Sharp Packaging Services expands capacity in US and UK

3 April 2017 (Last Updated April 3rd, 2017 18:30)

Ireland-based UDG Healthcare unit Sharp Packaging Services (Sharp) has expanded its pharmaceutical and clinical packaging capabilities in the US and the UK.

Ireland-based UDG Healthcare unit Sharp Packaging Services (Sharp) has expanded its pharmaceutical and clinical packaging capabilities in the US and the UK.

As part of the expansion, Sharp has bought a 146,000ft² foot pharmaceutical packaging facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US, from Daiichi Sankyo for $14m.

Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the facility has four packaging equipment lines, cold and frozen storage, office space, warehousing and an analytical laboratory.

In the UK, Sharp will invest £9m in a new facility in Rhymney, South Wales, to further grow its clinical packaging business.

"We continue to add further capacity and scalability to both our commercial and clinical packaging businesses in response to growing demand for our packaging services."

Set to be completed by late next year, the initial phase of the expansion will feature the acquisition and renovation of an 110,000ft² facility within the Rhymney site.

Once completed, the new facility will be more than triple the size of the company’s current UK facility.

Sharp Packaging Services managing director Mike O’Hara said: “In line with our growth strategy, we are delighted to announce two exciting developments for the Sharp division.

“We continue to add further capacity and scalability to both our commercial and clinical packaging businesses in response to growing demand for our packaging services.”

The company currently provides several contract packaging and clinical services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Sharp’s existing portfolio includes blister packaging, bottling, pouches and stick packs, compliance packaging, formulation and manufacturing services, label design and printing solutions.