About Qualicaps

History

1965
Apr.

Shionogi & Co., Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. formed Japan Elanco Company Ltd. as a joint company with even controlling shares.

1966
Jan.

Nara factory (Building No.1) was established in the current address.

Feb.

Approvals for manufacturing of drugs and import of drugs were obtained.

Mar.

First capsule manufacturing machine was started.

1978
Apr.

Review of GMP structure equipment was completed.

1979
Sep.

Capsules for small animals were developed.

1980
May

Capsule periphery printing was started.
Distribution of OP-8 semi-automatic filling machines for liquid pharmaceutical products was started.

1983
Sep.

Approval for sales of drugs was obtained.
Manufacture of capsules for health food was started.

1984
Mar.

Fully automatic capsule sealing machine was developed.

Apr.

Cumulative total of 100 billion capsules manufactured were achieved.

Dec.

Fully automatic capsule filling machine for liquid pharmaceutical products was developed.

1986
Jan.

Fully automatic capsule filling machine for powder pharmaceutical products was developed.

1987
Jun.

Fully automatic capsule filling machine for two-or-three-layer capsules for granules was developed.

1988
Dec.

Fully automatic small scale filling machine for laboratory use was developed.

1989
Jul.

Hard-gelatin capsules containing polyethylene glycol was developed.

1990
Mar.

Hard capsule with HPMC (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose) was developed.

Apr.

Fully automatic capsule filling machines for tablets was developed.

1992
Apr.

Due to stock transfer, the stockholder was changed to Shionogi & Co., Ltd. by 100%.

1993
Jul.

Video inspection machine for capsules was developed.

1994
Nov.

Video inspection machine for tablets was developed.

1995
Dec.

Tablet imprinting machine with functions of video inspection was developed.

1996
Apr.

Building No.2 was completed with filling room for investigational new drugs in Nara factory.

Function of the headquarters was transferred to the building No.2 in Nara factory.

Sep.

Color video inspection machine for tablets was developed.

1997
Mar.

Review of GMP structure facilities was completed.

1998
Mar.

An ISO9002 certification was obtained.

Apr.

The company name of Japan Elanco Co., Ltd. was changed to Shionogi Qualicaps Co., Ltd.

Jun.

An ISO9001 certification was obtained.

1999
Dec.

All-purpose printer for solid pharmaceutical products (QI-300) was developed.

2000
Apr.

Inspection machine for foreign substances in powder pharmaceutical products (PES-200) was developed.

2001
Jan.

Solid pharmaceutical product counting and filling machines with built-in inspection functions (BM-250/150) was developed.

Double-sided printer for tablets with built-in inspection functions (IS-500D) was developed.

Oct.

PTP packing machine feeder for multiple types of solid pharmaceutical products was developed.

Dec.

An ISO14001 certification was obtained.

2002
Mar.

Fully automatic capsule filling/sealing machine (FS) was developed.

Aug.

Building No.3 with cafeteria was completed for GMP environmental improvements.

Head office function was moved from Building No.2 to Building No.3

2003
Apr.

Quality system standards ISO9002 (for capsule products) and ISO9001 (for capsule surface inspection machines) were integrated.

Aug.

Solid pharmaceutical product counting and filling machine with built-in inspection functions (BM-1000) was developed.

Oct.

State-of-the-art Technophar capsule manufacturing machines was introduced.

2005
Dec.

The stockholder was changed from Shionogi & Co., Ltd. to The Carlyle Group.

The company name of Shionogi Qualicaps Co., Ltd. was changed to Qualicaps Co., Ltd.

Qualicaps Europe S.A. (Spain) and Qualicaps Inc. (USA) became 100% subsidiaries

New capsule manufacturing plant (Building No.5) was completed.

A Certification of JIHFS GMP for health food raw materials was obtained.

2007
Mar.

Compression molding machine for powder pharmaceutical products (STM) was developed.

May

Qualicaps acquired Technophar Group (Canada, Romania)

Nov.

Laser imprinting machine (LIS-250) was developed.

2008
May

Qualicaps Romania S.R.L. (Romania) was founded.

2009
Nov.

No dead angle inspection machine (VIM+T) was developed.

2012
Sep.

New capsule manufacturing plant (Building No.6) was completed.

2013
Mar.

The stockholder was changed from The Carlyle Group to Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation.

2015
Dec.

Qualicaps acquired Genix Industria Farmaceutica Ltda. (Brazil)