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trans-o-flex Express GmbH & Co. KGaA Hertzstraße 10 69469 Weinheim, Germany http://www.trans-o-flex.com
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Complete pharmaceutical distribution from a single source

(PresseBox) (Weinheim, )
trans-o-flex ThermoMed extends its service range and doubles its capacities within a few months: specialist for the shipment of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products combines its actively temperature-controlled logistic services in the ranges of 2 to 8°C and 15 to 25°C in one network.

From this month onwards, trans-o-flex ThermoMed GmbH & Co. KG, the specialist for actively temperature-controlled logistic solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, not only offers the shipment of the products at a constant temperature of between 2 and 8 °C but has also extended its services to include the range of between 15 and 25 °C. "Following this step, we meet all logistic demands that the pharmaceutical industry makes on the trans-o-flex Logistics Group: actively temperature-controlled shipments in the two required temperature ranges taken over by ThermoMed as well as the shipment of temperature-insensitive products taken over by trans-o-flex Schnell-Lieferdienst", says Carsten Glos, Managing Director of trans-o-flex ThermoMed. Both areas include the transport of parcels and pallets. "Our customers are now offered the complete service from a single source". The necessary capacity extension and re-organisation was completed in less than six months.

In order to enable the closed cooling chain for both temperature ranges, trans-o-flex ThermoMed, from June 2009 onwards, re-organised its complete depot network as well as its entire vehicle fleet in Germany. The company acquired more than 100 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter transporters with a specific chamber construction featuring two variable cold-storage cells arranged one by one. Depending on how many parcels are to be transported at either temperature, it is possible to move the partition wall between the two chambers. An additional fleet of more than 200 two-chamber vehicles is provided by Rhenus Life Sciences GmbH & Co. KG, which was acquired by trans-o-flex ThermoMed in July 2009 and discontinued its independent operations in September 2009.

With respect to the depot infrastructure, the company doubled its cargo-handling capacities at the 38 depots. A new module for the handling of the 15-to-25-°C shipments was put into operation in addition to the already existing handling module for the 2-to-8-°C goods. While the vehicles currently still dock directly to the cold-storage cells, these units will soon be connected by an additional handling module set up in front of the cold-storage cells. This module's gates offer enough space for both docking articulated lorries and transporters. This accelerates the handling process in general and also facilitates the sorting of palletised goods. The technology was tested and further developed within the scope of a pilot project that took place in the summer of 2009 in the company's location in Weinheim. From October 2009 onwards, the optimised depots will successively be put into operation in all locations of the ThermoMed network so that the whole re-organisation will presumably be finished in the 1st quarter of 2010.

The new handling modules are manufactured by Saarbrücker Karosserie-Fabrik GmbH. Established in 1926, the company specialises in superstructures for small lorries, especially refrigerator lorries. In this area, the company has already manufactured many vehicles for the trans-o-flex group. The company used its many years of experience in the area of steel construction and developed the new module solution for trans-o-flex-ThermoMed in less than three months.

About trans-o-flex ThermoMed

trans-o-flex ThermoMed GmbH & Co. KG, headquarters Weinheim, is the quality and market leader in Germany for the transport of temperature-sensitive shipments for the pharmaceutical industry in the temperature ranges of between 2 and 8°C as well as 15 and 25°C. The company's nationwide network consists of two sorting centres and 38 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. More detailed information at: www.thermomed.trans-o-flex.de.

trans-o-flex Express GmbH & Co. KGaA

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 detailed information at: www.trans-o-flex.de.

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