Swissport International opens its state-of-the-art Pharma Center for temperature-sensitive cargo shipments at Brussels Airport (BRU).
The new facility offers 3,620 sqm of temperature-controlled warehouse space, providing clients with an end-to-end cool chain. Once completed the cargo complex will boast some 25,000 sqm of warehouse space.
The facility is the company’s most advanced temperature-controlled cargo warehouse globally. Dedicated to the handling of pharmaceutical shipments, it is adjacent to Swissport’s existing air cargo facility in the northwest of the airport in the Belgian capital.
“We are delighted to be able to serve our customers at this state-of-the-art facility for their most sensitive products,” says Luzius Wirth, executive VP Europe, Middle East & Africa of Swissport International.
“We can now provide a seamless, high-quality service from the trucks to the aircraft cargo hold. The Swissport Pharma Center at Brussels Airport will play a key role in our growing global network of temperature-controlled warehouses. We are excited to contribute to a thriving Belgian Pharma Valley.”
The new Swissport Pharma Center features two areas for the handling of pharmaceutical products – 2,620 sqm are available for shipments which require a temperature range of +15°C to +25°C. This is three times the surface formerly available in this range.
Another 1,000 sqm of space are available in the +2° to +8°C range. The facility is equipped with eight dedicated truck docks, allowing for a fully temperature-controlled transfer of containers and pallets to the warehouse, regardless of the outside temperature.
The facility’s new, automated material handling system with its 432 rack and ground positions, caster decks and associated forklifts and pallet movers, which are exclusively operated in the high-sensitive pharma area, ensure an efficient and safe handling.
Swissport says it can now offer clients an end-to-end cool chain from the delivery to the warehouse until cargo is loaded into the aircraft.
“In the new Swissport Pharma Center two important Belgian assets come together, our unique location in Europe and a traditionally strong pharma sector,” says Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation.
“Belgium is the second largest pharma exporter in Europe and no airport in the world has a better quality track record in temperature-sensitive transport of pharmaceutical products than Brussels Airport. I am convinced that the new Swissport Pharma Center will further boost these important Belgian assets.”