Manufacturers of machines for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries are seeing increased demand for more automated and robotic processes
“Do more with less”
The new mantra is “do more with less”, saidBarnaby Keller from Keller Technology, a manufacturer of machinery for the cosmetics saidpharmaceutical industries.
Keller said pressure to reduce headcount and overheads is driving demand for more automated processes that require less manpower.
Instead of seeking out equipment for new products, Keller said pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies are looking to increase efficiency of production for existing product lines. This means increasing levels of automation or turning manual processes into automated ones.
Kim Morris from machine maker ESS Technologies said she is seeing the same shift in demand towards more automated processes over the past year.
“Everybody is re-evaluating their processes with the goal of increasing efficiency,” said Morris.
She said pharmaceutical and cosmetics customers are willing to upgrade to more efficient machines in order to cut back on personnel and save on floor space.
Environment plays second fiddle
Reducing energy use is also part of this drive and has the additional benefit of being more eco-friendly, but environmental concerns are having little direct influence on demand.
Morris said ESS Technologies had received no specific requests for greener equipment.
Barnaby Keller agreed that the environment is not the top priority right now. He said: “Environmental talk goes away when the pressing concerns are margins and cost reduction.”