Hamburg Süd has recently taken two large deliveries for a total of 2,000 new Daikin Reefer container refrigeration units. A first order for 1,000 units, placed in October 2009, was followed in February 2010 by a second order for another 1,000 machines.
The temperature-controlled maritime cargo transporter has placed several large orders of Daikin LXE10E units over the past five years and now has a significant portion of its fleet made up of Daikin units. Its latest orders were built at Daikin’s state-of-the-art production facility in China, which opened late in 2008.
The German-headquartered ocean carrier says reduced ownership costs, energy savings, and precision temperature control were key factors in its decision to invest in the new equipment.
“Our decision to purchase these latest Daikin LXE10E refrigeration units was triggered by a number of key reasons,” said Martin Schoeler, deputy director–logistics technology for Hamburg Süd. “This includes the fact that the total cost of ownership of the LXE10E units has been improved significantly with the introduction of Daikin’s energy management software solution, DTMS.”
The Daikin refrigeration units will provide the precise temperature control required by Hamburg Süd’s customers, one of the lowest power consumptions on the market, and reliability. Hamburg Süd is also benefiting from its decision to retrofit Daikin’s energy-reducing software DTMS across its Daikin fleet, lowering fuel consumption, improving performance of the older fleet, and bringing it to an equal level with new machines.
“We are delighted to receive this significant additional business from Hamburg Süd,” said David Marjoram, general manager–Refrigeration Business Unit for ITOCHU Europe plc, Daikin’s global sales agent. “The market for new reefer equipment was hit hard last year by the global downturn. However, the continued confidence of long-standing customers such as Hamburg Süd helped Daikin retain its ranking as the second-largest supplier to the global refrigerated container industry.”