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Daikin Reefer turns 50

Daikin Reefer plans to celebrate 50th anniversary at Intermodal Europe next month.

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Daikin Reefer turns 50

This year is a milestone for Daikin Reefer which built its first reefer container machinery unit in 1968 and has maintained a strong position in the industry ever since. In that time Daikin has supplied more than 250,000 reefer units to over 300 liner shipping and leasing companies. The company says it continues to expand its customer base, both in the operating and leasing sectors.

Mr. Shin Furuta, President, Daikin Reefer, commented: “Even after 50 years, Daikin Reefer remains at the forefront of the industry as the reefer segment continues to expand, helping both shippers and shipowners to access new markets, expand trade opportunities, and deliver added value to their customers.”

Shin Furuta, President, Daikin Reefer
Shin Furuta, President, Daikin Reefer

To underline its commitment to quality, reliability and innovation Daikin Reefer points to its proprietary Daikin Active CA (controlled atmosphere) technology. As Daikin notes, this is “the only active - rather than passive - system on the market”. As has been noted in WorldCargo News, Daikin is filling a gap in the market - there were other active CA systems on the market previously, but Carrier no longer manufactures its EverFresh active CA system. Although there are other active CA type systems available, such as the MAXtend system from Mitsubishi (which uses lime bags on the cargo, an air curtain and nitrogen flush), Daikin’s active CA system is the only product fully integrated with the reefer machinery itself available today.

As it turns 50 Daikin is looking to leverage the technical advantages of its Active CA system, which uses inbuilt equipment to deliver and maintain a nitrogen rich atmosphere to slow ripening, rather than relying on cargo respiration to generate nitrogen. “By reducing the oxygen level without relying on cargo respiration, Active CA can be used regardless of voyage length and to transport the broadest spectrum of cargo; from leafy vegetables, blueberries, cherries, lychees, and organic grapes with a low respiration rate, to produce with a high respiration rate, such as avocados, bananas, and cut flowers”.

The downside of Active CA is that it is a more expensive system than passive CA, and Daikin lines up against other reefer machinery manufactures that believe they can deliver the same result for the cargo with a simpler system. Daikin is standing firm on the performance of Active CA in the market, especially under real world conditions as containers age and their seals deteriorate. Better controlled atmosphere technology, the company argues, can help shipping lines capture more of the high-value cargo that moves by air freight.

Active versus passive CA is a real point of difference, and Daikin Reefer will be discussing the costs and benefits of its system as it celebrates turning 50 at the Intermodal Europe conference and exhibition in Rotterdam next month.

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