Soft Gel Capsule Maker Accucaps Opens $5 Million Expansion

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Windsor Star/Chris Thompson

Accucaps, the Windsor-based manufacturer of soft gel capsules for pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements and cosmetics, has cut the ribbon on its new specialty products suite.

“This investment strongly positions Accucaps as one of a very limited number of businesses with the capability to research, develop and manufacture innovative high potency pharmaceutical products that help to treat some of the most chronic diseases you, your families and the world at large face,” said Accucaps president Bruno Biscaro in a news release.

The $5 million suite at its Ambassador Drive facility will employ more than 20 people in production and research and development when it is in full operation.

“I am confident that this facility and the great people who will operate it will serve to anticipate and fulfil the needs of our customers, support our future endeavours and promote the further development of Accucaps as a leading soft gel supplier,” said Biscaro.

The suite is segregated and self-contained and was designed with new engineering controls and will bring in new processes and procedures that will allow employees to work with highly potent active ingredients in a safe environment.

The suite will allow for both research and development activities and commercial production.

Accucaps will be using the Windsor suite to produce products for the Canadian market and customers around the globe, including companies that produce cancer treatment drugs.

The company says that in the coming weeks it will produce its first commercial high-potency product.

The company was created in 1990 from a company that produced soft gels such as paintballs that went into receivership. It began with five employees and has grown to employ hundreds at factories in Windsor and Strathroy.

Pharmaceutical companies that may have a new drug might find that it doesn’t work so well in traditional capsule form and will have Accucaps create and produce a gel version.

The company produces between four and five billion soft gels annually.