- 15 April 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
UPS is helping deliver vital components of coronavirus testing kits to countries around the world. The logistics giant is working with QIAGEN, a global provider of molecular diagnostics and sample preparation technologies.
The QIAGEN nucleic acid extraction kits are critical for COVID-19 testing, and the company also supplies QIAstat-DX coronavirus testing cartridges. UPS is classified by governments around the world as an essential service provider, and combines the flexibility of its global network with the stellar demand for QIAGEN’s kits and demand-led production output.
The kits are produced at the QIAGEN facility in Hilden, Germany. “Customers and governments around the world are turning to the reliability of UPS’s smart global logistics network to help fight this pandemic,” said Lou Rivieccio, president, UPS Europe.
“Business continuity has never been more important for our customers and that is what we continue to deliver whether it be for delivery or storage of medicines, testing kits or medical supplies. And when it comes to ensuring that increased production volumes of testing kits reach vital destinations around the world such as hospitals and labs, our teams are here to help customers navigate complexity and focus on fighting this pandemic. Agility, flexibility and fast response in the supply chain arena are helping to combat this outbreak as it shifts from Asia to Europe and North America,” added Rivieccio.
“We have and continue to increase our production of reagents and COVID-19 testing kits to meet the current extraordinary demand for our products worldwide. Our supply chains, both to our production facilities as well as to our customers in laboratories and hospitals are crucial at this time,” said Barthold Piening, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations at QIAGEN.
“Just as our teams at QIAGEN are working 24/7 to ensure production we know we can rely upon UPS as our logistics partner to make sure these kits and components arrive on time and in the right condition to where they’re needed most. We share our ambition with UPS, with its flexible global network, to make our solutions as widely available as possible.”