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Systech International (Cranbury, NJ) and Domino Printing Sciences (Cambridge, UK) announced an agreement that combines Systech’s TIPS Serialized Product Tracking solution with Domino’s marking and coding solutions. Domino will provide an end-to-end marking, inspection, control, and data management solution as a Systech authorized solutions provider.

The partnership integrates Domino’s ink-jet and laser technologies with Systech’s track-and-trace system. The comprehensive solution features support for various code formats and RFID, in-line verification and tag-reading capabilities, and fail-safe data and product tracking control, the companies say.

“Combining Systech’s TIPS solution with Domino’s core marking and integration capabilities provides customers with quality solutions that can be delivered on a global scale, allowing pharmaceutical manufacturers to significantly increase patient safety and combat counterfeit and diversion challenges,” said Simon King, director of Domino’s Integrated Solutions Group.

In other company news, Domino Printing Sciences Plc has acquired Enterprise Information Systems Inc. (EIS; Dallas), which specializes in automatic identification and data-capture systems integration. EIS will be incorporated into Domino’s Integration Solutions Group. The acquisition is part of the company’s commitment to expanding its offerings to the track-and-trace market. It also enhances the Integrated Solutions Group’s range of RFID and coding solutions for the U.S. market.

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging products in the United States and Puerto Rico will increase 7% annually to more than $11 billion by 2010, according to a study conducted by The Freedonia Group Inc. (Cleveland). The study is included in the industry research firm’s report Pharmaceutical Packaging. It says that new regulations and standards addressing patient compliance, drug dispersing errors, counterfeiting, and drug diversion will expand growth opportunities for value-added containers, closures, and accessories, especially blister packs, tamper-evident closures, and RFID labels. It also proj-ects that demand for primary pharmaceutical containers will increase 8% annually through 2010, and demand for pharmaceutical packaging accessories will reach $2.3 billion by 2010. The study suggests that safety and performance advantages to prefillable inhalers and prefillable syringes will generate the fastest growth opportunities for these items.

The Clondalkin Group (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a specialty packaging firm, has acquired pharmaceutical packaging group Pharmagraphics Inc. (Greensboro, NC). Clondalkin’s Specialist Packaging division has operations in the England, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Poland. The division supplies specialty packaging components to niche markets in Europe and North America.


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