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September 6, 2018by Elena Esteso

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Softbox announces launch of its MAX range at IQPC in Philadelphia

Greenville, South Carolina, US, September 6, 2018 – Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging for the life science and logistics industries, today announces that it is launching its MAX range at the next IQPC Annual Cold Chain Global Forum (24-27 September) in Philadelphia.

Softbox’s MAX range is a new addition to the company’s current Tempcell, Silverpod and AEON ranges. Each MAX shipper provides new innovative and advanced features that highly benefit the Life Science industry.

Tempcell MAX, Softbox’s new single-use high performance PCM parcel shippers utilize the next generation recyclable PCM coolants and an internal radiant barrier film to enhance thermal protection. Tempcell MAX is an upgrade to the current water-based Tempcell shippers.

Silverpod MAX, the latest addition to Softbox’s award-winning range of Silverpod Pallet Shippers, combines the next generation recyclable PCM coolants and an external solar radiance barrier film to ensure maximum protection of the internal payload during extreme shipping conditions.

AEON MAX, an addition to the recently launched AEON reusable high-performance parcel shippers, ensures maximum protection for extended duration during transit.

Wayne Langlois, President of Softbox, commented: “We are extremely pleased to launch these new temperature control packaging systems to the market. Each has new and unique features that will meet the increasing demands of our customers. The MAX range is being showcased for the first time at IQPC in Philadelphia in September. At Softbox we believe in the importance of innovation, and our packaging systems are designed to help our customers become even more efficient during the Cold Chain.”

 

About Softbox

Softbox is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for over 20 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

We have formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialised products.

For more information about Softbox visit: www.softboxsystems.com

 

About IQPC

IQPC produces 1,500 global events that are custom-tailored to the unique needs of business executives. Founded in 1973, IQPC leverages an office network that spans six continents and a wealth of intellectual capital to provide an unparalleled portfolio of conferences and seminars. For more information, please visit http://www.iqpc.com

 

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Email: lisa@amplify-pr.co.uk


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August 28, 2018by Elena Esteso

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AT&T, Softbox and Merck Test Connected Payloads and Drone Flights to Deliver Medical Supplies in Puerto Rico

PUBLISHED ON BEHALF OF AT&T

 

A Flying Smartbox From AT&T and Softbox Shows How IoT Can Help Safely Deliver Vital Medicines in Crises

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico, Aug. 24, 2018 — AT&T* is taking part in a proof of concept with Softbox to test connected medical payloads carried by drones.  The goal? Successfully and safely deliver temperature-sensitive medicines using drones.

An LTE-connected drone carrying Softbox’s thermal-insulated packaging system “Skypod,” which includes a smartbox powered by AT&T’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology, successfully completed demonstration flights. The field trial with Merck, the pharmaceutical company, took place in locations across Puerto Rico. Softbox, based in the UK, provides specialist temperature control packaging to the pharmaceutical industry.

“Merck is pleased to collaborate on this innovative new model for delivering medicines to patients in areas affected by natural disasters,” said Brenda Colatrella, executive director, Corporate Responsibility at Merck. “We’re proud of our long history of expanding access to our medicines and vaccines and collaborating to provide humanitarian assistance. The drone test flights give us hope that we will be able to provide a reliable supply of our medicines for disaster.”

AT&T’s IoT technology tracks the Skypod with data viewed on a web and mobile app dashboard. The data includes near-real time external and internal temperatures of the box and its location. Light exposure data helps signal if there is box tampering during daylight, by determining if the box is open or closed.

The dashboard app will flash alerts to help drive appropriate action. For example, it will send an alert if there is a change to the temperature range of 2°C to 8°C. It will also send an alert if the drone goes outside of defined geofencing parameters.

AT&T and Softbox have adapted the Skypod from a connected flask prototype developed in the AT&T Foundry, which they showcased earlier this year. The AT&T Foundry is a network of innovation centers that collaborates with startups, technology providers and enterprises to move ideas to market faster through rapid prototyping. It moved the IoT sensors that track temperature and location from the lid of the original prototype and fit them into the smartbox.

“We’re proud to be working with AT&T in this dynamic, industry-first trial. The connected Skypod could be rapidly deployed globally in times of humanitarian disaster relief,” said Softbox Technical Director Richard Wood.

 

The connection that makes it possible

The AT&T Global SIM and AT&T Control Center connect and manage the Skypod’s sensor data transmission. The web and mobile app reporting dashboard uses the AT&T Asset Management Operations Center.

The drone is also connected to the AT&T network, providing a communications path for flight plan and telemetry data between the drone and ground control system.

Last year, AT&T deployed the helicopter Flying COW (Cell on Wings, cell site on a drone) in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. It was the first time a drone had been used to connect residents with their mobile phone services after a disaster.

“With the 2018 hurricane season upon us, we are thinking about the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year. This trial is a fantastic example of ‘IoT for Good,’ showcasing that it’s possible for connected medical drones to deliver vital medicines to people in times of disaster,” said AT&T Region President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, John Vladimir Slamecka.

