Sonoco ThermoSafe Aims to Strengthen APAC Pharma Supply Chain


Company’s branded temperature-controlled container has collaborated with several stakeholders in an effort to simply the cold chain transport process.

Pegasus ULD container. Image Credit: Sonoco ThermoSafe

Pegasus ULD container. Image Credit: Sonoco ThermoSafe

Recently, the Pegasus ULD aircraft temperature-controlled container—Sonoco ThermoSafe’s branded product— has played a role in the increasing number of pharmaceutical shipments in/out the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. These volumes are another indication of the growing pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors in the area, further creating the need for specialized temperature-controlled supply chain solutions.

Major Asian markets such as China, Japan, South Korea and India have been well-known for sourcing pharmaceutical ingredients and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for manufacturing, as well as generic drug development. Today, clinical trials are also increasing. All of these factors drive the need for temperature-controlled logistics services and specialized thermal packaging.

According to the temperature assurance packaging company, the Pegasus ULD performs up to 300+ hours, equivalent to 13 days without any human intervention, providing temperature control for 2-8°C payloads.

“Handling temperature critical healthcare shipments takes an orchestration of several supply chain stakeholders. Each hand off is carefully taken care of between road freight, airline operations, ground handling to customer,” says Brice Bellin, head of healthcare & life science Europe at Bolloré Logistics. “… We are glad to have collaborated together in this project in Asia Pacific.”

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