Yusen Logistics to open New Smart Pharma Hub in Gembloux

Yusen Logistics Benelux

Yusen Logistics Benelux will open a new state-of-the-art pharma and healthcare warehouse in Gembloux (Wallonia) to further position Benelux as a strategic healthcare logistics hub for the European region. Due to increased demand, Yusen Logistics Benelux added over 40,000m2 to its smart pharma operation in recent years by opening new warehouses in Roosendaal, Antwerp and Herentals. Now Yusen Logistics continues to invest in this new location in Gembloux.

Yusen Logistics Benelux will open a brand new, state-of-the-art automated healthcare dedicated and GDP certified warehouse in the South of Belgium, Gembloux, by the end of Q1 2024. Gembloux is centrally located and unique for the area. This project gives a major boost to employment and the regional economy in Wallonia. This 18-meter-high warehouse will consist of two separate buildings. One building of 1,500m² will be ambient and fitted to store dangerous goods. The other building will have around 39,000m² of storage space with variable temperatures. The building will be equipped with a range of automated solutions like AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots) and AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles) as material handling equipment for order preparation. This new warehouse will meet the highest sustainability standards. Photovoltaic solar panels will be installed, and charging points for electric cars and bicycles. The building will be BREEAM certified and FM Global compliant. MG Real Estate is responsible for the site’s development and will lease it to Yusen Logistics.

GSK aims to consolidate and centralize their Belgian incoming material and vaccine warehouse activities on this new site (GSK Logistics Hub). The remaining space at the Gembloux location will be accessible to other healthcare customers.

Bruno Jacques, Managing Director of Yusen Logistics Benelux: “This new warehouse underlines our strategy to further develop the pharma and healthcare activities within Benelux and Europe. This warehouse will be quite unique within Europe as it will host all the different temperature storage requirements in large quantities combined with different types of automation, all of which are of the highest quality and HSES standards. We are a strong and professional healthcare Logistics specialist that offers customers unique added value in their supply chain through an increased focus on quality and HSES, lead times, service offering and cost-efficiency. We are grateful to our customers for their confidence in our services and for entrusting us with their products. I highly appreciate the contribution from our business partners and MG Real Estate, as well as the support from our subcontractors. A special thanks goes to BEP Namen and Renaud Degueldre for their important contribution to making this development possible. I look forward to working with all parties involved to make this new project a huge success!”

Emmanuel Amory, the recently appointed Managing Director of the vaccines division for GSK in Belgium, added, “We would like to thank all Yusen Logistics employees for taking up this particularly important challenge for our organization. Indeed, the construction of this large-scale new logistics centre, at the cutting edge of technology and respecting the latest environmental standards, will not only allow an impressive storage space with variable temperatures depending on our vaccines but will also be the hub for exporting millions of our vaccines around the world. Thanks to this partnership, we will be able to distribute our vaccines more quickly to people in more than 160 countries while reducing our CO2 emissions. This large-scale project, unique in the region, once again demonstrates GSK’s intention to strengthen the biopharmaceutical ecosystem in Belgium, and at the same time consolidates Wallonia’s place at the top of logistics.”

The Benelux is a strategic hotspot for Yusen Logistics at the European level – for import and export flows, worldwide air and sea freight combined with extensive road network connections for transit to destinations throughout Europe. The Yusen Logistics Benelux warehouses are also hubs on the Yusen Logistics pharmaceutical superhighway, a Control Tower-driven European network in which more than two million pallets of pharmaceutical products are transported every year. The expansion with this new location will further strengthen the healthcare network within Yusen Logistics Europe and the other regions worldwide.

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