On 27 August, Gerresheimer Boleslawiec celebrates its 70th anniversary in Poland. Founded in 1952, the industrial plant called Polfa produced glass vials and ampoules. In 1997, Polfa was acquired by the Gerresheimer Group and renamed Gerresheimer Boleslawiec.

“Gerresheimer Boleslawiec has been through a fantastic development over the last 25 years and today, we are representing a state-of-the-art production facility. We have established a fundament for export and globalisation of our products, which is highly appreciated by our international customers,” says Niels Düring, global executive vice-president.

“We are very proud of our development and, with an outstanding team of hardworking and professionally experienced employees, we have succeeded in further growing the business,” says Marek Miszczak, plant director of Gerresheimer Boleslawiec. To celebrate this effort, the plant has planned an internal celebration on Saturday 27 August, where the employees will participate together with their families.

A brief look back: Polfa’s production of glass vials and ampoules was expanded in 1972 when a department for plastic packaging was established, together with medical packaging based on aluminium containers. In 1984, aluminium tubes were also added to the production. During the 1980s, different special medical device solutions were added to the production and offered to the market. At that time, the company focused primarily on being a strong Polish supplier of a variety of packaging in glass, plastic and aluminium.

In 1995, the state-owned company was converted into a joint company and in 1997, Gerresheimer acquired Polfa. In 2003, it was decided to divide the business into two units, one focusing on glass and one focusing on plastic and aluminium.

Today, the plastic division develops and manufactures ophthalmic, nasal and parenteral applications. The products for ophthalmic and nasal applications include bottles and droppers/nozzles, caps, and nasal sprays with pump systems. Different materials, sizes and designs are available, as are closures with child-resistant and senior-friendly features. The monolayer polymer vials are based on COP for sensitive drug products.

The glass division is developing and manufacturing from tubular glass type I clear and amber, type II amber, and type III clear. The product range includes ampoules, vials and cartridges, which can be delivered both printed and unprinted, and samplers and droppers. The productions are carried out in cleanrooms Class 7 for plastics and cleanrooms Class 8 for glass. They apply the rules of GMP and are certified in accordance with ISO standards.