More than a hundred powder specialists from all over the world gathered at the Romaco and MG2 Powder Conference in Bologna, Italy September 13-14. Technologies for manufacturing, processing and dosing pharmaceutical powders were spotlighted and discussed in more than twenty presentations and several machine demonstrations. Visitors to the two-day event were invited to the various sessions at Romaco S.r.l. and MG2, both based in the Bologna area. Later in the evening, conference participants convened in the vineyards of the Colli Bolognesi to review and exchange the day’s experiences in a magnificent setting.
The jointly organized Powder Conference 2016 is the latest milestone in the successful partnership between Romaco and MG2. The two manufacturers took the opportunity to showcase themselves to industry professionals as providers of complementary technologies for processing the same dosage form – with Romaco’s microdosing machines, tablet presses and granulation and coating systems on one hand, and MG2’s capsule fillers on the other.
“The Romaco and MG2 portfolios match one another almost perfectly”, explained Nicola Magriotis, Managing Director Sales, Romaco S.r.l. in Bologna. “When it comes to processing pharmaceutical powders, both our companies are proven experts in their respective fields. The Powder Conference was the ideal platform to illustrate to pharmaceutical industry representatives where we stand, how we fit together and where we are stronger together.”
“It is not usual for two independent companies like Romaco and MG2 to organize such an important event together. This was possible thanks to the strong complementarity of our portfolios and a shared approach to customers, focused on innovation, quality and reliability of services”, emphasised Manuela Gamberini, Sales Manager, MG2.
Romaco’s powder portfolio
Romaco Macofar is a supplier of solutions for aseptic and non-aseptic dosing of pharmaceutical powders and an established player in the global pharmaceutical markets since the seventies. The Romaco Macofar powder portfolio goes hand in hand with Romaco Kilian tableting solutions as well as Romaco Innojet’s expertise in the granulation and coating of pharmaceutical solids.
The part of the event which took place at Romaco was divided between a theoretical examination of the various technologies for processing pharmaceutical powders and a number of practical trials and demonstrations. The presentation of the Macofar MicroMaxX18 aseptic powder filling machine in the new cleanroom at Romaco’s Bologna facility was undoubtedly one of the high points. Since the installation of the GMP compliant cleanroom environment, real products can now be tested there for the first time under real production conditions. This is an enormous advantage when preparing a machine for use by the customer or conducting test series.
Capsule filling solutions from MG2
The conference attendees were also treated to an insight into MG2’s new cleanrooms. The controlled environment is optimally suited for analyzing the specific properties of pharmaceutical powders. The capsule filling process can thus be adapted to the specific requirements of each product. This traditional manufacturer of capsule fillers is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2016. Not surprisingly, MG2’s presentations were all about capsules – from production through filling to weighing and quality controls.