DHL opens new life sciences and healthcare competence center at Leipzig airport

DHL pharmaceutical cold storage facility
DHL Global Forwarding, together with its customer Octapharma, designed the new pharmaceutical cold storage facility and is responsible for comprehensively managing the transport and warehousing of active and passive air freight shipments. (© DHL)

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL officially opened a new logistics center for the pharmaceuticals industry, in Leipzig on Monday. The state-of-the-art facility, covering almost 3,000 square meters, located in direct proximity to the Leipzig/Halle airport and serves as a competence center for the transport, transport preparation, temporary storage, and transport follow-up of active and passive temperature controlled pharmaceutical products. Investment volumes in the new facility amount to around 3.4 million euros and have resulted in the creation of thirty new jobs.

„With the opening of this new life sciences and healthcare competence center we are further expanding our network of temperature controlled stations to support our customers‘ global expansion and growth aspirations,“ said Angelos Orfanos, President, Life Sciences and Healthcare, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. „Providing quality service to life-saving products is a big responsibility, which we are committed to by continuously investing in sector-specific expertise and infrastructure.“

The facility includes a 2,175-square-meter warehouse and office space of 600 square meters. In July 2014, it was certified in accordance with the good distribution practice guidelines, a quality system for logistics centers that handle medicinal products, and offers two temperature controlled areas for pharmaceutical products that must be kept at a constant temperature between either 2 to 8 degrees or 15 to 25 degrees Celsius The facilities are equipped with numerous temperature and humidity sensors that immediately sound an alarm should conditions fall outside of established parameters.

Managing the transport and warehousing

DHL Global Forwarding, together with its customer Octapharma, designed the new pharmaceutical cold storage facility and is responsible for comprehensively managing the transport and warehousing of active and passive air freight shipments.

The logistics center will primarily provide DHL Thermonet, the standard product from DHL Global Forwarding for managing temperature sensitive air freight shipments. DHL Thermonet provides seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain, 24/7 proactive monitoring and intervention based on pre-determined touch points and DHL’s RFID SmartSensor technology, that is GDP certified.

The new building in Leipzig has also been audited in line with additional standards and been accredited as a qualified envirotainer provider, thus ensuring competent handling of Envirotainer containers and certification in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards for quality and environmental management.

In the future, thirty employees will organize the transport and customs clearance of air freight and ocean freight shipments mostly for regional customers. The logistics center will also serve as an air freight transshipment hub for pharmaceuticals going to Germany, Poland and Slovakia. On-site staff will coordinate transport solutions for the automotive, chemical and technology industries as well as the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

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