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SPONSOR: Gilbreth Packaging August 18, 2011 | Edited by Bob Sperber

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Novartis Animal Health on in-house, outsourced packaging

Speaking with Farren Paton, packaging engineer for Novartis Animal Health U.S., our sister news outlet Healthcare Packaging discussed the company's latest user-friendly pet packages and other trends, including its mix of in-house and outsourced packaging, in the story, "Packaging eases administration, discomfort for four-legged patients."

The company, based in Basel, Switzerland, markets health products from allergy pet-meds to vaccines for farm animals.

The main passage relating to contract packaging comes when Paton is asked about in-house vs. outsourced packaging functions, to which she replies: "Novartis Animal Health packages product internally and externally. There are six major Novartis Animal Health facilities located worldwide: two in North America, three in Europe and one in Asia. There are more than a dozen packaging lines at NAH locations."

The full Q&A includes information on new products, regulations and Paton's views on information on human vs. veterinary packaging. Read the full story here.


3C grows with new machinery

Privately owned co-packer 3C Packaging, Clayton, N.C., announced 20 percent annual growth in the 2010-2011 fiscal year ended June 30. Joe Elphick, president and CEO, cited as primary factors 3C's "loyal pharmaceutical client base" and an "outstanding team."

In the past year, the company opened a Concept Design Center in Philadelphia to enhance customer visits and showcase the company's technologies. Also through the past year, the 3C installed the following equipment:

  • Heidelberg 102ZP 2c Perfecting 28x40 Press for large format circulars greater than 25" in length,
  • Vijuk MV2011 capable of folding a 40" L x 20" W sheet and up to 210 panels glued,
  • Vijuk Folder with Round Pile Feeder, FA43 / 12 plate St.I, FA35 4 plate St.II and MV97 capable of folding 90 panels,
  • Vijuk Folder with SVA Feeder, FA43 / 12 plate St.I, FA 35 4 plate St.II and MV97 capable of folding 90 panels and a
  • Longford Piggyback System with three placers, capable of an additional three placers, fully integrated bar code scanning and missing glue detection w/ejection for non-conforming product, direct-to-tray delivery system for accurate counts and reduced labor.

Commenting on the company's consistent growth through the down economy, 3C, formerly Colonial Carton Company, has its roots as a designer and manufacturer of custom folding cartons, printed literature and unit dose compliant packages.


PTI hires new quality chief, Preston Wright

Royston, GA-based Pharma Tech Industries, a leading provider of contract manufacturing and packaging services for pharmaceutical, over-the-counter (OTC), medical device, and personal care products, hired Preston Wright its new senior director of quality.

His new job has him directing all aspects of PTI's Corporate Quality System including quality assurance and control; and quality operations at the company's two contract manufacturing plant locations in Royston and Union, Mo., respectively. His responsibilities include designing and executing corporate-level quality policies and procedures and implementing continuous quality improvement plans for producing and packaging prescription and over-the-counter products including medical devices, cosmetics and consumer disposables.

Wright's decades of experience include management-level quality positions at Morton Group Pharmaceuticals in Morton Grove, Ill., ANI Pharmaceuticals, Gulfport, Miss. and ELAN Holdings in Gainesville, Ga.


UK thermoformers merge, consolidate production

Two U.K. thermoformers joined forces when Stockport-based Macpac Ltd. acquired Northampton-based Hamilton Plastic Packaging earlier this summer. Now, production is being consolidated under one roof.

Macpac designs and packages food and consumer goods, and is accredited to the BRC/IOP global food and packaging standard.

The company expects a "completely smooth and problem-free transfer of business" for Hamilton's customers when all production moves to Macpac's Stockport facility, a move expected late this month. Both companies use Illig thermoforming machinery; all tooling owned by Hamilton customers is expected to be completely compatible with Macpac's systems. A capital upgrade said to cost £750K or roughly U.S. $1.2 million (at current exchange rates) includes a new Illig RV74C pressure former for improved quality.

Hamilton's sales contacts will remain at the existing Northampton office.

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