goal of providing a unified identity for the company's numerous facilities across the US and Europe. Included in the initial phase of the project is a redesigned website, www.pciservices.com, which went live on June 24th.
"We have been very pleased with vision and creativity Digital Hive Mind has provided as we develop our evolving marketing strategy. Our new website helps communicate our position as a global industry leader in pharmaceutical packaging, with flexibility to quickly adapt to our changing market. The user navigation and architecture is well thought out. Our experience with the content--‐managed functionality that the site provides has been very positive, allowing us to make changes real--‐time as well as accommodate future growth," said Justin Schroeder, Senior Director of Marketing and Development Services for PCI. Read More
July 8, 2013
PACKAGING COORDINATORS INC (PCI) ANNOUNCES CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN ROCKFORD FACILITIES
Leading pharmaceutical packaging firm investing in support of business growth
Packaging Coordinators Inc. (PCI), the leading pharmaceutical contract packaging firm in the United States, is investing in its Rockford facilities.
In support of business growth and expansion. The company acquired AndersonBrecon Inc. in May of this year and is adding additional equipment capacity and facilities infrastructure through capital investment, as well as hiring in support of business growth. The company provides packaging services for pharmaceutical and healthcare products, working with leading Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies to bring lifesaving medicines to patients. PCI operates 9 facilities in the greater Rockford, Illinois area totaling over 1 million square feet and employing over 1,300 highly trained associates. PCI is owned by an entity formed by affiliates of lead investor Frazier Healthcare, a leading provider of growth equity and venture capital to high growth and emerging healthcare service and Biotech companies. Read More
June 27, 2013
Bilcare Research Hires Don Sobocinski as Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Company Also Promotes Two Other High-level Executives: Thomas McDonough and John Zripko
Bilcare Research Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of blister packaging solutions, has hired industry veteran Don Sobocinski as its new Vice President of Sales & Marketing. The addition of Mr. Sobocinski comes in tandem with the promotion of two other corporate executives: Thomas McDonough has been promoted to Executive Vice President, and John Zripko has become the company's President. Read More
June 24, 2013
Rexam Healthcare Readies Clic-Loc 4 For 2013 Launch
Rexam Healthcare will launch the latest version of its industry reference child resistant closure (CRC) – the Clic-Loc 4 – later this year, in anticipation of the rapid, worldwide growth in demand for oral dose packaging protection. Rexam's Clic-Loc is the first and only CRC available to combine more than 40 years of demonstrated safe and effective oral dose protection, adult-friendly operation, and multiple manufacturer benefits. The Clic-Loc delivers superior ergonomics, is easily used on production lines, and creates an audible warning click to alert parents and caregivers, the company said in a press release.
The new Clic-Loc 4 will provide enhanced functionality and aesthetics, for industry-leading protection, production efficiency and product differentiation. For example, it is designed with a wider application torque window and offers enhanced decoration, the company said. Read More
June 12, 2013
Keystone Folding Box Co. and Information Mediary Corporation Introduce New Electronic Compliance Monitoring Blister Pack
Keystone Folding Box Company, a manufacturer of paperboard packaging solutions, has collaborated with sensor and printed electronics provider Information Mediary Corporation to develop a "smart" blister package with many of the sustainability benefits of Ecoslide-RX®. The new Ecoslide-RX® with integrated Med-ic® technology made its debut April 21 at the 2013 Global Clinical Supplies Conference in New Mexico. The package is senior friendly and child-resistant. Read More
June 11, 2013
PerfecForm® SkyBlue™ High Barrier PVC-FREE Blister Forming Web
Perfecseal, a division of Bemis Company, Inc., introduces a new, high barrier PVC-FREE blister forming web, PerfecForm® SkyBlue™. This high barrier blister film is based on polyolefin chemistry, rather than the chlorine chemistry used to produce PVC forming webs.
Unlike other barrier blister films, PerfecForm® SkyBlue™ is manufactured via a co-extrusion process as a symmetrical structure. Read More
May 28, 2013
Ecoslide-RX from Keystone Folding Box Co. Wins Two Awards for Compliance-Enhancing Design the AmeriStar Award from the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and First Runner-up in HCPC-Europe's Columbus Award
Keystone Folding Box Co., a manufacturer of paperboard packaging solutions, has won the 2013 AmeriStar Award for Pharmaceutical Packaging from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) for the company's innovative Ecoslide-RX sustainable compliance package. Ecoslide-RX also was first runner-up for the 2013 Columbus Award for Compliance Enhancing Packaging Design, which is bestowed by the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council of Europe (HCPC-Europe).
Named for its designation as the most eco-friendly product of its kind on the market, Ecoslide-RX is a child-resistant (F=1), senior-friendly compliance package made from 100% recyclable material. Ecoslide-RX contains no plastic in its secondary packaging and, unlike other paperboard compliance packs, requires minimal film and foil while maintaining the highest-possible child-resistance rating.
Recently, Ecoslide-RX was adopted by Walmart as a compliance package for use in the retailer's popular $4 prescription drug program. Read More
May 22, 2013
Rondo-Pak Hires Brooks Durham as Director of Operations
Folding Cartons Manufacturer Also Promotes Edward Bani to Technical Service Manager for Sales
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has hired Brooks Durham as its new Director of Operations.
