4. May 2022
That’s the headline of eutecma’s in-depth expert article featured in the January issue of the renowned IPI – International Pharmaceutical Industry publication. Spoiler alert: This enormous gain in climate friendliness is made possible by the retecma loop. The first-ever circular economy system in the pharmaceutical packaging sector is based on artificial intelligence (AI). It fights to keep all EPS resources in the lifecycle as long as possible.
14. December 2021
Modularity – an abstract word. Yet the concept describes something very simple: Each module in a system matches all the other modules. So when a module is changed, the entire system doesn’t need to be redesigned. Instead, the system adapts itself accordingly – speedily and effortlessly.
The users of our PROTECT Packaging System – the only one of its kind on the market – get the benefit of these advantages every day. We invite all other users to view our latest video film “PROTECT System Packaging”. This video vividly demonstrates how eutecma’s modular packaging range works: Each packaging box is suitable for every temperature range and every payload between 4 and 1,588 liters.
Here are some examples: If the temperature corridor is changed from Cool (+2°C to +8°C) to Frozen (-15 °C to -25 °), then the only change is that the ICECATCH® Solid Insulated cooling elements are replaced by ICECATCH® Solid Frozen. If the payload is decreased from 480 to 160 liters, all you have to do is remove two stacking frames from the PROTECT Euro Pallet Shipper. Or take the other way around: If the payload is changed from 95 to 141 liters, a further stacking frame is simply added to the PROTECT Euro Pallet Shipper.
Therefore: In eutecma’s modular PROTECT System Packaging every cooling element fits into every box – and this applies to every temperature range. This not only tremendously facilitates your daily supply chain processes but also minimizes the CO2 footprint of your transported pharmaceutical products. That’s because with the modular PROTECT System no cooling box travels around the world only half-full. The modularity allows most efficient transportation of your payload at the destination temperature – no more and no less. With total precision. And a CO2 footprint that is optimized.
29. October 2021
In a recent interview with the German opinion-leading daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Dorothea von Boxberg, Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Cargo, discussed the current situation in the air freight sector. Here are some of the key points she raised in the interview: There’s still a shortage of cargo holds on long-haul flights; there is extremely high demand; and the average prices are some three times higher than usual. The way we see it, this means that air cargo space as a resource is inevitably more valuable than ever.
Since the situation involves a variety of challenges, one aspect is all the more important for companies sending temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products via airfreight: The pack-out of the cool boxes due to enter the aircraft, should be as efficient as possible. The more the available space can be adapted to suit the volume of goods, the better. Or conversely: Every box which ends up in the cargo hold only half full is wasting valuable space and costs much more than is necessary.
This is precisely what can be achieved with eutecma’s PROTECT modular packaging system. Only goods that are actually required are placed in the space available. This means that optimal use is made of the capacity available in the aircraft, which is highly valuable at the present time. It’s time to start saving kilograms and liters in your air freight operations!
1. October 2021
Recently, 10,000 doses of a medication for the treatment of Covid-19 patients left the Frankfurt airport bound for Tashkent. During transit, the cargo was safely stored in 9 Protect XL-Pallet shippers. The largest size of our pharmaceutical cooling packages within the PROTECT family made sure that the pharmaceuticals traveled inside the correct temperature corridor of +2 °C to +8 °C during the flight to their destination. We are very proud of having been part of a project aimed at fighting the Covid pandemic in Uzbekistan and want to thank all our partners: Fa. OPASCA GmbH, The German Department of Health, the German Army, the German embassy, the Uzbekistan embassy, Uzbekistan Airways, Logistics4Pharma (L4P), the Robert Koch Institute and Charité Hospital.
13. September 2021
While prices for raw materials have been rising significantly – some even refer to polystyrene as the “new gold” – eutecma has been staying on track: Our prices for pharmaceutical cold chain packaging and cooling elements remain stable! A number of smart decisions at our end made it possible for current customers as well as future customers to benefit from this happy fact.
