BANGALORE, India, Aug. 26, 2014 – Carrier Transicold India’s new Citifresh™range of fresh-only truck refrigeration unitsis designed to meet India’s growing demand for transportation of fruits, vegetables, dairy and confectionary products using longer refrigerated trucks.Carrier Transicold, a division of Carrier Airconditioning & Refrigeration Limited, helps improve global transport and shipping temperature control with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The Citifreshrange, debuting at the National Center for Cold Chain Development’s “Farm to Fork” event in Bangalore,is ideal for transporting chilled products onmedium- to large- commercial vehicleswith a loading capacity of 16 to 55 cubic meters.The Citifresh range can handle a broad chilled temperature range of 4 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. The range operates in tandem with the truck engine and provides a high airflow of 2,200m3/hr, crucial for proper air circulation.
As the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, there is significant opportunity to deliver fresh, healthy food throughout India. Yet some $7 billion (INR 133 billion) worth of fruits and vegetables are wasted every year,primarily due to the lack of an integrated cold chain.
“Backed by Carrier Transicold, a brand that is synonymous with quality and reliability, the Citifresh range provides shippers and growers with an easy-to-use means of delivering fresh, high quality, safe fruits and vegetables to retailers throughout India, which will help to make a difference in reducing food waste,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems.
The Citifresh range’s robust design and stainless steel evaporator are easy to install and maintain, as well as ideally suited for demanding applications including high ambient conditions up to 50 degrees Celsius. The range delivers exceptional value by virtue of its low initial cost and lower maintenance and operational costs, while a dashboard-mounted DIN controller offers ease of use.
The Citifresh500, the first unit to be introduced within the Citifresh range, uses non-ozone-depleting refrigerant R134a.The unit’s high-efficiency compressordelivers refrigeration capacity up to 4,500 Watts in high ambient temperatures.
As with all Carrier Transicold products, the Citifresh range comes with the security and peace-of-mind of an extensive aftermarket service network.A highly-skilled team of certified technicians, regularly trained in the installation, maintenance and repair of Carrier Transicold refrigeration products, are ready to support customer fleets across a pan-India network of more than 35 service centres.
“The combination of Carrier Transicold India’s responsive customer service and the intrinsic quality of Carrier Transicold’s refrigeration solutions helps to provide optimum uptime for end users,” said Ashok Mirchandani, managing director, Carrier Transicold India.
The Citifresh introduction comes on the heels of last year’s launch of the Citimax™ range of light commercial vehicle (LCV) and truck refrigeration units, which are ideal for LCVs and trucks carrying loads up to 30 cubic meters.