The FINANCIAL — Cathay Pacific Cargo on March 19 announced a new partnership with va-Q-tec, one of the leading providers of thermal packaging solutions for temperature controlled transportation.
va-Q-tec’s advanced passive thermal containers, which are designed to maintain a constant temperature during transportation for more than five days, will be a strong addition to Cathay Pacific Cargo’s Pharma LIFT portfolio by providing its global customers with an excellent solution for moving life-saving pharmaceuticals by air freight.
Cathay Pacific Cargo, the first Hong Kong airline to be awarded IATA CEIV Pharma Certification, is committed to transporting high-value, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products with speed, consistency and efficiency.
Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo Service Delivery Frosti Lau said: “We are delighted to partner with va-Q-tec in offering an innovative passive solution directly to our customers. These advanced passive thermal containers can offer steady temperature-controlled conditions for several days without requiring external energy sources. Coupled with Cathay Pacific Cargo’s extensive network, we are confident the containers will benefit our customers around the world.”
In Sook Yoo, Head of Business Development Asia at va-Q-tec, added: “The pharmaceutical market is growing rapidly worldwide. Thanks to the new collaboration, innumerable customers can lease va-Q-tec’s reliable containers directly from Cathay Pacific Cargo.”
The thermal containers are available in five different sizes, taking up to two US pallets inside, and in six different temperature ranges, from -60°C to +25°C. They guarantee safe temperature-controlled transportation for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and medical sectors, according to Cathay Pacific.
Will Staddon, Global Partner Manager at va-Q-tec UK, said: “We are delighted to be working with a strong partner like Cathay Pacific Cargo to make a major contribution to the temperature-controlled logistics market. Their ambition to provide a quality-driven service matches ours perfectly and this partnership signifies va-Q-tec’s continued growth in key pharma regions.
“va-Q-tec is expanding across the globe and is also significantly strengthening its presence in Asia Pacific,” he added.
The company has established subsidiaries in South Korea and Japan, amongst other countries and operates several container network stations. va-Q-tec invests heavily in cooperation with airlines, freight forwarders, integrators and logistics service providers to offer high-quality transport containers and logistic services at several sites.