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[post_date] => 2019-07-19 11:57:06
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[post_content] => Swissport is investing heavily in its Brussels Airport hub, upgrading it to a state-of-the-art facility for the storage and transport of pharmaceuticals. Swissport, a leading expert in pharmaceutical logistics and air freight, already operates several warehouses that have been certified for pharmaceutical logistics by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is continually looking to expand its portfolio.
Construction of the new project began in January 2019 and is expected to be completed in two years. Once opened, the expanded site will host an advanced warehouse with a brand-new, four-story office building for Swissport and its clients. The facility will be able to support the pharmaceutical logistics chain and provide the infrastructure needed to achieve a higher service level in Brussels as an international hub, assisted by the cutting-edge equipment.
The updated pharmaceutical site will be expanded to cover a much larger area. Swissport states that ambient pharma space will increase more than three-fold from 800 m2 to 2,620 m2 for products requiring temperature control between +15°C and +25°C. There will also be an additional 1,000 m2 cooling facility for cargo between +2°C and +8°C. The expansion of the Brussels site will greatly increase the capabilities Swissport currently has in the region, with the intention to further grow its share of the regional and global pharma air transport sector.
Brussels Airport Company is constructing the building and Swissport has signed a long-term lease, investing several million euros in equipment and fittings for the new facility. The initial preparations for construction have already been completed and Swissport announces that “both demolition and construction works are in full swing”. As for the equipment being installed in the facility, Swissport will be including an automated material handling system (MHS), which is set to meet the highest standards in the industry, providing superior efficiency and peace of mind for users.
Landside, the site will feature 50 truck loading bays in a closed perimeter and a highly productive and cost-effective acceptance zone. The ability to cater to such a large number of trucks will greatly improve the logistical capabilities of the facility and the opportunities available to customers. Airside, there will be ‘speed gates’ that enable time efficient logistics processes from the warehouse into the aircraft cargo hold. Cargo will be unloaded at the speed gates swiftly, security checked within the gates and brought directly to the aircraft with minimal effort.
“Our new warehouse and the state-of-the-art Swissport Pharma Center will be the benchmark for modern and efficient air cargo and pharma logistics,” says Luzius Wirth, executive vice-president Europe, Middle East and Africa for Swissport. “The investment underlines our commitment to the Belgian market. In parallel, we are working to improve the profitability of our Belgian business activities in order to create long-term job security for our staff.”
Swissport Belgium currently has some 2,000 employees, handling more than 550,000 tonnes of air cargo annually. Its ground services division serves approximately 7.5 million passengers per year and this expansion in Brussels will strengthen the company’s foothold in the region.
Swissport is the leading provider of airport ground services and air cargo handling, active at 310 airports in 49 countries on six continents with 66,000 employees. The company achieved consolidated operating revenue of €2.99bn in 2018.
[post_title] => Pharma: Bigger in Brussels
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Pharma: Bigger in Brussels
Swissport is developing its Brussels Airport site with state-of-the-art pharmaceutical facilities and equipment to cater for growing demand