Siemens announced it will become a process automation partner to global pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline.

Siemens and GlaxoSmithKline have entered a global strategic partnership in which Siemens will assist GSK in manufacturing automation and serve as the preferred automation supplier for GSK production and R&D sites worldwide, including Vaccines.

According to a Siemens press release, this new agreement further develops the longstanding successful relationship between both companies and helps GSK to refresh their global automation strategy.

Dave Tudor, Vice President Primary Supply and leader of the Global Automation Steering Team of GSK, said: “I am delighted we have reached agreement to make Siemens a strategic partner. One of our objectives is to simplify and standardize the automation space by identifying a small number of systems and suppliers and this is the first step on our journey to achieving this. This will create a real win-win situation, not just for today, but for the long term, for GSK, Siemens and most importantly our patients.”

Eckard Eberle, CEO of the Siemens Business Unit Process Automation, added: “Integrated automation and digitalization solutions are important levers for pharmaceutical companies to raise efficiency and productivity whilst ensuring safety and quality. As a reliable partner we will support GSK on this way by providing a unique integrated portfolio comprising hardware, software and services across the entire plant life cycle.”

The partnership will provide a focus into process control, equipment control and building management systems within the manufacturing and R&D pilot plants of GlaxoSmithKline. Four main areas have been identified: Modular Manufacturing, Batch Sterile Facility Blue Print, Machine and Production Line Optimization and Manufacturing Blue Print for different Dosage forms.