Made in India controlled atmosphere (CA) doors to help fruit terminal markets in Chandigarh & Upper North region

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  • Metaflex Doors & Jindal Mectec come together to manufacture India’s first CA Door.
  • Will facilitate growing need of controlled atmosphere storage in Chandigarh & Upper north
  • More CA storage required to cut down fresh produce waste

Metaflex

NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Metaflex Doors & Jindal Mectec, the industry majors in controlled atmosphere storage solutions, today launched ‘CA Star’, controlled atmosphere (CA) doors in India, which will help boost the cold chain network in Chandigarh region and the Upper North. This region houses major fruit terminal markets which depend heavily on cold chain networks for preserving the the highly perishable produce.

The two companies came together to manufacture indigenously designed CA doors here in India under ‘Make in India’ initiative. CA Door is one of the crucial components of controlled atmosphere storage and was imported till date. Control Atmosphere maintains the quality and freshness of the items without the use of any chemicals. Under CA conditions, products can be stored for 2 to 4 times longer than usual.

Controlled atmosphere storage is a concept where the atmosphere inside the storage area is controlled by maintaining the right balance of gases by reducing the level of O2 and increasing CO2.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajesh Sikka, MD, Metaflex Doors India Pvt. Ltd., said, “CA door is a very crucial element in maintaining the gases balance intact inside the storage area. The specialized gasket used in our CA Star takes care of all imperfections and gives 100% gas tight sealing. The application areas for CA Star are diverse like fresh produce storages like fruits & vegetables, disinfestations sector, biological storages and storage areas that are using technical gases.”

Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula & Zirakpur act as terminal markets feeding fruits coming from Himachal to the entire country. Himachal Pradesh is the 2nd largest producer of apple in the country which constitutes about 93% of total fruit produce of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is expecting a good apple production this year, but in the absence of controlled atmospheric (CA) stores, farmers will have no other option but to send their produce to the market in peak season. Glut in the market fetches low prices, CA storage facilities at various levels i.e. near the farms, mid markets and market play a major role in such conditions.

Fresh produce worth Rs 13,300 crore in India is thrown away every year because of the lack of adequate cold storage facilities and refrigerated transport; fruits and vegetables account for the largest portion of that wastage. According to data compiled in a new report by a leading market research agency, 18% percent of India’s fruit and vegetable production is wasted annually. The value of fruits, vegetables and grains wastage put together in India was counted at Rs 44,000 crore annually by the study. “With this indigenous product, the customers will get better quality technological product at a stable price. It is our continuous endeavor to offer the best solution to the customers’ needs. With this innovative product, manufactured in our own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, we strive to contribute our share into the ‘Make in India’ initiative”, added Mr. Sikka

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Pawan Jindal, Chairman, Jindal Mectec, said, “The decision of joining hands came from the market in-depth analysis, challenges from crucial market factors like import hassles/challenges, logistics issues and incremental cost which were the major challenges faced by us, affecting the price of the product and eventually affecting the customers. With our new association, we look for leveraging ours domain expertise and we are sure that we will not only overcome such challenges but also positively change the market dynamics of cold chain industry.”

CA doors play a major role in controlled storage of fruits and vegetables such as apples (12 months), pears (10 – 12 months), Kiwifruit (9 – 10 months), Plums, blueberries, strawberries, avocado, pineapple, banana, citrus fruits etc. ensuring a longer shelf life. Such doors are also used by disinfestations sector for storing various products such as seeds (wheat, rice, coffee, pulses etc) nuts (walnuts, peanuts etc) dried foodstuffs (teas, herbs etc) and even beverages (oils, wine, juices etc.), biological storages and storage areas using technical gases.