Gerresheimer has set up an investment programme spanning several years to install state-of-the-art converting machines for vial manufacturing at all its plants.

The latest-generation machines and global high standards will enable it to meet even more stringent product quality requirements.

The first two machines have now been installed and put into operation in Boleslawiec, location of one of Gerresheimer’s two Technical Competence Centres for vial production in Europe.

The third machine is scheduled for installation soon, followed by additional new machines in 2017 and 2018.

“Our investments have already paid off; reflected by the fact that the new machines manufacture vials in cosmetic and dimensional quality that by far surpasses the industry standard. That’s why the first customer feedback has been so positive,” said Jens Heymann, Global Vice President Finance & Controlling and Senior Vice President Europe & Asia Tubular Glass.

The aim of the project was clear from day one: Gerresheimer wants to supply its customers with vastly improved vials to the highest possible quality.

Extensive renovation work was necessary before the new machines could be installed. The floor and lighting systems were replaced, the clean room upgraded and extended, and the existing machine layout was changed. These are just a few aspects of the refurbishment programme.

Vials are one of Gerresheimer’s top-selling products. They are also one of the most frequently used pharmaceutical packaging products in the world. Gerresheimer manufactures them in the USA, Asia and Europe with filling volumes of between 1 and 50ml.