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Expansion in the home food delivery market and increased regulation in the pharmaceutical industry is driving demand for thermal blankets needed to protect cargo during transportation.
German company EcoCool relies on Walki for insulation material used in its thermal blankets and insulated shipping boxes. Ecocool’s customers include logistics companies who ship pharmaceuticals, online food deliveries and other temperature-sensitive cargo during long-distance flights.
The insulation material, Isohood 2L2, is a double-layer bubble film coated with aluminium. EcoCool’s thermal blankets reflect IR-radiation so they restore heat for transportation of sensitive chemicals during winter, and keep the heat out when shipping pharmaceuticals that need to be kept below a certain temperature.
Ever-tightening regulation in the pharmaceutical industry puts Ecocool under pressure. Walki does continuous R&D efforts to help Ecocool comply with regulations.
“We are very happy with the partnership with Walki. It plays a vital part in our success, supplying us with a constant stream of sample materials to test. ” says EcoCool’s Florian Siedenburg.
“This product is a good example of innovation and cooperation within the Walki group,” explains Steven Verheul, Sales Manager at Walki’s Haarlem plant in the Netherlands.
The Valkeakoski plant in Finland makes the lacquered aluminium which is then combined with bubble film produced in Haarlem.
BRC Global Standards is to launch BRC Global Standards Professional, an award programme for technical and quality personnel who wish to become recognised as an expert on the BRC Global Standard relevant to their site's scope of certification.
The first phase will be launched in October 2016 aimed at manufacturers who adopt the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
The programme is open to all personnel involved in managing the implementation of the requirements of the Standard, and has been designed to enable individuals to tailor their own learning requirements. Individuals can register on BRC's online learning platform BRC Educate, before choosing the courses they need to complete the programme. Courses will be advertised on the BRC Global Standards website, and will be run by both the BRC Academy and BRC Approved Training Partners. In addition, BRC Professional delegates will benefit from regular updates, select-access webinars - where they can raise questions directly to the Standard Managers - as well as exclusive discounts on BRC Global Standards events and BRC Participate.
Mark Proctor CEO at BRC Global Standards, said: "The BRC Global Standards Professional Programme has been designed to help individuals and manufacturers improve consistency of their safety management systems, increase their knowledge and to provide recognized competence for technical and quality personnel."
Leading UK Food Group Chooses Mitsubishi Forklifts
One of the UK’s leading food companies, the Addo Food Group, says investment in new Mitsubishi GRENDiA ES forklifts is helping feed their ravenous production lines and maximise production of over 256 million of the nation’s best-loved pork pies, sausage rolls, pasties and Scotch eggs.
Faced with an ageing fleet, the Dorset Foods division – where hundreds of thousands of the UK’s Scotch eggs are baked and fried – sought out a very specific type of forklift truck to deal with their conditions on site.
Trevor Cook, Supply Chain Manager at Addo Food Group, explained: “The forklifts each have to unload up to a ton of ingredients including eggs, meat, seasoning and packaging from a lorry parked on the road and transfer them 75 yards to the loading bay.
“Outside space is very restricted; there’s very little room to move and we have very tight corners. Added to that, the loading bay itself is also on an incline, so for us manoeuvrability and stability of the trucks are paramount.”
To keep productivity levels high and the perishable ingredients on the move, the Addo Food Group opted for the LPG-powered Mitsubishi GRENDiA ES FG15N Series forklift for its compact design and fully hydrostatic steering.
Operators say the intuitive handling’s precision and predictability – even in the tightest corners and aisles – gives them more trust in their control of the vehicle, and this added driver confidence pays off with faster, more assured manoeuvring leading to increased productivity.
Mr Cook continues: “Because there’s not a lot of space around here, the trucks have to be robust and stand up to knocks, and with Mitsubishi we knew we were getting a truck with a reputation for reliability and non-stop performance, whatever the conditions.”
In order to deliver that level of dependability, Mitsubishi have built in strength from the ground up, with features like the rugged rear axle assembly with metal bush mounts (instead of more fragile rubber mounts favoured by some competitors) as standard.
Also as standard is the GRENDiA’s Belly Seal, a must-have for the dirty, all-weather outdoor environment of Dorset Foods’ loading areas. This unique under-truck protection – and sealed wheel arches – prevents the cyclonic effect, which draws dirt and dust into the engine and recirculates it into the working environment. With the Mitsubishi design, dust and dirt is kept off their incoming ingredients, as well as dramatically prolonging the engine life.
Mr Cook added: “Competitive pricing was one of the most important factors, and Grant at Andover Fork Truck Services came up with a very attractive package. But at the same time, we needed really rapid service response times.
“A simple but important example is the replacement of indicator lights or bulbs. Because space outdoors is restricted they can easily get damaged… but we need them working when we’re unloading from a wagon truck on a public road.
“It’s a real health and safety issue, and time is a big factor. But whenever we have an issue the Mitsubishi service team are out like a flash, so the drivers and I are happy as Larry.
“Because my role extends beyond purchasing and goods inwards to include despatch and logistics, deadlines turnaround times are all-important to me. Knowing that Andover have got my back is a great plus for me.”
To find out more about the award-winning Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks range and Andover Fork Truck Services, call the Greenline 0845 371 3048, contact www.mitsubishi-forklift.co.uk.