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3P was established in 2006 by a group of like-minded engineers with a passion for high-performance machinery and innovation.  

We have grown rapidly, with a large and multi-disciplined team of professional engineers and a combined experience base of over 850 years in engineering.  Our specialists are named on over 300 patents across a very broad spectrum of products and industry sectors.  The business has always worked across multiple sectors, with customers benefitting from the resulting cross-fertilisation of ideas and knowledge. 

From the beginning, we've recognised the value in developing new talent with an active undergraduate development scheme and have long-term relationships with leading engineering universities.  Combined with our more experienced engineers, this powerful mix enables us to embrace and apply new technologies and best practice throughout our work.

See our events for the given year on our timeline below!

2006

3P Founded

3P founders shared a passion for high performance ‘Production’ machinery and understood the symbiotic relationship between ‘Products’ and the ‘Processes’ by which they are made – the concept of 3P was born.

Innovation in Product Process and Production

2006

2008

Fill2Weight micro-dosing technology launched

Designed to meet increasing requirements for high-accuracy, precision powder filling in a sterile environment. Fills to target weight, dynamically measuring and recording the dispensed weight of all doses

2008

2009

3P recognised as one of UK’s fastest growing companies

3P’s success identified as one of top 1% of the UK’s companies. A growth milestone recognised.

2009

2010

New larger premises in Warwick

To support 3P’s continued growth, the company moved into larger premises in Warwick. Larger workshop and laboratory facilities providing significant capacity for further growth.

2010

2016

R500 robotic capsule and container filler launched

Incorporating Fill2Weight, 3P’s R500,the world’s fastest, gravimetric powder micro-dosing technology fills capsules, containers and devices on the same machine with rapid changeover and scalable, high-speed filling, handling the most difficult and challenging powders, such as spray-dried, cohesive, sticky powders, pure APIs and delicate biologics

2016

2017

Aseptic Micro-Auger technology launched

Launched for precise powder filling and designed to meet increasing demand for high-accuracy in clean and sterile environments.

3P’s Micro auger offers fill weight flexibility and the ability to fill a wide variety of devices including reconstitutable  injection devices, vials, cartridges, syringes, inhalers and sachets.

2017

2018

Large purpose built facility in Warwick

Plans announced for a new purpose-built facility to accommodate our next phase of investment and growth. Development started on a new 30,000 square foot development at Tournament Fields near Warwick, ideally situated in the centre of the UK.

Completed in November 2018, the new facility houses 3P’s broad skill base of professional engineers across all disciplines and provide increased capacity for multiple repeat machine builds, full commercial productions lines as well as early development labs and pilot plant projects.

2018

2019

R1000 Robotic capsule and device filler launched

The R1000 machine launched. Integrating two of our world-leading Fill2Weight technology heads, it is capable of handling the most challenging powders with the worst flow properties, including spray-dried powders, pure API, micronised, blended and bulk lyophilised powders twice as fast as our R500, whilst maintaining the same level of accuracy and control. Fully automated, GMP compliant and suitable for sterile manufacture.

2019

2020

3P Awarded Queen’s Award 2020 for Enterprise in Innovation

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation was awarded for 3P’s pioneering and patented Fill2Weight technology. Fill2Weight has been designed to address the challenges of getting powders to flow and dispense accurately for pharmaceutical and medical device products. This technology was achieved by combining several different technologies in one solution, creating a highly innovative system, capable of filling practically any powder into a very diverse range of containers.

2020

2020

F2V Liquid Fill-Finish platform launched

3P launched F2V, a liquid fill-finish platform perfect for lab-scale and clinical manufacture thanks to its bench-top format. The technology has been designed for use in both pre-clinical and clinical manufacturing environments, complying with cGMP guidelines and suitable for use in existing containment isolators, RABS and sterile environments. F2V fills cartridges, syringes, vials, bottles and custom containers (including diagnostics) in the same machine, with a fast changeover time of less than five minutes.

2020

2021

3P becomes an Employee-Owned company

Having worked hard to build the business over the last 14 years, founders Tom Bailey and Dave Seaward came to the realisation that our employees, who are responsible for so much of the success of 3P, will be the best successors for ongoing and long-term ownership of the business. The transition to Employee Ownership helps to secure 3P’s long-term future, for the benefit of both customers and employees.

2021