SCHOTT has been manufacturing high-quality Fiolax® special glass tubing for use in pharmaceutical packaging for a hundred years. Thanks to its unique properties, the borosilicate glass used is predestined for meeting the extremely high demands for quality in packaging innovative drugs. Photo: SCHOTT/Hauser & Eisenhut
25 Times Around the World Each Year
The SCHOTT Fiolax® brand of pharmaceutical glass tubing is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and getting even better with age.
Pear-shaped glass containers with narrow necks for use in medicine used to be called phials a long time ago. A new word that can be traced back to this term has lived on even until today. Introduced to the market by the company’s founder Otto Schott in 1911, Fiolax® special glass tubes are still a well-known name in the industry – and the most commonly used standard glass product for high-quality primary pharmaceutical packaging all over the world. The tried and tested borosilicate glass has properties that are of great benefit to packaging manufacturers to start with: the high durability and cosmetic and geometric quality of Fiolax® allows for fast and efficient automated post-processing with stable processes and high yields in manufacturing high-quality syringes, cartridges, vials and ampoules. Inner values like high chemical resistance, excellent sterilizability and outstanding barrier properties with drugs are all very convincing arguments for applications. Because of its low alkali content and optional UV protection, it preserves a medicine’s effectiveness for many years – a huge advantage in the area of biotechnology. ”Quality is extremely important to both manufacturers of pharmaceutical packaging and pharmaceutical companies. Therefore, as the quality leader, we are constantly working to further improve the overall performance of our Fiolax® glass tubing. We also work very closely with our customers to achieve this,” explains Jürgen Achatz, Sales Director for Pharmaceutical Tubing.
The Fiolax® Academy provides customers with in-depth information on pharmaceutical glass tubing and how it is used in the pharmaceutical manufacturing process.
Photo: SCHOTT/Hauser & Eisenhut
300 participants have already been trained since the Fiolax® Academy was founded in the summer of 2010. 35 such training courses are scheduled to take place in 2011. And these will be held all over the world because pharmaceutical glass tubing’s activities literally take place around the globe. Not just because Fiolax® is sold all over the world and manufactured in Germany, Spain, Brazil and India, however, but also because the annual production volume of a million kilometers of pharmaceutical tubing is enough to orbit the earth 25 times.
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