Cathay Cargo teams up with Tower Cold Chain to improve pharma services

Source: Cathay Pacific

Cathay Cargo has signed a global long-term rental agreement with Tower Cold Chain that will provide access to a wider range of temperature-controlled containers.

Designed for the transportation of pharmaceutical, biotech and life-science products, Tower’s containers offer Cathay customers more choices in terms of size and payload volume, in both Euro or US pallet sizes.

Utilising phase-change materials (PCMs), the containers offer more than 120 hours of protection for products that require an internal temperature of -80°C (ultracold), -60°C (ultracold), -20°C (frozen), +5°C (refrigerated) and +20°C (controlled room temperature).

Tower’s containers cover internal payloads ranging from 3075 litres down to 26.4 litres – The KTEvolution, the company’s first hand-held container, is suitable for small-batch, direct-to-patient shipments.

The reusable nature of the containers and the option for customers to select a dry-ice-free solution for temperatures from -40°C to +40 °C also support Tower and Cathay’s commitment towards sustainability, said Tower.

The deal marks Tower’s first global airline service agreement.

“We are delighted to partner with Tower Cold Chain to further enhance our Cathay Pharma portfolio with more choices and innovative solutions to our customers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and life-science industries,” said Frosti Lau, general manager cargo service delivery, Cathay Cargo.

Niall Balfour, chief executive of Tower Cold Chain, said: “As our first official airline agreement, this project allows a multitude of customers to lease Tower Cold Chain’s reliable containers directly from Cathay Cargo, providing a robust system for safe and seamless transportation of temperature sensitive products to patients on time and on budget.

“We look forward to working together to transport time-critical and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals around the world on our global network.”

Cathay Pacific Cargo rebranded as Cathay Cargo in February. The launch of the new name follows several “refreshed” solutions, including Cathay Pharma. 

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