Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) Packaging Services in Healthcare Market– Insights
Blow-fill-seal (BFS) is a manufacturing technique used for packaging of injectable solutions, antibiotics, ophthalmological drops, suspensions, infusion solutions, solutions for hemofiltration, and others. In this technique, a container is formed, filled, and sealed, all in one step. It is a type of aseptic packaging system requiring no human intervention. The container can be filled with very low volume (0.1ml) to very large volume (100ml and above) and the configurations of the vials can be changed during the procedure.
New technologies emerging in blow, fill, and seal manufacturing technique is expected to boost the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging service in healthcare market growth
The introduction of new technologies by key players in the market is expected to increase the demand for blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services, which is in turn expected to propel the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth. For instance, in September 2018, Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH introduced a horizontal flow wrapping machine, Sigmapack HML. This machine is used in the last process of blow-fill-seal (BFS) for hermitic sealing of vials. It can seal 350 packages/min. It is designed in a compact size and can be integrated into operation line as well as a standalone system. It also provides ultrasonic sealing for heat-sensitive products.
Similarly, in May 2018, Weiler Engineering Inc. developed LAB + ASEP TECH Blow/Fill/Seal (B/F/S) machine. It is designed in a compact size, which allows installation of it in confined spaces. It is designed specifically for laboratories, small scale production, clinical trials, drug shortages, biologics, and vaccines. Such emerging technologies in blow-fill-seal (BFS) is expected to drive the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth.
The global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market was valued at US$ 240.2 million in 2017 and is expected to witness a robust CAGR of 6.9% over the forecast period (2018–2026).
Figure 1. Global Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) Packaging Services in Healthcare Market Share (%), by Region
Source: Coherent Market Insights Analysis (2017)
Strategies adopted by key players related to blow-fill-seal (BFS) technology is expected to drive the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth over the forecast period
Acquisitions by the key players in the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market is expected to have a positive influence on the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth. For instance, in January 2019, NextPharma, a contract development and manufacturing organization, acquired Santen SA, a contract manufacturing organization, for expansion of its manufacturing facility. It took over all the production facilities of Santen in Tampere, Finland.
Furthermore, key players also participate in various conferences and events to showcase their capabilities in the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth. For instance, in May 2018, Rommelag participated in Achema, a world exhibition congress on chemical engineering, environmental protection, and biotechnology. It showcased its blow-fill-seal (BFS) technology in the exhibition. The services offered by Rommelag involves the tailored system configurations, the in-house support for the planning phase of pharmaceutical production, and the after-sales services. Hence, such strategies are expected to drive the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth.
Figure 2. Global Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) Packaging Services in Healthcare Market Share (%) by Material Type
However, presence of alternatives such as aseptic processing (liquids are sterilized thermally and packaged into sterilized containers), which is still used in parenteral applications, is expected to hamper the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth.
Some of the major players operating in the global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market include Recipharm AB, Automatic Liquid Packaging Solutions, Llc, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Robert Bosch Packaging Technology GmbH, Catalent, Inc, Horizon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Unither, ApiJect Systems Corporation, LESVI, and Asept Pak, Inc.
Blow-fill-seal (BFS) is an aseptic manufacturing technology used for packaging. It is a continuous and automated process. First step of the process include extrusion of the material such as plastic, which is heated at around 200 °C to take the shape of the mold and form a container. The next step is filling the container with liquids, and then the neck of it is air tightly sealed and the container comes out of the mold. The labelling of the container is generally done outside. It almost takes 10 to 15 seconds for this whole process to complete and the capacity of a machine depends on the number of molds it contains. The advantage of Blow-fill-seal (BFS) system is that it packages in unit dosage form, minimizing human errors. It also minimizes the risk of contamination. It is used for packaging of medical devices, diagnostic kits, tablets, syringes, vaccines, and others.
The global blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth is expected to accelerate, owing to emerging technologies in blow-fill-seal (BFS) system and strategies adopted by key players in the Blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market. For instance, in February 2019, ProAmpac participated in an event, Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD & M), held in California. The company showcased its packaging solutions for sealing such as PRO-PEEL Medical. It is a peelable medical seal used in the sealing process that ensures seal integrity of the package.
Furthermore, pipeline products of blow-fill-seal (BFS) system are also expected to drive the global Blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging services in healthcare market growth. For instance, ApiJect Systems Corporation has two products of blow-fill-seal (BFS) system in the pipeline. BFS Reservoir + Needle Hub, which has the capacity of 0.1 ml to 3ml and all the elements are made out of plastic. It provides multi-fold drug label and vaccine vial monitor. The other product is BFS Reservoir + Needle Hub + RFID, which contains unique electronic ID and drug label.
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