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
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
“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
“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
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.
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 announced the creation of the Pegasus ULD® line of passive temperature controlled unit load devices. The Pegasus ULD will be the 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.
With increasing demands for life science and healthcare companies to
ship in larger quantities, the Pegasus ULD was specifically designed to fulfill
a gap in the market for passive bulk packaging solutions. Engineered with
composite materials, the unit load device will offer a lighter solution that is
substantially more damage-resistant than traditional metal containers.
Additionally, Sonoco ThermoSafe customers will experience cutting edge
integrated real-time data capabilities, including internal and external
temperature tracking and robust geolocation. Because risk mitigation decisions
are based on accurate and timely data, Pegasus ULD users will be able to count
on these capabilities when they need them the most.
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 model, to be launched in the upcoming months, will be the lighter 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.
“We are delighted to partner with AEROTUF to create the best-in-class
Pegasus ULD® line of passive temperature control ULD containers,” said
Christopher Day, Director of Marketing, Innovation and Business Development for
Sonoco ThermoSafe. “The rugged, lightweight composite design of this unit load
device enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively ship globally
across the Americas, EMEIA and Asia-Pacific regions. Additionally, Sonoco’s
300+ global locations allow the ThermoSafe division to quickly and efficiently
expand the depot network for leasing Pegasus ULD® units across the globe.”
Additional announcements about the Pegasus ULD, including airline approvals and updates to the global service network, will be forthcoming. Please contact your Sonoco ThermoSafe representative or visit www.thermosafe.com/contact for more information.