‘The innovation we brought with the container will simplify cold chain logistics’

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The pharmaceutical industry is undeniably one of the most dynamic customers of the air cargo industry. The pharma sector is also one which in dire need for innovations that can propel it towards achieving aviation’s ambitious sustainability goal of flying net-zero by 2050.

One such recent innovation in the field is the launch of a smart air cargo container developed by Swiss start-up Swiss Airtainer SA that can be used to transport life saving pharma products globally.

The unique feature of this container is that it has achieved CO2 reduction by 40-45%, due to weight reduction of 250kg than existing containers and results in 9 tons of Co2 saved per trip and per container and has built in intelligence that can communicate data about the shipment on a real-time basis.

More recently Swiss WorldCargo, Swiss Airtainer, and B.P.L announced the successful transportation of the first shipment via this container from Basel via Zurich to San Francisco this April.

Marco Martin, CTO Swiss Airtainer talks about the genesis of the company right before the pandemic, its mission and plans for commercial deployment and manufacturing and their future plans to revolutionize the cold chain logistics.

These discussions were part of an interview Martin did with Lakshmi Ajay, Associate Editor of STAT Media as part of ‘Conversations’ - an exclusive interview series from the recently concluded World Cargo Symposium hosted by IATA in Istanbul in April 2023.

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