L.B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH is a global manufacturer for the pharmaceutical industry. The range of products includes process and handling equipment for the pharmaceutical solids production. The company was founded in 1981 by Mr Lorenz Bohle. The founder is owner and managing director of the company. A large number of well-known multinationals belong to the group of satisfied Bohle customers.
The headquarters are located in Ennigerloh, Germany, with an operating area of approximately 40,000m2. About 250 specialists build a highly qualified team. The manufacturer has subsidiaries in Sassenberg and Ennigerloh (Plant 2 and Plant 3), Germany, L.B. Bohle LLC, in Warminster, PA, US, and L.B. Bohle India Private Ltd in Mumbai, India. The company has one representative office in Shanghai.
Bohle has an export rate of around 30%. Nearly 30% of the total turnover is generated in the US. The US market is served by the Bohle LLC based in Warminster, Pennsylvania. The second important market is Germany. Bohle is still very present in Middle and Southern Europe as well as in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia. Furthermore, the Asian market is very important to the German machine builder. Due to the subsidiaries in India and China, the turnover share of Asia enlarged. In the recent past Bohle also increased sales in South and Middle America.
Furthermore, the company is represented all over the world in about 40 countries by independent sales agencies. In 2005, the L.B. Bohle Service Centre was established. This well-equipped area offers the opportunity to operate the Bohle systems for trials and tests. A complete pharmaceutical production line to develop and test machines and methods is available there. In a pilot scale it could be worked under real conditions. The production line will be completed with versatile measurement, test and analysis techniques. Furthermore, the service centre is the location for seminars and symposiums.
For instance, film coater, blending systems, fluid bed systems, single pot and high shear granulators, dry granulators, handling systems and much more were successfully planned and built by Bohle. The German engineering company also creates laboratory equipment for its clients' research and development units. Bohle is the technological leader in the field of coating machines, and with more than 2,500 blenders sold, the world market leader in this segment. Beside the batch processing technology, L.B. Bohle focuses on continuous processing with the continuous production unit, the roller compacter BRC and the semi-continuous coater KOCO®.
The Technology Centre at the headquarters was inaugurated in March 2015. Bohle focuses on continuous processing there and created a continuous production unit together with a consortium from industry and academia. Customers from the pharmaceutical industry can now experience the benefits of continuous production first hand. The unique feature of this plant is that the tablet production can be implemented, either without granulation or with dry or wet granulation, in one system.
The modular concept of continuous production offers substantial time savings since it does not require any time-consuming analyses of the product samples between the process steps.