Schindellegi/Switzerland, March 1, 2012 – The Kuehne + Nagel Group is setting new standards in the handling of pharmceutical products. As part of its KN PharmaChain product, the company is introducing newly developed active wireless sensors which record and transmit the temperature of pharmaceutical airfreight shipments along the entire supply chain.

The use of active wireless sensors is a major achievement in the segment of seamless airfreight cold chains for pharmaceutical products. Generally, security rules prohibit the active use of mobile sensors during the air transport. However, together with a number of airline partners, Kuehne + Nagel thoroughly tested low-emission devices which can stay active during the flight so that the temperature is being constantly measured and reported practically in real-time.

Kuehne + Nagel is the first company to provide this service to customers from the pharmaceutical and health care industry. In order to guarantee seamless temperature visibility from pick-up to delivery of the cargo, warehouses and logistics facilities both of Kuehne + Nagel and its airline partners will be equipped with transmitting technology. The same applies to pre-and-on-carriage vehicles. The service is part of a comprehensive package of new tailor-made airfreight offerings to the pharmaceutical industry. Full transparency is provided to customers as the temperature indications can be viewed directly inside the KN Login online tool.

“By introducing this service we are setting new, quite revolutionary standards in the cold chain airfreight market and we will extend the offering step by step to other industry groups”, explains Tim Scharwath, Executive Vice President Air Logistics of Kuehne + Nagel International AG.

About Kuehne + Nagel
With over 61,500 employees at 900 locations in more than 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based lead logistics and supply chain management services. For further information please visit www.kuehne-nagel.com


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