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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

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.

For more information, please visit the website at

Editorial Contacts:                                                            

Lisa Townsend

PR Manager – EMEA

RS Components

+44 (0)1536 209026

Joanne Youson
Product Marketing PR Manager
RS Components
+44 (0) 1536 405752

PR Agency Contact:

Janice Fenton

Account Director

Publitek Technology PR

+44 (0) 1225 470000

Further information is available via these links:

Twitter: @RSComponents; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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Cold Chain Coolers – The Cool Ice Box Company

This year The Cool Ice Box Company decided to focus heavily on non-powered Cold Chain Coolers for the medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary industries with greater emphasis on technical data and cold chain transportation information.

With this in mind, we have created a new medical device website –

SB1215The Cool Ice Box Company Ltd has long been the professional choice for scientific and medical cold chain logistics. Founded in 2008, the company is highly regarded for its expertise in providing products developed with highly advanced technology. This enables the holding of frozen or refrigerated contents for longer periods of time at low or sub zero temperatures without the use of external energy sources. Thus ensuring safe transportation of diagnostic samples from the extraction centre to the laboratory keeping the contents in order and perfect conditions.

The Cool Ice Box Company product range includes medical and consumable cold chain products, lifestyle cooler products and cold packs. We continues to source and design new and more innovative products. The latest additions to support the impressive product range are Nomad Travel cases, the AL Range; and tracking thermometers and data loggers.MD28L OPEN

Our Medical Cold Chain coolers are used for medical, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, blood, organ donation, stem cells, in fact anything that needs to be kept within the WHO guideline temperature of between 2- 8 C degrees.

To further develop our business we intend to focus on supplying specialist laboratory temperature control equipment for the medical, food, pharmaceutical and other life science related applications.

For more information, please go to our websites :

Telephone : 0044 (0)1598 740685

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Cold Chain logistics – Nimble Wireless

Nimble Wireless have created an excellent info graphic on why temperature monitoring is important for Cold Chain logistics.

coldchain temperature monitoring

Thanks to Nimble Wireless for the item:


Nimble Wireless Inc.
1220 Corte Zafiro,
San Marcos, CA- 92069,

Contact Numbers:

Office: +1 858 935 7381
Fax : +1 858 201 6305


Nimble Wireless (Pvt) Ltd.

12B, 1st floor, (Near HDFC bank)
Dhanalakshmi Street, Janaki Nagar,
Valasarawakkam, Chennai – 600 087.

Contact Numbers:

Office: +91-44-42656219
Mobile: +91-73054-11116

Life Sciences Supply Chain Benchmarking Survey 2015

A 2015 LogiPharma Benchmarking Study (download here) reveals that 56% of pharma professionals think it is important to work with other pharma companies to develop a more effective supply chain.

logipharma2015The study, which was researched from October to November 2014, received over 50 responses. The report also revealed that only 30% of supply chain pharma professionals are very prepared and have all of processes and technologies in place for the global serialization requirements outlined in the EU Falsified Medicines Directive.

The goal of the survey was to gain insight from senior pharma supply chain professionals from across Europe and what their biggest priorities are for the next 12 months are.

When asked what the top 3 current challenges pharma professionals are facing, respondents answered with:

  • Balancing cost management versus providing excellent customer service
  • Managing the supply chain for a rapidly changing portfolio
  • Managing the supply chain

Download the report here

To see the other key findings as well as stats, facts and figures, you can download the full report here:

Buffaload double-deckers join the Samworth Brothers Distribution fleet

“More product and less loads” for Samworth Brothers Distribution as Buffaload double-deckers join the fleet

Samworth Brothers, the Leicester-based food producer, has added nine double deck temperature controlled trailers from Cambridgeshire operator Buffaload Logistics which, says the company, will further reduce road miles, cut handling times and increase overall efficiency for its 200-strong trailer fleet – 54 of which are refrigerated double-deckers. 051114 Graham Usher, Sales Director, Buffaload and Craig Kimberlin, Fleet Manager, Samworth Brothers

The trailers are on hire from Buffaload’s specialist temperature controlled rental fleet, which comprises urban trailers and double-deckers. With a unique sloping front bulkhead, the double-deckers are aerodynamically designed to reduce fuel and cut CO2. For typical trunking operations, up to a mile per gallon can be saved, therefore making an appreciable addition to the bottom line.

BuffloadDelivering to retailer RDCs throughout the UK, Samworth’s double-deckers are specified with variable height, hydraulically operated floors to maximise pallet capacity.  Typically, 40 pallets can be loaded on one trailer which reduces the vehicle requirement and optimises booking times. Moreover, Buffaload’s double-deckers are up to 60% greater in volume than a conventional temperature controlled trailer.

