Vetter takes home CLEAN! 2018 award


The jury recognised Vetter for its V-CRT cleanroom technology

L-R: Dr Udo Gommel, Head of Department Fraunhofer IPA hands over the clean manufacturing award CLEAN! 2018 to Dr Ute Schleyer, Project Manager Plant and Site Development at Vetter

Vetter, the German contract development and manufacturing organisation, is one of the winners of the clean manufacturing award CLEAN! 2018. The prize was awarded to companies at LOUNGES 2018 (6-8 February) by an independent expert jury of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA). Evaluation criteria included innovation leap, sustainability and industrial feasibility of the application concept.

With the CLEAN! Award, the Fraunhofer IPA honours ground-breaking developments in clean technology. The jury recognised Vetter for its V-CRT cleanroom technology.

The V-CRT is a holistic manufacturing technology developed by Vetter for the safe aseptic filling of injection systems. The technology combines the advantages of isolators with Restricted Access Barrier Systems (RABS) and is based on the idea of fully automated decontamination of the entire cleanroom with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).

Bernd Stauss, Senior Vice President Production/Engineering at Vetter, commented: "We continue to develop our technologies to meet the complex and ever-increasing demands for quality and flexibility in pharmaceutical manufacturing. We are very pleased that this has now been honoured with the Fraunhofer clean manufacturing award CLEAN! 2018 for our cleanroom concept V-CRT.

The Fraunhofer IPA is an institution of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Munich, which promotes applied research. It is particularly concerned with the development of sustainable and pioneering products.

Dr Udo Gommel, Head of Department Fraunhofer IPA, said: "The production of active pharmaceutical ingredients, microchips or nanoproducts would be unthinkable without a high-purity manufacturing environment.

"Vetter drives innovations in aseptic production and thereby increases the competitiveness of its customers. This achievement is honoured by the Fraunhofer clean manufacturing award CLEAN! 2018."

According to Vetter, the Cleanroom Technology V-CRT provides the highest possible safety in the prevention of contamination as well as a flexible production process.

Following the successful commercial implementation and validation of V-CRT in 2017, the technology will be used in all cleanrooms at Vetter by 2025.

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