Belfast Telegraph

Machine maker's eyes on blistering growth

By Margaret Canning

A pharmaceutical engineering company in Belfast has said that it is on target for a 30% increase in sales in its present financial year.

Sepha, which makes machines to deblister pharmaceutical packs, said it had also increased employment from 21 to 28.

The Dundonald firm said Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis had place an order for Sepha's leak inspection machine, Visionscan.

A spokeswoman said the order was a "significant achievement" for the Sepha team, which designed Visionscan at its research and development facility.

The machine uses high-resolution imaging technology to detect product defects in blister packs.

Sepha said the machine had also been sold widely in the US, Brazil, India Europe and New Zealand.