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Daikin Reefer commits to active CA with new hire
Daikin Reefer, a global supplier of container refrigeration equipment, announced today that it has appointed Mr Ah Huat Goh to the position of General Manager, Global Marketing and Service, Reefer Container Department.
"Goh joins Daikin Reefer with a wealth of experience of reefer technology and cargo management, gleaned through previous roles in both reefer manufacturer and shipping company settings," Daikin Reefer told in a release.
Before joining Daikin, Mr Goh spent 14 years as Director, Technical Services – Global Reefer Trade at APL where his role focused on reviewing and developing reefer technology and cargo management available. For the 13 years prior to that, Mr Goh acted as regional service manager for Carrier Transicold.
Mr Goh commented: “Having been wholly focused on reefer technology development including controlled atmosphere technology and its development for the reefer business since the 90s, I’ve experienced perspectives of both reefer manufacturer and shipping company. During my career, I have also invested significant energy in understanding the growers’ needs.
"In my opinion, active CA technology has clear benefits over passive solutions, and I’m excited about the potential of Daikin’s Active CA, as I can see that it represents a new and innovative approach to cargo care.”
Daikin’s Active CA technology is based on vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA), an active atmosphere separation technology that can create the optimal controlled atmosphere very quickly. VPSA uses the mineral adsorbent zeolite to capture a large quantity of nitrogen from the air and transfer it into the reefer container, allowing oxygen levels to be quickly reduced, without the need for additional nitrogen gas injection.
Unlike passive CA, which relies on produce respiration, Daikin’s Active CA produces nitrogen rich gas to the reefer container with inbuilt equipment, reducing oxygen density rapidly. This puts the fresh produce to “sleep” in a matter of a day or so, leading to longer shelf-life at the destination. In addition, produce loses its water content from respiring. Active CA’s ability to put the produce to sleep quickly minimises loss of water content.
Daikin Reefer president, Shin Furuta, explained: “Daikin is serious about Active CA and its future potential, and the appointment of Mr Ah Huat Goh, with his wealth of knowledge and expertise, illustrates that commitment."
"With advances in technology, shipping is now capable of taking cargoes that previously had to be carried by expensive air freight. We believe that Active CA will provide shipping lines with the capability and versatility needed to better compete for new cargoes, such as cut flowers. Shippers will benefit from the cost reduction achieved through transportation by sea rather than air.”
"In addition to high respiring cargo such as avocados and bananas, with Active CA, it is now possible to transport cherries and blueberries, which are generally considered difficult to transport under passive CA, due to their low respiration rates."
For more information: www.daikinreefer.com
Publication date: 9/15/2017
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