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Protek Pharma Worldwide Prepped to Take Europe By Storm

The launch of the 2,300m2 Verona production facility is a gamechanger in reach and service of European markets.

Protek has a continuing commitment to global manufacturing and availability worldwide. The company takes customer feedback seriously and is excited and proud to announce the
official opening of their new 2,300 square meter, state of the art production facility in Verona, Italy. Commission of a fully-automated, 2.75 meter wide extruder was completed in January
with capacity of over 20 million square meters annually.

As regulations increase, so do the requirements for Thermal Solutions protecting time and temperature sensitive commodities.

Scott Pierce, COO of Protek Pharma Worldwide explains the importance of the new facility, “At Protek, we understand the importance of regional availability for approved products and our
mission is to be aligned with our customers, offering the full range of SureTemp® insulated products.

We see this new European facility as fundamental and the natural next step to further extend our reach and support for our global customers, in addition to our existing manufacturing sites in North America, Vietnam and Australia.”

About Protek Cargo EU Protek Cargo manufactures industry leading passive temperature protection solutions for product distribution via Air, Ocean, Ground and Intermodal transport modes. Protek services the Beverage, Perishables, Pharmaceutical and Industrial markets. We provide stock and custom engineered designs using advanced materials, including proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) enhanced Pallet Covers.

With our 50 years of combined expertise in manufacturing thermal insulated shipping components and solutions, Protek serves as experts throughout each phase of design, qualification and launch. Protek offers a consultative approach that preserves product integrity and ensures that goods are delivered in the most controlled, compliant, and cost-effective way possible.

Uniform global sourcing from plants in the Americas, Europe and Asia ensure quality control and stable supply. Experienced Reuse/Recycle management programs create additional
operational savings and lower packaging’s environmental impact

Lenham Storage Takes ‘TruControl’ of Compliance Best Practice

Lenham Storage, the ambient grocery and beverage Warehousing and Distribution specialists, have seen unexpected additional benefits since deploying TruTac’s new TruControl system.

As one of the UK’s leading grocery logistics experts, Lenham Storage already knew the importance of tachograph management, however, as a business committed to continuous improvement they wanted to build on their impressive compliance performance.

Whilst Lenham have always been good at managing tachographs they realised by using TruControl that they could take compliance to a higher level. So, instead of just ‘ticking a compliance box’ they used the valuable data to drive best practice and efficiencies throughout the business.

This holistic approach has seen not only a significant reduction in driver infringements but also improved administration, better auditing controls and significant driver behaviour improvement through enhanced debriefing and education.

“Every responsible transport operation needs to keep tight control of driver infringements” says Steve Phibbs, who oversees tachograph analysis, driver reports and WTD compliance at Lenham Storage.  “However, we wanted more than just tacho analysis, and have driven multiple admin efficiencies by investing in this latest technology.”

With around 250 vehicles involved in the daily distribution of grocery and ambient goods to multiples, high street retailers, hotels and farm shops throughout the UK, Lenham recognised the need to install a fleet compliance control system. They now debrief drivers quicker, track recommendations to ensure training has been done and improved management reporting delivering tighter auditing controls.

TruControl has 24/7 web-based reporting as standard, allowing Steve and his team instant access to key operational data just minutes after downloading. This, says Steve, provides total control over all WTD and compliance information enabling strategic management decisions to be made.

Steve added “Controlling tachograph data is a key part of maintaining a legal and efficient fleet but TruControl has taken this to another level. It’s easier to use, has KPI data available in management dashboards and has saved crucial admin hours for managers. TruControl does much more than keep us compliant with Hours Law and WTD, it delivers untold operational efficiencies and peace of mind.”

To eliminate possible driving licence verification issues, Lenham has also introduced TruLicence –  a bespoke TruTac package designed to instantly check UK drivers’ licences for compliance and insurance purposes.

“Using the TruLicence software” says Steve, “we can check and monitor each driver’s licence details, including points, qualifications and medical status, without the burden of lengthy manual procedures. It’s fast, accurate and easy to handle and most importantly, we can make sure no one is driving without a valid licence.”

Implementing TruControl was also a fast and pain free process, according to Steve. “The changeover only took a couple of days. Within no time, we had over 150 trucks and drivers using the system from our four UK sites in Maidstone, Andover, Aylesford and Sittingbourne. TruTac provided some initial on-site training and are always at the end of the phone for assistance.”