First, we enjoy long-term contracts with reliable partners that cushion the effects of price increases. Second, we have managed to streamline production processes thanks to technical innovations. Third, we started building up very comfortable safety stocks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This early stockpiling now lets us compensate for fluctuations. The result? Both easy and beautiful: stable prices, happy customers.
10. September 2021
“MBI Einkäufer im Markt” (translated “MBI Buyers in the Market”) is a well-respected trade publication reporting comprehensive coverage of all topics related to facilitating sourcing processes. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered logistical efforts of unprecedented scope and made information on temperature-controlled pharma packaging crucical for many sourcing professionals. This is why we are thrilled for our PROTECT modular packaging system to have been featured in the July issue of “MBI Einkäufer im Markt.”
23. February 2021
When planning vaccine shipments by air, the modular PROTECT Insulated Box System from eutecma lands a perfect trifecta:
Number one: The modular design of the box allows for a precise pack-out. Here, only the volume needed is packed in the Vaccine Insulated Box. There is no such thing as a half-empty box anymore!
Number two: the PROTECT Vaccine Insulated Box is made of EPS/Styropor. This material is robust and extremely light. Which is a great benefit considering today’s high demand for airfreight. Because now, every kilo or liter you save counts.
Number three: There is a special bonus that comes with Deep-Frozen-Transports (-70 °C), where we combine classic dry-ice with ICECATCH©-Frozen cool bricks. This cuts down on the amount of dry ice needed by up to 30 percent (!). That is a big plus, since the amount of dry ice you can transport on a plane is limited due to safety issues.
19. February 2021
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many planes are being grounded. There is a global shortage of airfreight capacity. Increased airfreight rates also impact “everyday business”, i.e. the temperature-driven transport of pharmaceuticals by air. And shipping Covid-19 vaccines chokes this bottleneck even more.
Not an easy situation for you as a manufacturer and supplier. Let us help you organize the pack-out, the filling of the boxes, as efficiently as possible. The modular PROTECT Vaccine Insulated Boxes from eutecma can make this a reality. The result: No box will fly around the world half-empty anymore; no more waste of valuable freight space. Plus: You can cut down on costs significantly.
12. January 2021
We are taking another important step on the road to more sustainability: The proportion of Styropor® from chemical recycling in our PROTECT- system packaging portfolio is going to increase significantly in the first quarter of 2021. To make this happen, we are collaborating with BASF, whose Verbund site is virtually only a stone’s throw away from the eutecma headquarters in the Mannheim harbor.
The magic word is ”Styropor® Ccycled™” and is a secondary feedstock made of pyrolysis oil, which is made from plastic waste in the chemical recycling process, converted for the chemical industry and allocated via a certified mass balance approach within the BASF Verbund system.
PROTECT- system packaging Ambient / Cool / Frozen with Styropor® Ccycled™ go into series production
We are going to start this project with a selection of PROTECT system packaging solutions that use Styropor® Ccycled™as feedstock. Our customers can still choose between pharmaceutical packaging made of conventional Styropor® or Styropor® from chemical recycling.
Even though both materials possess the same properties and are of identically high quality, Styropor® Ccycled™has a better CO2 footprint. And so, the most important message to pharmaceutical manufacturers and suppliers is: The quality remains the same, a re-qualification of PROTECT system packaging with Styropor® Ccycled™is NOT NECESSARY.
So for pharmaceuticals customers who place a premium on sustainability in their supply chain and who want to communicate that point in their communication with stakeholders, the following still holds true: eutecma is the optimal partner by your side.
12. January 2021
The packaging industry has been given a unique historic opportunity to be put on the map for all the world to see – as a larger segment of the public takes an interest in our products as part of the Vaccine-Supply-Chain. What contribution eutecma could make to this major logistical feat was one of the questions asked by the trade journal IPI International Pharmaceutical Industry. For a digital version of the interview, click on this link:.