A packaging industry veteran with a record of driving profits by improving operations, generating efficiencies and reducing costs, Mr. Durham brings to Rondo-Pak proven strengths in developing process infrastructures across multiple locations; sourcing and negotiating favorable pricing terms while building supplier relationships; and building and developing high performance teams.
In addition to bringing in Mr. Durham, Rondo-Pak also has promoted Edward Bani to Technical Service Manager/Sales. Read More
April 16, 2013
MWV Healthcare Receives Walmart Responsibility Award for Total Health and Wellness
MeadWestvaco Corporation, a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, received Walmart's "Responsibility Award for Total Health and Wellness,” which recognizes MWV's development of the Shellpak® Renew medication adherence solution.
Shellpak Renew was launched in June 2012 to provide an improved and more sustainable medication adherence package for prescription medicines. This type of packaging is proven to help improve patient medication adherence. Better adherence can lead to better patient health.
Shellpak Renew was developed based on feedback from pharmacists and patients. The outer carton is made of MWV's Natralock®, an environmentally-friendly, paperboard-based solution that maximizes the use of recyclable materials and is tear-resistant for a high level of child resistance. The new sustainable and easy-to-use Shellpak Renew is 40 percent smaller and 30 percent lighter than the original Shellpak®, and eliminates the use of plastic. This enhances the sustainability profile, minimizes pharmacy shelf space and improves convenience for patients. To improve adherence, Shellpak Renew includes an integrated calendar for patients to track their doses of medication. Read More
April 16, 2013
Bilcare Research Expands Global Manufacturing Capabilities to Offer Enhanced Cost Positions and Global Redundancy to North American Customers
Bilcare Research, a leading manufacturer of mono and multi-layer barrier films and foils for the pharmaceutical industry, announced the introduction of a new modern, high-speed lamination line for the production of Aclar® multilayer films and Triplex PVdC Films at its Bötzingen facility in Germany. This investment, along with the expansion of PVdC coating capacities in the Singapore facility, provides Bilcare Research with added capabilities toward meeting increasing demands in the North American market. Read More
April 12, 2013
Constantia Flexibles Invests in $12 Million Expansion of South Carolina Facility
Plans include an Additional 15,000 Square Feet of Space, New Equipment and Over a Dozen New Jobs
Blythewood, SC – Constantia Flexibles – a global corporation that develops, manufactures and supplies flexible packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage markets – has announced plans to invest $12 million to expand its main U.S. manufacturing facility in Blythewood, South Carolina. Slated for completion in autumn of this year, the project will add 15,000 square feet of factory floor space to house several new pieces of packaging equipment and more than a dozen new employees.
The Blythewood facility manufactures custom packaging for the pharmaceutical and food industries, including packaging foils for blister packages, child-resistant packaging, and lids for portion controlled containers. The factory also houses equipment used for laminating, coating, rotogravure printing and slitting services. Read More
April 2, 2013
AMERISOURCEBERGEN ANNOUNCES SALE OF ANDERSONBRECON
AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its contract packaging business, AndersonBrecon, to an entity formed by affiliates of an investor group led by Frazier Healthcare VI, L.P. for the purpose of acquiring AndersonBrecon.
"We are pleased that AndersonBrecon will join well-established firms heavily invested in the healthcare services market, including the pharmaceutical contract packaging sector," said Steven H. Collis, AmerisourceBergen President and Chief Executive Officer. “This transaction will help ensure that AndersonBrecon will continue to thrive in the years ahead, and allows AmerisourceBergen to focus on its distribution, specialty and manufacturer services businesses." Read More
March 20, 2013
NSF INTERNATIONAL GRANTS KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST'S SMARTCYCLE® LINE “CERTIFICATE OF VERIFICATION”
Klöckner Pentaplast's line of SmartCycle® post-consumer recycled (PCR) content polyester films produced in North America has been granted a "Certificate of Verification" by NSF International, an independent, third party, not-for-profit organization. The certificate verifies the recycled content claims of kp's line of SmartCycle® polyester films produced in North America and allows customers who use these films to be confident that the PCR-content claim is true and valid. Read More
March 11, 2013
Rondo-Pak Promotes Richard Leppert to Vice President of Global Business Development
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has promoted Richard Leppert to the position of Vice President of Global Business Development. Mr. Leppert had previously served as the company's National Account Manager.
In his new role, Mr. Leppert will support Rondo-Pak's customer base worldwide by working collaboratively with each of parent company Körber Medipak's four multinational locations. This will include realigning and repositioning Rondo's business development efforts and sales coverage to facilitate best-possible synergy between itself and its sister companies. Read More
Feb. 25, 2013
Rondo-Pak Introduces Next Generation of Tamper-evident Folding Boxes
Innovative Design Surpasses Future Security Requirements Ahead of Time
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has developed a folding box with a ground-breaking tamper evidence feature that already surpasses future first opening verification security requirements (mandatory from 2016 pursuant to Directive 2011/62/EU).
The folding box's first opening is easily detectable through perforations in the lid and dust flaps that rip off upon opening. This solution stands out for its simplicity and efficiency in the manufacturing process, while providing end-users with assurance and comfort. The new folding box brings a tamper evidence solution far less fallible than those using certain glue or labels. Read More
Feb. 5. 2013
Rondo-Pak Names Packaging Veteran Victor Dixon as President and COO
Results-Driven Senior Executive Has Reputation for Driving Growth
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, has hired packaging veteran Victor Dixon as its new President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Dixon will oversee the company's business development and promotional strategies, focusing not only on day-to-day operations but also growth potential, market positioning and a branding initiative that will be rolled out incrementally in 2013.
