AFKLP and SkyCell to expand their collaboration

posted on 8th April 2019 by Justin Burns
AFKLP and SkyCell to expand their collaboration

SkyCell – the Swiss-based manufacturer of temperature-controlled containers for pharmaceuticals and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) are to expand their existing collaboration.

Both companies have announced a global collaboration to work more closely together on existing and future business in logistics of pharmaceuticals.

SkyCell chief executive officer, Richard Ettl said: “Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is a pioneer in pharma airfreight services and has an extensive network.

“With a shared vision of innovation in the supply chain of temperature-sensitive products, our collaboration will ensure that consumers are guaranteed a safe and sustainable service. We will also further improve our services through SkyCell’s data-driven approach.”

Both, SkyCell and AFKLMP said they are “quality-driven companies, constantly pushing for innovation and better services for their clients”.

AFKLMP has one of the largest and densest networks in the world, serving over 241 destinations. Transparency throughout the shipment’s journey is one of the key points where AFKLMP and SkyCell are in close collaboration to deliver real time data to their customers.

AFKLMP global head of pharmaceutical logistics, Enrica Calonghi said: “Air France KLM Martinair Cargo values of Transparency, Innovation and Care match the values of SkyCell: we are both committed to provide the highest quality standards to our clients in the most transparent and innovative way.

“SkyCell is driven by technological innovation in pharma transport technology and that is why we want to work very close together.”

AFKLMP said SkyCell’s “outstanding quality” was just recently verified by one of the Big Four international audit companies. In their study, the auditors scrutinised and audited all SkyCell shipment results of the last 12 months.

According to the results of the study, temperature excursions happened only during 0.1 percent of the transports with a SkyCell container. In a recent transport of temperature-sensitive vaccines by AFKLMP, two SkyCell containers were used, one SkyCell 1500c and one SkyCell 2500c, set at a temperature of +5° Celsius.

The precious cargo from a leading British pharma company was transported successfully from Rome-Fiumicino to Washington Dulles International Airport without any temperature excursions and in due time in order to deliver medicines through the US.

AFKLMO and SkyCell are looking forward to rolling out their collaboration to the global AFKLMP network with the goal of enabling pharmaceutical companies to benefit from the global network and eliminate temperature excursions.

Twelve of the 20 largest pharmaceutical manufacturers globally have independently validated the service offering of SkyCell and implemented its usage into their supply chain. SkyCell is already the fourth largest container company in air freight and represents the largest fleet of Internet of Things plugged-in containers in the world.