Panel discussion on users’ perspective on cold chain industry, moderated by Vivek L Salvia of Navi Mumbai Cold Storage Owners Association

The city of Mumbai recently witnessed Food Logistics India 2018 – an international exhibition on food logistics, cold chain, warehousing and transportation.

The 3-day event enthralled visitors and exhibitors from across the globe with state-of-the-art technologies. The event showcased products like cold chain service, reefer transportation and logistics, HVAC and refrigeration, freezers and cooling technology, climate control technology, material handling etc. Here we present you some of the key highlights of the event.

Technology to the fore

Air flow management

For over 30 years, France-based Air Quality Process has been designing and installing tailored air conditioning units that satisfy stringent hygiene requirements. The company is specialised in the conditioning of hygienic air (design, manufacture, installation, servicing) for the agri-food industry.

Present at the exhibition, Séverine Dolci, Sales Manager at Air Quality Process explains what sets her company apart from other players available in the market. She said, “Over the years, we have gained expertise in terms of air handling, which integrates the perfect control of air flow management on a factory scale and the over-pressuring of sensitive clean rooms, for agri-food industry and, more specifically, the cheese industry.”

As the Indian economy is experiencing a notable turnaround in recent years, Air Quality Process sees tremendous opportunities in this market. The company is looking for a suitable representative to market their products and solutions in Indian market, informs Séverine Dolci.

All-in-one Dehydrator

IKE Industrial, one of the major heat pump manufacturers in China, showcased energy-saving intelligent controlled heat pump dryer at the Food Logistics India 2018 expo.

The company’s WRH-100B stainless steel cabinet-style all-in-one Dehydrator was one of the major highlights of the show. Briefing about the unique advantages of the Dehydrator showcased, Ms Sunny, General Sales Manager, Guandong IKE Industrial Co Ltd said, “WRH-100B has a compact structure, great energy-saving, wide application, high drying quality, easy operation, simple installation and removable.”

The company has already created footprint in Indian market by having local partnerships in some parts of the country. Now, Guandong IKE would like to strengthen its base and enhance market presence, informs Ms Sunny.

High-speed doors

Doors remain a critical element in the HVAC and refrigeration eco-system as it helps to isolate a controlled refrigerated area from an atmosphere at ambient temperature. Gandhi Automations Pvt Ltd, manufacturer of entrance automation and loading bay equipment, was one of the key participants at the recently concluded Food Logistics India 2018 exhibition.

In the high-speed doors segment, Gandhi Automations showcased Prime Freezer Duo – the double curtain door for low temperature which is designed for simultaneous open and close operation with blower or dryer.

Prime Freezer Duo from Gandhi Automations


 Dual curtain with a blower or dryer aids in isolating the freezer area from other area reducing convection.
 Partial opening and full opening available to minimise convection and energy losses through operation of freezer door.
 Suitable for both positive and negative temperature between (+) 5ºC to (-) 35ºC.
 Prime Freezer Duo High Speed Doors are self-repairing, the door curtain resets in case it comes out of the guide due to accident like an impact with a forklift
 No rigid elements within curtains preventing any accidental damage during operation.

Gandhi Automations also displayed its Prime Freezer – the quick, energy saving and air tight freezer door which is designed specifically for temperature-controlled rooms with both positive and negative temperatures.

Commenting on the USPs of products offered by the company, Samir Gandhi, Director, Gandhi Automations, said, “We firmly believe our products to be the most technically advanced systems in the market for almost all applications. We are an ISO 9001: 2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and BS OHSAS 18001: 2007 certified company and all products manufactured by usare CE certified.”

Concurrent events

Apart from showcasing advanced products and technologies, Food Logistics India 2018 was also successful in terms of creating industry awareness and becoming a knowledge sharing platform. The Federation of Cold Storage Association of India organised its regional meet followed by a panel discussion on users’ perspective on cold chain industry. Moderated by Vivek L Salvia of Navi Mumbai Cold Storage Owners Association, the panel discussion saw participation of Ashish Guru, Sr Vice President, Federation of Cold Storage Association of India; Gopaal Ahuja, Chairman, Komal Exotic Spices; and Lalji Savla, Group Director, Savla Foods & Cold Storage.

Further, a Q&A session was organised on the topic “Technological shift in cold chain industry” that was attended by industry stalwarts like Arvind Surange, CMD, ACR Projects Consultants; N Srinivas, Technical Director, Lloyd Insulations; and Sojio Abraham, Sr VP, Rinac India.