The world's growing appetite for food and drink, as well as many other temperature sensitive products such as photographic film, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs, has increased the need for more efficient and ecological methods of storage and shipping in the cold store chain sector. Intermodal Asia 2015, which takes place from 24-26 March in Shanghai, is the number one place to find out all the latest news and information on the cold store chain and reefer containers, which will be in the spotlight at this year's event.
In the UK alone, the amount of food and drink bought has been steadily increasing by more than three per cent each year for the last decade, and much of this will be stored and shipped cold.
Setting global growth aside, there are concerns over the use of greenhouse gas refrigerants, an issue that will be covered at Intermodal Asia 2015.
The shipping industry is seeing many changes to legislation, in particular with the use of HFC refrigerants in reefer containers.
Holger König, Director of ref-tech engineering, will present a conference session titled 'Natural refrigerants in reefer containers', which will compare available alternatives to HFCs, and will discuss the results of an operational mode risk assessment and a safety concept for flammable refrigerants.
"Intermodal Asia is the perfect forum to discuss environmental issues facing the whole reefer industry. The HFC greenhouse gases emission reduction debate is a global political discussion in line with the developments of new environmentally friendly technologies for reefers, necessary to continue the world trade boom in chilled food exports" says Holger König. "Solutions to reduce emissions will be a key success factor for companies in the future. The whole industry is working on sustainable technologies and the refrigeration industry has been focussing on this issue for years already."
This topic has been previously discussed at Intermodal Europe and is an increasingly important issue. These kinds of ecological projects are long term investments for shipping companies and this session at Intermodal Asia 2015 is expected to be well-attended as businesses seek the latest information.
The conference session is part of a Cold Chain Logistics Forum, which will also feature a conference presented by Edward Goh, Director of Marketing, Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold, who will be speaking on 'Practical Solution Using Natural Refrigerants for Containers'. The Forum will also feature a presentation from Karen Benedek, Managing Partner, Primaira, entitled 'BlueZone air cleaning'.
A number of exhibitors will also be displaying products and services for the cold chain industry including, MCI (Star Cool), CIMC, Singamas, CXIC, Daikin and Emerson Climate Technology. CIMC (China International Marine Containers) will be showcasing its reefer unit range in the Container Park at Intermodal Asia 2015 – including units from its Yangzhou Tonglee Reefer and its Qingdao CIMC Reefer Container Divisions.
In the food and drink industry where cargo is highly perishable, it is vital to get the right type of storage and shipping for specific application needs.