In bringing on Mr. Dixon, Rondo-Pak hopes to parlay recent successes into a longer-term growth phase, one which includes diversification of the company's products and services to further strengthen its reputation for providing high quality, expert package components and solutions. Read More
November 27, 2012
Tekni-Plex to Upgrade and Expand Manufacturing Facility in Flemington, NJ
Tekni-Plex, Inc., a globally-integrated company that develops and manufactures innovative packaging materials and precision-crafted tubing solutions, will invest more than $9 million to upgrade and expand manufacturing infrastructure at its facility in Flemington, New Jersey. The project will result in new capabilities and additional capacity to meet the company's growing customer demand.
The 18-month project will further enhance technology and increase capacity at the plant, which primarily produces multi-layer flexible packaging structures for a large range of heatseal and pressure-sensitive closure liners for pharmaceutical, food & beverage, cosmetic, automotive and other applications. Lidding foils for pharmaceutical blister packs, medical device packaging and pouch materials also are produced at the plant. Read More
November 8, 2012
Tekni-Plex Debuts Series of PVC-free, Energy-efficient Blister Films
Tekni-Plex, Inc., a globally-integrated company that develops and manufactures innovative packaging materials and precision-crafted tubing solutions, introduced a new sustainable blister film solution at PACK EXPO Booth# S3071 in Chicago. Offering viable alternatives to films containing PVC, Tekni-Plex's PX and PXA Series of materials are available in all standard thicknesses and combinations.
Tekni-Plex's PX and PXA Series of films provide equivalent performance, enhanced processability and increased clarity when compared to PVC multi-structured laminated barrier (duplex and triplex series) and mono-blister films. Read More
November 6, 2012
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST ANNOUNCES GLOBAL CAPACITY EXPANSION PLANS
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group announced today that it will add to its global production capacity in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The company is investing $51.8 million USD (€39.6 Mio) for this expansion which includes facilities in Suzhou, China; Cotia, Brazil; and Santo Tirso, Portugal. 137 employees will be added worldwide. Klöckner Pentaplast is the only rigid films producer with manufacturing sites located in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Read More
October 28, 2012
Colbert's EnviroGuard Package Makes Its Commercial Debut with VetGuard Plus
New Flea, Tick and Mosquito Treatment for Dogs – Packaged in Eight Fully Recyclable Variations of EnviroGuard – Now Available in Retail and Club Stores Nationwide
Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today announced the first commercial application for EnviroGuard™, its patented paperboard specialty package and sustainable alternative to plastic clamshells. VetGuard Plus, a new flea, tick and mosquito treatment for dogs, made its market debut in eight fully recyclable versions of EnviroGuard and is now available in big box retail and club stores nationwide. Read More
Oct. 28, 2012
EYETRACKING STUDY SHOWS CLEAR PLASTIC CLAMSHELL PACKAGING OUTPERFORMS PAPERBOARD BOXES BY 402%
Klöckner Pentaplast recently conducted eyetracking research through Clemson University's CUShop™ to evaluate how different styles of packaging influence a customer's point-of-sale behavior. Different packaging options can make an enormous difference to the bottom line. Backed by statistical evidence, results indicated a strong purchase preference for clear plastic clamshells over printed paperboard boxes, with 402% more purchases being received for clear plastic clamshells. Longer fixations on clear plastic clamshell packages showed that they are a more attractive packaging option to consumers. Read More
Oct. 28, 2012
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST INTRODUCES PENTAPHARM® ACLAR® 600
ULTRA, ULTRA HIGH BARRIER FILM
The Pentapharm® film product line has been extended to include Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 barrier films for pharmaceutical packaging applications. Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 film is a two-layer (PVC/ACLAR®) laminated film that provides the highest moisture barrier available in the Pentapharm® ACLAR® product line. Pentapharm® ACLAR® films are offered globally and manufactured throughout the worldwide network of Klöckner Pentaplast production facilities. Read More
Oct. 28, 2012
PENTAMED® LIGHT MEDICAL-PACKAGING FILMS NOW AVAILABLE FROM KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST
The Pentapharm® film product line has been extended to include Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 barrier films for pharmaceutical packaging applications. Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 film is a two-layer (PVC/ACLAR®) laminated film that provides the highest moisture barrier available in the Pentapharm® ACLAR® product line. Pentapharm® ACLAR® films are offered globally and manufactured throughout the worldwide network of Klöckner Pentaplast production facilities. Read More
October 28, 2012
PENTAFORM® SMARTCYCLE® 100% POST-CONSUMER-RECYCLED CONTENT FILMS NOW AVAILABLE FROM KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST
The Pentaform®SmartCycle® film product line has been extended to include Pentaform® SmartCycle® PET films consisting of 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content. Unlike standard PCR films available in the market today which combine PCR content and virgin resin, Pentaform®SmartCycle® TH-ES100 films are made from 100% PCR from beverage bottles. Pentaform®SmartCycle® films are designed to help customers meet their sustainability goals for visual packaging applications. Ideal for face-seal, tray, and trapped blister thermoformed applications, Pentaform®SmartCycle® films offer exceptional clarity and processability on standard thermoforming and form/fill/seal equipment. With over 20 years of polyester production experience, Klöckner Pentaplast is a leading global producer of rigid polyester films and is the exclusive global supplier of SmartCycle® packaging films. Read More
Oct. 28, 2012
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST DISPLAYING NEW PACKAGING MATERIALS AT PACK EXPO 2012
Klöckner Pentaplast is displaying applications of a wide range of packaging materials in booth #7911 (Lakeside, Upper Level) during the Pack Expo 2012 show, October 28-31, at McCormick Place in Chicago. kp will be debuting the results of its eyetracking study conducted by Clemson University's CUShop! evaluating how different styles of packaging influence customer point-of-sale behavior. Among the newest products on display are Klöckner Pentaplast's Pentaform®SmartCycle® 100% post-consumer-recycled (PCR) content films designed to help customers meet their sustainability goals for visual packaging applications; Pentamed® light foamed high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) films to help customers meet their sustainability goals for medical-device packaging applications; and Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 barrier films for pharmaceutical packaging applications.
