Global logistics provider DHL Supply Chain is opening a new pharmaceutical grade facility in Ireland. Located at Horizon Logistics Park by Dublin Airport, the site is fully approved by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and represents an important extension of the company’s global pharmaceutical supply chain capability.
The secure facility will allow pharmaceutical companies manufacturing in Ireland to enjoy fully compliant temperature-controlled end-to-end supply chain management, including storage, pick-and-pack and inventory control. Plans are in place to extend the service across the temperature regimes and provide value-added repack and postponement services. The new DHL logistics centre is expected to create up to 50 jobs over the coming months.
With 3,700 sq-m (40,000 sq-ft) of warehousing space, the new facility is segregated into different temperature regimes. The site offers a range of storage environments, including ambient (15°C-25°C); chill (2°C-8°C); and a blast-and-holding freezer capable of temperatures of -20°C.
The new facility makes Ireland the 43rd country in which DHL has established a Life Sciences Centre of Excellence, offering full access and integration with DHL’s temperature-controlled transport services by road, air, ocean and express.
Located close to European markets and well serviced by road, air and sea, nine out of 10 of the top global pharmaceutical companies and nine out of the top 10 biopharmaceutical companies have already chosen Ireland as their manufacturing base.
Ciaran Foley, MD Ireland DHL Supply Chain, said: “We are very excited to open this site in Dublin dedicated to the life sciences sector in Ireland. DHL has already established an excellent life sciences customer base and reputation in Ireland through its Air, Ocean, Road and Express divisions and this new site gives customers access to a completely integrated global logistics solution. Our investment in Horizon also gives us the opportunity to provide supply chain services fully compliant and managed within strict regulatory controls from start to finish. This is the cornerstone of DHL’s offering.”