On 17 September 2014 Pfizer’s packaging and supply site based in Havant, Hampshire were pleased to host the Rt Hon David Willetts MP and senior managers from other UK organisations to share how they have become specialists in the packaging and supply of temperature sensitive medicines within the Pfizer group. The visit was part of the Onsite Insights visit programme which exists to encourage the sharing of innovation and best practice between companies. Onsite Insights, whose head office is based in nearby Hayling Island organises one day visits to the best companies across the UK.
Ailsa Kaye, who founded Onsite Insights 10 years ago said she “was delighted to welcome David Willetts to this visit at Pfizer, who have been a host on the programme for over five years. It is such a great example of UK manufacturing success and a site transformation story. As we are a local company it is even more significant for us as we are also within Mr Willetts constituency.”
Pfizer Havant packages and supplies life changing medicines to over 120 destinations across the globe and is home to one of the fastest packing lines in the pharmaceutical industry, the site covers 17 acres of land, employs 270 staff and processes in excess of 60 million doses a year. An impressive achievement resulting from a long-term commitment to continuous improvement, and developing a customer focused culture which is agile and responsive.
During the visit attendees had a guided tour of the business with Pfizer providing detailed presentations on their approach to strategy, operational excellence, cold chain distribution and supply chain management.
“Pfizer are clearly an inspirational company, they have created a vision that all employees could buy in to, relate to, and remember,” comments Ailsa Kaye. “We are grateful that such a leading company is willing to share its ideas and inspire others.” Visitors were unanimous in their praise for the site.
Onsite Insights was founded to encourage the sharing of innovation and best practice between UK companies. In the last ten years over 10,000 people have attended visits across the UK. Host companies include both large multi-nationals such as Mars, Toyota, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Milliken, Fujifilm and Mitsubishi Electric as well as award-winning SME’s such as Double H Nurseries and Silent Gliss. These companies have one thing in common – a commitment to continuous improvement and a belief that sharing best practice helps themselves and others improve.