The Swiss-based logistics giant widens its footprint in South America by opening a new multi-modal hub in Santiago, Chile next August. The pharma and healthcare industry will primarily benefit from the dedicated warehouse solution, emphasizes Kuehne + Nagel.
The 17,600 square meter facility’s main task is to handle and accommodate temperature critical goods, particularly the thriving volumes of healthcare and pharmaceutical products. It is equipped
with different cool rooms offering storage of items requiring low temperatures ranging from 2 to 8 degrees Centigrade but also products that need an ambient of 15 to 25 degrees C to keep in
shape. Once operational, the logistics hub will close a regional gap in K+N’s global Pharma Chain network and give the company a strong local footprint.
In a release, K+N stresses in particular that the building will use clean energy via a geothermal system to keep the temperature of its general area between 15 to 25°C. By using the air that circulates through the subfloor a significant reduction of energy consumption will be achieved, thus lowering greenhouse gas emissions substantially.
A fully integrated laboratory for quality control allows customers to comply with the regulatory requirement to carry out local analysis of imported pharmaceutical products. Additionally, repackaging and relabeling sectors compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines (GMP) following Chilean and international specifications will be available as value added services.
Further to this, K+N’s Chilean Logistics Hub offers the highest available security standards and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to increase current operational capacities, the company states.
K+N is serving the Chilean market for more than 40 years. Ingo Goldhammer, President of Kuehne + Nagel South & Central America stated that: “This cutting-edge facility enables Kuehne + Nagel to offer its pharma solutions to an extended customer base, thus strengthening our position as a leading player in pharma logistics.”
New Control Centre
Prior to their Santiago project, the company has inaugurated its first regional logistics control center (LCC) for integrated logistics activities in Latin America. The Bogotá, Colombia-based facility is a response to growing demand for integrated logistics services in South and Central America. It will enable K+N to further expand its offering of end-to-end solutions from a single source, benefitting multinational corporations with complex supply chains, emphasized manager Goldhammer on the launch of the LCC on 25 June.