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Chile: Maersk to build Latin America’s first “reefer” factory

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) on 11 November announced the construction of a new factory in San Antonio, Chile, to produce refrigerator containers, known as reefers, for Latin America’s export boom.

“This is an investment in future world trade,” says MCI CEO Peter Nymand.

The factory entails a capital investment of about USD170 million. It will begin operating by the end of 2013 and later reach an output of 40,000 reefer containers and 30,000 reefer machines annually. “We position our investment on the basis of future world trade flows, and we do so with solid support and cooperation from customers and authorities. This investment is a supplement to our important reefer factory in Qingdao, China, where we are also expanding,” Nymand says.

MCI’s new factory will create 1,800 jobs in and around San Antonio, and, more broadly, help correct a reefer trade imbalance that disfavors exporters of fresh produce, fish and meat from Western South America.

Each year, tens of thousands of containers are shipped in empty from Asia and elsewhere. After 2013 this shortage will be less acute as MCI starts its local supply of the most durable and energy efficient reefers currently on the market.

“The new factory will produce Maersk’s high-tech reefers in a part of the world where exporters have problems gaining access to reefers,” Nymand says.

Facts: Maersk Container Industry (MCI) is a business unit in the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, a Danish transportation and oil conglomerate with 108,000 employees worldwide (www.maersk.com).

MCI has 5,700 employees worldwide and is headquartered in Tinglev, Denmark, home of global sales and R&D. Production takes place at factories in Qingdao, Dongguan, and Huidong, China. Annual output: Reefer containers 41,000; reefer machines 37,000; dry containers 200,000 TEU (One TEU is a standard 20 foot container).

Press: On November 11, MCI CEO Peter Nymand will be available for e-mail and phone interviews in English.

Contact :
Erik Hogh-Sorensen
Maersk
Phone: + 45 5141 8410
E-mail: ehs@maerskbox.com

Publication date: 11/11/2011


 


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