Recticel is producing insulated boxes to transport vaccines for the Covid-19 pandemic.
In combination with coolants, these high-performance vacuum insulation panel boxes help to secure a temperature below minus 70°C for several days which is critical to the safe delivery of many of these temperature-sensitive vaccines.
This ongoing programme means Recticel Insulation is, and will continue to be an important link in the logistics of the coronavirus vaccines around the world.
To keep the temperature so low for several days requires an outstanding insulation product. Vacuum insulation panels, commonly referred to as VIPs, are thin panels, delivering a thermal performance of 0.004W/mK, which can mean a reduction in insulation thickness of up to five times when compared to conventional insulation materials. Recticel’s VIP called VQ-Si is a perfect material to be at the heart of a temperature-controlled packaging system, allowing these high-value products to be shipped securely and within an optimized package size.
We are continually rising to the challenge...
Recticel Insulation produces the vacuum insulation panels at their factory in Slovenia. The company set up a joint Venture with Turvac 5 years ago. Turvac, with a history specialized in insulation for white goods, has brought this technical expertise into the controlled temperature packaging market amongst others. Combining the strength of Turvac’s knowledge and Recticel’s expertise in the building industry leads to great cooperation.
Chris Knowles, Business Manager VIP Insulation, explains:“We are seeing unprecedented challenges & requirements in the temperature-controlled packaging sector due to the global pandemic. Delivery volumes at speed are of the utmost importance for our global customer base. The last few months have been a huge logistical exercise for our company, yet we are continually rising to the challenge and are further investing in our production capacities in order to show Recticel’s commitment to our customer base and the bigger global picture.”
Beating future challenges with vacuum insulation
In a world that is changing so fast, vacuum insulation allows us to meet the challenging requirements of today and tomorrow. With its extreme small thickness and innovative high thermal performance, the product is so versatile to use for all kinds of insulation challenges in packaging, the building industry... The opportunities are endless and the challenges in the world are big, a perfect combination to have a future of vacuum insulation.