Klöckner adds shelf-life modelling to its service portfolio


Company expands BlisterPro XCEL suite beyond package design and prototyping services

Klöckner Pentaplast recently introduced the company’s new packaging innovation facility, the kp i.center, located in Charlottesville (Virginia, USA). Home to the Pharmaceutical Film Division’s newly expanded BlisterPro XCEL suite of consulting, design, stability and prototyping services, the kp i.center provides a collaborative space created to help global pharmaceutical customers bring products to market more quickly and economically.

The kp i.center enables packaging professionals to share ideas with kp’s expert packaging design engineers, leading to the discovery of innovative packages and optimised prototypes. Working together with the kp team, customers will be able to use the blistering centre to test and assess designs in real-time. The co-operative approach greatly reduces the time it takes to design and choose packaging, thereby shortening product-to-market release times.

The centre was conceived to meet the needs of global pharmaceutical packaging professionals, including those in operations, marketing and procurement, for both branded and generic products. It offers collaboration rooms, customer offices, on-site tooling and blistering and, through kp’s knowledgeable team, onsite expertise.

Through BlisterPro XCEL’s extended services, Klöckner Pentaplast is positioned as the only global film supplier to provide accelerated pharmaceutical product stability profiling through FreeThink Technology’s ASAPprime shelf-life modelling software and ASAP laboratory studies.

FreeThink’s recently updated ASAPprime V4.0 integrates details of Klöckner Pentaplast’s Pentapharm film line. This affords customers a unique combination of product and packaging optimisation benefits, including speedy and informative selection of the optimal barrier film for the pharmaceutical product.

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‘We see the competitive landscape changing, making speed-to-market, product safety, sustainability and cost control increasingly important,’ says Pierre Ferracci, Group Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Films Division. ‘BlisterPro XCEL and the kp i.center change the organisation’s positioning from a traditional material supplier to a value-added solutions provider. We can now truly make a difference to our customers’ total cost position and help them to bring better products to market faster.’