Glatt on the road to success
1959: First fluidized bed dryer for the pharmaceutical industry.
1961: Move to Binzen and the first stand at the ALCHEMA trade fair.
1964 – 1966: New development of the fluidized bed spray granulation technology.
1966: Further development of the fluidized bed coating technology in the Wurster method – first Glatt fluidized bed granulator WSG.
Since 1962: international expansion.
The first fluidized bed dryer for the pharmaceutical industry is developed by the young company with only a dozen employees for the Gödecke company in Memmingen. This becomes the basis for all established fluidized bed processes today. Many of the conventional tray drying processes can be significantly shortened and are easier to handle. More large orders follow for renown pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, Höchst and Geigy.
1959 Glatt acquires the areal and buildings of the former Bühlmühle in Binzen, Werner Glatt’s home town. After extensive renovations, the company moves back to Binzen in 1961 where its headquarters are still located today. In the same year, Glatt was present with its systems for the first time at the ACHEMA, the world’s largest chemicals trade fair in Frankfurt am Main.
1962 – 1966 The Glatt company develops a new process for fluidized bed spray granulation in collaboration with Sandoz in Basel. The first tests for this technological innovation were conducted with a vine sprayer on the grounds of the Binzen company. The Glatt fluidized bed granulator was an international success for the company. As a pioneer, Glatt not only decisively influenced the fluidized bed technology but also continues to develop this into the future.
Soon the company achieved another revolutionary development in collaboration with the Roche company: a new kind of fluidized bed varnishing and sugar coating process. It delivers similar coating results as the process already developed by Prof. Wurster at the University of Wisconsin, USA. This development led to a fruitful collaboration with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation which was established to jointly optimize the process.
The 1960’s was also the time of international expansion. With his intense travel and his personal commitment, Werner Glatt lays the cornerstone for collaboration with many large pharmaceutical companies and for dynamic international sales.
In just a few years, the Glatt brand is represented with its fluidized bed systems across the entire North and South American continents. 1970 The company produces for the Japanese market. The revolutionary technological innovations and the high quality of the product together with the often friendly relationships between Werner Glatt and his customers and partners pave the way for the company’s international growth.