MediSeal expands production facility

Companies Recent expansion at MediSeal GmbH's Schloss Holte headquarters extends its production hall (shown) by 1,300 square meters.

In addition to an expanded assembly area, separate clean rooms were created for pharmaceutical product filling and packaging under climatically sterile conditions. MediSeal, which originated from Klöckner Medipak, develops, designs, and manufactures thermoforming and sachet machines, cartoners, and complete packaging lines for pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.

• ESS Technologies expanded its agreement with Fanuc Robotics to operate as a strategic partner for assembly, packaging, and palletizing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics products.

• Pregis Corp. opened an Innovation Center in north suburban Chicago, positioning it as a “think tank” for the creation of next-generation protective packaging materials and systems.

• Service Industries, LLC announced it has extended its distribution agreement with Sepha Ltd. to include the BlisterScan noncontact, nondestructive leak-testing machine for pharmaceutical blister packs.

• Mocon, Inc. entered into an agreement with Plastics Technologies, Inc., for the manufacturing and global marketing of the OxyTraQ oxygen permeation system.

• TCP Reliable and EFP Corp. announced a mutual design and supply agreement to provide cold chain products and services in the midwest U.S.

• Hapa AG, producer of On Demand pack printing for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008.

• Tegrant Corp. and FEC Corp. formed ThermoSafe Brands Asia, a joint venture to manufacture and distribute a line of products in the region, including ThermoSafe insulated shippers, Polar Pack gels, U-tek phase-change materials, and Nomadic prequalified shippers.

Achievements

Frost & Sullivan recognized Gentag, Inc. with a 2008 North American Award for Technology Innovation, highlighting Gentag's development of RFID-based sensor networks that employ RF waves to transmit medical sensing data remotely. …Bilcare Research won the “Best New Product” award for its Patina product line at the European Outsourcing Awards, which recognizes developments in contract services. Patina is a blister package that incorporates iridescent color and shine. …Catalent Pharma Solutions won “The Best Contract Manufacturing Project” award at the European Outsourcing Awards, for a partnership approach adopted by Catalent and Sciele Pharma, Inc. …Perfecseal announced registration to the ISO 13485:2003 Medical Device Quality Management System for its Mankato, MN, thermoforming facility. The medical device and pharmaceutical packaging supplier recently launched a new Web site, www.perfecseal.com.

People

Michael Torti was appointed managing director at Rondo-Pak, Norristown, PA, a company belonging to the Körber Medipak-Group. ...Diane Frisch was named vice president of Human Resources and Communications, Food Americas, and vice president of Human Resources, Global Pharmaceutical Packaging, for Alcan Packaging. …Cortegra announced that Leslie Love will be its national sales manager, responsible for sales and marketing functions. …Virginia Cullison was named business development leader, Healthcare Packaging, for Multisorb Technologies. …Norwood Marking Systems/Allen Coding Systems announced Paula Wilson as regional account manager, responsible for the company's thermal-transfer and hot-stamp printing equipment. …Catalent Pharma Solutions named Benoit Cossart vice president and general manager for the Commercial Packaging business of its Packaging Services segment. …Dr. Rafik Bishara, chairman of the Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Interest Group, Parenteral Drug Assn., and Jack McGuire, former president and CEO of the American Red Cross, were added to Entropy Solutions' Board of Advisors. …Rick Bollinger joined Metter-Toledo Product Inspection as strategic accounts manager, Pharmaceutical. …ESS Technologies, Inc. added Ken Austen as northeast regional sales manager, to cover the northeast and Midwest U.S., and Canada. …MeadWestvaco Corp. announced Dr. Ted Lithgow has been named president of MWV Healthcare, focusing on adherence and compliance packaging, global manufacturing, and efficient supply chain operations to accelerate the commercialization of new products in areas such as India and China.

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