Wasdell Group’s New Pharmaceutical Packaging Facility, Dundalk

Wasdell Group is building a new pharmaceutical packaging plant in Dundalk, Ireland.

Being developed at an estimated cost of €30m ($35.77m), the facility will be Wasdell’s first plant outside the UK.

The new packaging facility will enable Wasdell to serve customers in the European pharmaceutical industry. It will carry out drug testing, production of primary and secondary packaging, and distribution in Europe and international markets.

The project is backed by the Irish Government and is expected to generate 300 jobs. Operations are expected to commence by Q4 2018.

Locations details of Wasdell’s new plant

The new packaging facility is being built in the IDA Dundalk Science and Technology Park in Mullagharlin, Dundalk.

The location has various transport connections for product shipment, being within one hour’s journey from Dublin and Belfast via the motorway. In addition, it is around a 70 minute journey from the site to Belfast City and Belfast International airports.

The site is also close to four deep water ports located within a one-hour drive. It is also well-connected by rail links to Dublin and Belfast.

Wasdell Group packaging facility details

The Irish plant is planned to be developed in phases with Phase I occupying 2.88 hectares. Wasdell holds land options to expand the site by another 2.68 hectares.

The site will house a 70,000ft² packaging plant, including 12 production suites. It will include quality control (QC) import testing facilities, state-of-the-art packaging technologies, and storage and distribution facilities.

It will also offer serialisation technology and customised manufacturing solutions.

Products and services

The Dundalk plant will initially produce blister pack and container-filling packaging formats. It will have the flexibility to offer alternative packaging types and dosage forms in the future.

The blister packaging offered by Wasdell includes  polyvinyl chloride (PVC) / polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), aclar, thermo-form, alu-alu (cold form), and peelable foil. Custom tooling and design is also offered under blister packaging services.

Wasdell offers a range of container-filling services for solid, liquid, and powder products. Filling of tablets, capsules, powders, and liquids in various containers is offered, along with labelling and label leaflets. Alternative packaging types available include strip packs, sachet filling, and packing.

The new plant will also offer 2D data matrix printing and carton serialisation services to help pharmaceutical companies counter counterfeit and misbranded drugs. The technology applies 2D matrix barcodes on the product to ensure traceability.

Marketing commentary on Wasdell Group

Wasdell Group is a pharmaceutical services provider established in 1971 and based in England. It operates from Swindon, Burnley, and Newcastle, employing a total of 800 people.

The company offers technical, primary, and secondary packaging, manufacturing and distribution services to pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in Europe through its six divisions.

The Wasdell Packaging division offers primary and secondary packaging services, including manufacturing to support clinical trials and serialisation to address counterfeit products.

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