Parker Bioscience Filtration - part of Parker Hannifin, the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems - has unveiled brand new, expanded facilities at its Birtley, UK site; this follows the completion of a major, phased investment programme. The programme included the creation of state-of-the-art office and conferencing spaces, extended laboratories and new clean room, manufacturing and testing facilities.
Parker Bioscience Filtration designs, supplies and delivers systems for both upstream and downstream pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and provides integrated bioprocessing solutions that speed-up development times and increase efficiency and safety to enable reproducible quality. Incorporating the expertise from the now Parker-owned brands of SciLog® and domnick hunter, the company combines filtration, single-use fluid-handling systems and sensors into automated single-use solutions.
Earlier this year, as part of the same investment programme, Parker Bioscience Filtration announced the opening of a new 600m2 ISO Class 7 cleanroom facility at the Birtley site. Dedicated to the manufacture of single-use assemblies, it complements the site’s 2400 m2 of existing cleanroom facilities.
The investment programme has also seen the launch of The SciLog Suite, a facility which will provide Parker Bioscience Filtration’s customers with the opportunity to test and optimise key unit operations within their production process, supporting process development. The SciLog Suite features the company’s automated single-use systems for bioprocessing. These include the SciLog FD for bulk drug filtration and dispense, the SciLog TFF for tangential flow filtration operations and the SciLog NFF for normal flow filtration operations. Able to accommodate more than 20 people, the SciLog Suite provides a resource for personnel working in process development.
Kris Holmes, General Manager of Parker Bioscience Filtration, said: “It’s hugely exciting to have opened the doors to our extended and refurbished site in Birtley. The investment in these facilities demonstrates Parker Hannifin’s commitment to our European customer base and through this, we have strengthened the level of technical support and service that we can offer across biopharmaceutical manufacturing.
We have shortened the supply chain for our European customers and made it easier for customers to access filtration solutions and automated systems.”
He continued: “In addition, we have also provided a greatly enhanced working environment for Parker Bioscience Filtration’s specialist workforce. The overall investment in our laboratory, cleanroom, manufacturing, office and warehouse facilities has made our Birtley premises one of the most modern manufacturing sites for integrated bioprocessing solutions in EMEA.”
Parker Bioscience Filtration, with its sites in Birtley and Oxnard, California, supports customers both locally and globally in improving process control, efficiency and supply chain security throughout their production and packaging processes.
The company has five decades of experience in working with the international food and beverage sector – with specialist expertise in the dairy, brewing, bottled water and wine industries – and offers a wide range of filtration solutions that ensure product quality, while maintaining the lowest cost of ownership.
For more information, visit www.parker.com/bioscience
About Parker Hannifin
Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For more than 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. For more information, visit www.parker.com or @parkerhannifin.