Eyetracking study shows clear plastic clamshell packaging outperforms paperboard boxes by 402% Read More
October 16, 2012
Bilcare Research Offers nonClonableID, a Solution for Product Security and Anti-Counterfeiting
Bilcare Research AG, one of the world's largest manufacturers of blister packaging solutions, offers nonClonableID™, a solution for the pharmaceutical industry that strengthens supply chain security and fights counterfeiting through the incorporation of unique product fingerprints. Easily integrated into existing packaging operations as unit-level labels on blister packs, secondary packaging or tamper-evident closure labels, nonClonableID™ addresses the growing need for instant authentication, secure track-and-trace and e-pedigree in a scalable, cost-effective manner. click here.
September 24, 2012
Ecoslide-RX, Environmentally-Sustainable Pharmaceutical Compliance Package,to be Implemented at Walmart Stores
Ecoslide-RX, a pharmaceutical compliance package that is more environmentally sustainable than traditional packs, will soon be arriving to Walmart's pharmacies.
Introduced in late 2011 by Keystone Folding Box Company – a New Jersey-based manufacturer of paper-based packaging solutions – Ecoslide-RX is senior-friendly and achieves the highest-possible standards of child-resistance (F=1 rating), keeping at a premium both customer safety and ease-of-use – two ongoing, previously unmet challenges for environmentally sustainable products in the pharmaceutical industry. click here.
August 28, 2012
Constantia Flexibles Debuts Paper-Free, Child-Resistant Blister Lidding Foil
New easy-PIESY Child-Resistant Blister Lidding Foil Offers Reliable, Consumer-Friendly Opening and Enhanced Packaging Productivity via Lower Seal Temperatures
Blythewood, SC – Constantia Flexibles – a global corporation that develops, manufactures and supplies flexible packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage markets – has developed a paper-free, child-resistant blister lidding foil with... click here.
July 18, 2012
Uhlmann Packaging Systems Introduces the Blister Express Center 500: Integrated Line Combines Flexibility, Efficiency and Ease-of-Use
Machine Produces up to 500 Blisters and 500 Cartons Per Minute, and Offers Complete Changeover in Just Half an Hour click here.
June 21, 2012
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST GROUP COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL RECAPITALIZATION
Klöckner Pentaplast (the "Company") is pleased to announce the successful recapitalization and strengthening of its capital structure with the support of its lenders. Following a cash equity injection of €190 million by a group of new investors led by Strategic Value Partners LLC ("SVP Investor Group") and new debt facilities underwritten and funded by Jefferies & Company, Inc. and its affiliates ("Jefferies"), Klöckner Pentaplast has repaid, in full, the principal amount of €800 million of first lien senior secured credit facilities at par plus accrued interest. Following the equity injection, the SVP Investor Group has assumed ownership of the Company. click here.
June 6, 2012
ANDERSON PACKAGING AND BRECON PHARMACEUTICALS REALIGN BUSINESSES TO FORM FULL SERVICE GLOBAL PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING COMPANY, ANDERSONBRECON
AndersonBrecon to offer more integrated, seamless approach for the global launch of pharmaceutical products
Rockford, IL – Anderson Packaging, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical clinical and commercial contract packagers in the United States, and Brecon Pharmaceuticals, a leading supplier of pharmaceutical commercial packaging and clinical supply services in the UK, today announced they are further aligning their businesses to become a global end-to-end pharmaceutical packaging company. click here.
June 6, 2012
MWV Acquires AARDEX Group, Acquisition strengthens MWV's unparalleled expertise in addressing medication non-adherence
Richmond, VA – MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced today that it is expanding its leading position in adherence packaging with the acquisition... click here.
Catalent Pharma Solutions recently signed a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. commercial packaging operations based in Philadelphia, PA and Woodstock, IL to a company affiliated with Frazier Healthcare.
SOMERSET, NJ – Catalent Pharma Solutions recently signed a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. commercial packaging operations based in Philadelphia, PA and Woodstock, IL to a company affiliated with Frazier Healthcare. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to close in the next few months. click here.
