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The Decline of Cold Chain

Cold chain services in the pharmaceutical sector are under more scrutiny than ever due to their impact on the environment and the energy-intensive nature of the technology. However, shock caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential disruption that could be inflicted by exiting the European trading bloc means that cold storage stockpiling is set to remain a huge priority for the industry. Though the UK’s cold chain infrastructure is set to come under increasing pressure, the onus is still on pharma suppliers to ensure their cold storage solutions are energy efficient and adhere to sustainability-focused legislation. This will require an innovative, strategic approach.

Stockpiling in pharma manufacturing is by no means new. The demand in flu season, for example, means manufacturers often resort to making the drugs in large batches. These products, which tend to have a shelf-life of around five years, require strict temperature control, which, in turn, requires cold chain storage services to maintain conditions and negate product spoilage. Though the industry traditionally has the capacity to store pharmaceutical products ahead of distribution, a series of pressing issues is putting this in doubt.

First and foremost among these issues is the coronavirus. As well as having a catastrophic effect on the global economy, COVID-19 has mounted pressure on the pharma sector like never before. Company stakeholders across the industry are urgently looking for ways to make processes more efficient as they fast-track clinical trials to combat the pandemic, while also having to keep up with existing demand for pharmaceutical products.

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Matt Watson has over 17 years of experience working at Aggreko UK and Ireland, talking to professionals about their power and cooling requirements. He has worked across a range of sectors and applications, and currently heads up a team of 11 industrial sector specialists across the UK, Ireland, and Sweden. Matt’s primary focus is on understanding the demands placed on manufacturers, such as the need to increase production, reduce costs, and ensure business continuity. He specialises in enhancing and optimising processes through the provision of tailored power, heating, cooling, and dehumidification solutions that help alleviate operational challenges across multiple industries.
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