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2018-11-15 | Company-News
CPhI 2018 - Trade fair team sets an orange tone

August Faller Group presents innovations in the Innopack field

From 9 to 11 October 2018 one of the most important trade fairs in the pharmaceuticals industry, the CPhI Worldwide, took place in Madrid – at the IFEMA exhibition centre. Established in 1990 as an international chemicals and pharma/ pharmaceutical trade fair, in Madrid, it offered a platform for more than 45,000 pharmaceutical specialists to network. The specialist public values the international atmosphere – each year exhibitors from over 160 countries are represented and the August Faller Group has also been there for many years.

The trade fair team welcomed known acquaintances at the stand and actively used the opportunity to win potential new clients and partners. With its ear to the market, the August Faller Group offers solutions for the challenges that the pharmaceuticals industry is facing:

  • Efficiency increase - one-stop-shop makes complex procurement easier
  • Functionality through interactive and smart medicine packaging
  • Security is guaranteed - fulfilling legal requirements

For more details please click here.

Highlight to touch: ZOOM-Box

You could speak about trends and opportunities, and not only in the Discovery Lounge. There was an opportunity to discover the unique Faller ZOOM-Box that was presented at the fair. In a simple and yet creative way, the ZOOM-Box has a variety of features that are currently in demand on the packaging market, such as information loops, multi-page adhesive labels, safety features, NFC and QR codes for digital communication. All these components support pharmacists in meeting the continually changing requirements of pharmaceutical packaging.

Would you like to know more about the ZOOM-Box and its features? The Faller white paper “Expanded communication surfaces" and our “Combination products”  offer revealing information.


CPhI, this means 6 events in 1 place and in 3 days

In partnership with ICSE (contract services), P-MEC (machines and technology), InnoPack (pharmaceutical packaging), BioLIVE for organic pharma and FDF for every aspect of the complete dosage chain, an event was created that reaches the entire pharmaceutical industry. And it creates enormous synergies regarding communication in the entire industry.

Innovation Gallery and the Innovation Tour

are two of the CPhI highlights with plenty of information features. Have you seen the Faller ZOOM-Box in the Innovation Gallery?


Preview for 2019:

We’re looking forward to meeting you in Frankfurt from 5 to 7 November 2019!

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The area for communication can be expanded in different ways with different packaging materials

2018-10-16 | Product-News
Real information heroes – flexible possibilities for every packaging material

How the August Faller Group is imaginatively expanding the area for communication on pharmapackaging.

“Our customers are faced with the challenge of providing ever more information on packaging. However, this area is very limited due to the small size of the medicinal product packaging,” according to Kerstin Löffler, Head of Marketing & Innovation. The August Faller Group is offering various options that cleverly expand the area for communication on pharmaceutical packaging.

  • Are you also faced with the challenging task of accommodating a large amount of information on the packaging?

  • Do you need more space on your packaging due to changing regulatory requirements or the increased demand for multilingual country versions?

  • Or would you like to make your communication with patients, doctors and pharmacists more understandable, such as in the form of pictograms or additional information?

Our White Paper shows the creative possibilities for equipping packaging with more information space. Discover the multifaceted ways in which you can communicate a wealth of information via folding cartons, leaflets, labels or a combination of these.

Discover the various options and read the White Paper here.

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Our new apprentices at their start on 03rd Sept. 2018 together with Natalie Anhorn, Head of Training

2018-10-02 | Company-News
Welcome aboard the Faller Group

A warm welcome to our new apprentices. 

The new Faller intake started on the 3rd September 2018. A total of 19 apprentices involved in 10 apprenticeships and 2 study programmes will be trained in Waldkirch, Binzen and Schopfheim over the next few years. Faller offers countless opportunities for training – whether the young people are interested in tailor-made craftsmanship or want to operate high-tech machinery: there are roles as media designers, media technologists, packaging technology technologists, industrial clerks, electronics technicians, to name just a few. They can also study business administration and business informatics alongside.

Do you know about our Apprentice Rally?
On the second day of the apprenticeship, the trainees got to know Faller better. They were given questions about the company and had to find the answers from highly-motivated rally participants from the individual departments. All the groups found the solution. Congratulations on your first successful work as a team!

There was a relaxed introduction at the end of July so that families understand what the young people can expect at the Faller Group. Dr Michael Faller, managing partner and Natalie Anhorn, Head of Training, gave presentations about the training. At the same time, parents were able to meet the trainers. During the tour, the highlight of the day, all guests were able to experience the folding carton production live and in colour.

