Swissport develops pharma centre at its Brussels air cargo facility
SWISSPORT is investing in a state-of-the-art air cargo facility at Brussels Airport with the landlord constructing the building while the global ground handing giant agrees to spend several million euros on equipment and fittings
SWISSPORT is investing in a state-of-the-art air cargo facility at Brussels Airport with the landlord constructing the building while the global ground handing giant agrees to spend several million euros on equipment and fittings.
The building will consist of a 25,000-square metre warehouse, a materials handling system, office space and 3,620 square metres of end-to-end facilities in the new Swissport Pharma Centre, reports Aviation24.be.
An advanced warehouse, a brand-new, four-storey office building for Swissport and its customers and pharmaceutical facilities will provide Swissport with the necessary infrastructure to take its cargo service delivery to the next level.
The brand new Swissport Pharma Centre will feature an increased surface area for pharmaceutical products. Ambient pharma space (15 - 25C) will more than triple from 800 - 2,620 square metres.
Additionally, a 1,000-square metre cooling facility (2 - 8C) will be available. With its new end-to-end cool chain, Swissport intends to further grow its share in the pharma air transport business in Brussels and worldwide.
'Our new warehouse and the state-of-the-art Swissport Pharma Centre will be the benchmark for modern and efficient air cargo and pharma logistics,' said Swissport vice president Luzius Wirth.
'The investment underlines our commitment to the Belgian market. In parallel we are working to improve the profitability of our Belgian business activities to create long-term job security for our staff.'
Construction of the new Swissport facility started in January and will take two years to complete, following a phased approach. Both demolition and construction works are in full swing.
The 25,000-square metre warehouse will be equipped with an automated materials handling system (MHS) and is set to meet the highest industry standards.
Landside will feature 50 truck loading bays in a closed perimeter and a highly efficient acceptance zone. Airside there will be 'speed gates', enabling time-efficient logistics processes from the warehouse into the aircraft cargo hold.
Swissport Belgium, with a workforce of some 2,000 employees, handles more than 550,000 tons of air cargo. Its ground services division serve 7.5 million passengers per year.