DHL adds new life sciences facility in the US

By Damian Brett

DHL Global Forwarding has opened a new $1.6m facility in Indianapolis in the US as it continues to target the life sciences market.

The building offers bonded services and three temperature controlled chambers: 15-25 degrees Celsius storage and handling, 2-8 degrees Celsius storage and handling and -20 degrees Celsius storage and handling.

Together the temperature controlled areas measure close to 20,000 sq ft and will be able to process pharmaceutical, biotech or medical devices that require a temperature-controlled environment.

It will be added to the list of established certified life sciences stations to support DHL’s thermonet solution for temperature controlled airfreight transportation, the forwarder said.

“This new DHL Global Forwarding building is a testament to our mission — connecting people, improving lives — and expands our global network for the life sciences and healthcare sector. This is especially important now during these challenging times, when temperature controlled logistics is crucial in helping customers navigate the pandemic,” said David Goldberg, chief executive of DHL Global Forwarding, US.

“It is also a culmination of a meticulously planned facility that will further solidify our market leadership position in the logistics industry, and will offer all the necessary features and services to help our customers grow – especially in the life sciences and healthcare field.”

In addition to the new facility, DHL Global Forwarding is planning a new life sciences and healthcare service for its freighter operation between its Europe, Middle East and Africa region and Indianapolis.

The end-to-end temperature controlled service starts from the time a shipment is accepted at the customer’s warehouse to the destination hub with inland-haulage to the Indianapolis facility for storage and final distribution.

“The new freighter will be implemented due to customer demand and need, and will provide a new scalable solution to ensure perishable shipments are handled with the highest quality standards and delivered with fast transit times,” DHL said.

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