Catalent Pharma Solutions' United Kingdom Packaging Site Receives High Commendation in "2009 Best Factory Awards"
Somerset, NJ, October 6, 2009 — Catalent Pharma Solutions announces that its commercial packaging facility in Corby, United Kingdom, received a High Commendation recognition in the Judge’s Special Award category, in the recently announced “2009 Best Factory Awards.” The Corby facility was nominated in several categories, including “Best Process Factory” and “Overall Best UK Factory.”
The awards evaluation highlighted Catalent’s ability to quickly introduce new customer products from the site. This was recently demonstrated by a packaging launch involving GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-viral product Relenza®, which has been recommended by a number of global health authorities for treatment of H1N1 influenza. The Corby team moved from preliminary discussion through design, implementation, validation, and into full production in just twelve weeks, helping GlaxoSmithKline meet increasing demand for the product.
Steve Facer, general manager of Catalent’s Corby site, said, “The rigorous assessment process for the awards have provided us a useful means to evaluate the progress we’ve made through our focus on continuous improvement. The High Commendation we received shows how far we’ve come, and is a testament to the commitment and effort of everyone on the Corby team.”
“Catalent is several years into its lean manufacturing journey, with several hundred Kaizen events completed and more than a thousand employees trained in lean and six sigma principles,” said Steve Leonard, Catalent’s Senior Vice President of Operations. “The team at Corby has embraced the principles of continuous improvement and operational excellence, as recognized by the commendation, and has translated those operating principles to real value for our customers and for their patients.”
Catalent’s Corby, UK business, acquired in 2001 from Astra Pharmaceuticals, has since been transformed into a leading provider of outsourced healthcare packaging services for the United Kingdom and Europe, and currently employs approximately 220 people. For more information about Catalent’s comprehensive packaging solutions for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer health products, please see www.catalent.com/packaging.
The prestigious United Kingdom-focused Best Factory Awards are overseen by the Cranfield (UK) School of Management and Works Management magazine, and are now in their 18th year. For more information about the awards and the assessment process, please go to their website at www.bestfactoryawards.co.uk.
Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, Catalent Pharma Solutions is a leading provider of advanced dose form and packaging technologies, and development, manufacturing and packaging services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer healthcare companies in nearly 100 countries. Catalent applies its local market expertise and technical creativity to advance treatments, change markets and enhance patient outcomes. Catalent employs approximately 9,500 at 30 facilities worldwide and in fiscal 2009 generated more than $1.6 billion in annual revenue. For more information, visit www.catalent.com .