Carrier Transicold has signed an agreement with the Telangana State Trade Promotion Corporation (TSTPC) to advance cold chain development and training in India. This aims to support Carrier’s focus on expanding the cold chain, which can help improve health outcomes and reduce hunger, food insecurity and carbon emissions. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Global Corporation, a global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions.
On Aug. 9, an inauguration ceremony was held for the Telangana Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Cooling (TCES) in Telangana, India. The aim of the centre is to introduce new expertise, equipment and technology into local markets, allowing them to deliver food and pharmaceuticals more efficiently throughout India.
“Carrier is committed to providing advanced, energy-efficient and sustainable equipment and service for the cold chain in India, and we are pleased to collaborate with TSTPC to help provide capacity building and skills development opportunities,” said Tim White, President, Refrigeration, Carrier. “Cold chain development in India will help the country provide better quality food and pharmaceuticals to its population and reduce the impact of food loss on the environment.”
With the launch of TCES, farmers and manufacturers will gain access to advanced and sustainable cooling solutions, as high ambient temperatures are common across India.
“The TCES is a first of its kind initiative in India. It will have state of the art equipment and will serve as a one stop solution to address challenges around the cold chain ecosystem in the country. It will develop and demonstrate cooling technologies and solutions that meet the state’s needs and could be scaled up with global reach,” said Shri K T Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for IT and Industries.
Mahesh Cargo Movers (MCM), a major pharmaceutical logistics provider whose fleet is cooled by Carrier Transicold units, attended the inauguration ceremony with one of its Carrier-refrigerated trucks.
“India has among the hottest temperatures in the world, so the need for maintaining cold chain integrity for sensitive and valuable cargoes like pharmaceuticals is of critical importance,” said Girish Biyani, Director, MCM Transport. “Our fleet is primarily comprised of Carrier units, and the Oasis 250 is specifically designed to meet the challenges raised by high ambient temperatures, up to 50 degrees Celsius. We are very happy with the units’ efficiency and the value they provide over the lifetime of the equipment.”
This is the latest agreement to support cold chain development in emerging markets. In 2022, Carrier agreed to develop a cold chain center in Kigali, Rwanda and a world-class Transport Training Centre in Accra, Ghana.
These collaborations are aligned with Carrier’s 2030 Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by more than one gigaton and to positively impact communities by alleviating hunger and food waste.