In 2016, young industrial engineer Kathrin Günther joined Uhlmann as Head of Sales Support Software & Automation with the aim of helping the company push ahead with its digitalization strategy. Today, as Vice President Digital Solutions, she leads the business unit of the same name. (Source: Uhlmann)
Part of the Digital Solutions business unit at Uhlmann moving into the new office space in autumn 2019. (Source: Uhlmann)

Uhlmann wins a 2021 Digital Leader Award

With its successful, ambitious digitalization strategy, Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG's is one of the winners in the category "Digital Products & Services" of the Digital Leader Award 2021. At a digital winners' evening on June 30, 2021, the event organizer commended the company, saying: "We were all surprised how a classic, Swabian medium-sized company suddenly managed to say: we're going 'beyond packaging', we're going much further, we're building a software platform and trying to map production and packaging processes in the pharmaceutical industry there." 

At Uhlmann, the news of the award was met with great excitement. "We are very pleased that the jury sees us as a Digital Leader and we are incredibly grateful that they chose to award us this prize. It shows that digital transformation is primarily an opportunity for medium-sized businesses and is becoming less and less of a risk. At Uhlmann, a new business area has developed in this field and is continually growing," says Kathrin Günther, Vice President Digital Solutions at Uhlmann. CSO Michael Mrachacz adds: "The entire company is proud of this excellent ranking and of our Digital Solutions team. Our ambition and drive have really paid off!"

The Digital Leader Award is the leading prize for digital leadership in Germany and is awarded annually by the two specialist publications Computerwoche and CIO magazine. Uhlmann convinced the jury with its campaign, "Our journey from steel and iron to bits and bytes". This presented the company's digital journey: Launched as a classic manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging machines with additional services, in 2016 the management team decided to adopt an ambitious, pioneering digital strategy in a traditional, safety-oriented setting. Instead of limiting the digital transformation to its own machines, Uhlmann strove to network the entire pharmaceutical value creation chain, from the raw materials to the patients. In 2019, this led to the creation of the Digital Solutions business unit. This department develops solutions such as the Pexcite software platform, which can be used to monitor the cold chain when filling COVID-19 vaccines, for instance. Nowadays, this machine builder with a services and IT department has evolved into a total solutions provider. And Uhlmann's digital transformation is, without a doubt, not yet finished.

Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
Kathrin Günther
Vice President Digital Solutions 
Tel. +49 (0) 7392 702 8881

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Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG is a global leader in providing systems for packing pharmaceuticals in blister packaging, bottles and cartons. In addition to its innovative packaging lines, Uhlmann offers consultation, project management, extensive services and digital solutions from a single source. The company is part of the Uhlmann Group, which achieved turnover of €434 million in the 2019/20 business year with around 2500 employees. Other companies in the Uhlmann Group are KOCH Pac-Systeme, Cremer Speciaalmachines, Wonder Packing Machinery, and Axito. 
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