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DHL opens new life science and healthcare logistics center in Netherlands

LBR Staff Writer Published 20 May 2016

DHL Global Forwarding has opened a new life science and healthcare logistics center at Amsterdam-Schiphol in Netherlands.


Situated adjacent to the airport at the Schiphol Southeast business park, the Life Science Competence Center will engage in the transport, transport preparation, temporary storage, and transport follow-up of active and passive temperature-controlled pharmaceutical and medicinal products.

The 1,000m² facility, which includes 14 specially trained logistics specialists, is claimed to be one of the largest modern facilities in the transport sector in the Netherlands.

One area of the facility will store pharmaceutical products at constant temperatures between 2°C and 8°C, while the second area can maintain a controlled temperature range between 15°C and 25°C.

The center includes special temperature-controlled loading area, with a loading dock for both ULD's and pallets.

It also features multiple temperature and humidity sensors that immediately ring an alarm, if conditions fall outside of established parameters.

In addition, the center will offer DHL Thermonet product that will manage temperature sensitive air freight shipments.

Featuring RFID SmartSensor technology, the Thermonet is said to offer seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain, round the clock proactive monitoring and intervention based on pre-determined touch points.

DHL Global Forwarding life sciences and healthcare global head Nigel Wing said: "The life sciences and healthcare industry is regulated by increasingly stricter compliance requirements that stretch beyond the historic boundaries of GMP& GSP (good manufacturing practice and good storage practice).

"At the same time, dealing with increasingly sensitive pharmaceutical products, often of high value, that have specific handling and temperature tolerances brings new complexity to the supply chain."

Image: The Life Science Competence Center includes special temperature-controlled loading area, with a loading dock for both ULD's and pallets. Photo: courtesy of Deutsche Post AG.