Baxter begins work on new distribution warehouse in France

By Alexandria Pesic

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US healthcare giant Baxter has commissioned logistics specialists Gazeley to begin construction on a new distribution warehouse just outside Lyon, France.

The new warehouse will be located on the Gaulnes ZAC industrial park in Jonage: a primary base for international business in France situated in the heart of the Rhône​-Alpes region of the country.

Baxter has secured a nine year lease, and hopes the new facility - strategically located within easy reach of both the centre of Lyon, and the city’s international airport, St Exupéry – will ultimately help improve the delivery of its products, which are manufactured all over Europe at sites in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Ireland.

The project is scheduled for completion in October 2011, with operations expected to begin early in 2012.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with a renowned international group such as Baxter,” ​said director of Gazeley France, Maite Inglis.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for Gazeley in the Rhône​-Alpes; a region that is known for is dynamism in terms of innovation and research, particularly in chemical pharmaceutics industry.

“Our understanding of Baxter’s needs, underpinned by our dedicated client services and our expertise in bespoke logistical developments, allows us to deliver projects in short timescales. These were decisive factors for Baxter when they chose to work with us.”


The new facility is being certified by Building Research Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) - a globally recognised voluntary measurement rating for green buildings – in order to adhere to the many strict rules and regulations in place when dealing with the storage of pharmaceutical products.

To preserve a stable environment within the facility, and thereby reduce CO2 emissions, Gazeley are fitting the building with a reinforced insulator to keep products at a controlled temperature, coid-chain control for keeping products between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius, and solar panels for producing hot water.

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