Panalpina partners with Wallenborn at its ‘Pharma and Healthcare Hub’ in Luxembourg
Panalpina, one of the world’s leading supply chain solutions providers, works with Wallenborn to extend its cold chain solutions for the healthcare industry.
After achieving Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification of its Amsterdam (AMS) and Brussels (BRU) gateways, in 2013 Panalpina obtained GDP approval for its largest global hub in Luxembourg (LUX), taking its total number of Healthcare Centres of Excellence to 11. Panalpina focuses on providing supply chain and cool chain solutions for the healthcare products within its own controlled network and has earned a ‘best-in-class’ reputation for its service offering ranging from pharmaceuticals to life science, and medical devices to bio and specialty chemicals.
Since starting its own network in Luxembourg in 1973, Panalpina now employs 150 people and offers a wide range of cold chain logistics and packing solutions from its brand new warehouse facilities. The facility offers 70 temperature controlled ULD container positions plus plug-in options for 12 ‘active’ containers, but these technical capabilities are only part of Panalpina’s solution. The Luxembourg centre has taken a holistic approach to the cold chain and has facilitated the creation of a ‘Pharma and Healthcare Hub’ that is unrivalled in Europe and unites private and public stakeholders to give customers a genuinely seamless service. Another unique facet of the LUX operation is the short distance from truck ramp to aircraft and vice versa, just 108 metres.
Panalpina makes extensive use of Wallenborn’s road feeder network, which provides door-to-door trucking services for healthcare customers, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of Wallenborn’s own GDP-certified product. Paul Fairclough, Panalpina’s Head of Healthcare at its LUX and FRA Gateways, commented: “Our customers expect the highest standards of reliability and consistency when using Panalpina, both in the air and on the ground. Our long-term and strategic partnership with Wallenborn provides our key accounts with peace of mind in terms of temperature management, shipment traceability and security.”