• Rotoflex Develops Specialized Booklet Label Machine for JH Bertrand

    Rotoflex has successfully developed and installed a highly customized booklet label machine for American printer JH Bertrand Inc. 

    Since 1981, JH Bertrand Inc. has focused production on booklet labels that expand copy space on CPG. Pharma, chemical, and consumer-industrial companies commonly use extended-content labels to comply with government regulations, translate information, detail product use directions, include promotional coupons and rebates, and to protect themselves from litigation.

  • Stevanato Group to partner with Catalent to expedite installation of automated inspection equipment

    Stevanato Group high-speed visual inspection machines will support biologic and vaccine programs at Catalent manufacturing sites in the US and Italy.

  • LaunchWorks CDMO Approved to Provide Viral Transport Media

    Launchworks CDMO added to FDA list of approved vendors for validating and distributing VTM, in accordance with COVID-19 EUA Transport Media Policy.


  • Aptar Pharma to Unveil its State-of-the-Art Virtual Booth at CPhI Festival of Pharma; Platinum Sponsor and Finalist for Four CPhI Pharma Awards

    Crystal Lake, Illinois – September 24, 2020 - Aptar Pharma, a global leader in drug delivery systems, services and active packaging solutions, is pleased to announce its Platinum
    Sponsorship of the CPhI Festival of Pharma, to be held online from October 5-16, 2020. A long-time strategic partner and supporter of CPhI events globally, Aptar Pharma will unveil a
    new, state-of-the-art interactive booth at this virtual event that captures the essence of an inperson experience during these unprecedented times.

  • Noble and Aptar Pharma Launch AdhereIT™, a Connected Medical Device Solution for Disease Management Adherence and Onboarding Patients

    The benefits of AdhereIT™ include improved drug management, enriched patient experiences and enhanced patient outcomes

  • Aptar Declares Quarterly Dividend

    Crystal Lake, Illinois, October 15, 2020 - AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active packaging solutions, today declared a
    quarterly cash dividend of $0.36 per share. The payment date is November 18, 2020, to stockholders of record as of October 28, 2020.

  • Röchling Group invests EUR 50 million in Medical division



    Prof. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, President & CEO of the Röchling Group, said: “This is an investment in the growth of our Medical division. Demand for medical products has risen sharply in recent years. By building the new production building, we will be able to better serve our customers’ requirements moving ahead while also expanding our market position.”

    At the groundbreaking ceremony, Joachim Lehmann, Director BU Medical Europe, highlighted the successful cooperation with the local government and neighbors in the industrial area: “I would especially like to thank the city of Neuhaus am Rennweg, in particular Mayor Uwe Scheler and Councilman Hans-Peter Schmitz, and our neighbors for working together positively. Thanks to them, we have been able to make our plans for expanding the location a reality.”

    The more extensive production capacity will create new perspectives for the city of Neuhaus am Rennweg. “We are delighted that the Röchling Group has decided to continue its growth in Neuhaus. This is also an acknowledgement of our urban and regional economic policies,” said Neuhaus’ Mayor Uwe Scheler. Councilman Hans-Peter Schmitz is also very pleased about the effect the plant will have: “The additional jobs will be a boost for the local economy and will help increase the appeal of the Rennsteig region.”

    Excavation work is scheduled to begin now that ground has been broken. Construction is set to start next year, and the expansion of the building and the clean room, in addition to the installation of the technical building facilities, should be completed by 2022. The new production building is expected to open for business in the first quarter of 2023.

    Expansion of clean room production

    A four-story building with a total area of 1,850 m² is to be built by the start of 2023, creating space for the necessary clean areas for extrusion blow molding production. The standout feature of the new production building will be the top floor with around 1,700 m² of class C and D GMP clean room production, of which approximately 500 m² will be in GMP high-level pharma standard C.

    Sustainable and innovative

    The building’s design pays special attention to concepts such as automation, Industry 4.0, and sustainability (renewable energies). In addition to the location’s environmental standards already certified to ISO 14001, the new building will feature an energy-efficient cold storage system to sustainably save on energy resources and reduce carbon emissions. Under this concept, the firefighting water tank in place for the sprinkler system, which has a volume of around 2,000 m³, will be reduced to a low temperature overnight as cold storage, in order to use the energy produced to provide the production lines with cooling water the next day.

    The overall internal product flow will be managed by an autonomous transport system so as to optimize production workflows under clean room conditions and to avoid the contamination of products and the means of transport. The end product is coordinated by the entire process chain in a batch-clean and controlled manner throughout the building on the basis of the networked systems (Industry 4.0). This will satisfy the demands of the pharma and medical industry in terms of clean and fully monitored production.

    Signs point to growth

    In 2016, the Röchling Group added the Medical division to its two existing divisions, Industrial and Automotive. In doing so, it defined a clear strategic focus on the development and manufacture of high-quality plastic products for the fields diagnostics, fluid management, pharma, and surgery & interventional. In these segments, Röchling Medical develops innovative solutions at its six locations in Europe, the US, and China, continuously expanding its leading market position around the world.

