Pharmaceutical glass manufacturer Bormioli Pharma is participating in a number of research projects to achieve performance and sustainability aims.

The company has collaborated with Italian research centre IMEM-CNR to develop external and internal coatings able to increase glass performance.

It is also experimenting a treatment to make soda-lime glass bottles more resistant to aggressive pharmaceutical formulations.

Bormioli Pharma has also joined the Glass Futures industrial research project, which aims to identify new low-emission technologies for glass production.

The collaboration with IMEM-CNR – within a new Research Centre dedicated to glass – is now underway to allow - through the funding of a three-years PhD scholarship -, the development of new external and internal coatings able to increase the performance of glass, both from a chemical and mechanical point of view.

Performance-wise, the company is also experimenting – again as a result of a specific collaboration with the CNR – with an treatment to make Type II (soda-lime) glass bottles even more resistant, thus ensuring greater stability of the pharmaceutical formulations they will contain.

About sustainability, Bormioli Pharma has recently joined Glass Futures, a UK-based project that aims to develop a low CO2 emission approach to glass production.

The project, which will last ten years, will soon see the opening of a pilot furnace in the UK dedicated to the experimentation and application of these technologies.

"In a celebration year for glass, we are ready to confirm our role as innovators in the industry, with several concrete research and development initiatives," said Andrea Lodetti, CEO of Bormioli Pharma.

"This commitment is all the more important in a sector such as pharmaceuticals, where glass must not only contain, but also protect the therapeutic efficacy, and where the constant increase in production requires a serious rethinking of our responsibilities towards the environment."

Sustainability is a key pillar for Bormioli Pharma, which has committed to manufacturing 50% of its products using materials with low environmental impact by 2025.