Medica Packaging is a leading packaging manufacturer of folding cartons, patient information leaflets, and printed labels for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Medica understands that quality and security of product packaging are crucial ingredients for all involved in healthcare.
Pharmaceutical and healthcare packaging production is centred on the company’s factory in Crewe, Cheshire. Formed in the 1920’s, the company became part of the Benson Group in 2005, and is a dedicated 100% pharmaceutical and healthcare production site.
A major investment programme in excess of £8 million has delivered a new state-of-the-art in-line production facility, and has increased floor area from 45,000 sq ft to 73,000 sq ft. This has been designed to mirror the high standards set by the pharmaceutical industry, separating manufacturing of product from support services.
Medica places a great deal of emphasis on fast turnaround and reducing lead times for packaging product, keeping pace with market demands. The company believes that it has developed a production system for providing the shortest lead times in the industry, and is equipped to handle product runs from hundreds to millions of cartons.
The company believes that quality and security of product is crucial, and has placed great emphasis on the training of its staff to provide a detailed understanding of these issues. Equipment also incorporates pharmaceutical code reading systems to help ensure that only the correct product passes through a production line.
Carton packaging, patient information leaflets and printed labels are now the main vehicles for conveying information on drugs to patients. The printing of patient information leaflets (PILs) has become a significant area of production for Medica in recent years, and the trend is set to continue, with legislation raising the profile of the once humble PIL. Systems at the company have been enhanced with these requirements in mind, with high volume web fed printing facilities and specialist miniature folding equipment now employed to ensure fast and accurate delivery of PILs in production quantities well in the millions.
Medica trades under the umbrella of the Benson Group – the UK’s leading privately owned printed carton suppliers. The group produces packaging products for both the food and pharmaceutical industries. The company employs some 900 personnel across four sites. Headquartered in the Midlands, the company also owns production sites in the North West and North East of the country, and the group has an annual turnover in the region of £120 million.
The Group’s philosophy with regard to packaging is based on the "Three Ps" – protection, preservation, and promotion. Packaging exists to serve all three elements.
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General manager: Keith Greasley
Managing director: Mark Kerridge
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