Capacity to increase by more than 50%
Schott Pharmaceutical Packaging plans to increase production capacities at its plant in Zavolzhye, Russia by more than 50% to meet growth in demand.
The German manufacturer of glass tubing and primary packaging for the pharmaceutical sector will install new production lines for vials and ampoules at the plant.
‘Expanding our presence in Russia represents an important strategic step for the benefit of our customers,’ said Jürgen Sackhoff, who heads the German glass tubing and primary packaging manufacturer’s pharmaceutical systems division.
‘We are seeing continued growth in demand for locally manufactured primary packaging that also meets all of the international standards for quality. This will result in shorter delivery routes and better export opportunities for our customers.’
The Russian pharmaceutical industry has experienced double-digit growth in recent years. Initiatives such the government’s Pharma 2020 strategy that seeks to encourage local manufacturing of high-quality medications that meet GMP standards has continued this development.
Schott says it was the first international manufacturer in Russia to open a new GMP-compliant pharmaceutical packaging plant in 2011. A growth in orders has made it necessary to expand capacities earlier than expected.
‘GMP will be required by law for all companies that manufacture in Russia starting in 2014 and Schott has the necessary know-how in helping its customers to establish GMP-certified manufacturing thanks to its 125 years of experience and global manufacturing network,’ added Sackhoff.