All good trade fairs come in threes – that is our impression at any rate when we look back on the past weeks and months. The schedule included RDD Europe and FCE Brazil, but we began our trip in New York, at INTERPHEX 2015.
Anyone who attended INTERPHEX 2015 won’t forget it soon. With 12,000 professionals from the global pharmaceuticals market and over 600 exhibitors, it was enormous and correspondingly diverse. Important areas of interest included the production of tablets, capsules and coated tablets, one-way technology and, above all, 3D printing. A separate pavilion was erected for this new technology, where 3D printers, materials and applications were on display.
The interest in the packaging solutions offered by Constantia Flexibles was wide-ranging, and many key industry contacts – many from major pharmaceutical companies – came to learn about CONSTANTIA Safemax as well as about DryFoil, the Live Stress Check, the Stick Pack and CONSTANTIA Anti-counterfeiting. The Respiratory Drug Delivery Conference (RDD) from May 5th to 8th, required only a relatively short trip this time since the event was held in Nice. Next year will be different. As the conference alternates between Europe and the Americas. Arizona has been chosen as the site for 2016, meaning a much longer flight. Back to southeast France in 2015, roughly 500 participants and representatives from many parts of the inhalation market were in attendance this year: Design and device developers as well as manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, test laboratories, machine manufacturers and more. Constantia Flexibles was represented here with a stand for the second time after attending the RDD in Puerto Rico during 2014. Constantia Flexibles sent technical and sales representatives to present the inhalation products to the visitors. Entertaining and informative small workshops held by various companies were well received. There were also countless opportunities for networking at the conference, and we were pleased to note that the Pharma division of Constantia Flexibles has established itself as valuable and esteemed member of the “inhalation family”.
At FCE Pharma 2015 from May 12th to 14th in Sao Paulo, Constantia Flexibles appeared alongside Novaprint Brazil for the first time. Novaprint and Constantia Flexibles have combined their strengths via a strategic alliance in order to serve the Brazilian market. FCE Pharma was certainly the right place for this joint appearance as the trade fair is the most important in Brazil when it comes to the country’s pharmaceutical industry and its products. The crowds were correspondingly large during the three days, with thousands of visitors moving about the fair. Many of them were employees of small to multinational drug manufacturers. Reflecting on FCE Pharma 2015 it quickly became clear that the joint presence of Novaprint Brazil and the Pharma Division of Constantia Flexibles was certainly worth it.