The BAMA R 3000, a paper collating and assembling machine which will be used to produce the company's unique Plurium multi-page booklets for patient information, is being installed at the Piacenza site.
It will be the first of its kind in the pharma and healthcare field and includes specific control systems that check the gluing process, the page overlap and the final thickness of the assembled Plurium booklet.
The investment in the paper collating and assembling machine will mean that Contego Packaging can produce Plurium booklets in-house to comply fully with GMP and legislative requirements, as well as allowing comprehensive in-line inspections.
Plurium is a multi-page booklet which offers more space for information but is compact when folded. The innovative design enables: text in different languages within the same leaflet divided into different sections; different coloured pages to highlight specific information; separate sections giving information, such as to the patient, the doctor or pharmacist and a form for repeat prescriptions.
Additional capacity is also being installed in Piacenza for rewinding and production of PFL and triple PFL leaflets.
A further investment is in a Bobst Novacut 106 E die-cutting machine at the Cervia site which has state-of-the-art electronics for set up, is faster, easier for operators to use and will deliver even higher quality results.
The installation of this new machine has also enabled the start of a new project within the production area to improve the factory layout.
Commenting on the new investments, Enrico Folchini, Managing Director, Contego Packaging Italy said: "This is a very exciting time for us, with new investments delivering operational improvements to benefit our customers. Further developments are also in the pipeline which we look forward to telling you about in due course".
The Healthcare business within Contego Packaging, which is owned by Platinum Equity, operates from ten manufacturing sites across Europe, supplying cartons, leaflets, labels and blister pack foils for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.