DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has opened a new logistics center for serving the pharmaceuticals industry in Mörfelden-Walldorf near Frankfurt, Germany.
The new 33,000m² (335,209ft²) center is located near Frankfurt Airport and is the third facility of its kind in the country. It serves as a hub for the transport, preparation, temporary storage and transport follow-up of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical and medicinal products. Within the warehouse is a dedicated 600m² (6,458ft²) competency center with two different temperature controlled areas. One area is for the storage of pharmaceutical products at temperatures between 2-8ºC, while the second is dedicated to a controlled temperature range of between 15-25ºC. The facilities are equipped with temperature and humidity sensors that immediately sound an alarm should conditions fall outside of established parameters.
Nigel Wing, global head life sciences and healthcare, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “The life sciences and healthcare industry is regulated by increasingly stricter compliance requirements. At the same time, dealing with highly sensitive pharmaceuticals brings new complexity to the supply chain since the products have specific temperature range tolerances and a high value. When designing cold chains, ensuring product integrity is at the heart of our solutions. With its strategic location near Frankfurt Airport, this new competency center further strengthens our existing temperature-controlled network in Germany and worldwide.”
Thilo Specht, vice president airfreight Germany, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “In this new life sciences and healthcare center we will be handling every aspect of transport and warehouse management for our pharmaceuticals customers and their air freight shipments. Although our focus in Mörfelden is on customers from the life sciences and healthcare sectors, at Frankfurt Airport we are also coordinating transport solutions for other industries such as automotive, chemical and technology.”
October 7, 2015