On Friday 11th March our class took a trip to Rowa Pharmaceuticals in Bantry. Here are some of the things I learned:
- They supply to more than 80 countries worldwide.
- Their biggest customer is Russia.
- Their most popular products are Rowachol and Rowatinex. These medicines are for kidney stones and gallstones.
- Another product we saw were the Tropex ear drops.
- Chonaiceamar an production department – sin an áit a deintear na leigheasanna.
- Bhí orainn cótaí bána, overshoes agus caipíní gruaige a chaitheamh ann.
- Caithfidh siad na vessels ina ndeintear na leigheasanna a ghlanadh tar éis gach úsáid.
- Tógann sé an lá ar fad ( 8 uair ) chun iad a ghlanadh.
- Má tá aon phíosa beag salachar ar an vessel, caithfidh siad é a ghlanadh arís don 8 uair ar fad.
- In the lab, they test the raw materials used in the products. Quality control is extremely important.
- They do some of the testing by hand, but machines do still get used a lot.
Déanta ag Sadhbh Ní Leannáin!!!!!
Rowa is a pharmaceutical company here in Bantry.
Rowa exports its products to over 80 countries worldwide.
Rowatinex is Rowa most bought medicine.
Russia is Rowa’s biggest customer.
Shockingly Rowa does all its packing by hand.
In Rowa when entering the production department visitors and workers have to wear overcoats, covers for your shoes and an elastic hat.
In the production department they put the components/raw materials together to make the medicine.
While in the lab they test the raw materials to see if they are up to standard.
Rowa is made up of three companies Rowa, Rowex, Rowagner. Rowex supplies the Irish market, Rowa the international market and Rowagner is based in Germany where the founder Mr. Wagner is from.
- Amanda said that they have agents for the 80 countries who purchase from Rowa and these agents ensure that the language on the packet and leaflet is correct.
- Rowa’s biggest customer is Russia.
- Rowatinex is Rowa’s most popular medicine.
- They have a lab so they can test out the new medicine so it’s safe to sell.
- Amanda gave us a gift bag with sweets and a toy. That was nice of her.
- The packing is done by hand.
Ar an 11ú de Mhárta chuaigh an rang go léir go Rowa. Bhí se an-shuimiúil. Déanann Rowa leigheas do daoine atá breoite. Níor chuaigh mé go dtí áit mar sin riamh cheana! Ní raibh a fhios agam go raibh Rowa comh mór. Tá a lán oibre le déanamh sula díolann siad an leigheas. Ar dtús, tá cúpla tanc acu ina dhéanann siad an leigheas. Ansin cuireann siad é i mbuidéil nó paicéid agus cuireann siad lipéidí orthu.
Last Friday, the 11th of March, we went to Rowa. It was quite amazing! Did you know that Rowa sells to eighty countries? I don’t know about you but I think that is extraordinary and also they get their raw materials in from many different countries. When we entered the area where they make the medicines we had to wear hair nets, shoe covers and a jumpsuit that looked like something an evil scientist would wear. Osclaíodh Rowa i 1959. Nuair a fhaigheann Rowa aon chomhábhar ó thír eile caithfidh said scrúdu a dhéanamh air chun a chinntiú go bhfuil sé sábháilte le húsáid.
The staff were lovely and kind, we found out a lot of information. We got a lovely gift bag when leaving. Bhí lá iontach ar fad againn. Ní amháin gur fhoghlaimíomar an-chuid ach chomh maith le sin bhaineamar an-thaitneamh as an turas.
Dónal, Luke, Méadhbh agus Caoimhe
Rowa & Rowex
Chuamar chuig monarchan Rowa. Thaispéain Amanda Rowa agus Rowex dúinn. Ar dtús chuamar chuig an trádstorais. Sin an áit a choiméadann siad na boscaí don leigheas. Ansin chuamar chuig an seomra ina chuireann siad na lipédí ar na boscaí. Dheineadar taispéantas dúinn.
We went into the production room and Amanda gave us hats shoes and long white coats so our germs woudn’t spread as there were a lot of students in a small compact room. It was very hard to breathe since the air was filtered. Amanda introduced us to a few of the workers and they were very helpful. They showed us how they labelled things.
Chuamar go dtí an saotharlann (lab) áit a dheineann siad deimhin de go bhfuil na comhábhair go léir i gceart agus sábháilte. Bhí spéaclaí plaisteacha, lámhainní agus cótaí ag teastáil ó na daoine a bhíonn ag obair le na ceimicí. Ba lá iontach é.
Ben, Eibhlín, Aoibhinn agus Jayce
Chuaigh an rang go dtí Rowa ar an Aoine seo caite chun na seomraí a fheiceáil. Bhi sé an-shuimiúil, díolann siad na tairgí go dtí níos mó ná 80 tír agus tá níos mó ná 60 duine ag obair ann. Is dóigh linn go mbeadh sé deacair go leor chun oibriú ann mar tá se an–chasta. Cosnaíonn sé idir 5,000 agus 10,000 euro i gcomhair an bille leictreachais gach dhá mhí. It costs 12,000 euro to incinerate the reject bottles and labels every 6 months. Those costs were quite shocking to us.
It takes a full week to make ear drops. It takes eight hours to clean the tanks. The people at Rowa work eight hours every day. they Produce Medicine for a lot of countries. the biggest order was for 72,000 bottles and this order came from Russia. Russia is the biggest country THEY GET ORDERS FROM. THEY HAVE A REALLY OLD German machine WHICH PRINTS LABELS AND ONLY ONE PERSON working there is able to operate IT. This machine is called a Heidelberg Platen. We got to wear lab coats, shoe covers and hats because we couldn’t spread any germs. We met the workers who open the boxes, put in the medicine and the labels.
Dan, Arjen and Conor