Pharma packaging firm to expand service offering

Published: 10-Jan-2011

Will add 2D data matrix printing and product serialisation at Swindon plant

Pharmaceutical packaging firm Wasdell Packaging has placed orders for equipment to scan and print 2D data matrixes and add product serialisation to packaging at its new £1.5m, 63,000ft2 production facility opened last year in Swindon. The building currently contains 10 purpose-built cleanroom production lines with the firm planning to double this with the completion of phase 2 of the expansion in the first quarter of 2011.

The production suites, all of which are to a Class D specification, include two fully enclosed dehumidified lines for packing moisture-sensitive products such as effervescents and powders. Wasdell offers blister packing, container filling, liquid filling, sachets, strip packs and secondary packing at the new site.

The firm also plans to take over an adjacent 76,000ft2 building in which it will add a full storage and distribution service to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. This will be complemented by Wasdell’s own transport fleet, which will allow the firm to offer a complete pick and pack service with worldwide delivery to pharmaceutical chains across the UK.

‘It is paramount as a contract packer that we stay ahead of the game and identify the requirements of the markets we serve in anticipation of them being needed,’ said James Wasdell, commercial director.

Wasdell has also gained cGMP, BRC and Manufacturers/Importers Authorisation licences for the packing of pharmaceutical and veterinary products at the facility. In addition, the firm has an investigational medicinal licence for clinical trials.

‘We are delighted we have been successful in gaining all of the necessary licences/approvals which has been some feat considering we have only been operational here since August,’ said Wasdell.

The company now aims to develop the site further and acquire accreditations to allow it to offer packaging of controlled drugs.

‘Initial meetings with the governing authorities have already taken place and everything seems very promising,’ said managing director Martin Tedham. ‘This has been a long term goal for us.’

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