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The second FlyPharma Conference was held on 7 and 8 June in Brussels, the hub where the top pharmaceutical companies worldwide all have key operations

With a range of high-calibre speakers, interactive panel debates and some great networking opportunities, FlyPharma brought together pharmaceuticals stakeholders and air cargo and transport provision to airlines and airports. Airline Cargo Management – along with co-organiser Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Packing Sourcer – attended the 2016 event.


Getting temperature-sensitive goods from A to B is a key concern for members of the air cargo industry as well as for pharmaceutical players. That’s why it’s so important for representatives from both camps to understand each other’s strengths, challenges and requirements.


Winning back a bigger share of the pharmaceuticals transportation market is a key goal for air cargo operators. The proportion of pharmaceuticals that travel by air has fallen from 17% in 2000 to 11% in 2013, according to IATA, with a lack of compliance, standardisation, accountability and transparency across the air supply chain to blame for the fall, according to the trade body.


Fundamental to the challenge of turning that around is reassuring customers that their goods will be kept at exactly the right temperature throughout their journey and IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) initiative is designed to help redress the balance.


Winning a bigger slice of the pharmaceutical cakes is important – the industry clocked up the enormous milestone of $1 trillion in sales in 2014 and is expected to reach $1.3 trillion by 2018. In turbulent economic times having the right tools in place to serve a thriving sector showing year-on-year growth is more important than ever.


While pharma companies and air cargo service providers may already have today’s hot topics on their radars, they often lack an understanding of how to work together and an awareness of what the other needs. But they depend on each other for success – that’s where the FlyPharma Conference comes in.


The event aimed to raise the profile of logistics and shipper issues and create a dialogue between these two crucial elements of the supply chain, enabling a smoother transfer of drug products from manufacturers to end-users.


Interactive and informative sessions did just that. Delegates focused on hot – or more accurately cold – topics like temperature control and modal shift of course, but there were other subjects on the agenda too, including airport storage, software, integrated supply chains and product supply and risk management. >>

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