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Tower Cold Chain opens new global headquarters in Theale

By Karolina Skinner
17 September 2021

Pharmaceutical thermal protection specialist Tower Cold Chain is opening a new global headquarters that will be located close to its existing premises in Theale. The 26,000 sq ft building will greatly expand Tower’s container conditioning and storage capacities, as well as enhancing its design, laboratory and testing capabilities in the development of robust, reliable and reusable temperature-controlled pharmaceutical supply chain solutions.

Tower's new headquarters features a special Innovation Centre and additional office space which is available for customer use, providing opportunities for meetings and product assessments, as well as the investigation and development of enhancements and new technologies. Additionally, the expanded laboratory facilities will further strengthen Tower’s testing and qualification capabilities and include two new environmental test chambers with a larger capacity for qualification and development of new product ranges.

Niall Balfour, Tower’s CEO, commented: "This is another important milestone in the continued growth of Tower. We are experiencing increasing demand for our range of services to support the fast and efficient distribution of temperature-critical pharmaceuticals and life science products, ensuring they maintain their efficacy to deliver the best result for the end-patient. The additional space and facilities in our new premises further strengthen our collaborative approach, which is at the heart of every project, and will enable us to react even more quickly to customer requests."

"Delivering product protection and safety as part of an efficient, reusable system are critical requirements of a cost-effective pharmaceutical supply chain," concluded Balfour. "Our new premises will further enhance our capabilities to deliver high performance solutions that meet these criteria every time."

The UK headquarters will also support Tower’s growing global network of strategically located hubs throughout Europe, the USA, Asia-Pacific, India and South Africa improving both proximity and availability of containers.

About Tower Cold Chain

With its headquarters in Theale, Tower delivers proven physical and temperature protection for pharmaceutical and life science products.

The company was one of the first to adopt phase-change materials to protect temperature-sensitive materials, as well as developing a patented built-in data logger for its products. More recently, Tower introduced a range of unique biotechnology deep frozen pack-out solutions. In its last 15,000 shipments, the company has recorded fewer than 0.1% temperature excursions.

Its other hubs are in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brussels, Frankfurt, Manchester, Singapore, Shanghai, Melbourne, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

It currently counts 16 of the world’s largest pharma companies as clients and 70% of the world’s top 20 pharma 3PLs as trusted partners.

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