Cold Link Africa July/August 2019 | Page 9

NEWS INCORPORATING COLD CHAIN Improved access to Eurocool Cape Town branch T he Cape Town branch of Eurocool has relocated to spacious premises at 36 Neptune Street in Paarden Eiland. “Our storage capacity has increased by 60% pallet positions, mostly due to the roof height. The off-road, secure parking and easy access has been welcomed by all our clients. At the previous branch, parking and access from the very busy Section Street was problematic,” says Gavin Wiffen, Eurocool regional manager, Western Cape and Namibia. Rodney Taylor, MD of Eurocool, adds: “All our branches in Johannesburg (Randburg and Booysens), Durban, Pretoria, Middelburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, have a busy over-the-counter trade and easy access with secure parking is welcomed by clients.” In terms of product lines, Taylor says sales of Bitzer compressors have exceeded expectations since the signing of the distributor agreement in June 2018. Other product lines such as the imported Danfoss 1 By John Ackermann Optyma condensing units have shown steady growth because of reliability and ease of installation. Wiffen concludes, “Our new location in central Paarden Eiland has become a popular meeting place for the trade on a Friday afternoon to socialise and network.” FOOTNOTE At the time of visiting the new premises it brought back many memories of when I, as the general manager of TAF Refrigeration, a division of Airco Engineering, was tasked to project manage the erection of the building, now occupied by Eurocool. The building was erected on one of the few then remaining vacant sites in Paarden Eiland. In speaking to Gavin Wiffen, I was able to explain the purpose of the high roller shutter door, now providing access to the store. Before moving in, the storage area had a pit in the floor, which was filled in before Eurocool took occupancy. At the time of Gavin Wiffen (left) with Rodney Taylor outside the new Cape Town branch of Eurocool. 2 The building was erected on one of the few then remaining vacant sites in Paarden Eiland. 4 3 5 6 construction, the high roller shutter door was to allow entry of full height refrigerated trailers and vehicles, and the service pit to access the underside of vehicles when fitting the compressors of vehicle-driven Carrier transport refrigeration units. In September 1979, Airco Engineering was appointed the first distributor of Carrier Transicold Transport Refrigeration Units in South Africa. The building at 36 Neptune Street was purpose-built by Airco Engineering for the refrigerated transport sector and air- conditioned luxury coaches. CLA 1. A friendly welcome and commitment to service to all who visit Eurocool in Cape Town. 2. The imported Danfoss Optyma Condensing unit is easy to install. 3. The double-storey building has ample office space and a large warehouse. 4. Gavin Wiffen (left) at sales counter with Billy Riley of DK Projects. 5. The high roof space has increased pallet positions of the previous branch by approximately 60%. 6. The Eurocool trade counter in central Paarden Eiland has a brisk off- road trade. COLD LINK AFRICA • July/August 2019 9