Agility and H.Essers awarded Actavis logistics contract

Kuwaiti firm to handle the pharma firm's logistics globally.
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Kuwaiti logistics firm Agility and H.Essers’ Pharma Logistics division have been awarded a long-term contract as the preferred logistics service providers managing an integrated Control Tower operation for Actavis.

Actavis, Inc. is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products.

The Control Tower provides Actavis with full visibility of its global freight movements – via a single, strategic platform and a unified data set. The freight management solution increases visibility on the physical, information and financial flows, delivering increased cost efficiency and supply chain GDP-compliance for Actavis.

The integrated team will be based in Agility’s Bristol branch in the UK, and H.Essers’ headquarters in Genk, Belgium. Together, they will manage Actavis’ European and global freight movements across air, ocean and road.

Agility said the contract underlines the strength of its life sciences offering and the capability of its Pharmaceutical Competence Centre, which operates specialised cold chain logistics and provides expert support across the Agility network. “We are proud to have been awarded this contract with Actavis,” said Stephan Dülk, Agility’s VP, Life Science, Europe. “It underlines how innovative technology can super-charge the management of pharmaceutical supply chains while delivering intelligence that helps our customers make smart business decisions. It also further strengthens Agility’s position as a leading logistics provider in the pharmaceutical industry.”

While Valgeir Petursson, executive director, Logistics - International Operations, at Actavis, added: “We are already seeing extremely positive results from the Control Tower and regard this as potentially the biggest logistic improvement for Actavis. One of the biggest advantages of the tool is the tracking function that allows our logistic teams and commercial organization to constantly be up to date on each shipment. Along with the obvious time savings due to the easy access of the information, the tool greatly enhances and automates our alert management.”

Ralf Schneider, Business Unit Manager Pharma, added, “H.Essers is very pleased about the contract awarded by Actavis as it confirms the long-term commitment between all three parties involved. This cooperation acts as the basis for the full IT integration, offering Actavis the service and visibility that is essential in today’s supply chain. Besides that, H.Essers can guarantee the highest standards set in Europe. Actavis’ geographical spread (production, packaging, etc.) matches perfectly with H.Essers’ presence while the additional volumes generated by the contract will allow further optimisation and expansion of the GDP compliant network reducing transit times and costs even more.”

The Control Tower, based in Bristol, UK was officially inaugurated on June 24, 2013.

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