Schreiner MediPharm's First U.S. Plant
With the tapping of a traditional wooden keg of beer, Schreiner MediPharm opened its first U.S. production facility in Blauvelt, NY, for manufacturing of its specialty pharmaceutical labels.
In a grand opening event at the 50,000-sq-ft plant, Schreiner MediPharm global president Roland Schreiner said the facility will help meet growing North American market demand for innovative labeling.
“We want to become the leading supplier of multi-functional labels in the United States, as we are today in Europe,” Schreiner said.
Schreiner described the company’s origin in his grandparent’s basement in 1951, at the gathering of about 100 employees, customers, and state and local officials. Part of the Schreiner Group based in Oberschleissheim, near Munich, Shreiner MediPharm today is a $145 million enterprise with more than 650 employees.
With 40,000 sq ft of manufacturing space, the Blauvelt facility features both flexo and silk screen printing capabilities.
Lease hold improvements include a climate management system for automatic temperature and humidity control that can also be managed remotely via intranet from Germany, said Gene Dul, president of Schreiner MediPharm, L.P. in the United States.
Dul said the plant will use the same equipment that Schreiner MediPharm uses in Europe, to provide redundancy for supplying European markets should the need arise. Raw materials will initially be sourced from the firm’s European suppliers.
“Qualified materials will initially be sourced from Schreiner Metapharm’s suppliers in Europe to minimize variables. In the long term, all raw materials will be sourced from U.S. suppliers,” Dul said.
Schreiner labels now manufactured in Blauvelt include Schreiner’s Pharma-Comb, which features peel-off sections for supporting caregiver recordkeeping. Dul says the facility will expand production to other Schreiner formats, increasing employment to as many as 80 people in five years.
“We have the space and the resources here to supply the full-line of Schreiner label solutions,” he said.
Primarily used for labeling of injectable system components such as syringes, vials, ampules, and IV bottles, Schreiner labels includes the Pharma-Tac infusion bottle labels with integrated hangers, expanded content labels, and brand protection and RFID solutions. Its Needle-Trap self-adhesive label for disposable syringes integrates a needle safety mechanism.
Schreiner collaborates with other specialized business units of the Schreiner Group.
The ProSecure unit for example authentication features such as tamper-evident seals, taggants, and holograms that can be integrated into Schreiner products.