GEA opens modernised, expanded Pharma Solids Center in Belgium


The new solid dosage facility will be 1,100sqm, including 200sqm of technical space, based in Wommelgem

Suppliers for the food processing industry GEA has invested in a new solid dosage facility.

In May this year, the company will officially open its recently expanded GEA Pharma Solids Center (GPSC) in Wommelgem, Belgium.

With a total footprint of 1,100sqm, including 200sqm of technical space, GEA’s investment in its Wommelgem facility embodies the state-of-the-art in solid dosage form testing, development and optimisation.

Now almost tripled in size, the GPSC offers a full range of batch and continuous process technologies to produce pharmaceutical solid dosage forms.

Some of the key application areas will include continuous wet granulation and drying technologies; continuous direct compression; integrated small-scale granulation and drying; flexible fluid bed processing; high performance tablet coating technology; and the ability to optimise pellet and MUPS formulations.

The GPSC will offer extensive customer demonstrations and trials, training sessions, hands-on lab experience, product development assistance, CQA evaluation support and updates on what can be achieved with GEA process solutions and equipment.

GEA provides cost assurance and process optimisation to real-life simulations and test and loan machines. The company have “a history of expertise” in processing OSDs, from pills to pellets to MUPS.

“The needs of drug manufacturers are critical and individual; the newly expanded GPSC has been created to meet those needs,” said Marcus Michel, Executive Vice President of GEA’s pharma business. “The expanded facility represents our continual investment in the global pharmaceutical market and, in particular, oral solid dosage (OSD) form technology.”

Opening celebration during Interpack

To celebrate the opening of the new GPSC, GEA is inviting customers, pharmaceutical industry stakeholders and key partners to visit and tour the new facility during the Interpack trade fair.

Interpack will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, 4–10 May. The GEA stand is B09–B31 in Hall 7a.

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The agenda includes a welcome reception, opening presentations and a guided tour of the laboratories.