SkyCell, the Swiss-based manufacturer of temperature-controlled containers for pharmaceuticals, and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo are expanding their existing collaboration as they strive to deliver real time data to their customers. The global collaboration will focus on existing business, as well as future business in logistics of pharmaceuticals, the duo says.
Transparency throughout the shipment’s journey is one of the key points where AF-KLM & SkyCell are in close collaboration in order to deliver real time data to their customers. Air France KLM Martinair Cargo has one of the largest and densest networks in the world, serving over 241 destinations, making this not only a challenge but an important goal.
“Air France KLM Martinair Cargo values of ‘transparency, innovation and care’ match the values of SkyCell: We are both committed to provide the highest quality standards to our clients in the most transparent and innovative way,” says Enrica Calonghi, global head of Pharmaceutical Logistics at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo. “SkyCell is driven by technological innovation in pharma transport technology and that is why we want to work very close together,” she adds.
“Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is a pioneer in pharma airfreight services and has an extensive network,” says Richard Ettl, CEO of SkyCell. “With a shared vision of innovation in the supply chain of temperature-sensitive products, our collaboration will ensure that consumers are guaranteed a safe and sustainable service. We will also further improve our services through SkyCell’s data-driven approach,” he adds.
SkyCell’s quality was recently verified by one of the ‘Big Four’ international audit firms in which the auditors scrutinised all SkyCell shipment results of the last 12 months. According to the results of the study, temperature excursions happened only during 0.1 per cent of the transports with a SkyCell container.
In a recent transport of temperature-sensitive vaccines by Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, two SkyCell containers were used, one SkyCell 1500c and one SkyCell 2500c, set at a temperature of +5°C. The valuable cargo from a leading British pharma company was transported successfully from Rome-Fiumicino to Washington Dulles International Airport without any temperature excursions and in due time in order to deliver medicines through the US.
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and SkyCell are looking forward to rolling out their collaboration to the global AF KLM network with the goal of enabling pharmaceutical companies to benefit from the global network and eliminate temperature excursions.
According to SkyCell, 12 of the 20 largest pharmaceutical manufacturers globally have independently validated its service offering and implemented its usage into their supply chain. SkyCell is the fourth largest container company in air freight and represents the largest fleet of ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) plugged-in containers in the world.
SkyCell’s efficient insulation and cutting-edge cooling technology is validated for 160 hours and all containers are equipped with IoT sensors, leading to a seamless supply chain through global tracking and monitoring. Based in Switzerland, SkyCell serves more than 90 countries and pharma companies around the world.