Sonoco ThermoSafe Launches Simplified Temperature Controlled Solutions for Pharmaceutical Distribution and Diagnostics Globally

Three Temperature Configurations, Four Container Sizes, 20 Cost-effective Solutions

Envoy Global

June 12, 2014–Arlington Heights, Ill.–Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco (NYSE:SON) and a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, has launched a series of shipping solutions that reduce the distribution costs of pharmaceuticals and diagnostic products across the supply chain. Globally available, Envoy® pre-qualified shippers utilize only four sizes of EPS containers while providing 20 unique solutions across a range of product payload sizes in controlled room temperature, refrigerated and frozen temperature configurations.

Russell Grissett, vice president and general manager of Sonoco ThermoSafe said, “We are constantly innovating ways to reduce time and complexity for our customers. The new Envoy solutions use 20 percent fewer components compared to competitive products which reduces weight and complexity, thus making it a more cost effective solution. As customers continue to seek a single global supplier, the Envoy solutions allow them to source in local regions and utilize a standard set of solutions across the globe.”

Ben VanderPlas, Global Product Manager, added, “The Envoy line of shippers feature modular packouts allowing our customers to stock minimal SKUs and create the flexibility to change temperature configuration as needed. These shippers feature molded EPS engineered to maximize natural convection, which reduces the number of refrigerants required and improves packing efficiencies. The shippers also optimize the space available on U.S. or Euro pallet sizes, which helps drive down overall supply chain costs.”

The Envoy series of pre-qualified shippers maintain controlled room temperature (CRT), refrigerated (2-to-8-degrees Celcius) or frozen temperatures for a minimum of two days and have been tested to our real world ISCsilver® ambient profile.

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Sonoco ThermoSafe is a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging for the safe and efficient transport of pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines and other temperature-sensitive products. Sonoco ThermoSafe shipping solutions mitigate risk for our customers and ensure product efficacy throughout the extremes of a supply chain. With operations in North America, Europe and Asia, Sonoco ThermoSafe has a vast product offering featuring industry-leading technology that encompasses refrigerated, frozen or controlled room temperature applications. In addition, Sonoco ThermoSafe’s ISC Labs® design and testing services deliver individualized and innovative packaging solutions along with qualification and validation services to meet all regulatory requirements. More information can be found at

About Sonoco

Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $4.9 billion, the Company has more than 19,900 employees working in 335 operations in 33 countries, serving many of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2013/2014 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the Company, visit our website at

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