Ego Flammable Goods Update

August 17, 2015

Ego Pharmaceuticals’ Flammable Goods Manufacturing expansion project is officially at the half way mark with the completion date on target for early 2016.

The new facility with state of the art machinery, coming from Australia and across the world, will double Ego's bottle filling capacity

The new facility with state of the art machinery, coming from Australia and across the world, will double Ego’s bottle filling capacityThe Victorian Government awarded Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd a $250,000 new technology grant towards the $15 million project in 2014 to help expand its Braeside facility, create 63 new jobs and enable a boost to exports by a substantial $40 million.

Ego manufactures all products in its world class manufacturing facility in Braeside, Victoria and the new facility will enable Ego to double its bottle filling capacity.

The expansion will consolidate all flammable manufacturing and filling in a purpose built 4-hour fire resistant enclosure. It integrates manufacturing, filling and cleaning and will feature a state of the art mixer from Germany.

The flexibility of the new lines to process a wider range of product and packaging will also broaden Ego’s ability to launch new brands and variants, accommodating a broad range of packaging requirements.

Ego has been developing and manufacturing new products for over 62 years and Managing Director, Alan Oppenheim says this new facility will enable Ego to continue to innovate and grow.

“Overall there will be significant technology with 20 new machines from Europe and the USA in our manufacturing and filling process which will enable us to continue to meet our rapidly increasing export demand” said Oppenheim.

The technology behind the bottle unscrambler, utilising compressed air systems, is an Australian first. The technology in the auto deboxer, vertical cartoner, and de-pucker are all innovative and are new to Ego.

There will be six locally made two-tonne bulk storage tanks for product that are uniquely interconnected. The bulk storage system is designed so that three tanks can be engaged in three different processes at once (one receiving product from the mixer, one dispensing product being filled, and one being cleaned), even though they are all interconnected. The new system will reduce wastage of product and cleaning time. This system has not been used in Australian pharmaceutical manufacturing to-date.

“Ego has more flexibility to expand the flammable goods manufactured. This project is a significant step in Ego’s technology and will steer future developments in our 10-year expansion plan. Today, our engineering and architect teams are continuing to plan for our subsequent two manufacturing expansions” added Oppenheim.

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