Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced that Hellman Calipar Healthcare Logistics, a strategic joint venture between Hellman Worldwide Logistics from Germany and Calipar Integrated Services DWC LLC from India, has commenced work on its warehouse extension project that will double the current warehouse capacity of the company by adding over 12,500 temperature-controlled pallet positions in a new state-of-the-art dedicated healthcare facility, located next to the existing warehouse at DWC. Upon completion, this will be the largest dedicated healthcare warehouse in the region.
Hellman Calipar Healthcare Logistics, which presents a unique concept of healthcare logistics services using Dubai as the hub, has been offering its range of services to support secure distribution of its customer’s specialized pharmaceutical and healthcare products across the region through its fully-equipped logistics centre located at DWC. The significant expansion of its warehouse capacity will enable the company to address the growing demand for its high quality services in key markets.
Madhav Kurup, , CEO ( MENA ) for Hellmann and Hellman Calipar Healthcare Logistics, said “Ever since we began operations in Dubai World Central we have benefited immensely from the distinct advantages and world-class infrastructure offered by DWC. Especially since this venture is dedicated to healthcare logistics, an industry which is extremely time-sensitive, it was crucial that we have a fast-cycle logistics environment such as DWC that gave us access to fast and efficient multi model logistics platform with global connectivity. Our decision to further expand our warehouse capacity is due to the established credibility, industry confidence and ever increasing demand for this operating model using DWC as the healthcare Hub, and we believe that our new facility will help us address customer requirements even more efficiently.”
Healthcare products require a validated temperature-controlled storage and distribution process. Global pharmaceutical companies have realized the importance of taking control of their ‘cool chain’ until the product reaches the patient, triggering the need for keeping stocks closer to the market. Companies also recognise that Dubai provides the right platform to serve as the distribution hub for healthcare products meant for the rest of the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa.
Mohsen Ahmad, VP Logistics District, Dubai World Central, said: “DWC-based companies operating in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector have often pointed to the strategic advantages they enjoy, including the multimodal transport, fast-cycle logistics environment, and proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Sea Port. Moreover, DWC also offers state-of-the-art infrastructure that will significantly benefit fast-growing healthcare logistics companies such as Hellman Calipar Healthcare Logistics. This niche segment in particular is witnessing steady growth in DWC, thanks to the close collaboration with government entities such as the Ministry of Health and Dubai Customs which are extending their total support for the sustained development of healthcare logistics.”
Hellmann Calipar Healthcare Logistics was the first company in the region to invest in a dedicated healthcare validated facility, which was set up after complete validation through simulation exercises for hub processes and freight management.
DWC offers an array of benefits to logistics businesses with its integrated operation model, high level of security and safety, enhanced connectivity and competitive pricing. Its modern facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure have enabled businesses to expand regionally and globally from Dubai.