“It’s all about load consolidation and best use of transport resources” comments Samworth Brothers Distribution Operations Director, Richard Smith. “With 13 businesses producing and delivering  a wide range of premium chilled foods, from Ginsters pasties to Dickinson & Morris pork pies, our ongoing objective is to deliver more product but with fewer journeys and faster turn-round times. Double deck loading is undoubtedly the optimum solution.” 051114 'More product and less loads'

To accommodate the additional height of a Buffaload double–decker, it is often necessary to adapt existing loading bays. For this, Buffaload provides an end-to-end service including survey, design and loading bay modifications.

Samworth Brothers is a fourth generation family owned premium food producer with over 8,000 employees and 110 years history. Samworth Brothers Distribution was established in the late 1990’s.

Further information for editors:

Buffaload offers the following services:-

  • Temperature Controlled Transportation
  • Ambient, Chilled and Frozen storage
  • Rental of Double Deck Trailers
  • Rental of Urban Multi temp trailers
  • Temperature Controlled Consolidation with cross dock loading
  • Storage and Distribution of High Value and Perishable Goods
  • Double Deck loading bay modifications
  • Double deck serving and & repairs
  • Trailer servicing and repairs
  • Fridge repairs
  • Emergency Courier Logistics
  • Loading Dock modification to accommodate double deck trailer

Buffaload Logistics
Grove Lane
PE28 0AA

Tel: 08700 343343

Logistical Support Services vows loyalty to “superb” Ekeri trailers

Logistical Support Services, which provides highly secure logistics solutions for the defence and governmental sectors, says its new side-opening Ekeri trailers “tick all the right boxes – every single box”. 031114 - Logistical Support Services vows loyalty to superb Ekeri trailers (1)

Phil Stone, Managing Director at Logistical Support Services, says that in December 2009 the company bought two single side-loading box trailers that were fully ADR compliant, designed for the carriage of ADR Class 1 cargos.

Stone was so impressed with this first batch of trailers that six months ago the company purchased another two. This time Logistical Support Services opted for EX111 double side opening trailers that were not available in 2009.

“All our work is for the defence industry – so for any high-value, sensitive and ADR products these trailers are superb,” says Stone.

“They are a lovely cross between an easy-to-open curtainsider and a secure box trailer.”

031114 - Logistical Support Services vows loyalty to superb Ekeri trailers (2)Stone has been impressed by both the design and high-quality workmanship involved in producing an Ekeri trailer.

“When we ordered the first two they flew us out to Kokkola, Finland to visit the factory to see our trailers in the build process – personally I thought it was more like a Formula 1 factory than a trailer factory. It was very high-spec and totally professional as well.”

“I can’t express how impressed I’ve been with them. They are excellent products, built to the highest standards.”

Reliability and security are of the utmost importance to Logistical Support Services because of the nature of its logistics operations. Stone says that the trailers have remote central locking, alarms and GPS tracking devices. “From the security point of view, they are superb.”

Logistical Support Services would buy more Ekeri trailers in the future if they were needed.

“Hopefully yes, we will buy some more,” says Stone. “Let’s put it this way, I would not look to another manufacturer – I believe that other manufacturers have tried offering a similar product but the quality did not match up to Ekeri’s standards.”

Logistical Support Services was founded in 1997 with the sole intention of serving the military and defence industry markets, and from its humble beginnings it has grown into one of the market leaders in the supply and organisation of the specialist logistics field in the totally secure movement of sensitive defence assets throughout the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.

Operating out of the sole use site located on the outskirts of Bristol the company has a fleet of specialist vehicles built to the highest specifications required in order to transport these commodities on a daily basis and in the most secure manner, with Ekeri complementing these requirements.

ekeriEkeri is the leading producer of high quality box trailers and box bodies with side doors. Ekeri has grown steadily and its products are today used all over Europe. The company exports over 70% of its production.


Further Information:-
Contact – Bob Wise
Mobile: 07966 203640

M1 Marketing
39a Meneage Street
TR13 8RB
Tel: 01326 560400

Keeping Ireland’s Krone Trailers on the Move

This year saw the appointment of Fleet Solutions as Service Partner for Krone Trailers. Fleet Solutions MD and founder Brian Balfe explains what lies behind the operation.

820914 Krone - Keeping Ireland's Krone trailers on the move (2) Fleet Solutions was established in 1984 and since then has expanded steadily into virtually every aspect of commercial trailer and truck service and support. Now, with over 50 employees, the Clondalkin- based company is renowned as one of Ireland’s foremost trailer service and maintenance specialists.

For Krone Trailers this was an important factor and necessary to provide a premier support service for its fast-expanding customer base in Ireland.

