AIT acquires pharma logistics company


AIT Worldwide Logistics has secured the purchase of Mach II Shipping Ltd, a UK-based freight forwarder specialising in worldwide distribution of pharmaceuticals and related products.

According to AIT, the acquired company has earned a reputation for high-quality shipping solutions in the life sciences industry, including transportation programs for clinical trials, active pharmaceutical ingredients, pharmaceutical machinery and finished products.

“In addition to temperature-controlled air freight, Mach II provides outstanding dedicated road service for high-value life sciences moves throughout Europe with a managed fleet of temperature-controlled vehicles operated by Good Distribution Practices-trained independent contractors,” said AIT Executive Vice President, Life Sciences, Chris Amberg. “Additionally, their value-added services include in-house customs clearance and a temperature-controlled warehouse in Ashford, Middlesex, near London Heathrow Airport.”

Services at the Ashford location are mirrored by a second office in the Netherlands, opened in 2019 as a response to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. This facility features an ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer farm, safely and securely storing oncology products at below -60°C.

Mach II’s global Pharmafreight partner network is also included as part of the acquisition.

“I’m delighted to welcome Mach 2 and Pharmafreight teammates to the company,” said AIT President and Chief Operating Officer, Keith Tholan. “Their well-tenured expertise provides an instant boost to our world-class Life Sciences Division, and we look forward to elevating cold chain service for our customers, especially in Europe.”

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