Loredana Emmerson, Marketing Manager at CoolKit, talks about Concorde, CoolKit and the synergies between the two.
Meeting at the Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport for some networking over lunch, I represented CoolKit – the FDMB North West Association’s Temperature Controlled Transport Systems Partner.
The North-West Food & Drink Means Business is a trade-only group which aims to prove that when it comes to food and drink, the North West has every reason to be proud. They regularly share success stories and keep members abreast of the latest news and regulations.
During our visit, we were able to have a tour of the Concorde – the British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner that was operated from 1976 until 2003.
Twenty aircraft were built, including six prototypes and development aircraft and the name, meaning ‘harmony’ or ‘union’, was chosen to reflect the co-operation on the project between the United Kingdom and France.
Above the jet was the slogan ‘Engineered to be the best. Flew above the rest.’ – and it got me thinking about the scale of the engineering work that went into it and the incredible achievement they managed to get from it.
Not only was Concorde one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially, it had a maximum speed over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04 and could seat up to 128 passengers.
The cooperation between the two countries when it came to building and evolving the aircraft must have required a lot of orchestrating. But this is something we have been doing at CoolKit – albeit on a smaller scale.
The collaborative approach we took to create the box body is a great example of how we have paired up with industry-leading suppliers to create the product that won ‘Best Van Innovation’ title at the 2018 Van Awards, organised by Van Fleet World.
It took 14 years of engineering work before Concorde was ready for flight – which goes to show that if something is worth doing, then is worth doing right. Here at CoolKit we have the same mentality and attention to detail. We have taken our time to understand the needs of the market and create temperature-controlled vehicles not just on par with competition, but streets ahead.
CoolKit has always been a business striving to be the best. We are always pushing ourselves, looking at the latest technologies, applications and products and our employees regularly take the time to go on factory tours and learn from other sectors – such as aerospace.
Concorde was made for fast flying, aimed at the business world. It was able to fly the 3,470 miles from London to New York in just three hours, compared to over seven hours for other commercial aircraft.
At CoolKit, we make sure the focus is on how the conversion needs to perform. If a product or material doesn’t add value to the vehicle we don’t use it. We keep the focus on the temperature performance and delivering the best payload possible.
Our focus on payload means that our customers vehicles are more efficient and can make less trips with more loads. In some cases, our payload is 12% better than our competitors – resulting in 12% less vehicles, less drivers, less man hours. This attention to detail can really change our customers cost base and competitiveness, especially across a fleet.
Having just retained our title for Refrigerated Panel Van of the Year at the TCS&D Awards 2018, it demonstrates that CoolKit is here for the long haul!