“The partnership is a natural one” says Brian Balfe. The Krone trailer is a top-end product with a no-nonsense specification. Good quality equipment and used by discerning operators throughout Europe. Similarly, Fleet Solutions has a reputation for expert technical back up with modern processes designed to meet the needs of today’s increasingly sophisticated transport and logistics operators”

Sophisticated is certainly one way to describe the way things are done at Fleet Solutions: Brian Balfe explains:

“Many years ago we introduced modern procedures which, using an end-to-end mapping process, enables us to tightly control every job, from the moment it is booked in until the vehicle or trailer is returned to the customer.

820914 Krone - Keeping Ireland's Krone trailers on the move (3)“This way, we can ensure consistently high quality and efficiency each time a job is raised. For example, our bespoke-designed administration and mapping system automatically processes each step of every job using a modular process which embraces: booking in, quotation, warranty clearance, parts provision, customer acceptance, production/engineering, quality control, and invoicing. Furthermore,” adds Brian, “our system recognises every previous job, which enables us to quickly inform the customer regarding exact costs and time frames to carry out the work required”

But it’s not all about sophisticated mapping systems. Fleet Solutions’ success also lies in the expertise and experience of its highly trained technicians, who apply their skills across a wide range of services. Brian Balfe again:

“All of our workshop technicians are fully trained and many are specialist in particular areas. Although we are best known for trailer service and refurbishments, we also provide truck maintenance, body shop facilities, tail-lift maintenance, vehicle livery and bespoke curtain manufacturing. And, as an official RSA (Vosa-equivalent) testing station, we of course need to ensure that all workshop employees are kept up to date with the latest regulations and working practices”

One-stop Service Solutions.

Providing a cross section of commercial vehicle services all ‘under one roof’ enables Fleet Solutions to deal with every fleet requirement – from the smallest owner driver one-off jobs, to regular maintenance and repair schedules for the largest tractor and trailer fleets. Leading brands including Krone, Schmitz Cargobull, Jost, BPW, ROR and Meritor are fully supported and operators the length and breadth of Ireland can rely on round-the-clock service and roadside recovery if required.

820914 Krone - Keeping Ireland's Krone trailers on the move (1)In brief, the operation comprises a 6 bay trailer repair workshop and 6 bay commercial vehicle repair centre; on-site LCV, HCV and CVR testing centre; NSAI-licensed tachograph, speed limiter and plating facility; tail lift inspection; 3,000 sq.m. parts and components centre; curtain manufacturing facility; shot-blast, painting and refurbishment; mobile service and breakdown vans; fleet scheduling, reporting and budget planning.

For Krone Trailer and all other trailer operators, Fleet Solutions provide a state-of-the-art trailer workshop which employs a ‘pit-stop’ philosophy to ensure fast turn-round and cost effective maintenance and repairs:

  • 20ft pit bay for full inspections
  • Dedicated ABS & EBS diagnostics bay
  • All 6 bays equipped with specially designed trailer lifts and stands
  • Retractable airlines and air points at front and rear of each bay
  • Three phase and one phase wiring to each bay
  • High quality equipment and tools
  • In-depth code of practice and procedures adhering to the highest Health & Safety standards

Commercial Vehicle Testing Centre

Fleet Solutions’ commercial vehicle test centre is licensed and regulated by the RSA. “We are also a member of the Vehicle Testing Network, “adds Brian. “ Unlike the National Car Test (NCT), it is mandatory for commercial vehicles to be tested annually. There are two classifications of vehicles: light goods vehicles – up to and including 3500Kgs gross vehicle weight and heavy goods vehicles -above 3500Kgs gross vehicle weight. Given the already diverse nature of our service, it was a natural fit to open the test centre and I’m pleased to say we have been very busy since it opened in 2009”.

The sum of the (trailer) parts

Fleet Solutions is a leading supplier of commercial vehicle spare parts and body components for Jost, Meritor, BPW,SAF, Granning, Wabco, Haldex, Knorr-Bremse, Jonesco and Featherwing. A stock of Krone Trailers’ ‘fast-moving’ parts is kept on site and if any major components should be required then they are despatched from Krone’s central parts depot on a next day basis.

“All-in-all” concludes Brian Balfe, “Fleet Solutions are here to keep Ireland’s commercial transport on the move and of course that includes the increasing number of trailers carrying the Krone badge. No matter whether we are talking curtainsiders, reefers, box vans or skellies, our trailer service is geared to meet and exceed the daily demands of operators across the transport industry”


Fleet Solutions
Unit 4D
Besser Drive
Clondalkin Industrial Estate
Dublin 22

Further Information:

Peckfield Business Park
Phoenix Avenue
LS25 4DY

Tel: +44 (0) 1132 878817
Fax: +44 (0) 1132 878819

Harrison Solway take ‘fast- track’ Krone Trailers

Harrison Solway take ‘fast- track’ Krone Trailers as pallet numbers rise

Harrison Solway, the Hull based distribution and warehousing specialists have recently expanded their trailer fleet with the addition of six Profi Liner curtainsiders from Krone, which, says the company are needed to keep up with the continuing increase in pallet movements for their customers throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe.

