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  • 23-Sep-2019

    eutecma invests in two new production facilities

    Eutecma solution’s fan base is growing by the hour. We gladly confess: We are very proud! Since the demand for our ICECATCH© cool/warm elements has skyrocketed over the last few months and we are running almost at full capacity, we are going to invest in two new production facilities. We are grateful for the confidence our customers have in us.

    Image from Axel Heiter

    Two new production facilities for ICECATCH© cool/warm elements find their home at eutecma in Mannheim’s harbor. 

  • 23-Sep-2019

    Portrait of Nicole Schäfer, Head of In-house Service

    “People ask you, listen to your and praise you – it doesn’t get better than that! “

     Nicole Schäfer, Head of In-house Service at eutecma

    We all have something that keeps us going and pushes us forward in life. With Nicole Schäfer, Head of In-house Service at eutecma, it is the challenge to build something up from scratch. Be it a distribution region for chemical lab supplies at a former employer, a log cabin by a lake or the In-house Service at eutecma. In 2008 Nicole Schäfer was one of the first employees to join us and today we are happy to have her on board.

    To go down new paths has always hold a great appeal for the 44-year old. And that has not been limited to her passion for travelling that led her to all the four corners of the world. After finishing her training as a chemist at BASF and a career in the laboratory business as a key account manager, the Palatinate native felt the urge to venture a leap of faith into the manufacturing industry. And it was a perfect fit at a time when eutecma was an only recently established company with great ambitions.

    Enjoy growth

    ”I get a great kick out of investing my energy and ideas into building up a project, a process or a company. If the company then grows, you win over customers and the market praises your product, it’s the most satisfying feeling ever”, says Schäfer. And, indeed, eutecma has grown by leaps and bounds. What in the old days used to be sold in one year, today rolls off the “assembly line” within a month.”

    As Head of In-house Service Nicole Schäfer is responsible for a smooth operation internally and externally. Her area and that of her team is business and operative tasks. She, for example, coordinates orders with production planning and ensures that the raw materials and packaging needed are available. She aligns processes with the departments and keeps in touch with our customers. Even after now eleven years Nicole Schäfer still loves her work. “Working together at eutecma is simply the best. People ask you, listen to your and praise you. The products are exciting, there are a lot of innovations. It doesn’t get better than that!“

    Image from Axel Heiter

    Nicole Schäfer, Head of In-house Service at eutecma, expert for cold packaging and temperature-sensitive logistics.

  • 23-Sep-2019

    Reusable packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry – Three pieces of good news.

    Are you looking for ways to save money, avoid waste and shrink your CO2 footprint? – well, who isn’t? No problem for eutecma’s PROTECT system packaging and ICECATCH© cool/warm elements because they can be easily reused multiple times. Our reusable system packaging is made of EPS and graphitized EPS – very aging-resistant materials. And the composite films used in our ICECATCH© elements are also very robust.
    Since some of our customers are already reusing eutecma packaging for their inner-company transport needs and are satisfied with the results, we decided to intensify our focus on the subject of reusable packaging solutions in temperature-sensitive logistics.

    The key question is: How can you tell if PROTECT system packaging and the ICECATCH© cool/warm elements can be reused? You can find precise answers in our new short video “Reusability Guidelines“ .

    The first piece of good news: Provided a number of quality criteria are being met, you can reuse eutecma packaging units without any problems – and not only once or twice but multiple times. But what are the quality criteria?

    > The sensitive points of our PROTECT packaging are edges, corners, surfaces and insert slots. As long as you can’t find any obvious breaks or cracks, you can reuse the boxes with no worries.
    > Dents are no problems either – provided the spots do not exceed 10 percent of the entire surface area.
    > This also hold true for scuffs or soiling on the outside of boxes. This does not compromise their reusability.
    > Provided the ICECATCH© elements are not leaking, don’t weigh less than their target weights of 1,000 grams (ICECATCH© Solid Insulated) and 780 grams (ICECATCH© Solid Ambient) – and only less than 10 percent of the inside carrier substrate is defect, they are perfectly suited for reuse.

    The second piece of good news: Even if one disqualifying criterion should occur in one of the products, you don’t have to replace the entire system but only the relevant element.

    Let’s use a simple example and do the math: The result is a significant potential for savings. Let’s say a PROTECT XL Pallet box made of four frames is filled with ICECATCH© Solid Insulated cool bricks is shipped from an international pharmaceutical company in Germany to its subsidiary overseas. Upon arrival, the packaging unit is inspected and a frame element is deemed defective and exchanged for a new one. But all other parts are still good. The customer doesn’t need to throw away the entire box, nor buy a completely new one at 100 percent of the cost. They only dispose of the frame element and buy a new one for approx. 3 percent of the total cost.

