CSafe Global Announces Acquisition of Softbox Systems to Create the Global Leader in Temperature-Controlled Shipping Solutions

CSafe Global Announces Acquisition of Softbox Systems to Create the Global Leader in Temperature-Controlled Shipping Solutions

[DAYTON, Ohio, US and LONG CRENDON, Buckinghamshire, UK], December 15, 2021 – CSafe Global, the leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, announced today that it has acquired Softbox Systems, a provider of passive temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, life science and cold chain logistics industries, significantly enhancing CSafe’s passive product portfolio. Together, they will provide the most comprehensive suite of thermal shipping solutions and become a one-stop-shop for all pharmaceutical cold chain shipping needs, enabling delivery of critical temperature-sensitive products, including next generation biologics, cell and gene therapy, and mRNA therapies such as the COVID-19 vaccine.

The combined company, which will operate globally under the CSafe brand, will be the only cold chain platform with an end-to-end active air cargo and passive temperature-controlled packaging business spanning the complete spectrum of cold chain shipping solutions for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Softbox’s well-regarded brands in the passive container space, such as SilverSkin, Silverpod and Tempcell, complement CSafe’s leading active product portfolio, particularly within air cargo. The acquisition will unlock opportunities for innovation as well as enhance CSafe’s sustainable and eco-friendly offerings, with new reusable and recyclable pallet and parcel solutions.

Around the globe, a large industry pipeline of life-saving pharmaceutical therapies with strict temperature profiles is accelerating the need for reliable, temperature-controlled shipping solutions. Moreover, future pharmaceutical advances will require a new generation of qualified fit-for-purpose packaging, along with sophisticated tracking technology, that also helps customers meet their sustainability and recycling goals.

“Through this combination, we will be the partner of choice for cold chain delivery of high value, temperature sensitive pharmaceutical therapies. Both CSafe and Softbox have proven to be reliable partners for customers seeking a secure way to deliver their life-enhancing products around the world,” said Patrick Schafer, CSafe CEO. “We’re thrilled to now offer our customers a platform that provides everything from the highest quality packaging to AI-enabled thermal and kinetic monitoring and logistics management.”

“Our businesses are each rooted in a commitment to excellent customer service and high product quality, which made this combination a natural fit,” said Kevin Valentine, CEO of Softbox. “Together we will proudly continue to partner with our global Pharmaceutical customers to devise and deliver the best solutions for their evolving cold chain shipping needs, supporting the delivery of temperature sensitive lifesaving medicines and vaccines.

“With the addition of Softbox’s product portfolio, CSafe strengthens its global infrastructure across air and ground while expanding its offerings for parcel delivery, all supported by the most advanced technology infrastructure,” said Todd Abbrecht, Co-CEO of Thomas H. Lee Partners, which first invested in CSafe in 2016. “We see an incredible opportunity for the combined company to serve as the international partner of choice for cold chain shipping solutions and remain on the forefront of innovation in the industry.”

“The acquisition of Softbox advances CSafe’s strategy to be the leading cold chain solutions provider with a full suite of products and services to meet the needs of its pharmaceutical customers around the globe,” said Ben Magnano, Co-Managing Partner of Frazier Healthcare Partners. “CSafe is an excellent platform to build upon and we, alongside our partners at THL, will continue to make investments to further strengthen the Company’s leadership position in pharmaceutical cold chain.”

As part of the acquisition, Softbox CEO Kevin Valentine will assume the role of president of CSafe’s Passive Temperature Controlled Packaging Division.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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For CSafe Global and Softbox Systems:
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About CSafe Global
CSafe Global provides end-to-end thermal shipping solutions to the pharmaceutical and life science industries worldwide. An industry innovator, CSafe is the only provider of both active and passive solutions and offers AI-enabled lease forecasting to ensure active container availability and real-time shipment visibility for active and passive containers. CSafe provides industry-leading maintenance and reuse programs ensuring superior product performance and alignment with customer sustainability objectives. With a presence in 150 countries, 24/7 support and 100% container availability, CSafe is well-positioned to be the partner of choice in the cold chain. csafeglobal.com

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 25 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, visit www.softboxsystems.com

About Thomas H. Lee Partners
Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”) is a premier private equity firm investing in middle-market growth companies exclusively in three sectors: Financial Services, Healthcare, and Technology & Business Solutions. THL couples deep sector expertise through our Identified Sector Opportunity (“ISO”) process with dedicated internal operating resources from our Strategic Resource Group (“SRG”) to transform and build great companies of lasting value in partnership with management. The Firm’s domain expertise and resources help to build great companies with an aim to accelerate growth, improve operations and drive long-term sustainable value. Since 1974, THL has raised more than $30 billion of equity capital, invested in over 160 companies and completed more than 500 add-on acquisitions representing an aggregate enterprise value at acquisition of over $210 billion. For more information, please visit www.thl.com.

