Specialising in the production of aluminium tubes for the pharmaceutical industry, TUBEX, with its production site in Wolfsberg in the south of Austria, presents itself as a strong and reliable partner. This reliability is the result of six decades of experience as a tube manufacturer and as part of the German TUBEX Group, an innovative and strategically long-term-oriented private ownership company.
TUBEX Austria is one of the most modern aluminium tube plants in the world, and currently employs more than 220 motivated and qualified staff. Thanks to its know-how and state-of-the-art technologies, the plant annually produces more than 320 million aluminium tubes in all common sizes and executions, tailored to the special needs of its customers.
Pharmaceutical companies all over the world benefit from TUBEX Austria's high-quality aluminium tubes in a diameter range from 11 to 40mm. The plant works according to the GMP standard of primary packaging materials for pharmaceuticals (ISO 15378:2011), holds a Drug Master File and is additionally certified against ISO 9001:2008 and IFS PACsecure.
Continuously conducted and constantly documented in-process controls ensure stable quality and reliability of the manufactured products. The hygienic standards are based on the particular requirements of the pharmaceutical industry, which more than ever asks for excellent product protection and extended shelf life of the filling good.
TUBEX Austria offers multilevel quality controls, comprehensive documentation and the constant optimisation of the production process. Additionally, all aluminium tubes produced on TUBEX Austria's ten production lines are packed for transport in a Class-D clean room. This controlled area guarantees a very low risk of contamination of the primary packaging material and is directed according to the latest guidelines; all employees wear normative clothing and have to adhere to supervised behavioural rules. In other words, TUBEX Austria is able to offer the main ingredients of every successful packaging unit used in the pharmaceutical industry.
It is TUBEX's absolute conviction that continuous investments in technical equipment, training of employees and organisation optimisation are essential in order to be able to meet the pharmaceutical market's steadily increasing demands in terms of quality and lead time. Between late 2013 and early 2015, an economically difficult period worldwide, TUBEX Austria invested in further production lines and boosted its maximum annual capacity to more than 360 million aluminium tubes. This expansion of production capabilities entailed the hiring of additional staff in crucial departments like quality control, sales and purchasing, and, in this way, TUBEX underlined its position as one of the most important and attractive employers in the region.
From the first day of production in 2002 onwards, TUBEX's efforts were directed towards an environmentally friendly production. This is visible in many areas; for example, a highly-efficient thermal air-cleaning system is operating and prevents solvents from being emitted to the atmosphere. Domestic gas is used as the primary source of energy, and environmental awareness is also reflected by consequent waste separation and recycling of materials. Moreover, the aluminium tube itself is a 100% recyclable packaging material. Sustainability and ecological operations are on the top of the agenda, and do not constitute empty phrases at TUBEX.
All of the above provides the framework for the achievement of TUBEX Austria's main objective, namely high as possible customer satisfaction. The Austrian company was able to establish successful long-term business relationships with numerous global players in the pharmaceutical industry, which is mirrored in the result of the latest customer satisfaction survey. The figures brought to light that more than 90% of customers are fully satisfied or satisfied with TUBEX Austria's overall performance. A new survey was sent out in early September 2015 and the Austrian plant has every reason to expect even better satisfaction rates.