Starting working life
The training ends by successfully passing a test. Faller enables apprentices and students to sign a temporary employment contract in accordance with the collective wage agreement. This year, they can further develop your skills in the specialist departments. We know how important it is for young professionals to gain experience and develop confidence in their skills. Almost all the young workers will then stay in these departments – a large number of the young employees are looking forward to a follow-up contract.

We wish all of them a good start and hope they enjoy getting to know their employer.

For more information about working at Faller, please click here.

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Intelligent folding boxes think with the patient

2018-08-15 | Product-News
Packaging of the future

The intelligent packaging thinks with you.

Increasingly, the Internet of Things is finding its way into the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Technological progress is providing more and more new possibilities for drug packaging. Together with our partner Avnet Integrated we have developed three Smart Packaging solutions that demonstrate the possibilities offered by interactive packaging for the pharmaceutical industry. 

» Would you like to learn more about how the filling level of a bottle is measured without opening the packaging? 

» Should the packaging automatically remind the patient when it’s time to take the medicine or to order a new prescription? 

Answers to these and other questions can be found in our new videos on “Smart Packaging”. You can quickly and concisely find out about the potential offered for patient compliance, safety and therapeutic success.


Explore opportunities to communicate with your patients in a better and more targeted way in the future.

Click here for the Smart Packaging videos.

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Mathias Felber, Vice President Business Europe at August Faller GmbH & Co. KG

2018-08-15 | Product-News
Product launch using Faller launch concept

We are here to ensure the successful and timely introduction of your product onto the market.

“Market launches for new products or the introduction of existing products in additional countries is a truly complex critical matter for our clients,” said Mathias Felber, Vice President for Business Europe at the August Faller Group.

We’re currently seeing an increased demand for launch concepts in the pharmaceutical industry, calling for very fast delivery times for the introduction of new products. The general rule is that the product that appears in the pharmacy first is the one which is purchased the most. This means that the time pressure faced by pharmacists is highly significant. 

This is where the Faller launch concept comes in, reducing the time-to-market and simplifying the sourcing process. For standard packaging products, the process is expected to have a delivery time of three to five days, and more complex packaging, such as folding cartons with integrated leaflets, may take 6-8 days for delivery. One contact person at the August Faller Group is responsible for the coordination between three production sites, making the project significantly easier.

Which services make up the launch concept?

  • Artwork management
  • Manufacture of the three packaging products folding cartons, leaflets, adhesive labels
  • Delivery concept

The benefits of the Faller launch concept for you:

  • We consider the time-critical factors and devise an itinerary together with you.
  • There is only one contact person to support you throughout the entire process.
  • Time-critical delivery deadlines are met using weekend shifts, and all packaging products are dispatched in one shipment.

Our motto:

» everything from one source «
» delivered on time and «
» always well received «

More information and proposals for Supply Chain Optimization

Please have a look at the enlarged PDF of Faller launch concept.

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Handing over the printers\\\' dunking ceremony document

2018-07-31 | Company-News
Summer, sun...summer fair!

Faller is celebrating in Waldkirch.

The sun shone bright on Saturday, 30 June 2018 for the Faller staff party. After the traditional Gautschen (printers’ dunking ceremony), team games were next on the agenda. All of the participants and spectators had great fun with the dry ski slope and Bobby Car races. Knocking over all the beakers in the tin can alley and hitting the bullseye in darts turned out to be harder than it looked.

A food truck provided gastronomic delights and a cocktail bar added colour to drinks orders. True to the motto “Faller in motion”, a DJ brought the beats for dancing, inviting those present to stay a while longer. 

The traditional Gautschen ceremony of dunking printers and media designers cooled things down and added great variety.

This year, the “media technology printing” and “media designer” trainees were also dunked, as well as long-standing employees who had not taken part in the ceremony yet. “Grab hold! Let his rear end fall on this wet sponge until both cheeks are sodden” read the rites from the Gautschbrief [Gautschen deed] of the Badenia Buchdruckerei of 1930. Under the supervision of the Master of Ceremonies and the staff, you take a bath in the water basin and are presented with the Gautschbrief. “Only then have you really finished your training,” says Jürgen Herr, head of printing and printing services at the Waldkirch site. The mandatory water bath is always the highlight of the works party.

About Gautschen:

Gautschen is a printers’ tradition dating back to the 16th century in which a trainee, after passing their final exams, is dunked in a barrel and/or sat on a wet sponge during an exoneration ceremony. The term “Gautschen” originally refers to the first step of draining the paper after dipping it, of taking the freshly dipped paper off the sieve and placing it on a felt pad.

More information on Gautschen is provided by Bundesverband Druck und Medien.

