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trans-o-flex ThermoMed acquires Rhenus Life Sciences

A new network provides customers with special solutions for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products

(PresseBox) (Weinheim, ) trans-o-flex ThermoMed GmbH & Co. KG has announced the takeover of Rhenus Life Sciences GmbH & Co. KG from the Rhenus Group with effect from 1st July. Both companies specialise in the transport of temperature-sensitive shipments for the healthcare industry, thus ensuring the quality of pharmaceutical products and enabling the pharmaceutical companies to meet the strict legal provisions. Both parties agreed not to disclose financial details of the transaction.

"For us, this takeover means an extension of our capacities in a promising market. In addition to this, a new network will help us meet the pharmaceutical industry's requirements with respect to covering the two temperature ranges between 2 and 8°C as well as between 15 and 25°C", says Carsten Glos, Managing Director of trans-o-flex ThermoMed. Until today, ThermoMed had specialised in the 2-to-8-°C range, while trans-o-flex had focused its activities on combi-freight solutions (combined transport of parcels and pallets in a full-coverage network) as well as not actively temperature-controlled solutions for specific industries. "We have realised that the active temperature control of shipments in the range between 15 and 25°C has also become very important for our customers", adds Wolfgang Weber, Managing Director of trans-o-flex. "This is why, starting with the takeover of Rhenus Life Sciences, we will strongly extend this service within the trans-o-flex Logistics Group."

In other respects, the company sees itself strengthened in its course and is determined to continue it. It is important for the customers to have a real package solution that makes it possible for them to meet the requirements made by the German regulation for the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and APIs (AMWHV) on temperature-sensitive products and, at the same time, have access to a network for the remaining shipments that are not temperature-controlled. "The trans-o-flex Logistics Group can meet all these requirements and offer these services from one source", concludes Weber.

About trans-o-flex Schnell-Lieferdienst GmbH

trans-o-flex, based in Weinheim, South-West Germany, is a logistics group active throughout Europe. In Germany, via its express delivery service, it offers a full-coverage network for efficient and safe transport of parcels and pallets (combi-freight). Apart from its nationwide 24-hour deliveries (usual transit time) with numerous Express and added-value options such as hazardous material transport, trans-o-flex has developed the Eurodis network which provides delivery services in European countries, making trans-o-flex one of the leading combi-freight service providers in Europe. trans-o-flex implements tailor-made logistics concepts and has developed numerous solutions for specific sectors, for instance for the pharmaceutical and consumer electronics / home entertainment industries. The trans-o-flex network is also able to transport hazardous goods in large quantities. Annual sales of the group, which has 1,125 employees, amounted to € 500 million in 2008. Since June 2008 the Austrian Post (ÖPAG) has been sole shareholder in trans-o-flex. More information at www.trans-o-flex.de.

About trans-o-flex ThermoMed:

trans-o-flex ThermoMed GmbH & Co. KG, headquarters Weinheim, is the quality and market leader in Germany for transport of temperature-sensitive shipments for the pharmaceutical industry between 2° and 8°C. The company’s nationwide network consists of a sorting centre and 39 depots. Considering the degree of specialisation, ThermoMed uses its own vehicle fleet and specially trained drivers who are full-time employees. Around 500 people work for ThermoMed, which is a member of the trans-o-flex logistics group. Apart from Germany, the company’s specialist services are also available in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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