Pharmaceutical contract packer and packaging manufacturer Chester Medical Solutions has become the first packaging specialist to install the new G29 series Komori Lithrone.

Located at its 60,000 sq. ft facility in Deeside, UK, the six colour B2 GL29 is equipped with coater, interdeck and end of press UV drying plus Komori PQA-S V5 vision and inline density control systems.

This new addition is the latest element in a comprehensive programme of investment, expansion and renewal across Chester’s sites, which includes new warehousing, folder-gluing, die-cutting equipment, production suites, a blister line, digital Braille and serialisation capabilities.

Ronnie Delamar, site Operations Manager says: “Customers are looking for novel and more cost-effective ways to meet the ever-increasing demands of the Falsified Medicines Directive. Our new Komori GL29 gives us the ability to include technologies such as intricate dual varnishes and opaque white in a single pass.”

“The inline vision and control system enables us to read all the text on every sheet, picking out print defects and adjusting colour and registration automatically, on the fly. This in turn delivers greater compliance and product quality for our customers.”

Adds Managing Director David Patterson: “The Lithrone G29 will sit alongside our established Heidelberg and Komori presses to ensure that, with significant year on year growth across our divisions during the last 5 years, we are investing in new print technologies to uphold our reputation for quality, increased flexibility and responsiveness.”

“In advance of the GL29’s arrival we installed a new Bobst Novacut 106 die cutter and a new Bobst Expertfold A110 folder-gluer. We also continue to invest heavily in digital print. We have three digital printing presses for short run packaging, customisation, proofing and sampling.”

At Chester’s MHRA and ISO13485 accredited site in Bromborough, 13 dedicated production suites provide an unrivalled range of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacture, assembly and packing capabilities, including blister packing, pot and bottle filling, sachet packing, clean room assembly, serialisation and rework.