United Parcel Service Inc. will open four new health care distribution facilities around the world this year to help its health-care customers streamline their supply chains.

The facilities, located in Singapore; Venlo, Netherlands; Burlington, Canada and Louisville, Ky., are designed to serve pharmaceutical, biotech and medical-device manufacturers that are increasingly outsourcing product distribution.

“This clear industry trend is driving companies to look for more global solutions and deeper supply chain partnerships,” said Bill Hook, vice president of global strategy for UPS Healthcare Logistics, in a news release.

The centers help companies navigate complicated cross-border regulations in the health care industry and reach customers a wider range of markets. After adding these four facilities, UPS will have a total of 30 around the world. Many are equipped special rooms for storing temperature-sensitive products.

Set to open in early 2011, the 43,000-square-foot Singapore facility will serve health care manufacturers in Asia, providing import-export and other services.

The Venlo facility, UPS’s second healthcare distribution center in the Netherlands, and the Burlington facility are set to open in the spring.

The Louisville center will open in the fourth quarter of 2011, expanding its existing health care distribution center in the city to more than 1 million square feet. The facility is located near Worldport, UPS’s global air hub.

For more information on UPS’s healthcare services, visit, www.ups.com/healthcare.