SilverSkin announces new brand identity

SilverSkin announces new brand identity

The Complete Makeover

Over the last three years, the Softbox Group has incorporated every aspect of SilverSkin™ into the DNA of the company – with a great deal of success. While we are still the same people, producing the same reliable covers you expect, we are continuously striving for improvement, and we want the face of the company to reflect this.

Evolving and integrating the SilverSkin™ brand design is the final piece of the jigsaw.

We are proud to announce the launch of a new SilverSkin™ logo. Here’s an animation of how it has evolved over time!

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

27 April 2020 (last updated)

Since entering into lockdown at a number of our global locations, we have successfully managed to maintain production levels for all our product lines and also meet increasing customer demand, whilst continuing to focus on the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, their families and our valued customers and partners around the world.

We continue to focus on new ways of working, including video conferencing which is enabling us to seamlessly communicate and collaborate on a daily basis.

All of our manufacturing facilities have implemented shift separation policies to prevent risk of cross contamination between staff, and warehouse staff have been provided with PPE where required.

Our Senior Management Steering Committee meets daily and continues to closely monitor all government and local health agency updates in the regions and countries where we operate. 

 

Supply Chain and Stock Holding

Softbox® SilverSkin™ is classed as a Key Supplier to the pharmaceutical and food industries.

Secure supply chain and operational procedures ensure we can maintain standard lead times and service levels during these challenging times.

We continue to increase our safety stock levels of high demand products throughout our network. Double shifts have been implemented where necessary, to meet all the orders, and when required, we have the capacity to increase production in some of our locations.

Softbox® SilverSkin™ continues to partner with multiple logistics providers each of whom have established distribution networks and the ability to offer alternative transport routes and modes when needed.

It is our commitment and assurance that we will continue to do everything within our power to maintain a robust and secure supply chain for the critical temperature control packaging solutions our valued customers require. We will continue to work closely together with our employees, suppliers, and our customers to navigate these difficult times.

For more information, please contact your sales representative or email info@softboxsystems.com and our customer service team will be able to help.

 

23 March 2020

With increasing uncertainty becoming part of our everyday lives and continuing outbreaks of Coronavirus (Covid-19) around the world, we at Softbox® SilverSkin™ continue to focus on the health, safety and well-being of our employees, their families and our valued customers and partners around the world.

A Senior Management Steering Committee has been established and continues to closely monitor all government and local health agency updates in the regions and countries where we operate.

All of our facilities have implemented risk mitigation plans and business continuity strategies to help prevent the spread of the virus and ensure continued product supply to our valued global customers.

 

People

Working from home practices have been implemented where possible to protect our most vulnerable employees and assist with social distancing polices in each of global facilities. Communication systems have been extended to allow our global teams to remain connected and accessible at all times, regardless of location. All internal and external meetings are being held remotely unless face to face meetings are absolutely unavoidable, in which case meetings will be held with caution. All but essential business travel has been curtailed.

Our training programmes have been reinforced to ensure all of our production staff can be redeployed when needed in order to meet increasing demand with immediate effect.

All of our manufacturing facilities have implemented shift separation policies to prevent risk of cross contamination between staff, together with robust start up and shut down cleaning procedures to again mitigate risk of cross contamination. Should demand dictate a fourth shift can be implemented.

 

Supply Chain

Our supply chains remain robust with no current delivery issues being identified. Each of our supply partners have implemented similar risk mitigation strategies to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus further and to prepare for any disruption within their supply chains.

Softbox® SilverSkin™ continue to partner with multiple logistics providers each of whom have established distribution networks and the ability to offer alternative transport routes and modes when needed.

 

Stock Holding

Softbox® SilverSkin™ operates on a global platform with manufacturing sites in the UK, Netherlands, USA, Latin America, India and Singapore. We continue to hold and increase safety stock levels of high demand products throughout our network.

Softbox® SilverSkin™ remains diligent and alert to customer demand in this fast-changing situation. We are ready to react to altering circumstances as necessary.

You our clients have our commitment and assurance that we will continue to do everything within our power to maintain robust and secure supply chain for the critical temperature control packaging solutions you require. We will continue to work closely together with our employees, suppliers and you our customers to navigate these difficult times.

For more information, please contact your sales representative or email info@softboxsystems.com and our customer service team will be able to help.

Softbox announces the appointment of new global CEO

Softbox announces the appointment of new global CEO

Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, UK, 6th August 2019 – Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging and thermal covers for the life science and logistics industries, has announced the appointment of Kevin Valentine as Softbox’s new global CEO, effective 1st September 2019.

Consistent with the Softbox executive succession plan, Wayne Langlois, Global President of Softbox, will return to his former position as a board member for Softbox and will work in close collaboration with Kevin and his global leadership team to ensure the next wave of exciting Softbox growth.

Kevin Valentine has over 25 years of global executive leadership experience in the temperature control packaging and thermal covers solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Kevin will ensure that the Softbox brand continues to expand its reputation for the highest quality product innovation and client service globally.