Lenham Storage is a family-owned and run business, and since 1946 has specialised in ambient grocery and FMCG storage and distribution. The company has over ¾ million square feet of shared-user warehousing, including 75,000 pallet spaces for racked or bulk stow storage.

Further information:

Jemma James, Commercial Director

TruTac Limited

Unit 5 Westwood House

Westwood Business Park




Telephone: 02476 690000

Mobile: 07894 475074



VaccinePorter Carrier Systems

VaccinePorter® Carrier Systems –

keeping medicines effective for the last mile

Temperature controlled biomedicines such as Vaccines are actively or passively regulated at a thermal level different from the surrounding ambient environment. Vaccines are transported in refrigerated containers to surgeries and local vaccine storage facilities where they are then stored in special vaccine fridges, ready to be delivered to administration sites including schools, clinics and care homes.


Keeping cold chain medicines within the +2°C and +8°C temperature range is a difficult and risky process, having products too cold causes deterioration or too warm can render them inert. Medicines stored and transported correctly reduce any risk of compromising their quality, efficacy and safety, so using a proven validated cool box is essential.

Helapet VaccinePorter® Carriers allow for safe, controlled transit of temperature sensitive products between +2°C and +8°C for up to 8 hours, even with multiple openings for multi-site deliveries. Validation documentation assures the users that the controlled product is safe in transit, maintaining integrity right up to the point of patient administration.

VaccinePorter® Carriers are available in various capacity sizes granting flexibility for a multitude of healthcare applications, from inter-department transportation in hospitals to community immunisation programmes. Various biomedicines included in cold chain transportation include:

  • Vaccinations
  • Insulin
  • Anti-cancer drugs
  • Monoclonal antibodies


Simple and quick to prepare, each VaccinePorter® Carrier comes with a lightweight fully replaceable components to cost effectively maintain thermal performance. Each carrier incorporates a secure Velcro® fastening and tamper evident facility to prevent theft and a clear document holder allowing for easy storage of accompanying information.

Supplied in 5 different sizes VaccinePorter® Carriers can accommodate up to 8 litres of product. Pick out your preferred size by requesting your hard copy of our VaccinePorter brochure, simply by emailing

Why not talk to us today and see how VaccinePorter® Carriers can satisfy your transport requirements by calling 01582 501980. Visit us at to learn more

Refrigerated Transport Market to Reach 14.1 Billion USD by 2020

The report Refrigerated Transport Market by Commodity Type (Chilled & Frozen), Mode of Transportation (road Sea, Rail, Air), Vehicle Type (LCV, MHCV, HCV), Technology (Vapour Compression Systems & Cryogenic systems), & by Region – Global Forecast to 2020”, classifies and defines the refrigerated transport market in terms of value and volume. The report highlights potential growth opportunities in the coming years as well as covers review of the market drivers, restraints, growth indicators, challenges, market dynamics, competitive landscape, and other key aspects with respect to the refrigerated transport market. It also focuses on key market players and their strategies, along with recent developments.

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The market size for the refrigerated vehicle market is projected to reach USD 14.1 Billion by 2020 witnessing a CAGR of 6.27% during the forecast period. The market size, in terms of volume, for the refrigerated transport, by perishable commodities is projected to a CAGR of 2.53% to 3.01 Billion tons during the forecast period.

The refrigerated vehicle market is dominated by few top players such as

  • China International Marine Containers (Group) Co. Ltd. (China)
  • United Technologies Corporation (U.S.)
  • Ingersoll Rand Inc.
  • (Ireland), Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company (U.S.)
  • Daikin industries Limited (Japan), along with regional suppliers.

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Increasing concerns for food safety will spur the demand for refrigerated vehicles

Refrigerated transportation is a critical link in the overall cold chain logistic operations. The localization of perishable commodities, growing population, coupled with rise in freight transportation due to economic development, has fueled the market for refrigerated transportation. Freight operators have also invested in the replacement of the equipment used for refrigerated transportation. In countries such as China and India, the current vehicle fleet is proving to be insufficient, given the high levels of population and rising per capita income. Government is facing a challenge of food wastage and initiatives are being undertaken by various government agencies to preserve the quality of the food during storage and distribution. Quality of food consumed is also a priority for the end users in the wake of increasing income. Initiatives for food security and changing perceptions of the end users are estimated to drive the demand for refrigerated vehicles.

