IAG Cargo has opened a pharmaceutical centre in Madrid dedicated to its Constant Climate product for transporting time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products.
Work on the facility began in June 2018, which features two dedicated temperature-controlled chambers totalling over 900m2.
The Good Distribution Practice certified facility will allow IAG Cargo to increase the volumes of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products passing through its Madrid hub, primarily serving the Latin American market, which is projected to increase 9% a year until 2028.
The new centre is operated by an expert team, with shipments loaded onto dedicated airside docks and served by a specialist fleet of refrigerated trucks in order to protect the pharmaceuticals from the cargo terminal to loading the aircraft.
Camilo Garcia, director of sales, marketing and products at IAG Cargo says: “The opening of this new Constant Climate centre reflects our continued investment in our infrastructure and operations. Constant Climate was the first pharma-only product to the market and last year we shipped over 25,000 tonnes of life-saving medicines and vaccines.
“Good Distribution Practice (GDP) is a critical focus for our Constant Climate product as it ensures delivery of medicine to the end-patient in a pure, potent and stable condition. All of our staff involved in the handling of Constant Climate shipments are GDP trained and the certification of the Madrid facility means that all three of our Constant Climate hubs – London, Dublin and Madrid – are GDP certified, driving quality across our network.”