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  • 12. January 2021

    PROTECT system packaging made of Styropor® Ccycled™

    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

    eutecma in the trade journal IPI International Pharmaceutical Industry

    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:.

  • 17. November 2020

    PROTECT ½ Euro Pallet Shipper available now

    4 liters, 7.8 liters, 8.7 liters, 11 liters, 15 liters, 16 liters, 22 liters … 172 liters, 333 liters, 495 liters, 1,600 liters – these have been the various volumes of the PROTECT-System packaging family to date. Until now there has been a glaringly big gap between 22 and 172 liters. But those days are over because the PROTECT ½ Euro Pallet Shipper is available as of now (link to shop).

    In its “purest“ form, it brings a volume of 49 liters into the logistics route and can be easily expanded to 95 or 141 liters using our stacking frame system. The PROTECT ½ Euro Pallet Shipper shares this modular feature with other boxes in the PROTECT family. It is one of the most important aspects of the product’s DNA – just like the compatibility of all PROTECT boxes with eutecma’s ICECATCH® cool bricks.

    And that means: Not only the ICECATCH® Solid Ambient (+15 °C to +25 °C), but also the ICECATCH® Solid Insulated (+2 °C to +8 °C) and the ICECATCH® Solid Frozen (<–20 °C) can be slipped quickly and easily into the stacking slots – and that can happen after the PROTECT ½ Euro Pallet Shipper has been filled with product. Protected like this, it offers a reliable and temporary home for temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and health care products for up to 120 hours.

    This smart design not only corresponds with the modular box design and the compatibility of box and cool bricks. The extremely sturdy shape of the box base makes it simply perfect: The L-shaped frame elements are built to stand solidly on their own. And that saves time and money because a single warehouse worker can put together the PROTECT ½ Euro Pallet Shipper – in less than 30 seconds!

  • 16. November 2020

    eutecma cool bricks are getting “greener“

    Oil is out, sugar cane waste is in

    Starting in January 2021 eutecma’s cool bricks are getting ”greener“ – more environmentally friendly that is – piece by piece. Starting then, the PA/PE composite film that encloses the cool bricks will be made of 50% “green polyethylene“. In contrast to conventional plastics made from oil or natural gas, this “green“ plastic is derived from renewable sources.

    This is positive news for all companies that put a premium value on sustainability in their supply chains and want to communicate this fact in a dialog with their stakeholders.

    Sugar cane waste material replaces oil

    But that alone is not the only benefit bio-plastics have to offer. Since growing sugar cane binds the natural carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it also helps cut down on greenhouse gases. Plus: The basic ingredient does not use pure sugar cane, which is a valuable food source, but only waste that is left over from production. And so it becomes obvious: “Green polyethylene“ does not displace food, but uses waste material in a smart way, which otherwise would have been disposed of as worthless. By the way, at the end of the product cycle this bio-based plastic can also be recycled.

    No re-qualification necessary!

    Since the beginning of 2020, we at eutecma have been looking closely at bio-based plastics and subjected them to a rigorous analysis. And now we know: “Green polyethylene“ can be used in the production of our cool bricks in the same way as the commonly used polyethylene. Stability, robustness, tensile strength and stress resistance are not compromised in any way. This new renewable resource does not change the high quality of our cool bricks – but it does improve our environmental footprint – and your company’s as well. And there is no need for re-qualification!

    As of January 2021, we will start successively manufacturing eutecma cool bricks with PA/PE composite film consisting of least 50% of sugar cane waste material. But how can customers tell if their eutecma product is “greener“ already? Very simple: All cool bricks of the new generation will bear the quality seal “I’m green“, developed by Braskem, the Brazilian manufacturer of the sugar cane based polyethylene. An additional QR code leads to detailed information. “We are very happy that we will be able to increase the proportion of our bio-based composite film from 0 to 50 %,” says Sven Rölle, Key Account Manager at eutecma. And so, the first leg in a long journey into the world of sustainable business practices, which do not compromise quality, has been finished.

    View the movie „I’m green“

  • 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

    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

    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.