West Pharmaceutical Services

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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Type Public
Traded as NYSEWST
Industry Medical devices
Founded 1923
Headquarters Exton, Pennsylvania, United States
Key people Donald Morel, Jr. (CEO)
Revenue Increase US $1.192 billion (2011)[1]
Operating income Increase US $109.6 million (2011)[1]
Net income Increase US $75.5 million (2011)[1]
Employees 6,300 (2011)
Website www.westpharma.com

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging and delivery systems. Founded in 1923 by Herman O. West and J.R. Wike of Philadelphia, the company is headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania. In its early years of development, West produced rubber components for packaging injectable drugs, providing a sterile environment for the producers of penicillin and insulin.


West manufactures components and systems for injectable drug delivery and plastic packaging, and delivery system components for the healthcare and consumer products markets. [2]

West has been ranked a 'Top Workplace' in the Greater-Philadelphia area by Philly.com in 2010, 2011, and 2012.[3]

On January 29, 2003, an accumulation of combustible polyethelene powder caused an explosion at a West rubber-manufacturing plant in Kinston, North Carolina.[4]

In 2005, West acquired The Tech Group, Scottsdale, Ariz.[5] and Medimop Medical Projects Ltd., Ra’anana, Israel.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2011" (PDF). West. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Armstrong, Mike (December 24, 2010). "PhillyInc: Comings and goings of local firms' HQs". Philly.com. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Philly.Com: Top Workplaces". 
  4. ^ "Investigation Digest: Dust Explosion at West Pharmaceutical Services". U.S. Chemical and Safety Hazard Investigation Board. April 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Heather (August 1, 2005). "Acquisition Puts West Pharmaceuticals and The Tech Group on Same Page". MDDI Online. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "West Pharmaceutical buys Medimop for $41.8m". Globes. Retrieved 2014-08-28. 

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