Servicepoint says its strength lies in its long-term automation experience and deep knowledge of EU legislation
Systech International, a brand protection specialist, is to work with automation provider Servicepoint to deliver serialisation and automation systems to the pharma industry.
Under the agreement, Servicepoint, based in Kuopio, Finland, will become Systech’s representative and system integration partner in Finland, Estonia, Sweden, and Russia.
Systech focuses on serialisation, track-and-trace, authentication, and engagement.
The two firms first worked together more than a year ago when they jointly delivered serialisation and automation/integration solutions to a pharmaceutical manufacturing client.
'Internationalisation, outsourcing, e-tailing and the expansion of international trade zones have created enormous complexities throughout the supply chain and product lifecycle. This has resulted in a rapid escalation of global counterfeiting issues, threatening consumer safety like never before,' said Systech CEO Bob DeJean.
'We’re honoured to partner with a global market leader in serialisation systems,' added Risto Finne, Chairman of the Board at Servicepoint. 'It’s a testament to our 30 years of corporate expertise.'
Iiro Jantunen, serialisation expert at Servicepoint, said: 'Our strength lies in our long-term automation experience and a strong knowledge of EU legislation. This allows us to keep pharmaceutical manufacturers up-to-date on changes in the industry.'
Over the next three years, 15,000 production lines for prescription drugs in Europe must be fitted with a serialisation system. The European Commission adopted a regulation on 2 October 2015 under which the serialisation of prescription medicine packages will become mandatory in all EU countries by 2019.