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Christopher Kotevich

Director of Sales and Marketing

Embocaps® by Suheung

So many capsule choices … How do you decide on a capsule supplier? Step one—separate the wheat from the chaff using business sus-tainability logic.

Capsule manufacturers who own their own technology and produce their own manufacturing equipment are the only ones worth considering. These manufactures have invested in themselves and are the industry experts.

This cuts the list down to a number you can count on one hand. The “global leading suppliers”.

Step two—Eliminate the “non-issues” which cloud the water and focus on the two real value drivers.

A. Availability and logistics—a non-issue

• All of the global leading suppliers have enough capacity to supply you.

• All of the global leading suppliers have decades of experience in global capsule supply chains.

B. Ascetics and custom branding—a non-issue

All of the global leading suppliers have ample technology to produce the capsule you require.

C. Composition equivalency and chemical performance—a non-issue

All of the global leading suppliers are manufacturing the capsules using the identical grades of starting

materials, purchased from the identical vendors, in the same percent-ages. This has been vetted through

various regulatory bodies over many decades.

D. Regulatory and quality compliance—a non-issue

• All of the global leading suppliers will pass your audit.

• All of the global leading suppliers are already supplying your industry in your market.

E. R&D and technical support—a non-issue

All of the global leading suppliers will support your R&D and Technical requirements

F. Filling machine performance—issue for consideration

G. Purchase price—issue for consideration

Step Three—Focus on the only two real issues for consideration—machine performance and price.

There is a huge range in empty capsule pricing and a huge range in empty capsule filling performance. This relationship is not linear.

Capsules must, first and foremost, perform to the high level you expect in your manufacturing process.

A capsule which runs poorly and is problematic should not be purchased at any price.

Unfortunately, it is quite common to not realize that your current capsule performs poorly and you are overpaying. You don’t know what you don’t know.

Focussing on these two issues can lead to positive results in material costs and production efficiencies.


Christopher Kotevich is the director of Sales and Marketing for Suheung America Corporation. Chris

has held executive and senior technical advisory roles at various capsule manufactures spanning four

continents over three decades.


Embocaps® by Suheung is a global leading supplier of Premium Hard Capsules. Available in sizes 000 thru 5, Embocaps® capsules are designed and manufactured to provide superior filling performance.

Various gelatin varieties, vegetarian varieties, capsules suitable for liquid fills, and both immediate, and delayed, release formulations available as stock or custom order.

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