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DHL opens life sciences and healthcare centre 29 September 2015

Supporting a sector facing increasingly stricter compliance requirements

DHL Global Forwarding has opened a logistics centre for the pharmaceuticals industry in Morfelden-Walldorf. The centre is located near the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main airport and serves as a hub for the transport, transport preparation, temporary storage, and transport follow-up of active and passive temperature-controlled pharmaceutical and medicinal products.

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 products have specific temperature range tolerances and a high value.

When designing cold chains, ensuring product integrity is vital. Cold chains must be consistent and robust, incorporating ways of mitigating risk and loss, with strong contingency capabilities and proactive problem-resolution processes.

With its strategic location near Frankfurt airport, the centre further strengthens DHL’s existing temperature-controlled network in Germany and worldwide.

In the new logistics centre DHL administers a total of 33,000 m2 of warehouse space. Due to the continuous growth in temperature-controlled air freight, DHL Global Forwarding needed a larger facility near Frankfurt. The division established in the logistics centre in Morfelden a 600 m2 competency centre with two different temperature-controlled areas. One area is meant for pharmaceutical products that must be stored at constant temperatures between 2 to 8 degrees, while the second one dedicated to a controlled temperature range of between 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. Furthermore, the centre meets the latest safety standards and complies with the new Good Distribution Practice guidelines of the European Union.

The logistics centre 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.