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Sonoco ThermoSafe’s New Pegasus ULD® Receives FAA Approval

Sonoco ThermoSafe announced that its new Pegasus ULD® bulk temperature controlled container has received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approval as a unit load device (ULD). 

The Pegasus ULD® is the world’s first passive bulk temperature-controlled container for pharmaceutical use that is an FAA-approved unit load device, which allows it to speed through existing international ground handling and customs processes at the lowest possible cost. FAA approval officially enables reciprocal EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) approval, which is anticipated in the very near future. 

Engineered with composite materials, the Pegasus ULD® will offer a lighter solution that is substantially more damage-resistant than traditional metal containers. Additionally, the Pegasus contains a fully integrated, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved telemetry system, providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature and key environmental factors, precisely synchronized with GPS location. 

To create the Pegasus ULD, Sonoco ThermoSafe signed a long-term exclusive development and manufacturing agreement with AEROTUF, a leading supplier of innovative composite ULD containers (www.aerotuf.com).  The partnership combines ThermoSafe’s expertise in thermal engineering and pharmaceutical logistics with AEROTUF’s materials science and aeronautical engineering capabilities. The first Pegasus ULD will be the AKP size, which fits a full US pallet and shares the same footprint of the AKE size without the imbalanced overhang section which accounts for over 80% of transit damage in AKE/RKN containers.

“FAA approval of our new Pegasus ULD® is an important milestone and puts us another step closer to our launch date for the rental program,” said Ron Haub, Segment Director for Sonoco ThermoSafe. “This approval accelerates the adoption of the Pegasus ULD across the worldwide air freight marketplace during the world’s most dire need for distribution of temperature-sensitive vaccines, treatments, and therapies.”

Visit www.thermosafe.com/pegasus-uld to learn more.

Sonoco ThermoSafe and ACL Airshop Announce Agreement For Handling & Repair of Pegasus ULD Temperature Controlled Bulk Shippers

Sonoco ThermoSafe and ACL Airshop, a leader in cargo support equipment and logistics solutions for over 200 of the world’s airlines and air cargo carriers, announced a global agreement for the handling and repair of Sonoco ThermoSafe’s Pegasus ULD bulk temperature controlled containers. 

The Pegasus ULD™ is the world’s first passive bulk temperature controlled container for pharmaceutical use that is an approved unit load device, which allows it to speed through existing international ground handling and customs processes at the lowest possible cost. Engineered with composite materials, the unit load device will offer a lighter solution that is substantially more damage-resistant than traditional metal containers. Additionally, the Pegasus contains a fully integrated, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved telemetry system, providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature and key environmental factors, precisely synchronized with GPS location. 

ACL Airshop, headquartered in Greenville SC and with air cargo support capabilities at over 50 of the world’s top 100 cargo airports, will initially provide pre-conditioning, handling and repair services at air cargo facilities around the world representing key pharma hubs for import and export. As demand for the Pegasus ULD fleet continues to grow, ACL’s global footprint offers Sonoco ThermoSafe the opportunity to rapidly expand.  

“Sonoco has topped the list of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the packaging sector for 3 consecutive years. Its reputation for quality perfectly aligns with our own high standards for service delivery,” said Wes Tucker, Executive VP and COO for ACL Airshop. “This partnership will enhance our services array for our airlines and air cargo customers around the globe, and we are pleased to provide our customers with an innovative solution for the transportation of vital and life-saving pharmaceutical products.” “We are delighted to partner with a high-quality and service-oriented ULD handling and repair specialist such as ACL Airshop, with its impressive global network,” said Christopher Day, director of marketing & innovation for Sonoco ThermoSafe. “This agreement accelerates the adoption of the Pegasus ULD across the worldwide air freight marketplace during the world’s most dire need for pharmaceutical distribution.”

Sonoco ThermoSafe Introduces the Orion r® High Performance Temperature Controlled Box Rental Service

Sonoco ThermoSafe has announced the creation of the Orion r® high performance temperature controlled box rental service. This service will feature the new Orion r® line of temperature controlled packaging, featuring high performance vacuum panel insulation encased in a lightweight, rugged EPP shell for maximum durability and thermal duration. The Orion r® line will also offer optional on board telemetry, allowing biopharmaceutical clients access to cloud-based temperature and geolocation data for maximum shipment visibility and quality assurance. 

Orion’s innovative long-duration design, featuring rugged, lightweight Sonoco-molded automotive EPP, is substantially more reusable than existing rental parcels and enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively and sustainably ship small parcels globally.

“With the introduction of the Orion r® high performance temperature controlled parcel rental service, Sonoco ThermoSafe now offers the only one-stop rental service for every temperature controlled container mode and size,” said Christopher Day, Director of Marketing & Innovation for Sonoco ThermoSafe. “We can customize our supply chain to rent high performance temperature controlled packaging as small as a five liter Orion r® passive unit, to the first passive pallet unit load device, the Pegasus ULD® – all in the same locations. Sonoco’s rapid pre-conditioning deployment model and 300+ company-owned locations enable the ThermoSafe division to quickly and efficiently expand the depot network for leasing Orion r® units across the globe.”

