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MWV expands Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

Leading packaging company invests $7.5 million in German facility, driven by the growth of Preservative-Free technology products

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MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced today the expansion of its pharmaceutical manufacturing Centre of Excellence, based in Hemer, Germany.

The Centre is the core for MWV’s global pharmaceutical dispensing systems manufacturing network. The $7.5 million project includes expanding clean room molding and assembly capacity, and the introduction of a state-of-the-art logistics system to control the flow of finished goods and components. MWV is making this investment in its Healthcare business based upon the business’s rapid growth, especially in the Preservative-Free packaging market.

"This investment underlines MWV’s position as an innovation leader in healthcare dispensing systems and our commitment to manufacturing high-quality products in the appropriate regulatory environment,” said Sven-Uwe Höhm, vice president & general manager, Medical Plastics Division.

The current Centre of Excellence consists of clean rooms for precision injection-molding and high-speed component assembly, R&D Facilities with fluid dispensing, fluid atomization, design optimization and broad material knowledge, and project management support. The Centre includes further Customer Service, Technical Laboratory and Regulatory teams. MWV’s healthcare products are manufactured according to ISO 9001, Quality Management System for Medical Devices ISO13485, GMP ISO15378 and 93/42/EEC Annex 5 Medical Device Directive standards.

The facility expansion will commence in early 2013 and is expected to finish by the end of the year.

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