Logistics and supply chain leader, the Imperial Logistics Group, is expanding its Life Sciences division and investing in a new, multimillion, state-of-the art warehouse to optimise its logistics services to the healthcare sector.

According to Managing Director at Imperial Health Sciences, Lara Haigh, the business needed additional capacity following its diversification into the pharmaceutical wholesaling, medical devices and animal health markets.

The expansion will enable Imperial’s Pharmed pharmaceutical wholesaler and distribution business to move into the group’s Centurion facility. According to Haigh, clients will reap the benefits of a refined and cost effective “over the fence” supply chain solution.

Pharmed, which specialises in the wholesale supply and distribution of healthcare related products, will be moving in as of June 2018, and will leverage Imperial’s established operational processes, systems and resources.

Commenting on the move, Haigh said: “The move will result in efficiency gains for both business units.”

The expansion project encompasses the construction of a new 41,000m² warehouse with 30,280 bulk storage positions, 4550 high risk locations, 1350 cold storage locations for cold chain products and 4, 000 positions for Schedule six medicines.

A new bond store will be built, with 1,500 pallet locations, while fridge capacity will be increased at the Centurion facility, with the addition of 2,000m² of space providing 2,500 pallet locations.

The new storage space will also boast a state-of-the-art high-speed conveyor system suitable for carrying both pallets and cases of product.

The group’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the project’s focus on energy efficient design features and water saving initiatives.

Imperial expects the expansion to be completed in June 2018.

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