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New Kuehne+Nagel vaccine distribution hub in Flanders

Swiss logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel has invested in a brand-new airside pharmaceutical and healthcare hub in Machelen (Flanders). The site adds to the company’s global GxP-certified network of temperature-controlled facilities for the distribution of vaccines and other pharmaceutical and healthcare products. As a vaccine and pharma development and distribution hub, Flanders has just what it takes to support Kuehne+Nagel’s ambitions in this respect.

Air Logistics Hub

Since most temperature-sensitive products have very low to no stability outside their specified temperature ranges, direct access to Kuehne+Nagel’s airside facilities minimizes the risk of temperature fluctuations even further. The company’s new facility in Machelen, the Air Logistics Hub, has special areas and equipment for all types of temperature-sensitive products. It is centrally located at the Brucargo logistics site, on the outskirts of Brussels Airport. Consisting of 15,546 m² of storage space, the facility is fully connected to Kuehne+Nagel’s recently expanded Contract Logistics pharma warehousing facility in Geel (Flanders), as well as to the pan-European KN PharmaChain Road Logistics Network.

“Today, new pharmaceutical and healthcare products tend to be more temperature-sensitive and often have additional requirements for storage and transportation conditions,” says Yngve Ruud, member of the management board of Kuehne+Nagel and responsible for Air Logistics. “Such capabilities and facilities are not easily available globally. Our new hub ensures that we can handle these specific challenges while providing end-to-end visibility and regulatory compliance along each product’s entire logistics journey. As a result, our customers can focus on patients’ health and well-being, which is what matters most.”

Strong market potential

“We are proud of our new multimodal investment in the pharma hub. It’s an indicator of the strong market potential for sustainable pharmaceutical logistics. With this investment, we have further strengthened our position as a true value chain hub in the heart of Europe,” says Tobias Jerschke, managing director at Kuehne+Nagel BeLux.

With 80,000+ employees at 1,400 locations in over 100 countries, Kuehne+Nagel is one of the world’s leading logistics groups. Its strong market position lies in sea, air, road and contract logistics, with a clear focus on integrated solutions.

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22 September 2020

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