    And there’s a third bit of good news: The life cycle of our products doesn’t end with its exit from our customers’ supply chain. Because our customers’ customers can reuse our eutecma system packaging and ICECATCH© cool/ warm elements without any worries as long as the criteria listed above are met. This will boost the positive effect of reusable packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, lab diagnostics and biotechnology industries many times over – to the benefit of our environment and value creation.

    How long can you reuse the eutecma system packaging and ICECATCH© elements? This new video will give you the precise answers. 

  • 02-May-2019

    Goodbye LogiPharma 2019: Thanks for your pit stops!

    Two fast-paced days in Montreux went by in a flash and eutecma’s premiere at LogiPharma 2019 was a great success. We’d like to thank the dozens of enthusiastic cool box builders that took part in our Speed Challenge! Our pitstop crew with Sven Rölle and Bruno Buracchio was easy to spot in their red shoes – and they were busy in non-stop action.

    In the race to win the tickets for German Formula 1 Grand Prix, the competition was intense, many participants came back several times to have another shot at the best time. The happy winner can now look forward to an exciting race at the Hockenheim Ring this summer. Congratulations – and thank you for all the positive feedback we received from so many visitors.

    The great thing about having so many enthusiast participants playing with the 3-D minature versions of the PROTECT Boxes and ICECATCH®- cool bricks, was that we were able to take the time to answer their questions and explain the many advantages of our cooling system:

    > Modular design of every eutecma box: depending on how much product needs to be shipped, the boxes can be easily expanded to various volumes.

    > Modularity of the entire eutecma product range: From mini box to extra earge, only one (!) cool brick format is needed.

    > Flexible and dependable for every temperature zone: thanks to the cool bricks that fit everywhere, you can easily meet every temperature profile from Ambient- (+15 °C to +25 °C) to Cool- (+2 °C to +8 °C) and Frozen.

    > Optimal weight: And because the boxes are put together modularly, you only ship the volume that is really needed. That saves cargo space and money.

    > Speed: eutecma boxes can be easily assembled by one person in record time.

    > Reusable, GDP-certified, CO2-optimized and safe for up to 120 hours on the road or in a plane – the cooling systems from eutecma.

    And now if you’d like another opportunity to see our pit stop crew of Sven Rölle and Bruno Buracchio in action, and to experience the advantages of our eutecma cooling systems for yourself, then please call us : +49 621-1282526-0 or send us an e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • 08-Apr-2019

    LogiPharma 2019: And ACTION!

    We have been working for quite a while now on the best way to create moving images of the obvious advantages of our PROTECT cool boxes and ICECATCH® cool/warm elements. Now we are proud to announce: the first of several eutecma films had its premiere at the LogiPharma 2019. (And you can see it here.)

    The star of the show is: the PROTECT Euro Pallet Shipper by eutecma.
    The 3-D video shows absolutely clearly just how quickly our high-tech box can be assembled (under 30 seconds) and filled with ICECATCH® cool bricks for Ambient(+15 °C to +25 °C) or Cool transports (+2 °C to +8 °C). In just 2.5 minutes!

    One of the highlights of the film shows the modular design of the PROTECT Euro Pallet Shipper: depending on how much interior volume is needed, it can be expanded to three different heights.

    See for yourself!

     

  • 05-Apr-2019

    LogiPharma 2019: Your pit stop at eutecma!

    The European Who’s Who of the Pharma Supply Chain business will be getting together at the LogiPharma from April 9 to 11, 2019 in Montreux, Switzerland with around 1,000 expert visitors. And eutecma will be there with our own stand for the first time. Our packaging experts Sven Rölle and Bruno Buracchio will be there to welcome you at Stand 69 for a pit stop.

    Once there, visitors can discover how fast and simple our packaging solutions really are for all pharmaceutically-relevant product ranges: Ambient (+15 °C to +25 °C), Cool (+2 °C to +8 °C) and Frozen (<-20 °C).
    And in order to make sure visitors can have a bit of fun, we have created a special Speed Challenge. The task: to see who’s fastest. Find out who can assemble our PROTECT- Euro Pallet Shipper with the corresponding ICECATCH® cool bricks in the least time.

    But don’t worry, there’s no heavy lifting involved: the Speed-Challenge is done with 3-D miniature versions of our PROTECT boxes and ICECATCH®- cool bricks. And the fastest “assembler” wins 2 tickets to this year’s German Formula 1 Grand Prix!

    And even if you don’t end up in the winner’s circle, you’ll have some fun and get a look at: our fast, safe, low-carbon, cost-optimized and GDP-certified packaging solutions for your valuable pharmaceuticals – be it to the desert, the Artic or through several different temperature zones. 

     

  • 13-Dec-2018

    Employee Portrait: Silvia Kalmes, Customer Service Representative

    “Making the impossible possible is my thing!”

