DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL, officially opened a new logistics centre for the pharmaceuticals industry, in Leipzig. The facility, covering almost 3,000 square metres, 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 (US$4.4 million) and have resulted in the creation of 30 new jobs.
“With the opening of this new life sciences and healthcare competence centre 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-metre warehouse and office space of 600 square metres. In July 2014, it was certified in accordance with the good distribution practice guidelines, a quality system for logistics centres 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.