Hyderabad: Hyderabad Air Cargo, a division of GMR Air Cargo and Aerospace Engineering Limited has joined hands with Germany's DoKaSch to launch India's first dedicated Service Station for Opticooler temperature-controlled air cargo containers.

Hyderabad Air Cargo has become the first and only Indian node on DoKaSch Temperature Solution's global Service Station network.

With its dedicated 'Pharma Zone', Hyderabad Air Cargo has been established as a hub for pharma exports in South Central India. It has also positioned containers at the Hyderabad network station for local pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwarders, and airlines.

The timing of the launch of the new station is also apt, given the critical role expected to be played by Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines in the ongoing global battle against the pandemic.

"Hyderabad Air Cargo terminal is the preferred gateway for pharmaceuticals and vaccine movements in the South Asia region and we are very pleased to partner with DoKaSch Temperature Solutions to establish a service station at our Cargo Terminal. The new facility will make the world-class DoKaSch Opticooler containers readily and easily accessible to our shared customers who will be assured of ready availability and fast turnaround with our new on-airport container station. With the addition of this facility, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo will be the biggest hub for temperature-controlled air cargo containers in the region," said Pradeep Panicker, CEO-GMR Hyderabad International Airport.

Andreas Seitz, Managing Director at DoKaSch Temperature Solutions, said India is a highly relevant location for pharmaceuticals, biosimilars, and biotech.

"Hyderabad is of outstanding importance. In turn, we decided to open our new service station to complement our extensive network and contribute to a capable cool chain for these products. Not only is the station located at a globally relevant industry hub, but the airport is also used by many of our partner airlines and is well connected to destinations worldwide. We are certain that our new location will play an important role for the global supply with lifesaving pharmaceutical products like vaccines, especially during the ongoing pandemic," he said.

The new Service Station operated by GHAC on behalf of DoKaSch will be able to house up to 100 specialized, temperature-controlled containers at a time. It will serve as the primary regional hub for DoKaSch customers.

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