Increase in Demand for Frozen Perishables

Globally, shifts in economic, social, and demographic trends are bound to put pressure on food suppliers. These changes will reshape the consumption pattern and consumer perception of frozen foods. The projected growth of frozen foods is promising, with growth opportunities from emerging markets such as the countries of the Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

As frozen foods have a longer shelf life, they are preferred when climatic conditions affect crop productivity. Food manufacturers include frozen foods in processed and packaged foods to provide consumers with food products at affordable prices. Freezing techniques provide the perfect solution to move food from the farmer’s market to the supermarket by improving affordability, accessibility, and preventing loss of food.

In the frozen food category, there is a huge opportunity in developing countries and developed countries. In developing markets such as India, China, and Latin American countries, the growing incomes are leading to growth in the middle-class population who are eager to try out different ethnic and international cuisine. The growth of service sectors such as fast food chains, quick service restaurants, and hypermarkets are accelerating the growth of frozen foods.

Software designers raise funds for baby hospice

TruTac, the leading transport and logistics software designers have raised £1,060 for Zoё’s Place Baby Hospice, a registered charity who provide palliative (one-to-one care), respite and end-of-life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years.

Mary Hodges, who is an analyst with TruTac, raised the funds at the company’s Coventry headquarters during the last year by running a tuck shop and various other activities, including raffles and competitions.

Zoё’s Place Receptionist and Maintenance Manager Debra Lacey recently accepted a special cheque from TruTac on behalf of the Fundraising Team. Muna Chauhan, Corporate Manager thanked Mandy and her colleagues for their fund-raising efforts.

“Everybody from TruTac has been very supportive and generous towards Zoë’s Place and the care we provide” said Muna from the Coventry hospice. “The care and respite provided by the hospice is greatly helped by donations of this sort. We need more and more local business like TruTac to come on board and help us reach our target of £1.3 million. We are truly grateful for all the support, the donation has provided an additional FORTY TWO hours of care, which is truly wonderful”.

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice was founded by its Chairman of Trustees, Professor Jack Scarisbrick MBE in 1995. He identified that many families, with children suffering from life limiting or life threatening conditions, were desperately in need of specialist facilities where their children could receive respite or palliative care.

Consequently, the idea of a Baby Hospice was born and fittingly the name Zoë’s Place was chosen since Zoë is the Greek word meaning ‘Gift of Life’.

The first Hospice was opened in Liverpool. Its opening signified the beginning of a unique and much needed service. Then, in 2004 a second Zoë’s place was opened in Middlesbrough and in 2011 the third opened in Coventry.

For further information, see  or contact:

Muna Chauhan, Corporate Manager, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, Easter Way, Coventry CV7 9JG

Tel: 024 7693 9027/024 7636 1675/07584 325992 Email:

TruTac software suite provides compliance and control for Barnack Transport

Peterborough’s Barnack Storage and Logistics is part of the wider Barnack Group which was first established in 1986. 30 years on, it set out to complete its full ‘farm-to-folk’ service provision with its own in-house transport arm, Barnack Transport Services, under the stewardship of Transport Manager Maurice Lane. One of the first things he did was turn to TruTac for help with compliance.

161116-trutac-software-suite-provides-compliance-and-control-for-barnack-transport“I’d seen TruTac’s products demonstrated previously and was very impressed with the set up” Maurice explains, “so when I changed job to come to Barnack I contacted them directly and asked them to come and talk to us.”  As a new start up, there was a lot to get in place in time for the May 2016 launch. “We now use pretty much everything TruTac do” Maurice enthuses. “We use TruControl for driver-hours analysis, TruLicence for checking and verification of employees’ entitlement to drive, and the digicard-based TruTime for clocking in and out.”

Between them, Maurice says these three components are saving him both time and worry. “The automated reports we get on a weekly basis give me a quick view of how we’re performing and whether we’ve got any issues needing attention, while the desktop view via the Dashboard makes it very clear as to what the more detailed situation is at the touch of a button” he says.

The TruTac software is also very easy to use. “Even when you go in to look at issues in depth, pulling up the various reports and charts available, again it’s very clear to navigate, a very well thought out system.”

All in all, Maurice Lane is so impressed with what he’s seen so far of TruTac’s capabilities he’s now starting to roll out the final piece in the jigsaw: TruChecks – which allows drivers to record the completion of each step of their daily vehicle checks and report any defects in real time via an app on their mobile phone. “Initially we had agency drivers rather than our own full time people, but that’s starting to change now, so we’ll be implementing TruChecks in the next three to four weeks” he confirms. “From my perspective the whole TruTac system gives me everything I require as a Transport Manager to keep an eye on what is happening in our operation and engage with what needs to be done.”