Additional announcements about the Sonoco ThermoSafe rental platform, the Orion r® and Pegasus ULD®, including updates to the global service network, will be forthcoming. Please contact your Sonoco ThermoSafe representative or visit www.thermosafe.com/contact for more information. 

Sonoco ThermoSafe and AirBridgeCargo Airlines Launch Global Partnership to Lease PharmaPort 360 Temperature Controlled Bulk Shippers

Pictured at LogiPharma 2019 in Switzerland: Christopher Day, ThermoSafe Director of Business Development & Innovation with Yulia Celetaria, AirBridgeCargo Regional Pharma Manager Europe and David Beecham, AirbridgeCargo Product Development Director.

Sonoco ThermoSafe and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), one of the leading cargo carriers in the transportation of special cargoes, announced a global partnership agreement for the leasing of the PharmaPort® 360 temperature controlled shipping container. The agreement will enable pharmaceutical shippers to lease PharmaPort® 360 containers directly from AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

The PharmaPort® 360 utilizes proprietary hybrid technology to provide extremely precise, long duration +5C temperature control for transporting high value cargo for the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. Once charged, the PharmaPort® functions like an active temperature controlled container without the energy consumption, heat discharge or temperature variability 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, the PharmaPort® 360 is the only container in the industry that contains a fully integrated, FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) approved telemetry system, providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature and key mechanical components, precisely synchronized with GPS location.

“We have been consistently developing and upgrading our ABC pharma, offering our customers dedicated airlift for both passive and active ways of transportation. With PharmaPort® 360 being available for lease, we can guarantee much-needed air freight solution for pharmaceutical goods with precise temperature mode conditions and requirements to maintain an internal environment of 5°C. This is a quantum leap for our dedicated product, and we expect it to ramp up our volumes, as well as to gain interest in our services from new customers,” said Fedor Novikov, Deputy Director, Products of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

“We are very pleased to have this important agreement with AirBridgeCargo Airlines. Their focus on specialized temperature controlled cargo fits perfectly with the specialized thermal and data technology in the PharmaPort® 360,” said Christopher Day, Director of Business Development & Innovation at Sonoco ThermoSafe. “As always, our focus is to make it as easy as possible for pharmaceutical shippers and forwarders to directly lease PharmaPort® 360s from the leading airlines around the globe, and we are delighted to partner with AirBridgeCargo Airlines to do so.” Visit www.thermosafe.com/pharmaport to learn more.   

Sonoco ThermoSafe and Cargolux Launch Global Partnership to Lease PharmaPort 360 Temperature Controlled Bulk Shippers

Sonoco ThermoSafe, a leading global provider of temperature assurance packaging, and Cargolux, Europe’s leading all cargo airline, announced a global partnership agreement for the leasing of the PharmaPort 360 temperature controlled bulk shipping container. The agreement enables pharmaceutical shippers to lease PharmaPort 360 containers directly from Cargolux.

The PharmaPort 360 is a smart active container, distinguished as the only active temperature controlled container in the industry that contains a fully integrated, FAA-approved telemetry system, providing real-time, cloud-based data on payload and ambient temperature and key mechanical components, precisely synchronized with GPS location. Additionally, the PharmaPort 360 utilizes proprietary thermal technology to provide extremely precise, long duration +5C temperature control for transporting high value cargo for the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies.

Cargolux believes the use of the PharmaPort 360 containers provides a significant advantage for Cargolux’s pharmaceutical handling. As Franco Nanna, Cargolux’s Director Global Services highlights, “These containers go one step further in the secure and smooth transportation of sensitive commodities. Their cutting-edge features will strongly contribute to enhancing our service offerings and confirm our position as the leading airline for the transport of pharmaceuticals”.

“We are delighted to partner with Cargolux, the world’s first GDP certified airline, to provide one-way rentals of the best-in-class PharmaPort 360 temperature control containers. Given Cargolux’s unique global reach, this partnership further enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively ship PharmaPort 360s across the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions,” said Christopher Day, director of global business development for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s Leasing Services division. “Additionally, Sonoco’s 300+ global locations allow the Sonoco ThermoSafe division to quickly and efficiently expand the depot network for leasing PharmaPort units across the globe.” Visit www.thermosafe.com/pharmaport to learn more.

Sonoco ThermoSafe Introduces New 30 Liter Size to Certis Ready-Engineered Solutions

Sonoco ThermoSafe’s line of Certis ready-engineered solutions are used world-wide to ensure our customers’ temperature sensitive products maintain efficacy throughout the supply chain. Based on market demand for larger payloads, we leveraged the component commonality of the modular Certis platform to create a 30 liter, 2 day, refrigerated solution. Continue reading

How Sanofi will save $3 million in packaging costs

Sanofi partnered with Sonoco ThermoSafe to design and qualify a passive pallet shipper to lower their total cost of order fulfillment including labor, packaging, and lease costs. Meanwhile they would benefit from better flight availability with onsite ready-to-use pallet shippers.

Pallet as Payload

Historically, Sanofi has relied heavily upon active heating and cooling shipping systems for their international shipments for pallet and less-than-pallet product loads.

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