April 18, 2012
Bilcare Research Introduces ECOmply™ Film, an Eco-Friendly Blister Packaging Solution
Cost-Effective, Innovative Film Offers PVC-Level Protection in a Truly Biodegradable Package
Delaware City, DE – Bilcare Research Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of blister packaging solutions, has launched ECOmply™, an eco-friendly blister combining the demands of biodegradability and product protection stability. ECOmply™ blends standard PVC film with a special additive that makes it truly biodegradable. The result is PVC-level functionality without a PVC-level environmental footprint. For more information, click here.
March 20, 2012
Constantia Flexibles Receives the Most Recognitions at European Aluminium Foil Association's Alufoil Awards
Company's Foil-Based Products Honored in Three Categories
Blythewood, SC – Constantia Flexibles, a global corporation that develops, manufactures and supplies flexible packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage markets, received more honors than any other entrant in the European Aluminium Foil Association's prestigious Alufoil Trophy Awards. Of the contest's five categories, Constantia Flexibles was recognized in three – the only company to receive that number of accolades. For more information, click here.
February 23, 2012
Colbert and Haapanen Form New Joint Venture for Packaging Inserts
C and H Printing Solutions Offers High-Capacity Printing and Micro-Folding Services
Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, and Haapanen Brothers, a full – service graphic arts and printing company, today announced that they have formed C and H Printing Solutions, Inc., a new provider of micro-folded packaging inserts and outserts. The joint venture was established to serve the needs of pharmaceutical, healthcare, medical device and consumer goods manufacturers – and other companies that incorporate product information inserts and outserts into their packaging. C and H is rooted in nearly 80 years of combined experience in the packaging and printing industries brought to the table by the two companies. click here.
February 21, 2012
Bilcare Research Introduces BilcareOptima™:
The First Scientific Method for Developing Optimum Packaging for Pharmaceutical Products
Bilcare Research Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of blister packaging solutions, has launched BilcareOptima™, the pharmaceutical industry's most scientifically thorough method to determine ideal packaging solutions for oral dose products.
February 17, 2012
Colbert Installs New Flexographic Printing Press
Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today announced that it has installed a new nine-color 23-inch wide Primographic printing press, custom-built by CPS Canadian Primoflex Systems. The CPS CP 585 joins Colbert's repertoire of specialized flexographic equipment in its 45,000 square foot facility in Lake Forest, Ill., one of three Colbert manufacturing plants and the only one focused exclusively on flexographic packaging solutions and pressure-sensitive roll labels. For more information, click here.
February 7, 2012
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW CHINESE PRODUCTION FACILITY
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group announced today that it broke ground on January 18, 2012, for construction of its first manufacturing facility in China. Located 80 km west of Shanghai in the Suzhou Industrial Park in Suzhou, China, the new site will produce packaging films for the growing domestic Chinese market. For more information, click here.
February 2, 2012
CSI Testing Certifies Perfecseal Medical Pouch Converting to Class 7 Cleanroom Standards
Perfecseal has certified its Oshkosh, WI sterile medical pouch and bag manufacturing facility to ISO 14644-1 (1999) Class 7 cleanroom standards. Though already operating the facility at a Class 7 cleanroom standard since 1997, it did not seek certification until 2011. For more information, click here.
February 1, 2012
CATALENT COMPLETES EXPANSION OF ITS ADVANCED DOSE FORM FACILITY IN ITALY
Catalent Pharma Solutions announces the completion of the on-going expansion of its facility in Aprilia, Italy. This expansion offers customers a complete 'turnkey' service from product conceptualization to formulation, development, production and packaging for prescription and over-the-counter products. It also further enhances Catalent's comprehensive European quality and analytical capabilities that include a wide range of services such as market registration, analytical testing and market release by Qualified Persons. For more information, click here.
January 27, 2012
UHLMANN'S NEW BOTTLE PACKAGING CENTER MODEL IBC-120
Uhlmann, the worldwide leader in pharmaceutical packaging, offers the modular Integrated Bottle Packaging Center (IBC) 120 for all solid dose products. With no micro-stops, no ramp-up time and the ability to quickly complete changeovers, the IBC-120 reliably packages diverse small- to medium-sized batches at a rate of up to 150 bottles, or 24,000 tablets or capsules, per minute. For more information. For more information, click here.
January 20, 2012
ANDERSON PACKAGING RECEIVES 2011 ILLINOIS PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE (IPLEx)
SILVER AWARD FOR PROGRESS TOWARD EXCELLENCE
Anderson Packaging, a business unit of AmerisourceBergen Consulting Group, today announced it has received the Illinois Performance Excellence (IPLEx) Silver Award for "Progress Toward Excellence" for demonstrating sound and notable continuous improvement processes. For more information, click here.
January 17, 2012
Uhlmann Packaging Systems Appoints Robert Pollick as Product Manager for Bottle Packaging Systems
Uhlmann, the worldwide leader in pharmaceutical packaging, has hired industry veteran Robert Pollick as Product Manager, Bottle Packaging Systems. In this role, Pollick is responsible for creating and growing awareness and demand for Uhlmann's acclaimed lines of bottle packaging machinery. For more information, click here.
December 22, 2011
ANDERSON PACKAGING'S PROJECT E.L.L.F. SETS RECORD AMOUNT IN GIVING TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
Anderson Packaging and associates donate $111,000 to Rockford area charities. For more information, click here.
