World Courier sponsors 
Cold Chain Distribution Conference

London, UK: World Courier is the Lead Sponsor for SMi Group’s 10th Annual 
Cold Chain Distribution Conference

 in London this December.

SMi Group’s flagship pharmaceutical conference and exhibition on Cold Chain Distribution will take place in London, UK, on 3 – 4 December 2015 in Victoria Park Plaza Hotel.

World Courier provides temperature-controlled transport services worldwide and has recently been granted Wholesale Distribution Authorization by the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The SMi Group is delighted to announce World Courier as a Lead Sponsor for the 10th Annual Cold Chain Distribution Conference and Exhibition, taking place on the 3rd and 4th of December 2015 in Victoria Park Plaza Hotel.

World Courier’s Key Account Director, David Spillett will chair Day Two of the conference as well as presenting on Day One on patient-centricity.

David Spillett said in his interview to SMi: “We consider SMi’s Cold Chain Distribution conference as the industry-leading event in the UK which has always attracted a good mix and level of speakers and delegates, including both our customers and suppliers, who are all key opinion leaders in their respective fields.

“It serves as a good platform for us to engage with customers and prospects, share best practices and challenge our theories on the future of temperature controlled distribution. As cold chain distribution is our core business, it’s imperative that we continue to evolve in accordance with the needs of our customers.”

Cold Chain Distribution 2015 will provide delegates with unrivalled networking opportunity, where attendees will hear case studies and presentations on the key issues surrounding the global healthcare cold chain distribution process and logistic requirements for temperature-sensitive healthcare products from MHRA, Sanofi R&D, Genzyme, Pfizer, Seer Pharma, World Courier, Novartis, UNICEF, Shire Pharmaceuticals and many more.

With only 2 months away, spaces for this event are filling up fast. Those interested in attending Cold Chain Distribution 2015 are advised to register as soon as possible. Confirmed attendees include leading cold chain logistic experts from Pfizer, Merck Romania, Baxter International, GW Pharmaceuticals, The Blood Transfusion Centre of Slovenia, Roche Products and many more.

For more information or to register visit the website at

Carrier Transicold pursues natural refrigerant technology

Athens, Georgia, US: Carrier Transicold has set its sights on natural refrigerant technology that surpasses current alternatives in terms of reducing environmental impact.

The move voluntarily aligns Carrier with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s latest and more stringent refrigerant change listing for other commercial, non-transport refrigeration systems.

As an alternative to R-404A used in truck and trailer refrigeration units, Carrier Transicold is building on its expertise with the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide, which has a significantly lower global warming potential than R-404A and other proposed synthetic replacements.

Truck and trailer refrigeration units in North America use R-404A, one of a number of hydrofluorcarbon (HFC) refrigerants for which the EPA, through its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program announcement, established new restrictions in other applications, such as stationary commercial refrigeration systems.

“Carrier Transicold offers customers some of the most environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems.

“We are committed to expanding our proven, environmentally responsible natural refrigerant systems for road transport. Specifically, we are building on our expertise with the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (CO2), which has a significantly lower global warming potential (GWP) than current synthetic refrigerants and their alternates.”

Effective this year, the European Union’s new F-Gas regulation (EU517/2014) aggressively ramps down the use of high GWP HFC refrigerants. As an option to the HFC R-404A for truck and trailer systems in Europe, Carrier Transicold and other transport refrigeration equipment providers now offer the refrigerant R-452A, a three-component blend that includes a hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) and has a GWP about 45 percent lower than R-404A. However, R-452A is awaiting required SNAP approval by EPA for use in the United States.

R-452A, if approved by EPA, could become an interim option for U.S. truck and trailer customers seeking more environmentally responsible refrigerants.

“Carrier Transicold’s greater goal for transport refrigeration significantly surpasses the benefits of R-452A,” Appel said. “The natural refrigerant CO2 is cost-effective, readily available worldwide and has a GWP of only 1, which is roughly 2,000 times better than R-452A (GWP 2,140) and 4,000 times better than R-404A (GWP 3,922).”

Carrier has successfully applied CO2 refrigerant in both stationary commercial refrigeration and marine transport applications.

Since its introduction in 2004, more than 1,600 supermarkets across Europe have adopted Carrier’s CO2OLtec® commercial refrigeration system, which uses CO2 refrigerant. In 2013, Carrier Transicold commercially launched the revolutionary NaturaLINE® unit, the world’s first marine container refrigeration system using CO2 refrigerant, which can lower carbon emissions by 28 percent compared to previous systems. The NaturaLINE unit is available to shipping lines and container leasing companies worldwide.

To help facilitate greater adoption of CO2 as a refrigerant in the United States, Carrier successfully petitioned the EPA to approve the low global warming refrigerant for transport refrigeration. The agency now lists CO2 as ‘acceptable’ for new transport refrigeration applications.

“With its GWP of one, CO2 is the basis for calculating the GWP of all other refrigerants,” said Appel. “It serves as the benchmark for environmental sustainability, which is what Carrier Transicold continues to relentlessly pursue.”

Gist wins Brake safety award

Birmingham, UK: Gist has scooped this year’s Road Safety in the Community Award at Brake’s annual Fleet Safety Awards.

Other awards included the Fleet Safety Innovation Award, won by TomTom Telematics and Best Newcomer to Road Risk Management which was won by Astrid van der Burgt at Kuehne + Nagel.

Road safety charity Brake’s award winners were announced on 1 October at St John’s Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham.

The awards, sponsored by Arval, were attended by 350 guests, making it Brake’s biggest safety awards to date.

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