Hellmann Calipar expands operations at DWCby Sarah Jacotine on May 20, 2015
Hellmann Calipar Healthcare Logistics has announced the expansion of its operations in Dubai World Central (DWC) to introduce an additional 10,000 square metres to its existing 10,000 square metre facility, making it the largest healthcare logistics facility in the Middle East.
The expansion introduces capacity for an additional 12,500 temperature and humidity controlled pallet positions along with a mezzanine floor of around 600 square metres, bringing the total warehouse capacity to 21,500 pallet positions.
The building sets high standards for the environment and safety of the products stored, with features such as cooling walls and flooring.
Hellmann Calipar is a joint venture, established in 2009 between Hellmann Worldwide Logistics of Germany and Calipar Integrated Logistics (part of the Parekh group) of India.
Respective chairpersons of both organisations – Jost Hellmann and S. J. Parekh – were present at the inauguration ceremony, along with Mohsen Ahmad, VP, Logistics District, DWC.
Founders of the joint venture, Madhav Kurup, CEO-MENA, and Rajiv Merchant, director, Calipar Integrated Services, DWC-LLC, inaugurated the new facility.
Kurup said: "Hellmann Calipar Healthcare Logistics has achieved a leadership position in healthcare logistics in the Middle East over the last five years by creating state of the art dedicated infrastructure, processes, validated systems and above all continued investment in our people."
Congratulating Hellmann Calipar on the launch of its new facility, Mohsen Ahmad said: "As Logistics District celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, we cherish our longstanding partnership with Hellmann Calipar, which goes back to 2009 when they planned and ultimately launched their first warehouse facility at the Logistics District.
"We are happy to facilitate the company’s unique and stringent needs that call for a fast-cycle logistics environment.
"The facility’s proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport goes a long way to satisfy the company’s requirement for high-speed and global connectivity in a cost-effective way.”