Cold chain advances in East Africa

Carrier Transicold is providing transport refrigeration units, connected cold chain solutions and training to help cold chain development in East Africa.

The initiative is part of an agreement with the Africa Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling and Cold Chain (ACES).

An inauguration ceremony for the ACES facility took place in Kigali, Rwanda, which included the Rwanda Minister of the Environment, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya and David Hill, Director-General Environment, Rural and Marine, UK Government.

“Carrier Transicold is pleased to continue to collaborate with ACES to develop sustainable cold chain in the agriculture and health sectors throughout Africa,” said Carrier Transicold Managing Director, External Distribution, EMEA & South-East Asia, Vincent Blaising. “This collaboration empowers individuals by helping them build valuable, lifelong skills, helping to support the local community, as well as actively developing a sustainable cold chain, leading to reduced food waste in the region”.

ACES is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop hub for technical assistance and knowledge transfer for the cold chain. By mid-2024, the facility will include a technology testing and demonstration centre, a fully equipped refrigeration and data telematics training facility, classrooms, a conference centre and a 200-hectare smart farm.

Delivered by academic and industry partners, Carrier Transicold will conduct theoretical and practical professional trainings on cold chain and transport refrigeration systems.

To support the program, Carrier Transicold is providing two models of advanced truck refrigeration units for practical demonstrations and trainings, the Citimax 280 and the Supra HE 6, as well as Carrier’s connected cold chain solution Lynx Fleet telematics platform, offering end-to-end supply chain visibility, control and intelligence.

“Carrier Transicold is a key supporter of the institute. It is thanks to the global leadership and expertise of our collaborators that we are confident in the quality of the programs that will be available at ACES,” said Centre for Sustainable Cooling Director and Professor of Cold Economy, University of Birmingham, Toby Peters. “Collaboration is key to reach our goal to optimise cold chain solutions for food and health in East Africa.”

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