Pharma.Aero Interview | Air Cargo Europe Munich

Pharma.Aero Interview | Air Cargo Europe Munich


– Pharma.Aero is an association
of members from across the industry who’s aim is to
foster close collaboration in pharma logistics and handling services. Joining me today is Nathan, who’s the chairman of Pharma.Aero
and vice chairman, Jimmy. Thank you both so much for joining me. Nathan, can you begin by telling us a little bit about your role? – Yes, we have set-up the organisation a couple of months ago so
Brussels Airport and Miami took the initiative to
launch the association and we’ve started with inviting the pharmaceutical manufacturers. They are key in the organisation; they lead us and tell us
what the priorities are and which issues we should
solve in handling our shipments. Within Europe, Brussels airports
takes the coordinating role and will deliver added value
and manage the project. – Excellent.
And Jimmy, your role? – My role is vice chairman
of the association and as Nathan mentioned,
sometime about a year ago or so, we realised that we both
share the common interest of advancing Pharma-transport air industry. We’re both very committed to Pharma and increasing our
operations related to Pharma and so we decided to work together and create the association. Of course, Nathan takes the lead and I take a secondary role
in advancing the association, gaining more members into the association, carrying out projects and
just collaborating with other similar stakeholders around the world, other airports, other ground
handling companies and airlines and other, just every other stakeholder in the pharma industry,
including of course, the pharma shipper which
is key to the association. – And Nathan, can you tell
us the aims of Pharma.Aero? – Pharma.Aero aims at creating
end to end connectivity for pharmaceutical shipments. So in the end, we want to
create a global network of key stakeholders,
airports, and industry stakeholders that all
collaborate and that all have this vision of improving the handling of pharmaceutical shipments. So in the end, it’s all about efficiency, about collaboration, and about working together
in order to create a true end to end, reliable
transports via air cargo. – And the Pharma sector is
a multi-billion Euro market. Is there enough share and
enough business for everyone? – There is enough
business but our focus is not just on the level of
business, it’s really, we want to optimise and create
and strengthen trade lanes. So we’re not as much concerned about increasing our business tremendously, we want to ensure that
the transport of pharma from end to end, as Nathan
mentioned, is secure, it’s safe, it’s reliable,
because we want to gain the trust of the shipper, the pharma
shipper, that will lead to more business for our
airports, that will make us happy, and we, in turn, will
make the shippers happy by being responsive to their
needs, listening to ways of improving the transport
of their products, so in the end, we both
win with the association. – Nathan, has the Cool Dolly
project been successful since we last met? – The Cool Dolly project is a nice example of what you can achieve
by working together by collaborating in a cargo community. By involving other preferred
pharmagate ways that are in a membership of
Pharma.Aero, we will implement similar projects at
other airports as well, creating in the end, reliable transport, not just in Brussels, but
also at the transit point and at the final destination
so it is really key to share expertise, to
collaborate, and to explain to others how they can use the
lessons learned from Brussels and they can share their
expertise so we really believe that by collaborating on this central team this same vision that this
will make a difference and ultimately pharmaceutical
shipper will benefit from it. – And Jimmy, what’s the
future membership strategy? – Well, our future, first
of all, our membership has been going very well. We started in October of 2016, we launched the association,
already we have 16 members total and so we’re more
than pleased with already the level of commitment,
buying into this association. Our focus now will be to roll out projects where we will share
knowledge, as Nathan said, come up with solutions to
improving the transport of pharma and so membership is
still important to to us, but right now, we’re focusing more on rolling out the
projects that will benefit all the stakeholders and really add value to our whole mission at Pharma.Aero. – Well, we’ll be watching your
progress with great interest. Good luck in the future. Thank you. Thank you so much for
joining me. Thank you. Thank you.

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