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More progress with CA for Daikin

Produce shippers in New Zealand and now Peru are using Daikin’s Active CA technology for exports to Asia.

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Around 12 months ago Daikin announced that Avanza, a New Zealand-based supplier of premium Hass avocados, had completed a proof of concept involving a shipment of 6,500 kg of avocados to Busan using Daikin’s Active CA technology. A year later Ocean Network Express Pte Ltd (ONE) has completed a full season of avocado exports for Avanza using Daikin’s active CA technology and is now using the same technology for mango exports from Peru.


ONE’s “COOLXtend CA+” controlled atmosphere solution for refrigerated containers uses the Daikin Active CA technology. This features vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA), an active atmosphere separation technology that uses the mineral adsorbent zeolite to capture a large quantity of nitrogen from ‘everyday air’ and transfer it into the reefer container. Compared to passive CA systems Daikin’s active CA is faster at pulling down the oxygen level inside the container by as much as a full day, and using a CA pump creates positive pressure inside the container, preventing ambient air from entering the container through any leaks.


Following the test in late 2017, ONE worked with Avanza on CA reefer container exports of its premium Hass avocados for the full season running from September 2018 to January 2019. The avocado shipments have been loaded out of the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand primarily bound for Japan and Korea.

A ONE reefer with Daikin machinery
A ONE reefer with Daikin machinery

In the second new development, ONE has completed its first successful shipments of fresh mangoes from Peru to Korea using its COOLXtend CA+ solution. “Similar to the New Zealand avocado exports, COOLXtend CA+ has enabled the valuable fresh mangoes to be transported by sea over very long distances by altering the atmosphere inside the container to put the produce ‘to sleep’ and ensure quality is maintained during a sea transit of more than 8,000 nautical miles,” said Daikin.


ONE has made a major investment in CA technology, purchasing 14,000 new reefer containers with different CA systems and launching its “COOLvantage” reefer solutions at the Asia Fruit Logistica show in Hong Kong during September. These include “COOLXtend CA+” for fast, continuous and precise atmosphere control. A full break down of the 14,000 reefer containers by machinery manufacturer and type can be accessed here.


“Asian demand for imported fresh produce including ‘superfoods’ such as avocados and berries continues to increase as consumers seek quality produce that can aid their health and wellbeing,” said Mr. Bharadwaj Bhuyan, Senior Manager, Global Refrigerated Business Planning department of ONE. “We are delighted to support producers around the world to tap into these growth markets with the most advanced, efficient and environmentally friendly technology for long distance ocean transport of sensitive fresh produce.”

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