Pharmaceutical Packaging Schott Build New Pharmaceutical Packaging Facility in India
Schott aims for a piece of Asia's pharmaceutical boom: The Company has just inaugurated India’s first fully automated plant for pharmaceutical packaging in Jambusar, Gujarat, India. This greenfield investment increases the company’s production capacity in India by 50 per cent to around 2.0 billion ampoules and vials per year, Schott states.
Mumbai/India – “This investment of 20 million euros underscores Schott’s long-term understanding of the strategic importance of the pharmaceutical packaging business. We are outpacing market growth in this segment,” Professor Dr.-Ing. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Management Board, commented on the opening.
The new facility shall be operated by Schott Kaisha, a joint venture company in which Schott holds 50%. Schott Kaisha already operates an existing production in the city of Daman. The new facility shouild help to increase production by 50%, bringing total annual output to about two billion ampoules, vials, syringes, and cartridges, Schott believes.
Fully Automated Production Meets Demanding Quality Standards
According to various studies, the Indian pharmaceutical industry is growing by 14 to 17 percent a year, primarily due to strong domestic demand from a rising Indian middle class seeking better medical care. Thanks to its strong and long-standing partnership with Kaisha, Schott sees utself in an excellent position to profit from the predicted market growth. Dr. Jürgen Sackhoff, head of the Pharmaceutical Systems Business Unit at Schott, said, “Our quality-first business philosophy has always been what differentiates us from other companies. In Kaisha, we found a partner in India who shares this philosophy. Together, this new facility will further enhance our ability to help the Indian pharmaceutical industry hit its growth targets.”
The new plant has 20 production lines for ampoules and 16 lines for vials – all fully automated. In addition to computer-controlled line loading using loading robots, high-performance camera systems perform quality inspections. Jambusar is the first fully automated production facility on the Indian subcontinent and meets global ISO 15378 standards.