    350 employees work on more than 43,000 m² of production and logistics space at the Neuhaus site. Röchling Medical Neuhaus’ core competences include extrusion blow molding, injection blow molding, injection molding, injection stretch blow molding, and various fully automated, class C GMP clean room assembly processes. In Neuhaus, the company currently operates seven injection blow molding machines, one injection molding machine, one injection stretch blow molding machine, and 20 extrusion blow molding machines, three of which are capable of co-extrusion blow molding.

    A EUR 35 million investment project that included the construction of a state-of-the-art new building was launched in 2015. This extension was opened in April 2018.

  • WWP Beauty Welcomes William Jiang as Its Asia Pacific Managing Director

    Culver City, CA – WWP Beauty, a leading provider of cosmetic packaging components, tubes, and full-service turnkey beauty solutions, has hired William Jiang as its Managing Director of Asia Pacific. The Asia market plays a key role in the company’s global expansion, supply chain, and sales strategy. Under William’s leadership, WWP Beauty will be able to strengthen its innovation pipeline as well as provide a more seamless full-service experience to customers worldwide. 

  • P&G Beauty Announces reusable and refillable bottle system


    P&G Beauty unveils its newest packaging innovation across its haircare brands, set to change the way consumers buy, use and dispose of their shampoo bottles, as it continues its commitment to be a force for good and a positive force for beauty in the world.

    As announced at a live panel of sustainability experts at the Reuters Responsible Business Summit, guests at The Window to Act is Now: Advancing Responsible Beauty in Europe heard that, as of 2021, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences and Aussie will enable the 200 million European households1 to recycle, reduce and reuse. The leading beauty brands will launch a refill system for their shampoo, thanks to a new reusable 100% aluminium bottle and recyclable2 refill pouch, made using 60% less plastic (per mL versus standard brand bottle). P&G Beauty is on track to reduce virgin plastic usage by 50% in shampoos and conditioners bottles by the end of 20213, where through collective efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle it will result in 300 million fewer virgin plastic bottles being produced yearly.

    Speaking at the event, Artur Litarowicz, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Haircare for P&G Europe said; “We need to start turning the tide on the plastic waste crisis and there is no time to waste when it comes to protecting our planet. That is why I’m thrilled to announce a new packaging innovation called the ‘good refill system’. This will allow consumers to have the product they love now in a beautiful, reusable aluminium bottle and refill pouches as of 2021. This will be launched across Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences and Aussie. We know this is just the start. There is so much more to do, and I am passionate about P&G Beauty being a force for good across Europe as we step towards achieving our 2030 Responsible Beauty goals at pace.”

    Virginie Helias, P&G’s Chief Sustainability Officer added; “We have committed to enable and inspire responsible consumption through innovation on our product and packaging. Our leading beauty brands in Europe touch millions of lives. This new packaging innovation will contribute to making the reuse of packaging irresistible, while enabling a reduction of virgin plastic as per P&G’s Ambition 2030 commitment. It’s no longer about if or what we can do, but how quickly we can do it - the window is now for embracing new sustainable lifestyles.”

    Litarowicz and Helias were joined at the interactive panel discussion by founder and CEO at TerraCycle, Tom Szaky, Head of Plastic Waste and Business at WWF, Erin Simon and climate activist, Clover Hogan, who provided their perspective on the role of brands to help turn the tide of the plastics crisis.

    Tom Szaky commented; “I’ve long been a believer that a refill behaviour is a big part of the future of sustainable packaging and the innovation announced by P&G Beauty today is a positive step in the right direction for the many millions of households Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences and Aussie serve. While there is of course more to be done, it’s great to see large companies such as P&G Beauty taking the issue seriously and using their scale to drive change quickly and impactfully.”

  • Premium Jars Offer Sustainable Beauty


    The new Infinity Quartz range can be specified in a choice of materials (including post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic), finishes and decoration options to meet the widest variety of product characteristics and branding objectives; at the same time, the jars offer the benefits of being refillable or reusable. The jars are available in 50ml and 75ml sizes. The 50ml jar features Berry Bramlage’s Natura Pack removable inner section. This allows consumers to retain the jar and simply replace the empty inner with a new full one, which can be bought separately. The jar is manufactured in PET or PP depending on the requirements of individual products. Both the PET and PP have food contact certification, which is particularly appropriate for sensitive or natural ingredients. Caps are produced in the same material as the jars and with the removable PP inner layer, this means the different parts can be easily separated for recycling. Two special versions of the jar are also available, one where the jar is made completely from PCR PET, and a second manufactured in PP incorporating Talc. This gives the jars an exceptionally soft-touch finish to provide an enhanced sensory experience for the consumer. The thick wall construction of the light weight jars ensures they still project a high-quality appearance on-shelf. For the clear PET jars, the inner section appears suspended within for a strong visual effect. Infinity Quartz jars can be produced in a variety of colours. A wide choice of advanced decoration techniques such as hot stamping, silk-screen, pad and digital printing, lacquering and labelling allows them to be fully personalised for individual products and brands. “At Berry, our commitment to sustainability informs the design and development of all our packaging solutions,” comments Delphine Roux, Strategic Marketing Manager, Berry Bramlage. “These latest jars offer a strong sustainability profile while still delivering the enhanced consumer experience that is a vital part of beauty packaging.”

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