Cold Storage in Hot Deamnd

JESSIE DAVIES 15 Jan 2016, 10:30 a.m.

As overseas demand for Aussie food increases, so too does the need for cold storage depots near major ports and in regional centres.

Colliers national director for transaction services Shane McIntyre said high demand for fresh food had placed increased pressure on existing storage space and specialised industrial assets.

He predicted the growing demand for these types of assets would be a key trend in the commercial property sector this year.

“In light of the many Free Trade Agreements coming online we’ll see demand for fresh Australian food increase exponentially and this will create demand for cold storage space,” Mr McIntyre said.

“More than ever, producers and retailers need to store more produce and have it ready to export.

“I expect the demand will be gradual and constant in the years to come.”

He said there were enough cold storage facilities to satisfy current levels of demand but expected multiple storage facilities would be built this year.

“Beef and fruit are two examples of products which have traditionally satisfied the domestic market but they will be more inclined to export this year. These goods will require more space than they needed before,” he said.

Specifically, storage space would be required in regional centres and near ports.

While many primary producers were now controlling their own exports, Mr McIntyre said it was more likely they would lease space rather than purchase it.

Refrigerated Warehouse and Transport Association of Australia chief executive Russell Sturzaker said the expansion of the cold storage industry was a trend that was playing out world-wide.

He had observed significant conglomeration of the industry in recent years.

“There’s no shortage of frozen storage at the moment but the major companies are all expanding because the need for space is most definitely increasing,” Mr Strurzaker said.

In his experience, the demand for exported frozen protein had been catapulted by “changing attitudes” toward live-export methods.

Demand for chilled proteins are expanding.

Last month, Inverell’s Bindaree Beef and its meat sales and marketing business, Sanger Australia, began exporting a line of chilled beef to China. The product has been well received, indicating an appetite for fresh not frozen premium meats.

While overseas demand would drive the need for more cold storage – including specialised freight services – the growth of online food shopping was also a contributing factor.

According to Rabobank senior analyst Marc Soccio only around three per cent of Australian’s buy their groceries online, but the uptake is growing strongly.

“To take advantage of this trend, retailers are increasing their investment in online shopping channels, and suppliers should also be thinking about how their products, marketing communications and supply chains could adapt to this online model,” Mr Soccio said.

Original article located here.

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Our March Newsletter, and a fun MARU fact!

In this edition, a fun fact about our Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility, we share a case study on a project we did with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and provide information on our mobile air conditioning units.

We would also like to thank everyone who came past and saw us at the Avalon Airshow this year. The Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility (MARU) has received some fantastic feedback and we also received a great write up in Climate Control News which you can read here. We are looking forward to working with everyone over the coming months!

FUN FACT: Since our return back to the factory, we kept the unit running internally in our state of the art test chamber, and the MARU unit ran for 116 hours with zero solar energy input.

ABC – OUTSIDE BROADCASTING VEHICLES

Major cultural and sporting events are broadcast to national and international audiences by a fleet of 8 mobile broadcasting studios fitted into a fleet of drop deck semi-trailer chassis. The trailers are complete with control for multiple cameras and include editing and mixing suites.

Heuch was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to implement the environmental temperature controls for their outside broadcasting vehicles.

Read our case study on this great project we did here.

MOBILE AIR CONDITIONERS

Did you know that Heuch manufacture a series of lightweight mobile air conditioning equipment, designed for Australian roads and ambient extremes? We have placed several of the auxiliary cooling units within the Australian Defence Force land transportation. Find out more here.

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Mobile Solar Refrigeration Unit

Heuch Engineering and Able Industries Engineering have released a new product to market that is set to disrupt the current defence refrigeration technology landscape.

The Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility (MARU) uses solar refrigeration technology from Heuch.

The unit is specifically designed to assist the work of emergency responders, aid providers and defence personnel, by providing an energy resilient cooling solution.

The MARU (Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility) is a rugged, mobile cooling unit, with on-board solar power supply and customisable hold over capacity (up to 48 hours), built in accordance with NATO Master Pallet 463L specifications, to suit a range of airfreight requirements.

Moreover, it can be deployed and running in under 10 minutes, with no specialised equipment required.

Heuch’s work in the area of solar refrigeration has already earnt the company the 2016 Innovator of the Year Award in CCN’s HVACR Leadership Awards.

Further information on MARU can be found at www.blackstumptechnologies.com or ring Martin Oakley on 03-9793 6088.

Original article as published by Climate Control News.

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LAUNCHING: MARU – The Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility

At the Avalon Air Show in 2017, you will see plenty of state of the art jet fighters and the latest engineering innovations from the military, but you will also see something new!

Enter the Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility. An engineering innovation by a collaboration between Heuch Refrigeration and Able Industries Engineering. We sat down with Martin Oakley, Business Development Manager from Heuch Refrigeration to discuss the new project.

Tell us a bit about the Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility.
The Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility or MARU as we call it, is an innovation we have been working on for the last ten years. We envisioned a product suitable for help with aid efforts after disasters around Asia Pacific and even further internationally. We wanted to provide the capacity for long and short term refrigeration storage units that could be customised to suit a plethora of requirements.

To put it simply, MARU is a solar powered 10-foot refrigerated container. We have designed this to be a modular system and fit in with military off the shelf (MOTS) standards. It is a complete energy independent unit that has negated the requirement for grid, generator or fuel logistics which makes it perfect for disaster aid relief situations and rapid deployments.

How did you get started in this field?
We originally started with designs for 20-foot and 40-foot solar power off grid refrigeration systems. These were for more long term storage, refrigeration and even converting to remote site offices and medical centres.

We wanted to make the application even more user friendly in emergency disaster relief situations and realised that we needed the capacity for the units to be air transportable. We approached Able Industries Engineering to assist us in designing and fabricating the units to fit in accordance with NATO Master Pallet 463L specifications to suit military airfreight requirements.

Heuch and Able are long time collaborators, our first project beginning in 1980 building -18oC Tricons for the RAAF. Collaborating with local partners benefits all of us and is something we often do. Able Industries Engineering have helped accelerate the lead time to market. I can say we are very proud of the results.

You mentioned MARU could be customised, what are some of the options you have worked on?
We have designed a range of systems primarily for aid and health care. The systems can cater for medical supplies and mortuary aid through to food and tech storage. The units can even be adapted to become water filtration units, power distribution centres and even portable lighting.

We are looking to expand this offering by teaming with medical suppliers to supply and support deployable field medical infrastructure with on-board power supply, HEPA filtration and HVAC-R systems.

The sky is the limit with these Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utilities, as we can tailor to suit client needs!

Our main goal was to make sure it tied in the the Defence Department Joint Project 2060 aims. They need partners for supply and support of deployable field infrastructure and we feel we have created a product that caters to their joint project.

Come down and see MARU at the Avalon Air Show and meet the whole team.

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