To learn more about AT&T IoT solutions, go to www.business.att.com/solutions/Portfolio/internet-of-things/

About Softbox

Softbox is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for over 20 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout Europe, Americas, India and Asia Pacific.

We have formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialised products.

For more information about Softbox and its innovative packaging, visit www.softboxsystems.com

*About AT&T Communications

We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we innovate to improve lives. We have the nation’s largest and most reliable network and the nation’s best network for video streaming.** We’re building FirstNet just for first responders and creating next-generation mobile 5G. With DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, we deliver entertainment people love to talk about. Our smart, highly secure solutions serve over 3 million global businesses – nearly all of the Fortune 1000. And worldwide, our spirit of service drives employees to give back to their communities.

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Notes to Editors

Digital images of drone Skypod are available for download from this link: https://ql.mediasilo.com/#ql/5b7f8a28e4b06cf6ac73381c/9c42f1d0-44f8-4d2b-921b-0b97d11815fd

Video of drone Skypod delivering vital medicine in Puerto Rico crisis: http://qlnk.io/ql/5b7ee517e4b04c824e1999e3

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Email: ra851m@intl.att.com

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Email: lisa@amplify-pr.co.uk


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May 23, 2018by Elena Esteso

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Softbox acquires Cold Tech Systems to further expand presence in Latin America

Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, UK, 23rd May 2018 – Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging for the life science and logistics industries, today announces the acquisition of Cold Tech Systems.

Cold Tech Systems has been the exclusive Softbox licensee in Latin America for several years, establishing itself as a leading supplier of high-quality temperature control packaging systems for the region’s pharmaceutical cold chain industry.

The acquisition of Cold Tech Systems enables Softbox to distribute its innovative temperature control packaging systems directly to the Latin American market and meet its increasing demand for local innovation as well as local production, inventory and technical and QA support.

Wayne Langlois, President of Softbox, commented: “I’m extremely proud to welcome Cold Tech Systems as our partner within the Softbox family. The combination of our Softbox capabilities and award-winning packaging systems with Cold Tech’s valuable client relationships, local production and local coverage, will make us the go-to vendor for the leading pharmaceutical companies across Latin America.

“With the acquisition of Tempack in 2017 and now Cold Tech Systems, we have become an even stronger and simpler solution in Latin America, and I believe our combined companies, all within Softbox, will provide the market’s best products, service and support to our customers.”

Alfredo N. Ratmiroff, President of Cold Tech Systems, added: “The integration with Softbox significantly strengthens Cold Tech’s purpose of supplying its customers in Latin America with the best-in-class cold chain solutions. Softbox’s acclaimed client-driven innovations and Cold Tech’s client-centric product/service customisations are combining to offer the most effective temperature protection with packaging that maximises logistic efficiency.

“We are truly excited about the prospects of delivering to our clients in Latin America the most innovative cold chain packaging systems adapted to meet regional ambient and logistic challenges backed by local technical support.”

 

About Softbox

Softbox is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for over 20 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout Europe, Americas, India and Asia Pacific.

We have formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialised products.

In 2014, Great Point Partners, a leading health care investment firm, recapitalised Softbox to provide growth financing for the Company to continue to execute on its expansion, innovation and global investment strategy to support its clients around the globe.

For more information about Softbox visit: www.softboxsystems.com

 

About Cold Tech Systems

Cold Tech Systems is Softbox’s exclusive manufacturer and distributor for Latin America providing innovative and high-quality temperature control packaging systems for the leading pharmaceutical companies.

It is focused on providing pharmaceutical clients with the most reliable temperature protection for their products in transit while facing challenging ambient temperatures and the risks present with numerous participants in the cold supply chain.

For more information about Cold Tech Systems visit: www.coldtechsystems.com

 

 

For all media enquiries

Lisa Preston, Amplify PR
Telephone: +44 (0)1962 435006 or +44 (0)7980 923 531
Email: lisa@amplify-pr.co.uk


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April 27, 2018by Elena Esteso

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Softbox US moves to new offices in Greenville, South Carolina

Softbox is very pleased to announce our upcoming move into our new North America headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, scheduled to begin May 1st, 2018.

Although we are only moving a few miles down the road, this transition will take place over May and June.  Please be aware of possible address changes for delivering supplies and materials to Softbox as well as origination of shipments.

During the transition period, you will be directed to either location for your bookings as we plan to operate from both the old and new sites simultaneously to ensure a smooth transition. We plan to complete the move with zero interruptions in service and meet our current lead times.

We are very excited that our newly-expanded U.S. headquarters will enable Softbox to meet our customers’ growing demands in both volume and additional product offerings.  We hope that your calendars will allow a visit to tour the new site, which will now include a full qualification testing lab, product engineering capabilities, expanded manufacturing and shipping bays, and many new world class team members.

 

The address of our new location will be:

Softbox Systems, Inc.
350 Frontage Road
Greenville, SC 29611

Softbox Systems Announces New U.S. and Canadian Headquarters

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