IMA PHARMA: Innovating solutions for pharmaceutical processing and packaging

Established in 1961, IMA Group is world leader in the design and manufacture of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, tea and coffee.

IMA Pharma is composed of highly expert divisions able to offer tailor-made solutions for the most sophisticated requests of the pharmaceutical market: IMA Active (Solid Dose Solutions), IMA Life (Aseptic Processing & Freeze Drying Solutions) and IMA Safe (Packaging Solutions). Together, they combine unique skills and knowledge where people, equipment and technology come in perfect synergy.

IMA Active offers a complete range of machines for the processing of oral solid dosage forms: granulation equipment, tableting machines, capsule filling machines with a wide range of filling and control systems, capsule and tablet coating machines in perforated pan and solid wall, capsule and tablet weighing machines, product handling and washing systems.

After years of study and observation, IMA Active has also taken steps towards Continuous Manufacturing with the US company CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals either working with the IMA Active Research and Development team by revisiting current technologies embracing a concept of Continuous Manufacturing more related to conventional solid forms.

In May 2021, IMA finalized the acquisition of the American Company Thomas Engineering (now Thomas Processing), leader in the coating sector from over 50 years. Thomas Processing aims to become the overseas Center of Excellence for coating under the auspices of IMA Active.

IMA Life, which includes the production sites of IMA Life Calenzano, IMA Life Pharmasiena, IMA Life North America, IMA Life Beijing and IMA Life Shanghai, offers a comprehensive product portfolio to process liquids and powders in aseptic and non-aseptic environments: vial and ampoule washers, depyrogenating tunnels, filling and closing machines for vials, ampoules, cartridges and Ready-To-Use components, powder microdosing and macrodosing machines, cappers, containment solutions, including Restricted Area Barrier Systems and isolators, lyophilisation process developments and continuous aseptic spray freeze drying technology, industrial, pilot, laboratory freeze dryers and automatic and semi-automatic vial loading and unloading systems for freeze dryers.

Last but not least, assembly and labelling machines for syringes, labelling machines for vials, ampoules, shaped containers, Blow-Fill-Seal single-dose containers and cartons with the latest serialization systems. Blowing machines, depackers, tray loaders and other ancillary equipment are also available.

IMA Safe, which includes the production of IMA Safe Swiftpack, IMA North America (IMA Safe Nova), IMA Safe, IMA Safe PG, Perfect Pack and OMAS, designs and manufactures complete lines for primary and secondary packaging for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic industries.

In particular, IMA Safe division manufactures a complete range of blister packaging machines, capsule and tablet counters, sachet and stick packaging machines, tube fillers and cartoners.

All-In-One is a pledge, a promise of efficiency: one investment, one contract, one relationship based on trust that ensures the customer benefits from the real value IMA offers as a long-term partner to the world’s pharmaceutical industry.

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