That's only the beginning

That's only the beginning

Perlen Packaging opened the new plant in Brasil on 5th November with an official ceremony for 60 guests. Feverish work was going on all day at the new Perlen Packaging site in Anápolis, the last signs were mounted and the first of three slitting machines was prepared. Finally everything was ready for the invited guests, who could get their first impression with a plant tour. In an area of 2'700 m2 there is more than enough space for raw material storage, for production and for storing the slit and neatly packed rolls.

The slitting units are in a 500 m2 cleanroom, which was planned by Philipp Morgenthaler according to the latest GMP standards. He also led one of four groups through the plant. As usual there were new and interesting things to learn. For example, why the PVdC rolls are always packed in black film. "PVC is not light sensitive, however the PVdC coating can become brittle if continually exposed to light. This does not have a negative impact on the barrier property but is more difficult to thermoform as it is less elastic and can break", he explained. The approx. 60 guests, mostly customers from Latin America and local officials, were visibly impressed by the facility, which sets a new standard.

"This is the beginning", explained Wolfgang Grimm, CEO of Perlen Packaging, in the subsequent opening cermeony in a nearby hotel. In this first phase we have a slitting capacity in Brasil of 3'000 tons of film per year in 3 shifts. This will allow us to further develop the growing Brasilian market. Next year Perlen Packaging is planning to grow by 20% in Brasil. At the moment Perlen Packaging has 20 employees in Brasil, which will increase in future and a 3 shift system is planned when completed.

The whole Latin American market is especially interesting for high barrier films, as the region has very high humidity. "In the mid-term we are planning to set up a coating line in Brasil and we have sufficient space already to do this" added Wolfgang Grimm. Currently the site is being supplied with coated films, mainly from Perlen Packaging in China. The generic share of pharmaceutical sales in Brasil is 32% but measured in terms of units it's over 70%.

The generics market is dominated by local pharmaceutical companies such as Teuto and Europharm. They are mainly centered in the two pharma clusters in Sao Paolo and in the state of Goiás, where Anápolis is located.

Peter Schildknecht, CEO of the CPH group, explained this commitment from the standpoint of the CPH and Packaging strategy and in his speech thanked the customers for their trust and all those involved for their excellent work, especially Wolfgang Grimm and his team and Wellington Branquinho, the General Manager of Perlen Packaging Anápolis. In his speech Wellington Branquinho mentioned his family, friends and business partners and also expressed thanks for the trust and long-term commitment to develop the Latin American market. An excellent dinner was a worthy conclusion to the event.

Obrigado e muito successo.

Christian R. Weber
Head of Corporate Communications
CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG

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