A founder mKroneember of Pallet Track, the UK’s fastest growing pallet network, Harrison Solway is now in its 15th year and says the company is growing all the time. Much of the work is for a national supplier of modular bathrooms, although virtually all types of palletised cargo can be handled by Harrison Solway’s nationwide distribution fleet and 120k sq. ft. of secure warehousing. The company can store and control up to 10,000 pallets at any given time.

“We have built our operation on sound practice and reliability. It’s what our customers and the industry expect.” says Director Lee Solway, “Key to this is having the flexibility to handle a cross-section of customer requirements with speed and efficiency, while ensuring maximum safety and load security at all times. We can accommodate customers with as few as 5 or as many as 1,500 pallets per week, but whatever the throughput , the level of service must remain the same. ”

To this end, Harrison Solway required a curtainsider which enabled them to load through the roof from either end of the trailer as well as through the rear and sides, using forklifts or cranes according to the product. Furthermore, the company required additi831114 Harrison Solway take 'fast-track' Krone Trailers -Paul Harrison left, Lee Solway right.onal internal loading height, multiple strapping points for load security and the facility to strap from inside the curtain when it is closed. The objective being to increase load safety, add flexibility and speed up turnaround times.

“Initially, we hired a Profi Liner to test things out and after three months we were convinced that this was the way to go.” adds Lee Solway, “The advantages over a conventional curtainsider are numerous.” Krone’s Multi Lock strapping system is, according to Lee Solway, an outstanding feature which keeps every load ‘safe and secure’. The sliding roof meanwhile, adds a further advantage by opening from both ends.

“Our policy is to keep in tune with new systems and technology.”  continues Lee, “This is important, not just to remain ahead of the competition but to ensure we deliver the very best service to our diverse client base. For example, the systems we use to support our ‘Just-in-time’ delivery network include: – end-to-end traceability (real time, track and trace); specialist consolidation; contract packing and stock auditing. Moreover, our vehicle fleet is equipped with satellite tracking and in-cab communications to ensure tight control and fast response whenever it’s needed.”

831114 Harrison Solway take 'fast-track' Krone Trailers as pallet numbers rise (1)“Our trailers too, need to fit this policy and Krone was certainly more than able to match up to all our safety and loading requirements. During initial consultations, Krone worked closely with us and provided in-depth advice, which enabled us to reach our optimum specification. Also worthy of note is the fact that we only had to wait 6 weeks for delivery. Fast- track by any standards.”

Further Information:                                                                           


Peckfield Business Park
Phoenix Avenue
LS25 4DY

Tel: +44 (0) 1132 878817
Fax: +44 (0) 1132 878819



New Loading Docks Boost Pallet Capacity for Buffaload

Buffaload Logistics has opened a new 6-bay cross-docking facility at its 16 acre Huntingdon headquarters which, says the company, will increase capacity by up to 50% and provide a permanent ‘buffer’ for peak seasonal demands.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADesigned to accommodate Buffaload’s unique high capacity double deck temperature controlled trailers, the chilled facility will take in trunked loads from various suppliers during the afternoon and then cross-dock via specific customer-designated lanes for consolidation and onward movement to various retailer RDCs throughout the night.

“This impressive new chilled pallet handling facility” says Sales Director Graham Usher, “complements our existing cross-docking operations and gives us the capacity to cope with any level of demand. We currently operate 65 double deck reefers, each of which can carry up to 44 pallets at up to 1.85m in height and at 60% greater capacity than a conventional 13.6m trailer, that adds up to a significant pallet throughput  every night”.

Buffload As a further part of the company’s ongoing growth programme and due to come on stream during next year and 2016, Buffaload expects to open a  7,500 sq. metre temperature-controlled warehouse and 6 bay workshop  at the Huntingdon site. Buffaload will also be taking delivery of additional double deck trailers during 2014.

Buffaload offers the following services:-

  • Temperature Controlled Transportation
  • Ambient, Chilled and Frozen storage
  • Rental of Double Deck Trailers
  • Rental of Urban Multi temp trailers
  • Temperature Controlled Consolidation with cross dock loading
  • Storage and Distribution of High Value and Perishable Goods
  • Double Deck loading bay modifications
  • Double deck serving and & repairs
  • Trailer servicing and repairs
  • Fridge repairs
  • Emergency Courier Logistics
  • Loading Dock modification to accommodate double deck trailer

Buffaload Logistics

Grove Lane



PE28 0AA

Tel: 08700 343343