With combined complementary expertise covering all major pharmaceutical line manufacturers both companies recognise an industry need for and interest in independent production advice and support.
As pharmaceutical packaging machinery suppliers, Dorset-based West Pharmaservices manage the sale of quality used machinery along with service and support to the pharmaceutical industry. The company is involved in the refurbishment, modification, and install of a full range of process and packaging machinery. Surrey-based M Partners manage the UK distribution and service of German-manufactured GUK products to the pharmaceutical packaging field including inserting lines and miniature folding equipment, where high-speed, accurate miniature folding and inserters with tight tolerances are a standard requirement.
Commenting on the joint focus of the two companies, Murray Lock, Joint Managing Director of M Partners, said: “Increasing commercial pressure to cut costs, including reducing headcount whilst delivering productivity improvements, coupled with the difficulty in recruiting skilled technicians, has led to a growth in the technical consultation role with the pharma packaging world.
“By combining the strengths of the two companies we can provide an independent technical support focus that aims to deliver productivity advice and benchmarking, as well as providing equipment modifications to bespoke machinery design and manufacturing to cover all the major pharmaceutical line providers.
“Our intention is to jointly present our combined services and work together on delivering customised solutions.”
Commenting further on the collaboration, Simon Jeffery, Sales and Marketing Manager for West Pharmaservices, said: “We are very excited to announce this new venture with a partner who has a depth and knowledge that M Partners have. Both companies put the customer first to ensure the correct support and assistance in all areas of pharmaceutical packaging and process manufacturing. Our aims are simple: increase productivity for the customer while putting customer satisfaction as the number one priority.”
West Pharmaservices pharmaceutical packaging focus includes the supply of used cartoning machines, overwrappers, stretch banders, shrink wrappers, case packers, palletisers, and accumulating systems. Other equipment manufactured by the company includes pick-and-place ampoule feeders, blister feeding magazines, tube feeders, rotary tables, conveyors, reject systems, and automatic robotic syringe feeders. The company also offers expertise in designing and building bespoke packaging machinery, and can also design and build interfaces between standard machines.
M Partners supplies and supports the GUK inserting lines that are a key element of the pharmaceutical packaging process and can be found in a great many pharmaceutical packaging companies in the UK.
Both companies bring their own international expertise to the partnership: West Pharmaservices dismantle and ship individual or complete lines of packaging machinery around the world and install and commission in the new location. M Partners has been involved in the purchase, sale and technical support of printing and folding equipment for many years, and offers a wealth of marketing expertise.
About M Partners
In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named Ryobi Mitsubishi business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.
This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.
M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.
The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.