Tuesday 7 July 2020

Cold chain in the spotlight at TCS&D Show

Industry suppliers to the cold chain sector are gearing up to exhibit at this month’s Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution Show (TCS&D), which takes place on 25-26 June at the East of England Arena, Peterborough.

Show organisers say sustainability is a major focus for many exhibitors this year, as they showcase their latest innovations for cold storage and temperature-controlled transport.

Among them will be Carrier Transicold (stand E20), which will exhibit its next-generation temperature-controlled trailer system, the Vector HE 19 – said to deliver a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 30 per cent and a 10 per cent saving in weight.

Refrigerated bodybuilder Solomon Commercials will also be in attendance (stand E10), presenting its latest home delivery body, whose benefits are said to include advanced panel technology resulting in an incredibly lightweight design.

Among the technologies and solutions on display will be cold store construction, material handling systems, refrigeration engineering, rapid-action doors, portable cold stores, loading dock equipment, forklift trucks, cold store workwear, HVAC systems, packaging, temperature monitors and mobile computing equipment.

Exhibitors with distribution solutions include refrigerated transport manufacturers Gray & Adams, Isuzu Truck UK, MAN Truck & Bus UK, Paneltex and Truck Craft Bodies; distribution service providers Chiltern Cold Storage Group, Chiltern Distribution, Lineage Logistics and Mobius Logistics; vehicle solutions suppliers AST Signs, GAH Refrigeration, Hultsteins, Marshall Fleet Solutions, Myriad Parts, Petit Forestier, Prohire, Seven Telematics, Longhurst Refrigeration and VMS Fleet Management; and refrigerated transport repair specialist, Yaxley Coachworks.

TCS&D 2019 will also see the return of the Ride & Drive Experience Track in the outside display area.

“This is a unique opportunity for potential buyers to test drive vehicles, including a brand-new refrigerated vehicle from MAN Truck & Bus UK,” said exhibition director Martyn Cogan.

TCS&D will additionally feature a comprehensive programme of seminars, free for visitors to attend – featuring up to 40 speakers across four ‘hubs’ over the two days.

The annual TCS&D Awards (www.tcsdawards.com), which recognise excellence in the perishable supply chain across a range of categories, will take place on the evening of 25 June, and are set to provide a key networking opportunity for industry representatives.

On 26 June, the show will also play host to the UK’s celebration of the inaugural World Refrigeration Day (WRD), led by Refcom’s Graeme Fox, co-founder of WRD.

In the show’s WRD Village, the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) will host a series of workshops, and will also live-stream selected seminars to an international audience.

TCS&D Show organisers expect the exhibition to provide a key platform for reviewing the latest products for the sector, in the context of the continued delay to Brexit – with some exhibitors reporting a spike in demand for cold storage solutions.

“We’ve seen significant growth in our contract wins for cold stores recently,” said Martin Taylor, estimating manager at cold store construction contractor ISD Solutions.

“While it’s impossible to say categorically that this is a result of Brexit, we are fairly confident that is the case. We are seeing opportunities for distribution centres and food warehouses, as businesses either look to store more product in the UK in case of a no-deal Brexit, or gear up to bring food manufacturing facilities home to produce goods for UK consumption.”

The full 2019 exhibitor list is now live on the TCS&D Show website, where visitors can also register to facilitate entry to the event.


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