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  • 19. March 2020

    A new addition to the PROTECT Box family: Half-sized Pallet Shipper from eutecma

    In May 2020, the PROTECT system packaging family will again welcome a new addition: The new half-sized Pallet shipper from eutecma will be launched. It, as the name suggests, has the format of half a Euro pallet. And like its “siblings” it is completely modular and can be adapted to volumes of 40, 80 or even 120 liters.

    Rarely has a “stopgap“ been called for so loudly by our customers – this new box closes the gap between the 22 liter box and the 172 liter PROTECT Pallet shipper from Eutecma. “It is the perfect packaging solution for all shipments for which a Pallet shipper is too big and expensive and the 22-liter box too small”, underscores Sven Rölle, Head of Sales at eutecma. Like so many other innovations, the Half-sized Pallet Shipper is the result of strong customer demand and was developed in a very short timeframe. Once again, this showcases one of eutecma’s greatest strengths: When faced with customer needs, we are at our best and deliver.

  • 19. March 2020

    eutecma – Production running at 100% capacity

    These days, coronavirus has us all in its grip. As an integral link of the pharmaceutical supply chain, eutecma taking its responsibility one hundred percent seriously. We have taken extensive measures to protect our employees, our customers and all those who are in contact with our company. We are dynamically adapting these measures to the situation as it unfolds – hour by hour.

    As of today, we are operating at our full 100% capacity in order to supply all those customers who want to fill up their inventories to a safety level or to be ready to meet the pent-up demand post-crisis. Should you plan on stocking up a buffer of eutecma cool brick or eutecma cool boxes of various sizes, please contact us now + 49 621-1282526-0 or

  • 19. March 2020

    The new eutecma app

    Imagine this: Every eutecma box and every eutecma cool brick that has been shipped can be used again and again and again! That would create a pharmaceutical packaging solution with a life cycle prolonged many times over. It’s not hard to picture the impact this would have on the environment and value creation in temperature-assured shipping. Is this science fiction? Not at all! For some time now we have been working on a eutecma app that achieves exactly that. And what else can it do? It simplifies the packaging process in a way that will soon have people saying: Brilliant invention! And then they’ll ask: Who invented it? Well, eutecma, of course!

  • 16. January 2020

    Eutecmas Interview in the IPI (International Pharmaceuticals Industry)

    Our interview re how to make passive Pharma packaging more flexible, cost-effective and eco-friendly, has been published in the latest edition of IPI journal (International Pharmaceuticals Industry).

    See the digital version of the interview:

  • 10. December 2019

    In the Spotlight: the PROTECT XL Pallet Shipper

    In April 2019 we told you they were coming – and now they’re here: the new eutecma films featuring our innovative, modular packaging solution for the pharmaceutical industry. This time the starring role is played by the PROTECT XL Pallet Shipper. The supporting roles are played by the super dependable ICECATCH cool bricks: ICECATCH© Solid Insulated, ICECATCH© Solid Ambient and ICECATCH© Frozen.

    Just like its little sister, the PROTECT Pallet Shipper, the PROTECT XL Pallet Shipper is flexible, quickly and easily assembled, reduces freight costs and is easily reusable and modular – meaning it is easily expandable to ship various volumes. But the one thing only the XL version has is its enormous cargo capacities: up to 1588 liters of sensitive pharmaceutical products can find a temperature stable home in it for up to 120 hours. And the best thing is: A fully loaded Euro pallet can be placed directly onto the base plate of the PROTECT XL Pallet Shipper. For easy loading, the exact position is indicated to the forklift driver by a corresponding indentation in the floor of the base plate.
    Discover the many advantages of this innovative system in our new 5-minute film. Your goods no longer have to be unpacked, they can be placed directly into this high-tech box. And assembly can be done by one person in less than six minutes! Depending on your needs, you can fit the appropriate cool bricks for all of the relevant temperature zones:

    > Ambient (+15 °C to +25 °C)
    > Cool (+2 °C to +8 °C)
    > Frozen (<-20 °C)

    And if you also ship air cargo, you’ll find a lot of savings to like in the new film about the PROTECT XL Pallet Shipper. Have a look. It’s well worth it!

    Here you can see the film:

  • 10. December 2019

    We’re donating for a rainy day

    You might not have expected a cooling solutions specialist to be worried about rainy days, right? But with Christmas just around the corner we thought we’d put the old saying “save something for a rainy day” to a new use and donate 3000 Euro to charities that care for people in unexpected need.

    It’s a Christmas present in honor of our loyal customers.
    Our eutecma employees have selected seven charities, which will all be receiving a Christmas donation from us this December. And the range of charities is as colorful and varied as our eutecma family.

    Homeless in Mannheim, selected by Silvia Kalmes:
    Homeless people are not second-class citizens. When the temperatures drop in winter and the homeless have to deal with freezing temperatures, our donation helps those out on the streets.

    SOS Children’s Village Pfalz, selected by Nicole Schäfer:
    The SOS Children’s Village has been taking good care of children and young people in difficult life circumstances for over 60 years now. Our donation helps the dedicated employees help others.

    Youth Farm Ludwigshafen/Pfingstweide, selected by Silke Ehlers:
    The Youth Farm Pfingstweide is place for children and young people who live in local high-rise housing blocks to experience nature, take care of animals, do creative projects or just simply cook together or build a hut from scratch.

    Pharmacists without Borders Deutschland e.V., selected by Bruno Buracchio:
    Without the proper medication, sick people can quickly get caught in a downward health spiral or can even die. Pharmacists without Borders e.V. have made it their calling to help: Worldwide, transparently and efficiently. As a trained pharmacist, this kind of help is a matter of the heart to me.

    Wormser Children’s Table, selected by Sven Rölle:
    A warm lunch in a nice environment with friendly people is like a welcome oasis every day. The Wormser Children’s Table has been making that possible for kids in need since 2010. It is a place of social learning that I am happy to support.

    Freezone Mannheim, selected by Markus Baumgärtner:
    Teenagers and young adults often have a difficult time mastering life’s big and small challenges. Freezone Mannheim helps them weather these difficult phases in life. I think that is very important there are often difficult detours in life’s journey.

    Tony Rinaudo – The Forest Maker, selected by Florian Zeilfelder:
    Tony Rinaudo has developed Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (or FMNR), a low-cost land restoration technique that is linked to the regrowth of 200 million trees on degraded farmland in Niger alone. He was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize in 2018. I want to support his work with our donation.

  • 23. September 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. September 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. September 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. 

  • 2. 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!