Sanofi boosts pharma logistics capacity in Dubai with Kuehne + Nagel
Sanofi, a global biopharmaceutical company, has opened a new logistics hub in Dubai Logistics District at Kuehne + Nagel’s Distribution Centre.
The facility is one of the largest of its kind for a single pharma manufacturer in the region at 2,740 sqm, with a capacity for the delivery of 22 million packs of medicines every year across six countries, including the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq.
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The facility was launched in the presence of Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing at the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
“An efficient supply chain is fundamental to ensuring access to quality treatment for many,” said Al Amiri. “This is an important priority for the UAE, and we applaud Sanofi for its efforts and contribution towards the continued achievement of this goal in the country.”
Occupying from Kuehne + Nagel, the warehouse has 4,000 pallet locations for ambient temperature control storage and a 450 pallets location for cold chain products storage.
The distribution centre is also equipped with the latest warehousing and cold chain technologies that adhere to the strictest global quality standards required to preserve the integrity of medication before it reaches pharmacies, and eventually the patients.
Speaking on the inauguration of the distribution centre, Jean-Paul Scheuer, country chair and general manager of Sanofi Gulf, said that moving to the new facility has enabled the company to increase its storage capacity by 68 per cent.
“Beyond expanding operationally, this investment, more importantly, translates into a faster ability to respond to patients’ needs, delivering innovative treatments and fostering better access to healthcare,” he said.
“The realisation of this commitment, for which Sanofi stands very strongly, is possible because of the world-class healthcare infrastructure that the UAE offers,” he added. “We thank the Ministry of Health and Prevention for its leadership and unwavering partnership over the years.”
Sanofi began its operations in the Gulf in the 1970s and established its very first affiliate in 1987 in the UAE.
Employing over 500 colleagues from 35 nationalities, the company offers health and well-being solutions with a focus on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, oncology, immunology, multiple sclerosis, rare diseases, and vaccines.