DHL opens pharma facility at Dublin Airport


DHL Supply Chain has opened a new state-of-the-art life sciences facility at Dublin Airport, extending its global end-to-end pharmaceutical supply chain capability.

The facility covers 3,700 square metres of warehousing space, and will provide a logistics solution for pharma companies based in Ireland.

Located at Horizon Logistics Park by Dublin Airport, the site is approved by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) and represents an important extension of the company’s global pharma supply chain.

The facility will allow pharma companies manufacturing in Ireland to enjoy fully compliant temperature controlled end-to-end supply chain management including: storage, pick & 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.

The warehouse is segregated into different temperature regimes, the site offers a range of storage environments including: ambient (15 – 25 degrees Celsius); chill (2-8 degrees Celsius); and a blast & holding freezer capable of temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius.

The new facility makes Ireland the 43rd country in which the integrator has established a Life Sciences Center 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 ten of the top global pharma companies and nine out of the top ten biopharmaceutical companies have already chosen Ireland as their manufacturing base.

DHL Supply Chain managing director for Ireland, Ciaran Foley says: “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 which are fully compliant and managed within strict regulatory controls from start to finish. This is the cornerstone of DHL’s offering.”