30 May 2013

UPS Officially Opens New Healthcare Facility in Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China – 30 May 2013 - UPS today officially opened its new healthcare facility in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, a move that represents a significant expansion of its Asia healthcare distribution network. The state-of-the-art facility has industry-leading technology to maintain product safety and integrity and is designed to offer seamless, global solutions to healthcare companies looking to expand into, transport within, and export from China. 

China represents one of the most important markets for UPS and our customers,” said Jim Barber, UPS International President. “To capture this growth of consumer demand in healthcare, as well as increase presence in China, we are investing in bringing the best-in-class solutions to our customers.” 

The high-tech Hangzhou facility consists of 22,000 square meters of dedicated healthcare space, and is designed to meet the specific storage and distribution needs of pharmaceutical companies. Staffed by a dedicated on-site Quality Assurance team and boasting a fully-automated product tracking system, the Hangzhou facility provides innovative and customizable solutions to meet specific client needs. 

“With many healthcare companies demanding rigorous supply chain solutions in China, we are seeing increasing opportunities,” said Richard Loi, President of UPS China. “The UPS Hangzhou facility, along with our existing Shanghai medical device facility, will speed products to key markets within China, and underscores UPS’s commitment to strengthening our China network.” 

Joining UPS at the opening ceremony is MSD, a global healthcare leader that is known as Merck in the United States and Canada. MSD, an innovator in healthcare, is the first company in the UPS Hangzhou Healthcare Facility. 

“Many global companies are establishing a presence in Hangzhou and we are pleased to have worked with UPS to raise the standards of healthcare in China,” said Zhao Liming, Vice Governor of Xiaoshan District. “The logistics infrastructure and expertise they bring certainly helps strengthen Hangzhou’s position as a major healthcare transportation hub.” 

The opening of the Hangzhou facility is part of global healthcare expansion strategy. UPS opened its first Asia healthcare facility in Singapore in 2011, and followed rapidly with the opening of three additional facilities in the third quarter of 2012, located in Hangzhou and Shanghai, China, and Sydney, Australia. This year, UPS announced its intent to acquire a European healthcare company, and expanded five existing North American facilities. 

UPS’s global healthcare network is made up of 41 dedicated healthcare facilities encompassing 595,000 square meters and offers services such as temperature-sensitive handling, geographic-specific regulatory compliance, monitoring and security, kitting and labeling, as well as order management and accounts receivable. 

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to manage the world of business more efficiently. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. 

Source: UPS