Further information:

Jemma James, Commercial Director

TruTac Limited
Unit 5 Westwood House
Westwood Business Park

Telephone: 02476 690000
Mobile: 07894 475074


Cold Chain Market worth 234.49 Billion USD by 2020

The report Cold Chain Market by Type (Refrigerated Storage, Transport), Temperature Range (Chilled, Frozen), Technology (Air Blown, Eutectic), Application (Fruits & Vegetables, Bakery & Confectionery, Dairy, Meat, Fish & Seafood) & Region – Global Forecast to 2020″, is estimated to be valued at USD 167.24 Billion in 2015, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.0% from 2015 to 2020, to reach a value of USD 234.49 Billion. The cold chain in the food & beverages industry has been in demand owing to the growth in international trade for perishable food products, changing consumer preferences, and government initiatives for cold chain infrastructure development. Cold chain service providers focus on adopting new technologies to cater to the increasing demand for food safety in processed and convenience foods. Hence, cold chain will be viewed as a business opportunity in the next five years. As a result, many multinational players have entered into providing cold chain solutions.

Target Audience:

  • Cold chain service providers
  • Third party logistics (3PL) providers
  • Research institutions
  • Raw material suppliers
  • Cold chain solution providers
  • Government bodies
  • Distributors
  • End-users (food industry)

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On the basis of application, the meat, fish & seafood segment is projected to dominate the cold chain market

The meat, fish & seafood segment has been estimated to lead the market in terms of value. The fruits & vegetables application segment of the global cold chain market is expected to grow at comparatively higher CAGR due to the rise in awareness of health products.


Frozen products are the most-widely consumed type of products

In 2014, the frozen segment accounted for the largest share in the cold chain market in terms of value. However, the chilled segment is projected to grow at comparatively higher CAGR due to the increasing demand for low temperatures at the time of storage, handling, distribution, retail display, and consumer storage.

Increasing health-consciousness among the consumers in developed and developing countries to boost the cold chain market

Countries in the Asia-Pacific, Latin American, and the Middle East regions are prospering in terms of the increasing usage of cold chain in the food industry. The rising population levels have also led to the rise in demand for processed and convenience foods, which is in turn driving the market for cold chain of perishable food products.

This report includes a study of marketing and development strategies, along with the product portfolios of leading companies. It includes the profiles of leading companies such as Americold Logistics, LLC (U.S.), Preferred Freezer Services (U.S.), Burris Logistics (U.S.), Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC (U.S.), and Nichirei Logistics Group Inc. (Japan).

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HANTEMP Controls Announces Pressure Regulator Line

WESTMONT, IL – HANTEMP Controls has unveiled a new line of stainless steel control valves & modules for pressure, temperature, and liquid control. The A4t Pressure Regulators and S4A Solenoid Valves feature stainless steel construction which avoids rusting, and are suitable for a wide range of industrial refrigeration applications including cold storage warehouses, food & beverage production plants, liquid chillers, and marine refrigeration.

A4St Flanged Regulator with Electric Shut-Off

A4St Flanged Regulator with Electric Shut-Off

Functionally and dimensionally, the A4t line replaces similar models from traditional steel & iron valve manufacturers. The available configurations provide precise modulation in many refrigeration applications: pressure, electric shut-off, electric wide opening, defrost relief, outlet pressure, temperature, dual pressure, plus solenoid valves for liquid, suction, or hot gas.

HANTEMP Controls is an established manufacturer of stainless steel actuated ball valves, flanges & flange unions, and float switches for industrial refrigeration systems. For more information about the innovative product line, please visit

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Marketing Coordinator

CRTS ‘pin-drop’ control with Verilocation vehicle tracking

Cornwall Refrigerated Transport Services report greater visibility and control for their Cornwall and West Devon operations since installing real-time GPS tracking from Verilocation Tracking Solutions.

150915 - CRTS 'pin-drop' control with Verilocation vehicle trackingBased in Bodmin, Cornwall, CRTS provide quick-response, 24 hour assistance for all temperature controlled transport, including sea containers, portable cold stores and drilling rigs. Aside from fridge repairs and maintenance servicing, CRTS also offers a service and repair facility for bus and coach air–conditioning, refrigerated trailer rental and refrigerated vehicle bodywork repairs.

“With such a diverse range of services and a relatively wide area to cover, we realised that a more efficient method of tracking and planning our jobs was required for our mobile workshop fleet” says Managing Director of CRTS, Tim Edwards. “That is where Verilocation came in.”

