Thermo King hosts Irish transportation efficiency event

Thermo King is hosting an event in Galway, Ireland, to showcase how it is helping transporters meet their energy and operational efficiency objectives.

The event, “Destination: Driving Efficiency in Transportation,” is October 18, 2011. Thermo King will showcase transport refrigerant systems, including vehicle-powered trucks, diesel-driven refrigeration units, self-powered temperature control units, cryogenic refrigerant units, and aftermarket accessories.

Top Thermo King leaders from throughout Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa will discuss transport-related business and regulatory trends, as well as new strategies for transporters to reduce total cost of ownership of their fleets through energy and operational efficiency.

Event participants will tour the Thermo King plant in Galway and learn about the flexible and lean manufacturing processes used throughout the plant.

“We collaborate with our customers to develop customized, innovative, and sustainable solutions that address their business needs, keep up with industry trends, and address regulatory requirements,” said Dwight Gibson, vice-president of transport solutions for truck and trailer for Thermo King in the Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMEIA) region. “We start by gaining a thorough understanding of each customer’s unique needs. We then collaborate closely with them to develop solutions that help them achieve their business objectives.”

Thermo King will honor leaders from Musgrave Retail Partners for their commitment to energy and operational efficiency. Musgrave Retail Partners is the retail division of the Musgrave Group, Ireland’s largest grocery and food distributor. Representatives from the division will discuss how they have successfully addressed these objectives.

Musgrave Retail Partners implemented a custom double-deck, multi-temperature trailer system for its SuperValu stores throughout Ireland. As a result, they expect to increase available trailer capacity by 65% and save more than 70,000 pounds (US $110,011) a year in personnel, fuel, and fleet costs.

The double-deck, multi-temperature trailer includes space for cargo at fresh, frozen, and ambient temperatures. Engineers designed the trailer to ensure that they met height limitations while providing enough height for optimized air circulation. A key part of the system included maximizing airflow with customized air ducts. The unit is mounted on a high-cube trailer, and engineers relocated the controller to a lower level to facilitate driver access.

Musgrave Retail Partners introduced the transport system after a successful trial implementation in Dublin and Cork.

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