The Northern Ireland-based engineering firm, Sepha Ltd, has clinched a $1.5M export contract with the world's largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to supply its proprietary technology, VisionScan, for the non-destructive seal and leak detection of Pfizer's blister packs. VisionScan was designed by Sepha's Product Development team at its East Belfast facility two years ago. It uses high resolution imaging technology and was developed to replace the traditional manual test for leaks in pharmaceutical packaging such as blister packs which is destructive and renders packs unusable. The agreement makes Sepha the preferred supplier of non destructive testing for Pfizer and consolidates VisionScan's progress in fast becoming the world-class standard for leak testing.
Commenting on the significance of the contract, Head of Global Sales & Marketing for Sepha, Paul Kelly, said: “VisionScan’s ability to offer a technologically advanced, reliable yet non-destructive alternative to the market standard blue-dye test offers substantial quality and cost benefits for global pharmaceutical manufacturers such as Pfizer. We have worked closely with Pfizer's Process Analytical Technology team to embed the system into their quality control process and we are now talking to a number of other global pharmaceutical organisations who are interested in achieving these objectives."
VisionScan is distributed all over the world by Sepha through a number of international agents and has been supported by the international trade division of Northern Ireland's economic development agency, Invest NI. In 2013, Sepha was purchased by the USA company, TASI, which is a world class manufacturer of leak test and measurement equipment. In recent years Sepha has been recognized for its international marketing and exporting achievements with a number of awards including the Aer Lingus Viscount 'Exporter of the Year'.
About Sepha: Sepha serves the needs of the global pharmaceutical blister packing and leak testing markets and is doing business with many of the world's top pharmaceutical manufacturers including Boots, Bayer, Novartis and Pfizer. It designs and builds machines at its factory base near Dundonald and exports them to over 60 countries worldwide. It currently employs 33 people. Sepha is the current Aer Lingus Viscount Exporter of the Year and last year also won the Belfast Telegraph's Business Award for Excellence in Exporting.