Rhenus UK opens logistics centre near Heathrow

Rhenus UK's new Heathrow facility Photo: Rhenus Logistics

Rhenus UK has opened a new logistics centre near Heathrow Airport that is anticipated to strengthen its business across life sciences and healthcare, full vehicle logistics and its air and ocean freight operations.

The 58,000 sq ft handling facility, located in Ashford – four miles from Heathrow Airport – will be the home for the new specialist pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare centre, the full vehicle logistics team, which manages the global transport of vehicles, as well as a new airfreight gateway.

The new life sciences and healthcare division will act as a one-stop-shop for all import and export logistics, offering a white glove service for temperature-controlled storage and distribution from end to end. 

The full vehicle logistics team will provide a dedicated service using a mix of air, ocean and road transport to move finished vehicles around the world for individuals, dealerships and OEMs.

The new airfreight gateway is fully equipped with X-Ray screening equipment, and will promote more sustainable airfreight by consolidating shipments, helping Rhenus and its customers to reduce their carbon footprint.

Spencer Davern, UK managing director at Rhenus Air & Ocean UK, said: “Our investment in this state-of-the-art facility and in our specialist teams has been designed to meet the future needs of our broad spectrum of customers to ensure the safe and secure handling of pharmaceutical and medical products.

“We are proud to support our customers so they can help patients to the utmost with the launch of our new Heathrow site.” 

He added: “The facility is temperature controlled, which means it requires the installation of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning pipes or dire-jet sock systems that run across the warehouse ceiling.”

Rhenus UK is also announcing an initiative in partnership with Cancer Research UK, pledging to donate a penny to the charity for every kg moved through the new facility.

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