Growing life sciences cluster
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol announced the news on their website. According to the statement, the investment in the new facility reflects KLM’s drive to “attract more business from the pharma and life sciences sector, where temperature-controlled ground handing within strict limits is an essential element in the supply chain." Its name Pharma 15-25 indicates the guaranteed temperature range that the new zone can provide.
A pharma logistics hub
Positive results have already been observed within the region. For example, The Loadstar, a British magazine about the logistics sector, has praised the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area as an up-and-coming pharma logistics hub. The cooperation and collaboration between the different organisations involved is deemed critical to Amsterdam’s success in the sector. To further develop the Amsterdam Area as a pharma logistics hub, the Amsterdam Airport Area, Schiphol Airport, amsterdam inbusiness and Amsterdam Innovation Motor have teamed up to create pharma corridors and trade lanes between Schiphol and other key markets.
Life Sciences in the Amsterdam Area
This approach has already led to tangible results. The growth in the number of businesses involved with Red Life Sciences (health and medical equipment) is particularly notable. In 2012, nine new international companies from this sector have established themselves in the region, including Alvimedica (Turkey) and Bioventus (US).
Schiphol Logistics Hub
What’s more, the Schiphol Logistics Park has been developed to accommodate high-quality, large-scale logistics facilities and services with operations oriented towards the airport. It recently welcomed its first company, Rapid Logistics, which is a logistics company focused on special consignments and fast deliveries.