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Healthy business for UPS in Roermond

[ June 12, 2024   //   ]

UPS Healthcare has expanded its European hub facility in Roermond, the Netherlands by 21,860sq m, adding in-demand freezer farm capacity, crucial for a growing number of complex biopharma products. The campus now has over 200 ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers which can store products at -80°C. The upgrades also included the addition of approximately 3,200 pallet positions for storage at 2°C to 8°C.

The hub has also had 2,500 solar panels installed, providing over 1.2 gWh of energy, equivalent to the yearly power use of over 450 households. And enabling UPS to send power back to the grid.

The pharma industry faces unique sustainability challenges, with the industry’s Scope 3 emissions – defined as activities carried out by suppliers such as transport and packaging – being nearly five times higher than Scope 1 and 2 emissions combined.

Operations director, UPS Healthcare West Europe, Anouk Hesen, said:“Society’s healthcare needs are changing, and thanks to next generation treatments practitioners can provide patient care like never before. These complex treatments are time-and-temperature-sensitive and require the highest level of precision end-to-end logistics solutions, from the lab to the patient. By expanding this facility, we’re extending our cold chain capabilities to support a rapidly growing and innovating market.”

Close to UPS’s European air hub at Cologne Bonn Airport, the hub has direct access to major ports including Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam.