The Körber Business Area Pharma is expanding its capacities for the production of high-quality folding boxes for the pharmaceutical industry at three locations. New printing, gluing and labeling machines will be installed in Allschwil in Switzerland, Ejpovice in the Czech Republic and Camden in the USA by the beginning of 2022. They are intended to meet the increasing demand from the pharmaceutical industry for high-quality secondary packaging from Rondo Solutions in the future.
New high-performance Heidelberg Speedmaster XL printing presses are being installed at three Körber sites. "The latest machine technology is crucial for even faster, more flexible and more productive folding-box production. It enables us to shorten set-up times, reduce waste, and offer even more product variety," explains Joachim Hoeltz, Packaging Materials Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Körber Business Area Pharma. Intelligent support systems relieve employees of many routine tasks and assist with machine operation. "This allows us to increasingly call up the maximum output of 18,000 sheets per hour and further reduce set-up times for orders," says Giovanni De Luca, Head of Production at Körber’s Swiss site. In addition, thanks to the eight or ten printing units, the systems also meet special customer requirements such as printing with many spot colors, combining different grades and country variants, and inline reverse-side printing.
The challenges facing the industry are immense: "Expiring patents are increasing the cost pressure on pharmaceutical manufacturers. At the same time, the trend towards personalized medicine is causing batch sizes to shrink and packaging variety to increase. Very large pharmaceutical manufacturers in particular are therefore producing less and less on stock," says Joachim Hoeltz. Körber’s packaging experts responded to these developments at an early stage with product innovation, digitalization and process automation. The supply-on-demand service for short runs, for example, enables very short delivery times of two to five days, for order sizes of 100 to 5,000 sheets.