Envirotainer celebrates 10 years in Mexico

Sofia Wiwen-Nilsson Head of Marketing and Communications

Cold chain solutions expert celebrates a decade of advancing pharma transport for patient well-being

Mexico City, 25 May 2023: Envirotainer, the specialist in secure cold chain solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has celebrated a decade of successful operations in Mexico. Over the past 10 years, the company has worked closely with its partner, ULD Services MEX, to develop temperature-controlled air freight in the country. Together, they have spearheaded the safe transportation of pharmaceuticals to the benefit of patients locally and worldwide.

Prior to Envirotainer’s presence in the market, Mexico’s pharmaceutical cold chain had been reliant on passive systems. These comprise cardboard boxes, insulation and coolants, which can be wasteful and present the risk of a temperature deviation.

Since 2013, there has been substantial growth in the use of Envirotainer’s active Unit Load Devices (ULDs). These are giant battery-powered and insulated units that can contain pallets of pharmaceuticals in flight. The number of shipments to and from Mexico has also increased, reflecting the country’s flourishing pharmaceutical industry.

Throughout its time in Mexico, Envirotainer has championed partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, forwarders, and airlines. In doing so, it has consistently highlighted the benefits of its ULDs in protecting temperature-sensitive medicines during transport. Through training platforms such as the Envirotainer Academy, the company has educated ground-handling teams on cold chain solutions and the importance of quality in preserving pharma products.

“We are honoured that so many customers have continued to work with us after 10 years in the market,” said Brian Cooper, Head of Sales Americas at Envirotainer. “Looking back, we are proud of the progress Envirotainer, ULD Services MEX, and our customers have made. The partnership with ULD Services MEX has been instrumental in our success. The partner team has provided unwavering support, exceptional service, and effective representation in the market.”

“Mexico has a rapidly growing pharmaceutical sector, and we have witnessed significant changes in the market over the past decade,” noted Alberto Castrejón, Director General at ULD Services MEX. “The rise of complex and sensitive medicines and vaccines requires reliable packaging solutions supported by agile operational capabilities to ensure the safety and efficacy of the medicines shipped.”

Envirotainer is now looking ahead to the next 10 years, with a focus on training customers and partners on the latest offerings in the Mexican market, including the Releye® ULD family and CryoSure® solutions. The latter of these is designed specifically for a small load, -70°C shipments, such as cell and gene therapies, products in clinical development and other non-finished products.