In response to growing customer demand for a full packaging design service in Europe
PCI Pharma Services has launched Technical Services, a new packaging design and development function, at its site in Hay-on-Wye, UK.
The department complements the firm's packaging design centre in Philadelphia, PA, in the US and is in response to growing customer demand for a full packaging design service in Europe.
Conceived by Paul Smallman, Associate Director Technical Services at PCI, the department ensures a robust and agile New Product Introduction (NPI) process delivering maximum speed-to-market, offering customer support and enhancing technical and regulatory compliance.
Harmonising packaging materials, design and process, the new department offers the latest development services including 3D parametric modelling, 3D rendering, 3D printing, graphical representations and laser cut samples that can be used for both marketing and regulatory submission support. The specialist service also enables true representation using 3D printing technology to produce prototype printed blisters as well as cold-form and thermo-form tooling to enable the production of actual blisters that properly represent clinical and commercial packaging.
Smallman says PCI is challenging and changing the role of the traditional contract manufacturing organisation, which often relies on the customer to provide the design and does not offer a full design service.
'Our pioneering service ensures that the design format is compliant to the markets identified in the customers’ launch plans, as well as for future markets, trends and regulatory compliance,' he said.
PCI has more than 50 years of packaging technology design experience within the Technical Services division. By combining such expertise into one department PCI will drive speed to market for all products, minimising potential delays on review, design input and sign-off procedures on and off site.