va-Q-tec is closely following the current developments caused by the fast spreading Corona Virus (COVID-19). The company has set up a cross-functional Task Force including the management board. Its members continuously review the everchanging situation and are well prepared to make quick decisions and take actions to ensure the company‘s global operations and services – especially because va-Q-tec is part of the life-saving pharmaceutical supply chain.
Top priority is given to the health and safety of va-Q-tec‘s employees as well as keeping up the proven premium service and availability of VIPs, PCMs, small boxes and va-Q-tainers. The company is committed to the best possible support to serve its clients demanding requirements. This is enabled by va-Q-tec’s fully integrated value chain and unique inhouse production of its products’ core components (VIPs and PCMs).
The stock market magazine of the German public broadcaster ARD talked with our CEO Dr. Joachim Kuhn about the developments of va-Q-tec and the importance of supply chains during Corona crisis.
Read the full article here (only in German language available).
Since the start of the Corona pandemic, va-Q-tec ensures the reliable transport of test kits both on the last mile to the end customer and internationally. But the company also plays an important role in the global distribution of drugs and vaccines.
Read the full press release here.
Breakthrough in Corona research by using BINDER refrigerators is supported by va-Q-tec’s VIPs: The laboratory devices ensure temperatures of less than -86 °C. This is possible by using the superinsulating VIPs.
Click here to get more information about the cooperation with BINDER.
One of va-q-tec’s clients reports hopeful results in tests of a drug against COVID-19. In va-q-tainers this cargo can be shipped safely and with optimal temperature control.
va-Q-tec supports the temperature controlled shipments of Corona test kits of a European medical diagnostic products manufacturer from Great Britain to the US. va-Q-tainers secure the transported cargo at constant -20 °C.
Full availability of containers and boxes despite Corona Crisis: The TempChain Network has 30 global TempChain Service Centers. All of them are fully operating and ensure va-q-tec’s proven high quality standards.
Effective time management for lifesaving Corona test kit transports supported by va-Q-tainer: During the shipment from South Korea to Canada no elaborate dry-ice handling was necessary which saves valuable time and thus costs!
va-Q-tec support the global fight against Coronavirus: The company is proud to enable another shipment of 5,000 test kits and a consignment of research reagents from Singapore to SriLanka in va-q-proof boxes.
A donation of 3,000 corona test kits arrived in Ulan Batoor (Mongolia) supported by the va-Q-one packaging solution. va-Q-tec’s advanced passive thermal single-use box ensured a constant temperature on the transport from Singapore.
A transport of 160,000 test kits was processed from South Korea to Saudi Arabia in va-Q-tainers. To ensure their effectiveness, temperatures of -20 °C had to be absolutely guaranteed inside of the containers despite the Arabian climate.
Statement of va-Q-tec’s management on FY2019 and the current situation.
The international customer service team was able to fulfill 100% of all orders. All TSC open and 100% operational.
- The in-house production of VIPs, PCMs, boxes and va-Q-tainers is running at full speed.
- Supply chain secured by near-sourcing from Germany and Europe
International partners and government organizations confirm va-Q-tec’s system relevance for the global pharmaceutical supply chain. The company wants to continue fulfilling this role. va-Q-tec maintains the operation of the production sites, the global subsidiary offices and the TempChain Network.
- The production of VIPs, PCMs, boxes and va-Q-tainers is fully running in a multi-shift model and supply of materials is secured for the coming weeks.
- The global TempChain Network for container and small box rental services is in full operation and Customer Service worldwide is fully available.
- A solid Business Continuity Plan secures full operations at va-Q-tec’s global Container Rental head office in Rochester, UK.
Despite an imposed mandatory “stay at home” order in California and potentially upcoming measures in Pennsylvania (USA) va-Q-tec’s TempChain Service Centers are fully operational and the local service teams are available without any restrictions.
All TempChain Service Centers (TSC) within our global TempChain Network are fully operating allowing us to provide our serviced rental solutions without restrictions.
For our container rental clients:
Special pricing conditions are granted for selected lanes and container types – please reach out to your global contacts for further details.
va-Q-tec has put in place its Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for its operations globally:
- Both production sites in Germany are fully operating and working independently from each other
- Raw materials and components for all major products are stocked for the next months, stock is continuosly filled up by the current supply chain
- Worldwide Customer Service is fully available
Special support for va-Q-tec’s container rental clients:
- As of today full service and availability of va-Q-tainers is given within the global TempChain Network despite of significantly reduced airfreight capacities
- va-Q-tec is ready to find flexible solutions for clients facing challenges to return va-Q-tainers in due time – Please reach out to your va-Q-tec contact for further details
- Special fees are temporarily waived: cancellation fees (not applicable for dry ice shipments), express and change order fees
Rapid and reliable diagnostics are necessary in order to provide adequate treatment for patients as quickly as possible. A biotech company from Singapore has now developed a diagnostic kit that can detect an infection with the virus within two days. va-Q-tec supports by delivering several hundred va-Q-proof and va-Q-med boxes at short notice.
As va-Q-tec has it’s complete value chain inhouse and located in Germany the company is able to keep the production of VIPs, PCMs, boxes and va-Q-tainers up and running. The supply of materials is secured for the coming weeks. The global TempChain Network providing rental containers and boxes is secured in collaboration with international partners. va-Q-tec’s GRAs with all big airlines and close partnerships with numerous freight forwarders ensures 100% availability despite the tremendously reduced airfreight capacities. The international customer service teams are fully available and create individual case by case solutions to secure the in time delivery of containers and boxes globally. In addition international partners and government organizations confirm va-Q-tec’s system relevance for the global pharmaceutical supply chain. Therefore the company is able to maintain the operation of all 30 TempChain Service Centers globally.
After each use, the va-Q-tainers and va-Q-proof boxes are cleaned and thoroughly inspected in the va-Q-tec TempChain Service Centers (TSCs) according to special SOPs. All internal and external surfaces of each container is conscientiously cleaned and sanitized by disinfectants and UVC-radiation to exclude any contamination. During that process the staff is wearing appropriate personal protection equipment, including gloves and masks. In addition the insulation material of each container and box is checked with the patented va-Q-check® system which ensures the day one qualification and performance for each shipment.
va-Q-tec has systematically separated the two production sites in Germany, making a transmission of the virus impossible between employees of both sites. Personal customer visits at va-Q-tec’s subsidiaries are no longer possible for the time of social separation. In addition, the company makes full use of the possibilities of digitalisation e.g. by organizing video conferences and offering webinars. Many employees are also working from their home office. Furthermore, the hygiene regulations at all sites have been tightened and all employees were equipped with hygiene masks and received the in-house produced disinfectant va-Q-san.