DHL opens a cold-chain center of excellence in Ireland

40,000-sq. ft. facility is near Dublin Airport


Ireland becomes the 43rd country in which DHL has opened what it calls its Life Sciences Centers of Excellence, essentially warehousing and logistics facilities, along with the necessary training and documentation of good distribution practices (GDPs) for handling pharmaceutical shipments. The all-new facility has 3,700 sq. m. (40,000 sq. ft.) of capacity, segregated into different temperature regimes: ambient (15–25°); chilled (2–8°) and a blast & holding freezer capable of temperatures of -20°C. Service capabilities include storage, pick & pack, and inventory control. Plans are in place to extend the service across the temperature regimes and provide value-added repack and postponement services. The new DHL logistics center is expected to create up to 50 jobs over the coming months. Through its proximity to the Dublin Airport, it will have “full access and integration with DHL’s temperature-controlled transport services by Road, Air, Ocean and Express,” according to the company.