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Apprentices of August Faller GmbH & Co. KG in Waldkirch and Natalie Anhorn, responsible for apprenticeship (on the right)

2018-07-31 | Company-News
Apprentices get involved with the Lebenshilfe Kinzig und Elztal

Social commitment of the apprentices of August Faller at Waldkirch site.

Under the direction of Natalie Anhorn, apprentices from the August Faller Group are supervised during their specialist training. Having to organise projects themselves encourages and supports the young people in their personal development. It’s important to the apprentices that they carry out their projects in the social field.

And this year, the Lebenshilfe Kinzig und Elztal was delighted to be the Faller apprentices’ social project. On 29.06.18, the organisation marked its 50th year with an anniversary celebration organised with the support of the apprentices. In coordination with the Lebenshilfe staff, the apprentices were responsible for setting up and packing away the festivities at the host’s venue. All the table and room decorations and the materials purchased were entirely organised and set up by the apprentices. The assistance they provided in taking care of the numerous residents and visitors was gratefully accepted.

“It was a really great experience to get to know the residents of the institution in Elzach and the work of Lebenshilfe Kinzig und Elztal,” said Justine Linder, apprentice administrative assistant at August Faller Group.

About Lebenshilfe Kinzig und Elztal:

Lebenshilfe im Kinzig- und Elztal helps people with disabilities by providing employment, care and accommodation. The association counsels and supports their relatives. It strives to enable people with disabilities to play a part in community life throughout the Kinzig- und Elztal region. Further information is provided on Lebenshilfe Kinzig und Elztal

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Global Challenge at August Faller

2018-06-27 | Company-News
Global Challenge – The journey begins on 23.05.18 in Machu Picchu, Peru

Staying healthy throughout your life – 32 teams from the August Faller Group are taking part in the Global Challenge Programme by Virgin Pulse 

The journey of the August Faller teams from South America, Africa and Europe began on 23th May 2018, leading – in a virtual sense – to a destination which will first be revealed after 100 days, the end of the challenge. Even in the first few days, the 224 participants could be spotted, filled with vigour, while running, cycling, swimming and often at the gym. The friendly competition, including teams outside their own company, motivates and supports the participants in their efforts to lead a healthier life with enough exercise.

The teams are each made up of 7 people from all divisions of the company. The creativity of the team names leaves us in no doubt that all of them are intending to have plenty of fun. We can’t wait to see whether the SportfreundeChiller are taking their steps with ease or whether the FANTASTIC7 reach their goal before the Las  Vegas Avengers. Could Die Sieben Zwerge with plenty of Frauenpower be at a disadvantage against the Flying Donuts


After only 2 weeks, the 224 participants have already taken a combined total of over 16 million steps and ca. 2.2 cycling steps. This corresponds to a distance of 12,000 kilometres. 

Almost 40,000 teams with ca. 277,000 people from more than 100 countries are taking part in the competition overall. The participants can take part in mini challenges with teams from 6 continents, the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa, India as well as Australia and Oceania. It’s very exciting to be a part of this worldwide campaign.

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Presentation of Smart Packaging Solutions by our product manager, Benjamin Rist

2018-06-18 | Company-News
Apprentices get involved with the Lebenshilfe Kinzig und Elztal

Successful seminars and networking in Copenhagen and Stockholm in May 2018.

It was a great pleasure to welcome more than 30 customers and prospects in Copenhagen on 14th May 2018 and two days later in Stockholm. The attendees could profit from insights into the pharma secondary packaging area and the challenges both for suppliers and manufacturers.

“Not only serialization, tamper evidence and digitization are needs that worry the pharma packaging market but 

• reduced times-to-market
• small volumes
• digital printing and
• new ideas to support Compliance & Convenience

move the minds too” the team at August Faller identified.

All participants showed great interest in the presentations as well as the accompanying small exhibition. Especially the Smart Packaging Solutions attracted much attention. Everybody enjoyed the lively discussions and interactions.

Find more information on The Future of Pharma Packaging

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RECORD INVESTMENT AND GROWTH TREND

2018-05-14 | Company-News
Record investment and growth trend

2017 financial figures of August Faller GmbH & Co. KG reflect the growth trend

The August Faller Group recorded a sales increase of three percent to €123 million in the 2017 financial year. The growth trend is expected to continue in 2018: the group plans an increase in sales of five percent to €129 million. To this end, Faller is announcing an investment budget of a record €17.8 million. A stable equity ratio of 44 percent, the first successful steps towards internationalisation with the positive development of companies in Denmark and Poland, as well as the further strengthening of the European production network, lead to expect another positive result in 2018.

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