New cold rooms enable pharmaceutical carrier to grow

Arctic Express Global Logistics branded vanArctic Express Global Logistics specialise in storing and transporting time-critical and temperature-sensitive food and pharmaceutical supplies which need to be kept chilled, frozen and ambient as well as at dual temp.

The company, which delivers items across the UK and Europe, decided to invest in improved cold room facilities which would enable it to continue its’ journey towards the next stage of growth – and turned to Cold Store Group for help. Cold Store Group has extensive experience working with specialist businesses in the pharmaceutical sector, including Caligor RX, Pharmafreight, Panalpina, Patheon and Phoenix Healthcare as well as the NHS. Maintaining products at the correct temperature is carefully controlled conditions is crucial at all times, which is why CSR work with respected suppliers who provide quality designed and engineered solutions for both the cold rooms, chillers, freezers and refrigeration equipment.

Pharmaceutical Cold Room

Earlier this month Cold Store Group had previously fitted new panels and a double leaf door to upgrade an existing +2 to +8 ˚C facility as well as providing a brand new 4.2m2 pharmaceutical cold room for the Northamptonshire based business. This month, Arctic Express decided to expand further with the installation of a new dual temp facility to regulate the temperature, meaning that it could be adjusted to +2 to +8 to function as a cold chain room or alternatively at controlled ambient temperatures of +15 to +25 ˚C.

During the project, Arctic Express worked with Cold Store Group’ specialist technicians to ensure that the stringent mapping requirements were met. All equipment is fully temperature mapped and calibrated in line with MHRA and GDP compliance requirements, ensuring that there are no hot or cold spots, which potentially could affect the 100% integrity of any items being stored or transported.

The new cold room was installed in two phases; with the final work completed in late November and features a specialist Zanotti packaged refrigeration system.

Directors of Arctic Express are Byron and Andrea Wingrove, who chose Cold Store Group after having heard of their track record in the pharmaceutical sector and high quality reputation. Andrea says;

“We decided to work with Cold Store Group as we feel that their capabilities, experience and industry knowledge – as well as their flexible approach – is an excellent match for our business. Steve Prior is extremely approachable and when we first discussed our ideas, he listened carefully before providing us with a solution to our needs.”

The new installations will provide a number of benefits to the company and its customers. Arctic Express will now be able to offer a full package of services, having previously focused on deliveries. Andrea continued;

“The new cold & ambient rooms will mean that we are able to offer temperature controlled storage, with a comprehensive range of services. For example, with the new cold & ambient storage facilities we can collect on a Friday in Europe; bring the items back to our warehouse, store securely and deliver to a customer first thing on a Monday morning, whereas previously we could only take items by delivering immediately. So this is great news for our business and our customers.”

Managing Director of Cold Store Group Steve Prior says,

“We are delighted that Arctic Express Global Logistics selected us to work on the next stage of their expansion. We have a combined industry knowledge within our team of more than 125 years, specialising in the food, pharmaceutical and distribution markets and like us, Arctic Express are an ambitious firm looking to grow further.

“By combining our expertise in the installation of bespoke, modular build, chilled and freezer rooms with the client’s need for a facility which has strict temperature controls, we have achieved a solution that provides a solid foundation for taking their logistics business even further forward in the future.”

To find out more about Cold Store Group’ storage options and how they could help your business, call the office on 0333 270 9989. Cold Store Group is also on Twitter @coldstorerental.

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