Bausch+Ströbel highly pleased when looking back at interpack in Düsseldorf

Bausch+Ströbel concluded the interpack exhibition in Düsseldorf with four machine contracts for a total of about 2 million Euros with customers from Arab states, China and Greece. One of the orders was for a complete filling line for eye drops.
According to Markus Ströbel, Managing Director, purchase orders were not the main focus at the exhibition. As all the equipment supplied is highly complex and mostly customized, orders are preceded by lengthy discussions and preparations. "This means that the purchase orders signed at the exhibition were only the icing on the cake", says Markus Ströbel, smiling. The core aspects of participating in the exhibition are getting in contact with new customers, intensifying relationships with existing customers and, of course, presenting new developments.
Here, Bausch+Ströbel is also highly satisfied with the outcome. "We counted slightly fewer visitors than in 2014", says Eberhard Betz, Sales Director, "but we had clearly more discussions about imminent projects". Moreover, more visitors came from abroad - especially from overseas countries.
The customers were particularly interested in flexible production systems. Bausch+Ströbel has visibly met the market demands by offering VarioSys, a system that combines a special isolator with various machine modules and allows fast change over, for example, from filling syringes to producing ampoules. In addition the customers took an interest in the KCP, which owes its flexibility to two cleanroom robots for container transport and up to four flexibly configurable processing stations.
Production reliability was another topic raised by customers. Hence, the presentation of the new after-sales services was met with great interest. Industry 4.0 was a big topic all over interpack and many discussions evolved around the related technologies at the Bausch+Ströbel stand. One of the presented features was its virtual reality center: It allows discussing drafted designs at virtual machine models or conducting accessibility studies and air flow simulations. Moreover, operators can be trained at the virtual machine even before the real equipment is in operation. In the end, the Bausch+Ströbel exhibition team concluded that the participation in Düsseldorf had again fully paid off. The company has been an exhibitor since the 70s, recalls Siegfried Bullinger, Managing Director. Smiling, he recounts that the company first presented itself in a tent at the new exhibition grounds – which bears no comparison to the modern halls today. 2017 is a special year to Bausch+Ströbel, as it marks the company’s 50th anniversary. For this occasion, the exhibition management presented a huge birthday cake on the last day of the exhibition.

Bausch+Ströbel - Highly awarded in the Big Apple

Interphex Exhibitor Award 2017


Bausch+Ströbel recently won the Interphex Efficiency Champion Award at the Interphex (International Pharmaceutical Expo), the leading US pharmaceutical trade fair in New York.

The latest developments by Bausch+Ströbel in the field of space-saving equipment offering highest levels of flexibility in small-batch production are precisely targeted at market needs - as evidenced not only by the positive feedback from pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of packaging materials but also by an award the southern German company received for its KCP filling and closing machine in the "Interphex Efficiency Champion" category at the Interphex trade show (International Pharmaceutical Expo) in the US.

The VarioSys production system, another versatile small-batch processing system from the same special machinery manufacturer, won the Biotech Innovation Award at last year’s trade show.

The jury's statement on the award decision: "The INTERPHEX Efficiency Champion Award is given to an exhibitor whose product or service understands the need for integrated efficiencies in processes and supports the fast pacing of the pharma/bio industry - whether in research, development, or commercial-scale production."

The highly flexible KCP machine meets the need for integrated efficiencies in processes, not only by using robots for transporting the containers in any direction required. The machine has also been designed for up to four workstations that can be arranged in flexible configurations and easily interchanged by the operators. The KCP is capable of processing virtually any type of standard containers, such as vials, syringes or cartridges, with a minimum of changeover time. A wide variety of processing steps, such as crimping, inspection, etc., can be integrated into the work sequence.

As the machine employs the same control and filling technologies as high-speed machines, developed processes can easily be scaled up to large production lines. This makes the KCP a particularly attractive investment for the development of new packaging materials and process technologies. West Pharma (Exton, Pennsylvania, US), a packaging material manufacturer, is currently cooperating with Bausch+Ströbel to greatly expand the range of applications in this specific field.

Erik Anderson, Principal Product Development Engineer at West Pharmaceutical Services, endorses the jury’s decision: "After much scrutiny via a West user requirements matrix vetted against a wide range of well-established OEMs, this project was ultimately awarded to Bausch+Ströbel because of their ability to meet the majority of user requirements, innovative culture, track record of proven performance, and technical competency."

The awards at the Interphex were presented in six categories: Best in Show, Best New Product/Service, Editor's Choice, Best Technological Innovation, Interphex Efficiency Champion, and Biotech Innovation Award. The last two awards mentioned - the Interphex Efficiency Champion and Biotech Innovation Award - were introduced only last year. Bausch+Ströbel was selected from sixty candidates as the winner of the Interphex Efficiency Champion Award. "The Interphex in New York is an extremely important fair for innovation, technology and expert knowledge, from development through to commercialization of pharmaceutical and biotechnological products. Therefore, we greatly appreciate having won an award again", says Markus Ströbel, managing director and partner at Bausch+Ströbel.