The Carrier Transicold Solution
Currently, 70 per cent of Culina’s reefer fleet features Carrier Transicold refrigeration equipment and following the proven performance of its Vector technology, the company added a further 83 Vector™ 1550 units to its fleet in 2015.
Ten of the units are mounted to 14.6 metre Longer Semi-Trailers (LSTs) and form part of the UK Department for Transport’s (DfT) trial of longer articulated goods vehicles, allowing Culina to increase load capacity and efficiency on selected routes.
Each Vector 1550 unit combines an efficient 1.5 litre engine with Carrier’s patented E-Drive™ technology and an economiser to deliver a low total cost of ownership. Overall, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by up to 39 per cent compared to conventional systems – the equivalent of removing 5.8 tonnes of CO2 per unit per year – whilst delivering a balanced capacity of 14,700 watts.
Founded in 1994 and based at 17 sites across the UK and Ireland, food and drink supply chain specialist Culina provides shared-user logistics services, including warehousing and distribution for both chilled and ambient goods. The company processes 2.2 million orders each year across its 2.9 million sq ft of warehousing space with 3,000 members of staff and a fleet of more than 1,000 vans, trucks and trailers.
Culina was named Temperature Controlled Operator of the Year at the 2014 Motor Transport Awards.