Cathay Pacific Cargo signs deal with Sonoco for pharma containers

HONG Kong's Cathay Pacific Cargo and global provider of temperature assurance packaging, Sonoco ThermoSafe, have signed a partnership agreement for the leasing of the PharmaPort 360 temperature-controlled bulk shipping container. Under the deal, pharmaceutical shippers will be able to lease PharmaPort 360 containers directly from Cathay Pacific Cargo, boosting the carrier's Pharma LIFT capabilities and providing its customers worldwide with a leading hybrid option for moving time-sensitive, high-value medications by air. Cathay Pacific general manager Cargo Service Delivery, Frosti Lau said: "Sonoco's reputation for quality perfectly aligns with our own high standards for service delivery. We are delighted to have this unique and world's-first partnership with Sonoco ThermoSafe, and we are confident this collaboration will provide our customers with a consistent solution for the transportation of vital and life-saving pharmaceutical products." The PharmaPort 360 utilises proprietary hybrid technology to ensure extremely precise +5C temperature control. Once charged, the PharmaPort functions like an active temperature controlled container without the energy consumption, or heat discharge of other compressor-based technologies. The PharmaPort's hybrid technology allows it to operate on battery power substantially longer than competing active units used for bulk air shipments, and it also eliminates the need for refrigerated trucks for lengthy truck lanes. Additionally, it contains a fully integrated, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved telemetry system, providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature, precisely synchronised with GPS location. Director of Global Marketing & Business Development for Sonoco Protective Solutions, Vishal Khushalani, said: "The PharmaPort 360 provides best-in-class active temperature control, while utilising a hybrid technology that maintains strict +5蚓 control while providing real-time temperature and location visibility across the supply chain. The container is also easy to use and is versatile across transportation modes."
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