At the upcoming Pharmapack 2020, Bensheim, Germany-based Sanner GmbH, the market leader for effervescent tablet packaging, will present its new Sanner BioBase effervescent tablet packaging for the first time. Sanner BioBase is the first biopackaging of its kind made of renewable raw materials and complies with all demands of modern pharma packaging.
Consisting of over 90% renewably-sourced material, the new TabTec CR tablet container is modern, child-resistant and easy to use.
The biopolymers used consist of various renewable raw materials such as corn, sugar cane or cellulose, which are converted into "green" ethanol. A major advantage of bio-based plastic packaging is its essential independence from fossil raw material deposits and its reduced CO2 footprint. Bio-based plastic packaging has the same properties as conventional packaging solutions. They can also be processed on existing filling lines. At the chemical level, Sanner BioBase is virtually identical to fossil-based PE and PP.
"Sanner BioBase can be recycled, increases resource efficiency and makes it easier for us to achieve our climate targets," says Ursula Hahn, Head of Product Management at Sanner. Another important argument for customers and consumers is the extended shelf life of the tablets thanks to higher H2O barrier properties. In terms of handling, Sanner BioBase offers consumers a high-quality feel and appearance. The tablet tube can be printed or provided with an IML label.
Sanner BioBase will be commercially available from the second quarter of 2020. The initial tablet tube will have a diameter of 27 millimetres and can be combined with the appropriate desiccant closure. "The solution is currently aimed primarily at food supplement producers," says Ursula Hahn. "Due to the stricter regulations in the pharmaceutical industry, this market will be our next focus".
Sustainability and innovation as part of the corporate DNA
The family-owned packaging expert launched the first desiccant closure for moisture-sensitive tablets 60 years ago and became the market leader for both desiccant and effervescent tablet packaging. "We are continuing this tradition with continuous development work and with the first bio-based effervescent tablet packaging," says Peik-Christian Witte, Director R&D at Sanner. The company’s corporate culture is based on innovation and sustainability: Sanner has been investing in the optimization of its own manufacturing processes for many years. For example, the Bensheim site uses its own combined heat and power generation system. In recent years, the company has been able to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption for the production of plastic packaging.
Pharmapack 2020 will take place February 5-6, 2020, in Paris. Sanner can be found at booth B66.