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iF design award for high speed cartoner system

ACG, is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated solutions for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, has received the iF design award for high speed cartoner system.

Judged out of Hamburg in Germany, iF awards recognise products from around the world that exhibit superior innovation and exemplary design.

After months of research and customer consultations with pharma partners around the world, ACG’s global design team, in collaboration with Design Ship in Germany, developed various design concepts for the new equipment, ‘Karton X’. The winning idea, modelled on Stealth technology, provides unparalleled UX, intuitive HMI, smooth accessibility, and smart connectivity.

ACG is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, and now provides all requirements of oral solid dosage manufacturing to pharma and nutra companies in 138 countries. 

Special recognition for operational agility: Covid-19

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Inc. (GRAM), a leading injectable contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), was awarded the 2021 Facility of the Year Award for Special Recognition of Operational Agility: Covid-19, by ISPE. GRAM received the distinction for the design and efficacy of its 60,000 sq. ft., world-class, large-scale fill/finish facility in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

GRAM designed the fill/finish facility from the ground up with a focus on safety, capacity, and flexibility. Employee safety, exceeding regulatory requirements, and client needs stayed at the forefront by choosing best-in-class technology and facility design solutions first, then building the facility around to support. One-way material and people flows were incorporated to ensure product integrity, client viewing rooms with windows directly into formulation and fill suites were included for transparency, top of the line equipment was installed to provide flexibility, and Current Good Manufacturing Practices to serve a variety of client needs.

The CDMO overcame geographical challenges and fast-tracked the project to complete construction months ahead of schedule. This accelerated timeline enabled GRAM to open the pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in June 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to a contract with Operation Warp Speed and Johnson & Johnson.

To further increase capacity, GRAM has invested in adding 18,000 sq. ft. to the facility, a duplicate Bausch+Ströbel vial filler with SKAN Isolator technology, and a VarioSys® syringe and vial filler which are set to arrive in early 2022 to further increase capacity and serve clients with advanced technology. 



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