SEKO Logistics Awarded ISO 13485 for Amsterdam Hub
One of the world’s leaders in global Supply Chain Solutions, logistics delivery services, freight forwarding & retail distribution, SEKO Logistics, recently received ISO 13485 certification at their Amsterdam hub. The audit for ISO certification was carried out by BSI, one of the world’s leading business standards companies.
With this new certification, SEKO can now provide light contract manufacturing services, including assembly and inspection of medical devices, non-sterile product kitting and third-party logistics support, including inventory control, warehousing and order fulfilment.
SEKO is now qualified to undertake technical services for customer products, such as surgical kitting, med device re-working, device quality inspection, testing and decontamination in the Netherlands and at all their other certified facilities.
The certification follows on from their numerous facilities throughout the United States that also hold the ISO 13485 certification. The SEKO MedTec division has shown growth of 20% each year over the last five years; this contributes to 13% of the company’s global revenue.
Opening at the beginning of 2018, the Amsterdam hub is 80,000 sq. Ft and strategically located in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Logistics Park and is SEKO’s second largest operation in Europe. The hub will now become the main MedTec hub for SEKO on the continent and play a key role in managing the growing demand for the company’s international transportation and fulfilment solutions, cross-border eCommerce, Omni-Channel, White Glove and Final Mile services.
The investment for a bigger location was a result of SEKO wanting to meet the ever-growing demand from its core industry verticals; aerospace, automotive, energy, government, industrial, medical, retail, technology, and tradeshows and events.
SEKO MedTec Managing Director, Robert Shearer said, “ISO 13485 is the quality standard that meets the regulatory requirements of the medical device industry, so it is a valuable qualification for us as a logistics service provider and will differentiate SEKO’s offering in this fast-growing market. The Netherlands remains the premier 3PL and distribution location in Europe, and this latest investment in our service quality and clean room capabilities reflects our dedication and commitment to this market. The ISO Standard confirms that SEKO MedTec has the same high-level Quality Management System as our medical device manufacturing clients. This is especially important in the Netherlands because many of our biggest MedTec clients use it as the center of their European distribution programs due to the VAT deferral opportunities and the significant cash flow benefits this delivers.”