Hungarian plastic packaging plant modernised

8 Jul 2012

Sanner GmbH, a manufacturer of plastic packaging components for pharmaceutical, medical, and healthcare products, recently completed the expansion of its plant in Budapest. The investment aimed at developing the IT infrastructure and modernising production systems at the company’s site in Hungary. The main objective focused on increasing the quality and efficiency of the manufacturing facility and optimizing cooperation with the parent company in Germany.

Packaging specialist Sanner invested over a million euros in the modernisation of production facilities and IT infrastructure at its plant in Budapest. The integration of a GUARDUS MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and a SAP business management solution will improve control and monitoring of production, service & maintenance, and quality management. This ensures smoother production operations in Hungary and improves networking with company headquarters in Bensheim, Germany.

New management team members were also added at Sanner Hungary in response to the increasing order volume in Central and Eastern Europe.

The new IT structure guarantees end-to-end product traceability and supports centralized complaint and response management. Sanner CEO Holger Frank explains the company’s quality strategy: “We follow the ‘Made in Germany principle’ at all of our manufacturing facilities. This requires us to continuously invest in our plant sites.”

Sanner centralized sales in 2010 to improve customer service in Europe. Since then, European sales operations have been concentrated in Bensheim where customers are supported by a multilingual team of experts. This reorganization increased flexibility and improved customer communications and services.


Assembly-focused production

As a contract manufacturing plant, Sanner Hungary is aimed at customers who have projects with medium-size lots and products that require manual assembly steps. “Our production operations in Hungary are assembly-focused. This is something that clearly distinguishes us from our competitors,” says Holger Frank. For example, a water filter with 16 different components is currently being manufactured in Hungary.

This requires a highly skilled, well-coordinated team. Sanner Hungary currently employs 100 professionals. These workers primarily produce desiccant closures and tubes for tablets and capsules. Sanner manufactures closures with bellow spacers exclusively at the Hungarian plant.

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