As part of its global quality initiative for the manufacture of pharmaceutical tubing, Schott has announced that it is investing approximately €5 million in the modernisation of its Rio de Janeiro plant.

The site is home to Fiolax glass tubing production – a base product, which has been manufactured and used for more than 100 years in the global pharmaceutical industry.

The modernisation of the Brazilian plant, which will include the latest measurement technology for process and quality control, highlights Schott’s commitment to high and unified production standards across all of its facilities.

This emphasis on quality ensures that Fiolax glass tubing can be used worldwide, including India, for the manufacture of high-quality vials, syringes, ampoules, and cartridges for the optimal storage of medicines.

The technology transfer between Schott’s tubing sites follows a strict process: Manufacturing machines and processes as well as corresponding measurement technology are developed at the main plant in Mitterteich (Germany) and then implemented at all sites worldwide in accordance with clearly defined timeframes.

Furthermore all plants adhere to the same quality manuals, which are stored in a central database.

India’s Schott tubing facility based in Jambusar, Gujarat stands to benefit from this development as any changes are shared with every site within 24 hours and are executed immediately.

Schott has voluntarily introduced far stricter quality standards for its technical terms of delivery than is required in the industry.

As a result, customers receive Fiolax glass tubing – with highly accurate geometrical and visual attributes – regardless of where the tubing is manufactured.

Furthermore, the company’s stringent process for change management provides enhanced safety.

Before any changes, such as optimisation measures, are implemented, a full analysis and risk assessment is conducted.

This process offers insight into any potential effects a change may have on the manufacturing process associated with the packaging.

“Change management is only one of the tools we employ as part of our quality management system, which are based on GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards.

“We are also committed to full traceability of our products, uniform standards and comprehensive risk management across the entire process chain – from purchasing and production through to delivery,” remarked Dr.-Ing. Karsten Hennig, Director Quality Management for Schott Tubing.