Schott, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical glass and packaging, is investing €20m to build a new glass tank at Indian manufacturing plant in Jambusar, Gujarat.
Schott is building the new tank facility to expand its production capacity and meet the increasing demand for quality pharmaceutical packaging material in the global market.
Schott Glass India managing director Georg Sparschuh said: “We feel proud that SCHOTT’s manufacturing journey is a resounding success story of ”Make in India” campaign wherein not only world class products are manufactured for domestic and export markets, but also new talents are nurtured in the process.”
The firm has started construction work on the new tank facility, and is expected to be operational by January 2020.
The new tank facility at the Indian facility will be used for the production of premium borosilicate glass tubing such as Fiolax clear.
Fiolax clear will be used in producing pharmaceutical packaging, specifically vials and ampoules for India and export markets.
As part of the production network within the firm’s tubing business unit, the new tank will be installed with advanced machinery similar to all other tubing factories across the globe.
The firm’s Indian plant serves as a production hub for its pharmaceutical tubing in Asia and manufactures Fiolax pharmaceutical tubing.
According to the company, Fiolax glass has been producing since 1911 and offers an advanced quality standard in the industry via Schott’s perfeXion process since 2017.
Scott will also construct new energy supply and warehouse space, as well as workshops, as part of the project.
The company will also expand energy storage, engineering and logistics infrastructure within the facility.
Schott tubing business unit executive vice president Dr Patrick Markschlaeger said: “The rapid development of the Indian pharmaceutical market requires a strong growth of high-end pharmaceutical packaging and in consequence high-end pharmaceutical tubing.
“We estimate a market growth for premium packaging and therefore for tubing to continue on a very strong level in the coming years.”
Based in Mainz, Schott employs more than 15,500 employees at its production sites and manages sales offices in 33 countries.