December 19, 2011
Tekni-Plex to Open New Global Technology Center
Tekni-Plex, Inc., a globally-integrated company that develops and manufactures innovative packaging materials and precision-crafted tubing solutions, has announced the opening of its new Global Technology Center. Located in Holland, Ohio, the facility will help maximize and expedite the company's product development on behalf of its healthcare, food and beverage, consumer and specialty products markets around the world. For more information, click here.
December 19, 2011
Tekni-Plex / PurePlast Announces Commercial Availability of ALU-LOOKTM Blister Films Low-Cost, High-Speed Packaging Option Enters Market
Tekni-Plex, a globally-integrated company that develops and manufactures innovative packaging materials and precision-crafted tubing solutions, has announced the full commercial availability of ALU-LOOKTM blister films for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical applications. A product fully developed by Tekni-Plex, ALU-LOOKTM (Aluminum Look) blister films represent a versatile, high-speed packaging option for healthcare industry customers when compared to other options such as cold-form foil and aluminum strip packaging. For more information, click here.
December 12, 2011
Reed-Lane introduces new Wrapade V-618 vertical pouch machine.
Reed-Lane is introducing the new Wrapade V-618 vertical pouch machine. The machine is designed to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical markets with high performance and flexibility for four-sided seal pouches. Reed-Lanes' Wrapade pouching machine provides cost-effective pouching for large runs of solid dose products, including tablets, capsules and liquid gels. It will handle a variety of pouch materials and will produce a CR notch, laser print lot, and expiry information.
December 7, 2011
Colbert Receives SFI Chain of Custody Certification in Louisville
CHICAGO, Dec. 7, 2011 – Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today announced that its Louisville, Ky.-based manufacturing facility has received Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Chain of Custody Certification (NSF-SFICOC-C0038447) from NSF-ISR, an organization accredited by ANSI to certify companies to SFI standards. Colbert's Louisville facility is the fourth to achieve one or more chain of custody certifications for its compliance with the strict tracking requirements pertaining to certified paperboard originating in well-managed forests. For more information, click here.
December 1, 2011
Keystone Folding Box Company Collaborates with Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging in Launch of New F1 Compliance Pack, Ecoslide-RX®
NEWARK, NJ – Keystone Folding Box Company executed a strong market introduction for its Ecoslide-RX – a child-resistant (F=1), senior-friendly compliance package made from 100% recyclable material. The successful product launch was, in large part, the result of a strategic collaboration between Keystone Folding Box Company and Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, a leading contract packaging firm. The alliance created a virtual one-stop-shop for pharmaceutical companies interested in using Ecoslide-RX, which stands as the most eco-friendly package of its kind on the market. For more information, click here.
November 9, 2011
CATALENT PHARMA SOLUTIONS APPOINTS NEW VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER – STERILE TECHNOLOGIES
Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. announced the appointment of Jonathan Arnold as Vice President and General Manager – Sterile Technologies effective immediately. Catalent's sterile technologies include industry leading Blow/Fill/Seal capabilities and an array of injectable options, which help maximize the accuracy of sterile dosage forms and improve the quality and supply of treatments for the global pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Arnold will be located at Catalent's corporate headquarters in Somerset, NJ. Read More .
October 17, 2011
HONEYWELL INTRODUCES NEW ULTRA-HIGH BARRIER FILM FOR PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING
Honeywell recently introduced a new pharmaceutical packaging film that provides the highest moisture barrier of any film of its type. New Aclar® film protects sensitive medicines in the hottest and most humid climates, and offers supply chain and branding benefits to pharmaceutical companies. Read More .
October 17, 2011
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST INTRODUCES PENTAPHARM® ACLAR® 600 ULTRA, ULTRA HIGH BARRIER FILM
Gordonsville, Virginia, USA – October 17, 2011 – The Pentapharm® film product line has been extended to include Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 barrier films for pharmaceutical packaging
applications. Pentapharm® ACLAR® PA600/02 film is a two-layer (PVC/ACLAR®) laminated film that provides the highest moisture barrier available in the Pentapharm® ACLAR® product line. Pentapharm®
ACLAR® films are offered globally and manufactured throughout the worldwide network of Klöckner Pentaplast production facilities. Read More .
September 22, 2011
AmerisourceBergen Packaging Group announces retirement of ABPG President, Ed Hancock
I would like to share with the HCPC membership that AmerisourceBergen has formally announced the retirement of Ed Hancock. Ed has been active and influential within the HCPC community since its inception as a founding member and serving two terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Over the lifespan of the HCPC, Ed has been a tireless advocate for the adoption of compliance prompting unit dose packaging and the drive for better patient health. For more information, click here.
April 30, 2011
New Catalent/SDI Study Shows Adherence Packaging Solutions Drive Substantial Gains in Patient Persistency
Catalent Pharma Solutions, a leading provider of drug delivery technologies and packaging solutions, announced today the results of an independent study in which unit-dose patient adherence packaging was associated with a 17-point increase in patient persistency to a drug over 12 months, as compared to conventional 30-count bottle packaging. For more information, click here.
April 11, 2011
HARRY VAN BEEK, FORMER PRESIDENT OF KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST/AMERICAS, PASSES AWAY.
Harry van Beek, 77, former president of Klöckner Pentaplast/Americas from 1977-1999, passed away on April 4, 2011. Van Beek founded the company in Gordonsville (Virginia) in 1977. Under his leadership, kp had gone from a single calender line to become the leading supplier of rigid film in the Americas. For more information, click here.
