Containment, continuous production and Industry 4.0 were the focus of this year’s Interpack presentation of the five German Excellence United partners Bausch+Ströbel, Glatt, Fette, Harro Höfliger and Uhlmann.
A crowd at the Excellence United stand on the morning of the first Interpack day: The alliance, launched in 2011, made its third appearance this year and took questions in the traditional press tour, led by Thomas Hofmaier, recently appointed spokesman of Excellence United. He directs the Pharma business sector at Glatt, and here is also the start of the stand tour. “Containment, continuous manufacturing and professional service are the focus of the trade fair presence of Excellence United", he explains. None of the five companies has reason to complain. In 2016, Bausch + Ströbel, Glatt, Fette, Harro Höfliger and Uhlmann have sales totalling more than € 1.4 billion, and the forecasts for 2017 are also good.
Full Order Books
The order books are full, and this is certainly one of the reasons for the harmony in the group. The premium alliance is bearing up. Some projects have been handled in teams of two or three, for example, the Respimat-Inhaler for Boehringer Ingelheim. Harro Höfliger was responsible for the inhaler technology, for the packaging and labelling of goods, along with Uhlmann and Bausch + Ströbel, two other partners of Excellence United were on board for process development and production.
Even in continuous production, people work together: For continuous production as an alternative to batch procedure, the alliance has matching concepts and the corresponding know-how, emphasises Hofmaier. As an example, take Modcos, the continuous production system of Glatt. In the technological variants of Modcos A (for direct injection) and B (for wet granulation), the FE series of Fette Compacting for the tablet compacting, and from Harro Höfliger for the microfeeder of the Modu-C family can be integrated.
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