Sanner invests €1m at Hungarian plant


The contract manufacturer of plastic packaging components for pharmaceutical and medical products says the Budapest plant has benefited from a new IT infrastructure and modern production systems

Sanner, a Germany based manufacturer of plastic packaging components for pharmaceutical, medical, and healthcare products, has completed the expansion of its contract manufacturing plant in Hungary.

The firm has invested more than €1m in the facility in Budapest to develop the IT infrastructure and modernise production systems to optimise co-operation with the parent company in Bensheim, Germany.

Sanner has also added new management team members at Sanner Hungary in response to the increasing order volume in Eastern Europe leading to further growth.

The firm says the integration of a Guardus Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and a SAP business management solution will improve control and monitoring of production, service and maintenance, and quality management.

The new IT structure guarantees end-to-end product traceability and supports centralised complaint and response management.

Sanner centralised sales in 2010 to improve customer service in Europe. Since then, European sales operations have been concentrated in Bensheim. This reorganisation increased flexibility and improved customer communications and services, the firm says.

Sanner’s chief executive Holger Frank says: ‘Our production operations in Hungary are assembly focused. This is something that clearly distinguishes us from our competitors.’

For example, a water filter with 16 different components is currently being manufactured in Hungary, which requires a skilled, well-coordinated team.

Sanner Hungary currently employs 100 people who primarily produce desiccant closures and tubes for tablets and capsules. The firm manufactures closures with bellow spacers exclusively at the Hungarian plant. With its wide range of injection and blow moulding systems, assembly and filling lines, Sanner Hungary is able quickly to respond to customer needs.

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Sanner produces two billion plastic parts each year for standard products as well as custom solutions. With more than 400 employees in Germany, China, Hungary, and the US, the company generated annual sales of more than €45m in 2011.