April 7, 2011
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST NEW SHRINK-LABEL FILM PRODUCTION CAPACITY STARTS UP IN AMERICAS
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group announced today that it has begun production utilizing its new global production capacity for transverse-direction oriented shrink label films, used primarily for full- or partial-body shrink-sleeve applications. Announced in March 2010 as part of kp's global capacity expansion plans for shrink-label film, the new capacity is located at the company's Rural Retreat, USA, manufacturing facility. Klöckner Pentaplast is the only PETG and PVC producer of shrink-label films with global manufacturing in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. For more information, click here.
March 28, 2011
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST ACQUIRES WAYTEK CORPORATION
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group announced today that it has acquired Waytek Corporation (Franklin,Ohio), a coating and converting company specializing in coated overlay films for the card market. Klöckner Pentaplast has purchased the company which includes its manufacturing equipment, proprietary technology, formulations, and trade names, for an undisclosed sum. click here.
Feb. 22, 2011
Colbert Packaging Introduces the Next Generation of EnviroGuard
Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today unveiled the next generation of its EnviroGuard™ sustainable packaging solution. click here.
Feb. 22, 2011
Constantia Flexibles Offers New Laser-Perforated Stick Pack Material at Interphex 2011
Constantia Flexibles, a global corporation offering professional solutions to customers around the world in industries such as dairy & food, pharma & film and labels, will be displaying laser-perforated stick pack materials at this year's Interphex, Booth #1125. click here.
February 15, 2011
Stora Enso Pharma DDSi Wireless – a new medical package offering improved opportunities for real-time adherence control
Healthcare efficiency and patient treatment will take a major step forward when the new Stora Enso Pharma DDSi Wireless is made available to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry at the Pharmapack 2011 exhibition and conference in Paris on 23-24 February 2011. click here.
Winpak Is Proud To Announce Our Newest Addition
Sandra Luciano has joined Winpak Heat Seal Packaging to provide her expertise in healthcare related
packaging. Sandy has over 15 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare packaging industries click here.
December 7, 2010
Colbert Packaging Receives Its First Canadian Patent
Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, today announced that it has been granted its first Canadian patent for BlisterGuard®, its secure and sustainable packaging solution for consumer products. The patent (2,497,044) was issued by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for the unique design of BlisterGuard, one of approximately a dozen paperboard specialty products developed by Colbert Packaging in recent years. For more info, click here.
October 21, 2010
MWV Healthcare Collaborates with AARDEX Group to Promote Adherence in Clinical Trials
MeadWestvaco Corp. (NYSE: MWV) announced today that it has engaged in a new collaboration for fulfilling “smart” pharmaceutical packaging solutions for clinical trials. MWV Healthcare, the leader in pharmaceutical adherence packaging solutions, has signed a multi-level agreement with AARDEX Group, a leading supplier of scientific products for the measurement and management of medication adherence for over 20 years. For more detailed information on this collaboration, please click here.
June 23, 2010
Perfecseal Expands Range of Pharmaceutical Packaging for the Transdermal Market
Perfecseal, a Bemis Company, and global pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic packaging manufacturer, recognizes transdermal patches as a growing drug delivery method and responds to the pharmaceutical industry by expanding its range of packaging specifications for the transdermal market. Today, Perfecseal introduces a unique polyester sealant technology that provides very similar product efficacy maintenance performance to Barex®-based sealants while offering much better sealing performance on packaging equipment. This Perfecseal 600 Series product, PerfecPharm™ P619, offers significant unit cost reduction. click here.
June 23, 2010
Perfecseal Introduces PerfecForm® C1200 Aluminum-based Blister Forming Web
Perfecseal, a Bemis Company, and global supplier to the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic packaging markets, is excited to introduce PerfecForm® C1200 aluminum-based blister forming web – ideal for moisture sensitive unit dose products. PerfecForm® C1200 has been evaluated on blister forming lines in North and South America with outstanding formability using deep draw tooling. click here.
June 16, 2010
Stora Enso provides its Memori card to Meridian Health's electronic Health Journal
Stora Enso has signed an agreement to provide its Memori product to an electronic Health Journal for outpatient pain monitoring to Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, U.S. The Health Journal helps understand a patient's response to pain medications and treatments in outpatient environments such as oncology practices and pain management clinics. The solution builds on Stora Enso's advanced intelligent packaging technology based on paperboard, including embedded microchip and conductive printing. For more information, click here.
June 10, 2010
Uhlmann Offers the Blister Express Center 300: Integrated System Features Largest Format Area and Quickest Format Changeovers in its Category
Uhlmann, the worldwide leader in blister packaging technology, offers the compact Blister Express Center 300, an integrated system for quick and frequent format changeovers. Comprised of a blister and a cartoner module, the Blister Express Center 300 offers an outstanding price –performance ratio in addition to the reliability and quality that comes with the Uhlmann name. For more information, click here.
May 3, 2010
CATALENT PHARMA SOLUTIONS APPOINTS NEW PACKAGING SERVICES SEGMENT PRESIDENT
Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Barry D. Russell as Group President, Commercial Packaging, effective May 1, 2010. Mr. Russell will have full responsibility for Catalent's Packaging Services segment, including leading more than 2,200 employees at nine pharmaceutical packaging and printing facilities in both North America and Europe. Mr. Russell will report to John Chiminski, President and CEO of Catalent, and will be based in Catalent's flagship Philadelphia packaging facility. For more information, click here.
