Imperial’s competitive edge
Clients of Imperial Cold Logistics are reaping the benefits of the company’s investment in a new, state-of-the-art cold-storage warehouse, says Imperial Logistics chief business development officer, Cobus Rossouw.
The 25 500 m2 facility is enabling improved service levels and turnaround times, as well as supporting clients’ growth strategies by meeting the demand for sought-after chilled, frozen and super-frozen storage space.
Developed at a cost of R160 million, the facility in Linbro Park, Johannesburg, is now one of the largest cold-storage facilities in Africa. It houses 37 000 pallets, operates 24-hours a day and offers flexible chambers that can be used for chilled, frozen and super-frozen products.
“We offer both bulk (long-term) and secondary (short-term) storage. This effectively means that we are delivering a ‘one-stop service’ to our clients, thereby minimising their concerns and enabling them to optimise their service to customers, in order to gain a competitive edge,” Rossouw states.
The facility has successfully completed the international Food Safety Audit (FSA), achieving a score of above 93 percent. Numerous “green” initiatives were designed into the building, including water harvesting from condensation, rain-water harvesting and a water-treatment plant.
“In addition, the warehouse includes a low-cost and highly efficient ammonia refrigeration plant, which capitalises on ammonia’s benefits as a natural, green refrigerant gas,” Rossouw says. Low-energy, high-efficiency light fittings and occupation-activated lighting also form part of the facility’s green design.