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Global coldstore capacity grows

Alexandria, Virginia, US: Cold storage capacity has experienced steady growth since 2014 says the 2016 Global Cold Chain Alliance in its latest Global Cold Storage Capacity Report.

Total capacity was 600 million cubic meters in 2016, an increase of 8.6% since 2014, the report says. The data also revealed that much of the increase in refrigerated warehousing space came from new construction in emerging markets.

2016-GCCA-Global-Cold-Storage-Capacity-Report_FINAL-1-232x300“It’s exciting to see such strong growth and new construction around the world,” said Corey Rosenbusch, president, Global Cold Chain Alliance. “We have been watching the shift in capacity as a product of middle class growth in emerging markets like China and India even as consolidation occurs in other developed markets.”

Construction also occurred in markets that previously had little cold storage capacity, namely Uzbekistan and Turkey. The United States, Mexico, and Canada each indicated growth in refrigerated warehouse capacity since 2014. Reports from Europe, however, indicated that refrigerated warehouse space declined in 2016 in several countries. Turkey and Great Britain were exceptions. The expansion in Great Britain was largely due to retailers’ construction of distribution centers for private use.

Written by Victoria Salin, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University, the 30-page report includes analyses on growth trends in global capacity, market development indicators, and characteristics of refrigerated warehouses around the world.

The report features cold storage market data on 52 countries. During the last two years, approximately
11 million cubic meters of additional refrigerated warehouse capacity has been added to the GCCA database from countries that were included for the first time in 2016. The newly added countries were South Korea, Peru, Mauritius, Ecuador and Kenya.

“Having tracked the trends in refrigerated warehousing for several years, we are now able to establish that large-format supermarket retailing is a leading indicator of warehousing in nearly all countries (India is the exception),” Salin said.

“In countries where the rate of supermarket expansion exceeded 25% per year, the refrigerated warehouse market penetration per capita grew by 20% or better. This analysis gives insight on the consumer and points out the countries where refrigerated warehouse capacity has not kept pace with the growing population.”

The 2016 Global Cold Storage Capacity Report is available to IARW members as a benefit of membership and for a fee to nonmembers.

Lidl plans new Scottish distribution centre

Eurocentral, Lanarkshire, Scotland: Discount retailer Lidl is to build a new regional distribution centre (RDC) at the Eurocentral industrial estate in Lanarkshire as part of its expansion plans within the UK.

Lidl is building a 58,000sq metre RDC on a 50-acre site, which will replace Lidl’s existing warehouse in Livingston.

Ross Millar, managing director for Lidl in Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have exchanged contracts for our new RDC at Eurocentral, which marks another milestone in our ambitious expansion programme. We’ve seen incredible demand for Lidl stores across the country and look forward to servicing our existing 91 stores and future new stores from our new distribution hub.”

If Lidl obtains planning permission it hopes to begin construction next year.

The expansion of Lidl’s Scottish warehouse is the latest move in the company’s plans to grow and strengthen its infrastructure, following announcements earlier in the year to open new RDCs in Bristol, Exeter, Wednesbury and Southampton.

CoolKit ends start/stop problems

Burnley, UK: CoolKit has solved problems caused by engine start/stop systems on new commercial vans.

CoolKit appoints its first distributor in continental Europe

The introduction of such economy drive systems has meant that more vehicles now have an engine start/stop system as standard. Although designed to enhance fuel economy, the start/stop function can present problems for fridge van conversions, where the refrigeration system is powered directly by the vehicle engine. This poses huge problems as these systems require constant power during transport keep them at the desired temperature.

CoolKit has an add-on feature to fridge van conversions that enables the automatic shut-down of the start/stop system every time the engine is started.  This completely eradicates the issue and has already proven to be a huge success amongst existing customers.

Mark Beaton, sales manager, CoolKit, says: “It is of course possible to factory order your commercial vehicle specifying no start/stop feature.  However, if the vehicle is already in manufacturing or if you have purchased a used vehicle for a refrigeration conversion, this feature can cause issues with the temperature control of the stock being transported, and the operator of the fridge van would be responsible for turning off the system every time the van is in use.

“Most start/stop systems incorporate a manual override control but the specification for special vehicles may often require the override to be an automatic feature. Most vehicle suppliers are not able to offer this facility as an option.

“The new interface is designed to automatically disable the Start/Stop function on vehicles where this feature is not desired. Each application is designed specifically for a particular vehicle type and provides seamless control over the start/stop system.

“Each time the vehicle engine is started, the interface automatically disengages the start/stop control so that manually overriding the function is not necessary.  The start/stop function can be re-instated by the driver at any time during the journey but will automatically cancel again the next time the vehicle is started.

“With the Euro 6 engine soon to be launched and more initiatives emerging for vehicle emissions, the likelihood is that most or all vehicles will soon be specified with a start/stop facility as standard.”

One of the first customers to benefit from the system is Metrow Foods of Leigh-On-Sea, Essex. Dave Thomas, transport manager, Metrow Foods, says: “CoolKit have gone above and beyond in providing a solution to a major problem we had with the start/stop facility on our vehicles.

“The service offered throughout on this has been superb. The start/stop solution fitted to our vehicles now means we can run the fridge system without the worry of causing any damage to the vehicle itself and invalidating any warranty.”

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