April 20, 2010
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST ADDS NEW POLYESTER CAPACITY AT US SITE
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group recently announced that it has added new polyester production capacity at the company's Rural Retreat, Virginia, manufacturing facility. The new line will increase capacity for high-performance polyester films to support growth in full-body shrink-label, general-purpose thermoforming, medical device, and all-plastic box packaging applications. Klöckner Pentaplast invested $4.9 Mio USD (€3.6 Mio) for the expansion. For more information, click here.
March 30, 2010
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST INVESTS IN NEW PRODUCTION CAPACITY IN ASIA AND AMERICAS
Klöckner Pentaplast Group will add to its global production capacity for transverse-direction oriented shrink-label films. Primarily used for full- or partial-body shrink-sleeve applications, the new shrink film capacity will be located at the company's Rayong, Thailand, and Rural Retreat, USA, manufacturing facilities. In addition, kp announced that it will be adding PVC production capacity to its Rayong,Thailand site. For more information, click here.
March 29, 2010
Anderson Packaging Names Misher to Lead Clinical Services Division
Anderson Packaging, a business unit of AmerisourceBergen Packaging Group, has named Robert Misher as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Anderson Clinical Services. Misher brings extensive experience in the area of Clinical Trials, including founding and operating Misher Pharmaceutical Consulting Services for the past 8 years. Prior to Misher Consulting Services, Misher held leadership positions at pharmaceutical organizations including Aptuit, Almedica International, BlisTech, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Wyeth. Misher holds an undergraduate degree from Widener University with a Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University. click here.
March 25, 2010
MWV's Dosepak Express® Receives Ease-of-Use Commendation
from the Arthritis Foundation
MeadWestvaco Corp. recently announced that its Dosepak Express® child resistant, adherence packaging has earned commendation from the Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use program, as a user-friendly product for the 46 million people in the United States living with arthritis. Dosepak Express is the first blister-designed, adherence packaging to receive the Ease-of-Use designation from the Arthritis Foundation. It has already been tested by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and received a 100 percent rating on senior opening protocol tests, as well as the CPSC's highest child resistance rating. For more information, click here.
February 2, 2010
ALCAN PACKAGING ACQUISITION COMPLETE
Amcor announced earlier this month that the acquisition of the Alcan Packaging businesses has been completed. This acquisition provides Amcor with leading global positions in the nominated strategic growth markets for flexible packaging and folding carton packaging for tobacco. For more information, click here.
February 1, 2010
KLÖCKNER PENTAPLAST INTRODUCES THE NEXT GENERATION OF FILMS FOR PHARMACEUTICAL BLISTER PACKAGING WITH PENTAPHARM® KPVANTAGE™
The Pentapharm® film product line has been extended; to include Pentapharm® kpVantage™ polyester films for pharmaceutical blister packaging. The first of its kind, Pentapharm® kpVantage™ films are high-performance polyester films which incorporate a wide range of structures to meet pharmaceutical packaging needs. These innovative films are designed to be processed on existing equipment maintaining all critical package components – no need to change tooling, lidding, or package design.
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December 2, 2009
CATALENT PHARMA SOLUTIONS NAMES ROBERT ROMANCE AS DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY, PRINTED COMPONENTS
Catalent Pharma Solutions, one of the leading providers of advanced technologies and outsourced services to the global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer health industries, announces the appointment of Robert Romance to the new position of Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for the Printed Components business. As Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Mr. Romance will be responsible for implementing atalent’s EHS management system for Catalent’s Philadelphia regional sites and Printed Components’ facilities in the US, Puerto Rico, and Ireland.
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November 16, 2009
CATALENT’S PRINTED COMPONENTS PLANT IN DUBLIN IS THE FIRST SECONDARY PACKAGING FACILITY IN IRELAND TO ACHIEVE ISO 15378 CERTIFICATION
Catalent Pharma Solutions announces the recent achievement of ISO 15378 certification of its Printed Components facility in Dublin, Ireland. Catalent is the first secondary packaging company in Ireland to achieve the ISO 15378 certification standard. For more information, please click here.
Tekni-Plex Europe NV Acquires Top-Seals, Germany
Tekni-Plex Europe, NV, a global, diversified manufacturer of packaging products and materials for the healthcare, consumer and food packaging industries, recently acquired Top-Seals Dichtungseinlagen GmbH, located in Gronau (Leine) Germany. The well-known company, which will now operate under the name of Top-Seals GmbH, manufactures liners, cap seals and gaskets for the closure industry. For more information, click here.
CATALENT OFFERS THE
ANTI-COUNTERFEITING DIGITRACK ™ DIGITAL WATERMARKING SYSTEM
Catalent Pharma Solutions now offers the DigiTrack™ advanced anti-counterfeiting system. The DigiTrack™ digital technology adds a unique, covert watermark to packaging by embedding an imperceptible pattern directly into existing package graphics. When printed, the watermark and encrypted code cannot be seen by the naked eye, but can be identified digitally by a web-enabled mobile phone, computer, hand-held reader or other device through patented security-class software. For more information, click here.