    Silvia Kalmes never avoids an interesting challenge. On the contrary, she enjoys mastering new situations, tricky tasks and special rush jobs.
    “I prefer to work at full steam, when the phones are ringing of the hook, emails flooding my inbox and I’m juggling several jobs at once. I have to say, making the impossible possible is really something I enjoy doing.” says Kalmes with a laugh, who did her job training as an office administrator. Its like a race against the clock, exciting and never boring.
    She has been with eutecma since 2016 and even the way she found her way to us says a lot about the temperamental personality from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. At the age of 49, she decided it was a time for a change and switched jobs, leaving her former position after 14 years on the job. Pretty brave at that age, a lot of people might say, “I always find a way.” is the way she says it. The passionate motorcycle rider has fought her way through plenty of difficult situations in her life.

    Steady nerves and a cool head

    We are very happy that Silvia Kalmes found her way to us – she strengthens our eutecma-team every day with her energy, her organizational talent and her unshakable good mood. She’s the one who registers the orders, fills out bills of delivery, calculates transports, stays in contact with customers and still manages to keep a cool head in the stressful end of year business. Kalmes is especially talented at researching prices and negotiating with suppliers. She goes the extra mile, haggles for the best price and is happy when she can save the company money.

    How does she like working at eutecma? “I feel very great here, very well accepted. The bosses are behind me 100 percent. I get praised for my work and the team really sticks together. What could be better?”

  • 12-Dec-2018

    Now available in XS: 4 Liter-Box from eutecma

    You know the Protect XL-Pallet Shipper from eutecma as the ideal solution for large volume pharmaceutical transports. Now we have proven that we can do XS just as well: the brand new Protect System Packaging 4 Liter is now available – a small volume transport packaging for Cool, Ambient and Frozen temperature ranges.

    The latest innovation from eutecma protects your valuable pharmaceutical and healthcare cargo for up to 120 hours. The secret is in the two components: slots in the wall and lid of the Protect System Packaging 4 Liter are special designed to quickly and easily fit Icecatch© cool/warm bricks – so they stay safely fixed in place.


    Perfect for small volume Ambient transports (+15 °C to +25 °C): Protect System Packaging 4 Liter combined with Icecatch© Solid Ambient cool/warm bricks

    The “magic formula” for Ambient, Cool and Frozen shipping

    With its precise thermoregulation capabilities, the dynamic duo of system packaging and cool/warm brick release their energy slowly over a period of time – keeping your temperature sensitive cargo safely in all three temperature ranges. Therefore, the magic formula for safe pharma and healthcare shipping with a volume of up to 4 liters is:

    Ambient shipping (+15 °C to +25 °C): Icecatch© Solid Ambient + Protect System Packaging 4 Liter
    Cool shipping (+2 °C to +8 °C): Icecatch© Solid Insulated + Protect System Packaging 4 Liter
    Frozen shipping (< -18 °C): dry ice + Protect System Packaging 4 Liter

    The new small volume packaging solution from eutecma is optimally suited for the temperature-sensitive shipping of diagnostic kits, vaccines or Botox – and of course any other temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and healthcare products whose effectiveness is dependent on a reliable temperature corridor. Protect System Packaging 4 Liter is available for shipping today: order using article number 19-06039.


    Perfect for small volume cool transports (+2 °C to +8 °C): Protect System Packaging 4 Liter combined with Icecatch© Solid Insulated cool bricks

  • 23-Oct-2018

    eutecma in the trade press

    “Pallet Transformed into GDP Packaging“ – that was the headline in the FRISCHELOGISTIK trade magazine in July 2018. The editors profiled our Protect XL-Pallet Shipper for temperature assured transport in a two-page article. We were very pleased with the reporting. You can read the entire article here.

    Download eutecma in the FRISCHELOGISTIK

    (With kind approval of the ERLING publishing house GmbH & Co. KG)

  • 18-Oct-2018

    A good thing just got better:

    the new Protect System Packaging 7.8 l

    If you are looking for a solution with a slightly smaller cool volume, then our new Protect System Packaging 7.8 l is an excellent choice. What’s new about it? On the one hand, we have implemented new convection channels in the base plate which now distribute the cold throughout the box more evenly. And specially designed slots in the walls hold the cool bricks in place even more securely.

    Qualified cool packaging for cool and ambient logistics
    Once they have been slipped into the slots, there is no room to move for the eutecma cool bricks: Icecatch© Solid Insulated (1100 g) or Icecatch© Solid Ambient (800 g). They stay in fixed in position. And when the cool bricks cannot move, radiant cooling is also reduced.

    Naturally, we have already intensively tested and qualified the new Protect System Packaging 7.8 l: It passed each and every stress test in the eutecma climate chamber with flying colors. You can order this product today using the article number 19-06014-A (https://www.eutecma.com/system-packaging/protect-system-packaging-ambient-cool-and-frozen/systemverpackung-protect-cool-7-8-l-e).