Wayne Langlois, President at Softbox, commented: “Kevin is a very experienced and well-respected industry leader and I’m delighted to appoint him as my successor in designing and executing our exciting growth plans.”

Commenting on his new role, Kevin Valentine added: “I’m excited to deliver on the opportunity to become Softbox’s global CEO. I look forward to working with our global team to lead the company to the next step of its strategic and financial success in the market.”

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

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Softbox presents IoT connected cold chain packaging

Softbox presents IoT connected cold chain packaging

Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2nd April 2019 – Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging for the life science and logistics industries, has announced the introduction of a new concept to bring IoT and connected digital transformation to the pharmaceutical and clinical trial cold chain distribution.

Softbox is leveraging emerging technologies and incorporating them into its temperature control packaging systems for day-to-day cold chain distribution. These technologies can help make better and quicker decisions, reduce waste in the supply chain and ultimately provide pharmaceutical companies and patients with medications on time, and in the best condition possible.

Softbox’s IoT project, developed in collaboration with market-leading companies, focuses on providing transparency on every step of the cold chain distribution process, from dispatch through to dispensing to the patient.

This new project, in combination with the already available Softbox rental program, solves many of the challenges pharmaceutical companies face today, such as sustainability regulations, cost-reductions, excursion management and real-time visibility of temperature, location, shock and light exposure.

Softbox is presenting this connected IoT project at LogiPharma on the 9th -11th April, in Switzerland.

Richard Wood, Director of Connected Digital Technologies at Softbox commented: “IoT technology brings enhanced transparency, accuracy and responsiveness to the whole delivery cycle. Visibility and traceability are top priorities for the cold-chain logistics industry, Softbox’s new IoT products and services aim to deliver the best combination of packaging and technology for our clients.”

 

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 LogiPharma

LogiPharma is the longest-running supply chain event celebrating its 19th consecutive year in 2019. Since its inception thousands of supply chain professionals from the top pharma, generics and animal health companies took their careers to new levels by learning new skills and making new contacts onsite. Over the years the LogiPharma network of past attendees has grown and grown providing those new to the event access to the most senior pharma supply chain leaders for unique professional development opportunities. For more information visit https://logipharmaeu.wbresearch.com

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Softbox announces the launch of new innovative temperature control packaging systems

Softbox announces the launch of new innovative temperature control packaging systems

Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, UK, 24th January 2019 – Softbox a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging for the life science and logistics industries, today announced plans to unveil new pallet and parcel shipping systems at the Temperature Controlled Logistics (IQPC) in London from 28-31 January.

The highly-innovative cold chain shipping solutions being featured at the conference include the new Tempcell ECO; and Tempcell MAX and Silverpod MAX – which are being revealed in Europe for the first time.

The Tempcell ECO is Softbox’s next-generation recyclable parcel shipper for the life science industry. It is 100% kerbside recyclable, made from recycled corrugated paper materials. It utilises ThermafluteTM patent-pending design and is qualified against ISTA 7D Summer and Winter profiles, able to control different temperature ranges including 00C to 300C products.

The Tempcell MAX is a single-use high performance PCM parcel shipper that is qualified to ISTA 7D test profiles and maintains up to 96 hours of thermal protection. It incorporates an innovative SilverSkinTM radiant barrier that enhances its thermal performance and utilises next-generation recyclable PharmacoolTM MAX PCM coolants.

Adding to Softbox’s award-winning Silverpod pallet shipper range is the Silverpod MAX, a high performance PCM pallet shipper that meets today’s global cold chain challenges. It incorporates PCM coolants that enable safe storage before and during shipping and has a SilverSkinTMreflective radiant barrier that enhances its thermal performance while utilising next generation recyclable PharmacoolTM MAX PCM coolants.

Wayne Langlois, President of Softbox, said: “We’re very excited to launch the Tempcell MAX and Silverpod MAX in Europe and unveil the Tempcell ECO for the first time. Bringing to market these new temperature control packaging systems signals a further advancement for Softbox. Our goal is to keep innovating and providing the latest technology and materials to our customers to ensure the cold chain is perfectly maintained during transportation.”

Softbox is also exclusively pre-launching two temperature control packaging systems at IQPC London. The AEON Metro and Clinipod are specifically-designed for the delivery of pharmaceutical clinical trials.

The AEON Metro is a new reusable multi-drop delivery parcel shipper. It enables cost-effective cold chain delivery without the need for temperature-controlled vehicles. The AEON Metro has reusable PCM coolants that support up to 48 hours of multi-opening thermal protection.

The Clinipod is a carry-home shipper built to facilitate the last mile delivery of clinical trials to the end patient. Utilising its reusable PCM coolants, it provides up to six hours of thermal protection in extreme temperature conditions. The Clinipod is robust and reusable, while also being lightweight and easy to carry.

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