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DHL adds India to the Thermonet network.

Mumbai, July 7 -- DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist withinDeutsche Post DHL expands its service offerings for the Life Sciences & Healthcareindustry in India by adding Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad to the company'sworldwide Thermonet network of Certified Life Sciences Stations. The custodian facilitywithin the airports in these cities collectively offer 502 square meters of +2 Deg to +8 Deg Celsiusand 2,886 square meters of +15 Deg to +25 Deg Celsius cold storage space to serve DHL'sglobal customer base in the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector with temperature-controlledairfreight shipment needs."Our customers in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector are looking for better ways tomanage the risk of product damage and loss from temperature deviations in their supplychain. DHL Thermonet tackles these requirements and offers Indian consignors andconsignees access to a reliable end-to-end cold chain facilities", says Samar Nath, CEO,DHL Global Forwarding, India.DHL is constantly expanding its global Thermonet network of Certified Life SciencesStations and plans to reach 65 by end of 2014 and 80 by end of 2015. The facilities inMumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are audited according to globally defined GoodDistribution Practices (GDP) to ensure conformity across the network.

They support thestorage of pharmaceuticals and vaccines and offer customers temperature monitoring, dryice replenishing along with active and non-active container handling to ensure productquality at all times. In Hyderabad and Mumbai, there are 5 loading bays each, while Bengaluru is equipped with 2 bays. In addition, these sites offer temporary transit storagewithin bonded customs facilities.

In the upcoming months, DHL plans to expand similarcapabilities at Ahmedabad and Delhi.In recent years, temperature controlled products for the pharmaceutical industry havegained significantly in importance. The driving force is biotechnology products, whichgenerally must be kept within a strict temperature range during transportation. Theworldwide sales volume of this product category tripled from USD 56 billion 2004 to anestimated USD 167 billion in 2013.1 Further growth is expected in the future.DHL Thermonet provides seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain, 24/7proactive monitoring and intervention based on pre-determined touch points and DHL's RFID SmartSensor technology, that is also GDP certified. Temperature data and logisticsevents can be accessed via the proprietary LifeTrack IT platform that also houses allproduct-specific SOPs, facilitating early intervention and simplifying document control.

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