With the Verilocation ‘Pin-Drop’ facility, CRTS can instantly flag locations across the counties and more accurately provide customers with an estimated arrival time for their breakdown or service requirement. A quick reference to the control screen will determine the location of each service vehicle and the optimum route and journey time can be determined from here. This provides the company with much greater visibility of fleet and accountability to their customers.

“We can also monitor all of our vehicle activities, including speed, mileage, idling and, of course, location, at any time”, continues Tim. “This is an asset, not just for keeping an eye on the fleet but also for monitoring driver behaviour. The tracking system produces an ongoing ‘score’ for each driver which has encouraged a sense of competition among the engineers to be the best. The effect has been to educate on more economic driving styles, maintain an efficient level of service and also to help keep vehicle running costs down.”

CRTS is also able to download historical location and journey information from each service vehicle remotely at any time. “As we provide a 24 hour service, there is always an engineer on standby. Using the tracking reports we can see if an engineer has been called out during the night which means we do not have to disturb them during their rest period, but still know exactly where they have been working and when. We simply log-in and retrieve the information.” Adds Tim.

After seeing the benefits of the Verilocation system for themselves and their customers and recognising the growing need for full fleet visibility and security, CRTS decided to expand their services. The Company now offers a wide range of vehicle electrical and transport solutions, including tracking services and temperature monitoring with Verilocation.

“We strive to provide a broad range of services and the Verilocation temperature monitoring system is particularly relevant for many of our existing customers who deliver temperature sensitive goods.” Available through CRTS, the system enables operators to monitor the load temperature of any vehicle in real time. “Via SMS or email, an automatic alert can be sent to the operator’s control office with information regarding any deviations from the fridge’s defined set points.” Additionally, the system notifies when doors are open and for how long. All useful information, which provides a proof-of-journey audit whenever it might be required.

Further Information
Verilocation was established in 1999 and remains a family owned business with no external shareholders.
The company provides a wide range of bespoke programmes to enhance vehicle fleet efficiency with improved management control, including: Vehicle and trailer tracking using GPS; temperature monitoring for food distribution; full CANbus engine management system interface; geofencing; data retrieval and storage; driver behaviour monitoring; real-time tachograph monitoring; driver ‘dashboard’ control systems.
Fleet management control packages can be installed without interruption to existing traffic office arrangements and contracts are typically available from 3 to 5 years. Verilocation also provides a one-to-one technical helpline for all customers.

Contact Information
Verilocation Limited
24-26 Queensbridge Old Bedford Road
Northampton NN4 7BF
Tel: 01604 859854

RS Components introduces Timestrip indicators for convenient asset monitoring and maintenance

Smart chemistry provides accurate, intuitive, at-a-glance time or time/temperature alerts in a convenient single-use label

OXFORD, UK, July, 2015 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced Timestrip time lapse indicators which are visual reminders for timely replacement or servicing and Timestrip PLUS temperature-threshold indicators, which enable convenient and cost-effective monitoring of temperature sensitive perishables.

Patent protected Timestrip time lapse indicators are activated with finger pressure and fixed like a label to the item being monitored. A red colour moves irreversibly against a scale to reach the end when the specified duration expires. 1, 3, 6, and 12-month versions are available, accurate to within ±15% (when used at room temperature), making them ideal for numerous professional and domestic applications. These include simple visual reminders to replace filters or other components in accordance with manufacturer-recommended cycles, or to perform regular maintenance such as heater descaling, inspection of electrical appliances, or servicing of industrial equipment.

Timestrip PLUS temperature-threshold indicators irreversibly show the length of time an item has been exposed above a pre-set temperature threshold. They are ideal for verifying compliance with regulated standards and are used widely for monitoring products whose quality or fitness for use is affected by excess temperature such as pharmaceuticals, perishables such as foodstuffs, and industrial or laboratory chemicals.  Temperature and time indications are accurate to within ±1°C and ±15% respectively.  They are inert until activated and each unit has a unique serial code, which helps manage large numbers of assets. Thresholds of 8C, 10C, 25C and 30C are available.

Compared to alternatives such as written maintenance sheets or electronic reminders, Timestrip indicators are direct, intuitive, and provide an instantaneous at-a-glance indication when action is due or if storage conditions have been breached. They are splashproof, can be stored unused at room temperature, and can be self-affixed to individual products or on packs or pallets.  These compelling and cost-effective indicators support efforts to maximise product quality or improve the performance and reliability of a wide range of equipment, resulting in better end-user experiences.


About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping around 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2015 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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RS Components

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Product Marketing PR Manager
RS Components
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