Containing packaging costs and even reducing them is most likely on more than a few to-do lists this year. In a recent survey PMP News and sister publication Packaging Digest conducted on packaging sustainability, managing costs and addressing regulatory requirements were tied as the top business factors impacting pharmaceutical and medical device company strategies. (For more on this survey, conducted along with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, please click here.)
Packaging considerations should be made early during the product development process, advises members of the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) of the Flexible Packaging Association. Members of the SPMC’s Technical Group spoke during the Webcast, “Sterilization: A Sterile Packaging Perspective,” covering the impacts that different sterilization methods have on medical packaging materials and what to consider when developing such packaging.
Presentation proposals are now being accepted for HealthPack USA, which will return to Albuquerque on March 11-13, 2014.
Event organizers are interested in presentations on the following topics:
DuPont Medical & Pharmaceutical Protection has achieved several milestones in its Tyvek Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP), having completed half of its eight-phase project. Speakers from DuPont provided medical device manufacturers with regulatory updates as well as material testing data results during a recent PMP News Webcast and at a lunchtime meeting at MD&M East in Philadelphia.
Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging has expanded operations at three of its locations around the world. The supplier of sterile-grade packaging has acquired a 50,000 sq-ft facility adjacent to its current Feasterville, PA, location; expanded its cleanroom manufacturing space in Venray, Netherlands; and launched manufacturing in Suzhou, China.
Medical device manufacturers spend a lot of time ensuring their packaging can survive the worst case scenario. But what if that worst case is the battlefield?
At this year’s Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience, organized by Michigan State University’s School of Packaging, featured speaker Kevin D. Smith will explore in “Beans, Band Aids, Bullets” the extremes of delivering supplies to combat zones.
Technipaq Inc., a manufacturer of flexible sterilizable packaging materials for the medical device, diagnostic, healthcare, food, and pharmaceutical industries, is opening a new facility for warehousing, distribution, and raw material storage. Thanks to the additional 45,000-sq-ft facility in Cary, IL, Technipaq now has 100,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse, and office space, as well as increased production capabilities in its Crystal Lake, IL, manufacturing facility.
Perfecseal, a manufacturer of packaging materials used for sterile barrier systems for medical devices, has joined the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). HPRC seeks to encourage plastics recycling in healthcare delivery environments.
SteriPack USA, which opened its first U.S. medical packaging converting facility in Lakeland, FL, last year, has received the “Governor’s Business Ambassador Award” from Florida Governor Rick Scott.
SteriPack USA was recognized for "exceeding commitments in job creation," the company reported in a press release, and it "will seek further employment in the near future."
In a special global packaging online community, PMP News and DuPont Medical Packaging presented two Web events: “An Introduction to DuPont Tyvek” and “Fundamentals of Medical Package Engineering and Design.” Speaking were Jose R. Arevalo, business development manager, MDM accounts and Latin America, DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection; and Karen Polkinghorne, Packaging Engineer & MDM Specialist, for DuPont Medical & Pharmaceutical Packaging.