Bosch opens new premises in Musashi, Japan

Invests €1.6m in inspection technology plant located in Musashi

Aerial view of the new Musashi premises that will manufacture inspection technology

Bosch Packaging Technology, a German provider of complete solutions for process and packaging technology, has moved into new premises in Musashi, Japan.

The company has invested €1.6m in the 3,240m2 plant, which is located around 70km north of Tokyo. More than 100 people have been developing and manufacturing inspection technology for the pharmaceuticals industry there since March.

The company has relocated from its previous Honjo plant into the much larger premises and says the investment in the new site underscores its commitment to Japan as a major market for pharmaceuticals inspection technology.

Bosch opens the new Centre of Competence at Musashi, near Tokyo

'We want to build on the experience we have amassed in Japan over many decades and offer our customers technology that is ‘Invented for life’ around the world,' said Joachim Baczewski, Head of the Inspection Technology Pharma unit and General Manager of Bosch Packaging Technology in Japan.

Bosch Packaging Technology established its Inspection Technology unit in 2012 following the acquisition of Japanese company Eisai Machinery. It offers manual, semi-automated, and fully automated inspection machines to identify particles in pharmaceutical products. It also includes the cosmetic inspection of containers or tablets to detect defects such as scratches or discoloration.

The AIM 8 inspection machine for vials is the first of a new generation of fully automated inspection machines from Bosch Packaging Technology

Musashi is one of four Bosch Packaging Technology sites in Japan. Processing and packaging machines and robotics for the food and pharmaceuticals industries are developed and assembled at the Funabashi site, east of Tokyo, while the company also has sales offices in Tokyo and Osaka.