Sonoco ThermoSafe, a unit of Sonoco, announced the creation of the Pegasus ULD® line of passive temperature-controlled unit load devices that will be manufactured and supplied by AEROTUF.

The Pegasus ULD, integrating AEROTUF’s patented AeroTHERM composite material technology, will be the first passive bulk temperature-controlled container for pharmaceutical use that is an approved unit load device. With increasing demands for life science and healthcare companies to ship in larger quantities, the Pegasus ULD was specifically designed to fulfill a gap in the market for passive bulk packaging solutions. AEROTUF’s patented materials will deliver a lighter solution that is substantially more damage-resistant than traditional metal containers.

The first Pegasus ULD model, to be launched in the upcoming months, will be the lighter AKP size, which fits a full US pallet and shares the same footprint of the AKE size without the imbalanced overhang section which accounts for over 80% of transit damage in AKE/RKN containers.

Christopher Day, Director of Marketing, Innovation and Business Development for Sonoco ThermoSafe, said: “We are delighted to partner with AEROTUF to create the best-in-class Pegasus ULD® line of passive temperature control ULD containers. The rugged, lightweight composite design of this unit load device enables the pharmaceutical supply chain to cost-effectively ship globally across the Americas, EMEIA and Asia-Pacific regions. Additionally, Sonoco’s 300+ global locations allow the ThermoSafe division to quickly and efficiently expand the depot network for leasing Pegasus ULD® units across the globe.”

Adam Barrington-Spencer, AEROTUF VP Sales & Marketing, said: “We’re proud to announce this major milestone and long-term partnership with Sonoco ThermoSafe. Both Sonoco ThermoSafe and AEROTUF are well known for innovating, we’re pleased to help Sonoco ThermoSafe create yet another industry first with this passive temperature controlled ULD solution. We look forward to delivering exceptional performance and value to Sonoco ThermoSafe partners and supply chain.”

Tom Pherson, AEROTUF President, said: “This partnership with Sonoco underlines our commitment to making ULDs that do more than deliver just baggage and cargo. With our patented materials and expertise we continue to innovate the ULD, delivering more versatile, and damage resistant solutions across the industry, and this new partnership will see us further expand the AeroTHERM range in 2020, helping to protect more temperature sensitive shipments.”

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