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Italy: Sputnik V packaging machinery made by Siena factory

Corima, a company that specialises in packaging of pharmaceuticals in aseptic environments based in Monteriggioni, in Siena province in Tuscany, has been credited with supplying Russia with packaging machinery used in the production of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.

“This kind of line can produce up to 2,000 vials every day. This depends on the availability of the vaccine and the customer’s needs,” said Sergey Ilyukhin, who is responsible for the Russian market at Corima, speaking of the Corima-made production line employed by Russia for Sputnik V production.

The machines were seen running non-stop, forming colossal production lines, packaging tons of identical vials.

Corima, specialised in packaging for vials and syringes, is part of the Bologna-based industrial machinery group Marchesini.

“One of our most important markets is Russia, where we have shipped several production lines over the past five years,” said Massimo Pannini, Corima’s Director.

“In the Russian market, one of our production lines has already been used for the Sputnik V vaccine,” Pannini added.

According to the company’s website, since it joined the Marchesini Group in 2008 it became “the first company in the world to produce complete packaging lines of this type, handling all stages from filling to packaging and even palletisation.”

SOT, Massimo Pannini, Director of Corima (Italian): “The Corima division works in the world market for the supply of injectable products. One of our most important markets is Russia where we have shipped several production lines over the past five years.”

SOT, Massimo Pannini, Director of Corima (Italian): “In the last period we have received a spike in work precisely regarding the provision of production lines that are usable for vaccines such as that for COVID.”

SOT, Massimo Pannini, Director of Corima (Italian): “The installation is carried out in departments that have very large surfaces: for example the department for filling a vaccine can be about 2000 square meters. Transport, installation and starting up are extremely critical steps that can take many months.”

SOT, Massimo Pannini, Director of Corima (Italian): “On the Russian market, one of our production lines has already been used for the Sputnik V vaccine. This installation was carried out in mid-2019 by a biotechnology company that had obviously made this investment for other types of products at the time.”

SOT, Massimo Pannini, Director of Corima (Italian): “For the installation of this equipment at the customer’s facilities, keep in mind that we move about 10 quintals of stainless steel from our factory to the customer.”

SOT, Sergey Ilyukhin, Worker responsible for Russian market at Corima (Italian): “As a Russian company of the Marchesini Group we have been open since 2015 and in these years we have shipped about ten production lines for filling phials, vials and syringes. One of the last lines we supplied (to Russia) was adapted for filling COVID-19 vaccine.”

SOT, Sergey Ilyukhin, Russian market responsible at Corima (Italian): “This kind of line can produce up to 2000 vials every day. This depends on the

SOT, Sergey Ilyukhin, Russian market responsible at Corima (Italian): “There are already three COVID-19 vaccines in Russia, and one of the lines we recently supplied from late last year has already been used to fill the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Source: RUPTLY