CGS dominates KSA transport refrigeration

Since 1976, CGS has pioneered cold chain solutions. Engineering competence, with the latest product design and production technology, CGS is positioned as an accomplished cold chain specialist for perishable goods in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Coldstores Group of Saudi Arabia (CGS) is a leading supplier of insulated reefer bodies and temperature controlled semi-trailers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The company brings the latest transport refrigeration technologies to the Middle East and uses a state-of-the-art production facility that uses open pouring panel production and computerised chassis welding capabilities. As a cold chain specialist, the company provides refrigeration solutions for process and cold storage, and operates a Kingdom-wide service network. Customers of CGS value their engineering competence, quality mindset and service orientation.

“To keep pace with industry demand while ensuring great versatility, CGS continuously invests in new technologies,” said CGS Group CEO, Peter Färber. “This enhances the final product, assures production quality and improves process automation.”

The OEM collaborates globally with the best partners in their respective sectors. It also works to upskill its team of professionals who hail from 25 different countries; they represent a microcosm of the world in terms of language, culture and religion for a truly global approach.

Together with Carrier Transicold Europe, CGS introduced the latest microprocessor-controlled refrigeration units in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Strategically placed locations at Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah and Bahrain provides CGS with a clear competitive advantage.
Since 1978, CGS has exclusively distributed Carrier Transicold products and is currently its second oldest partner globally. Carrier transport refrigeration units have been jointly optimised to operate reliably in the Middle Eastern climate, too.

Carrier Transicold has a long tradition in the Middle East, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for close to 45 years and that too with CGS. CGS has successfully established and developed an unmatched sales and service organisation for Carrier Transicold.

“The partnership between CGS and Carrier Transicold has developed through years of collaboration thanks to a mutual respect and shared professionalism.” said Färber. “The quality of services that CGS offers customers of Carrier Transicold products is extremely professional, excelling in all areas, whether management, sales, service, administration.”

Meanwhile, tail lift specialist, Anteo, has a long tradition and solid reputation in the Middle East, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia together with CGS for over 25 years. CGS has successfully established and developed a premium sales and service network for Anteo.

“The partnership between CGS and Anteo has developed through over three decades of collaboration thanks to very professional teams of both companies,” said Färber. “Temperature-controlled logistics solutions have always been one of the most sophisticated sectors in the road transport industry. By understanding market requirements, CGS provides continuous product development efforts with teams focused on improving transportation, temperature management, and refrigerated technologies. The company is committed to exploring all possibilities in terms of the best and most economical solutions.”

As a result, CGS is a leading supplier of insulated reefer bodies and trailers to the multi-temp, multi-stop market, serving food, dairy and fast-moving consumer goods industries. The technology utilised in improving easy offloading involves several common items prevalent throughout the food service industry such as microprocessor-controlled refrigeration units, tail lift, side door on the reefer bodies.

By providing a complete, effective, cold chain solution, CGS helps industry prevent product loss and food spoilage.

The ISO 9001:2015 quality assurance system ensures ‘movement on wheels’ to achieve greater customer satisfaction. Every product that rolls out of the CGS production line meets the highest predefined set points. CGS operating principles include Lean, Six Sigma and Kaizen philosophies.

Also, CGS’s direct sales force and service technicians interact with thousands of customers, allowing the business to better understand market trends, customer needs and product performance.

“To meet optimal lead times despite high volume output, CGS commits to renewing its production facilities and computer-controlled production lines,” said Färber. “It is the voice of the customer and the founders’ Swiss engineering heritage that propels CGS to achieve greatness. The company’s vision is reinforced by three pillars: Trust, quality and innovation.”

Since its founding, CGS has significantly expanded its in-house engineering team so that it can manage the most complex and demanding tasks. This world-leading expertise is bolstered by investments in Industry 4.0 technologies as well as the operation of CNC machines. As for manufacturing competence, there are presses for foaming panels, closed injection moulding presses, grit blasting facilities, spray painting booths, machines for milling, drilling, bending, shearing and more.

CGS’s trailer portfolio, including reefers and medium and heavy transporters, support the Kingdom.

A Refrigeration Division offers stationary temperature-control solutions for plants, while aftersales support for all CGS products is available via the company’s own service network which is strategically located throughout Saudi Arabia.

