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Greater focus on pharmaceutical products at FRA

Greater focus on pharmaceutical products at FRA

The site continues to grow

March 5th, 2015: Fraport aims to place greater attention on its services for the pharmaceuticals segment. Therefore, FRA presented itself at the Cool Chain Europe summit in January. Already now, FRA is the largest hub for pharmaceutical products in Europe.

The 2015 Cool Chain Europe summit was held from January 26 to 29 at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds. Frankfurt Airport used the opportunity to present what it has to offer as the largest hub for pharmaceutical products in Europe.

Pharmaceutical products constitute a growth market that promises healthy margins to all partners of the airport. Fraport therefore aims to continue promoting this segment in the future in the interest of everyone involved in the pharma process. An ongoing dialog with the industry should make it possible to meet its needs in an even more targeted fashion.

Different handling agents are already ensuring GDP-compliant handling of pharmaceutical products in facilities that boast more than 7,000 square meters of space. Plus, a number of freight forwarders also have their own dedicated spaces for pharmaceutical products at their cargo handling facilities in and around the airport.

And the site continues to grow: IJS Global opened a new storage facility for pharmaceutical products in Kelsterbach late last year. In addition to two cold storage rooms with temperature ranges of between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius and between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius, this site offers the possibility of storing pharmaceutical products at temperatures all the way down to minus 20 degrees Celsius. An X-ray machine in the temperature-controlled areas ensures continuous, uninterrupted cooling, even during safety checks. And also UTi is adding cold-chain capacities for pharmaceutical products at its cargo handling facility, to be finished by the end of the quarter.

The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt – the association of freight companies operating at FRA – is also taking decisive action when it comes to pharmaceutical products. An entire sub-group is dedicated to tackling the issue and tasked with driving the collaborative efforts at the site. The only way to meet the strict standards and regulations for temperature-controlled goods and to offer consignors consistently excellent quality is by joining forces. Doing so will serve to strengthen Frankfurt’s leading status in the pharmaceuticals segment in the long term.