To safeguard its customers and employees, the CGS founder families, in 2018, appointed an external Group CEO and implemented a holding structure where both families together hold Board positions.

Also, CGS has always strived for a clean, eco-friendly workplace to promote a healthier, more prosperous lifestyle for its employees and the community. This mindset is at the heart of the company’s operations at every level.

“Moving towards Kingdom’s vision 2030, CGS continues to contribute to the development prophecy despite economic downturn,” said Färber. “The OEM is firm in positioning itself to the growth of the Kingdom and to further refine its customer service to the best standards in practice worldwide. Ultimately, it is the CGS way to improve the quality of life by providing superior refrigeration and transportation systems through customised solutions and services.”

About CGS Group CEO, Peter Färber
In February 2018, Färber assumed full strategic and operative responsibility for the group. He is a skilled business leader with extensive management experience gained with leaders in their industries. As a strong communicator with a truly global career, he excels at change management, creating buy-in as well as developing people and teams. He specialises in strategy development and implementation with a high focus on product innovation and operational excellence, actively positioning CGS to be a leader in Industry 4.0 technology. He is results oriented with strong financial and cost control which are highly desirable traits among refrigerated transport businesses looking to improve cost and productivity efficiencies.

Fast Fact
Coldstores Group of Saudi Arabia is a sustainable and reliable manufacturer of choice in the Middle East as an efficient user of leading-edge technologies and advocate for reducing emissions.

Key Data

  • More than 3,000 satisfied customers.
  • Four branches at strategic locations covering KSA and Bahrain.
  • A strong workforce of more than 500 personnel.
  • Key contributor in maintaining Saudisation.
  • Skilled team of engineers and technicians.
  • More than 40 products.
  • Accessible workshops and service stations.
  • Authorised distributors of Carrier Transicold cooling units and Anteo tail lifts.

Industries CGS serves

  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Poultry
  • Fish and sea farming
  • Food and beverage
  • Fast food chain industries
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitality & tourism
  • Land and air transport
  • Third party logistics
  • Defence
  • Telecommunication
  • Petrochemical – oil and gas
  • Restaurant and catering
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Sweets and pastry
  • Dates and dry fruits

Fast Fact
To stay at the top of its game, Coldstores Group of Saudi Arabia (CGS) frequently examines its processes and reviews its engineering and production methodologies.
In addition to servicing leading brands in food, pharmaceuticals, storage and telecommunications,CGS also provides tailored solutions for Ministries and semi-government organisations such as Aramco.
The company’s manufacturing expertise includes sandwich panels, insulated bodies and semi-trailers, aluminium beverage bodies and shutter door bodies, refrigeration solutions, preventative and emergency services and special engineering & maintenance.

History
The late Swiss Engineer, Albert Grünenfelder, and his counterpart, Saudi entrepreneur, Esmat Al Saady, founded Coldstores Group of Saudi Arabia (CGS) in 1976. By providing innovative and application-focused solutions that performed well in the demanding desert environment of Saudi Arabia, their customer base rapidly grew. Over the years, CGS’s engineering expertise has been tested by companies across a broad range of industries including food and pharmaceuticals as well as local government where it has produced mobile clinics, utility vehicles and command centres.

Product portfolio breakdown

Automotive

  • Refrigerated Body
  • Semi Refrigerated Trailers
  • Beverage Body
  • Sliding Door Body
  • By folding Body
  • Curtain Side Body
  • Curtain Side Semi Trailers
  • Flat Bed Trailers
  • Tail Lifts
  • Carrier Cooling Units
  • Van Conversions

Refrigeration

  • Specialised in Industrial Refrigeration
  • Ammonia
  • Central Freon Rack
  • Processing Plants
  • Commercial Refrigeration
  • Multi Condensing Units
  • Rack System
  • Water Chillers
  • Commercial Applications
  • Small | Medium Condensing Units
  • Restaurants
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Outlets

Special Products

  • Defence Vehicle Solutions
  • Prefabricated Electric Containers
  • Offshore – Onshore Containers
  • Telecom Solutions
  • Shelters for Navigation Solutions
  • Mobile Workshop
  • Customised Solutions
  • Mobile Ambulances

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