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CASE STUDY: MHK’s unique automated cold chain hub

by ASC Staff on Aug 29, 2017

P. P. Kariappa, CEO, MHK.
P. P. Kariappa, CEO, MHK.

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MHK Logistics has opened its new cold chain distribution centre in Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, partnering with local STOW representatives Genavco for the installation of semi-automated shuttle racking.

“This facility is 65,000 square feet, with 14 chambers and 6,000 pallet positions in total. Its purpose built to our requirements and we’ll be working closely with 3PLs requiring this kind of facility in this area,” says P. P. Kariappa, CEO, MHK.

“We can adjust the temperature in all 14 of the chambers independently, with Genavco having supplied the STOW shuttle racking. Initially we were going to go with conventional racking, but then we decided that if we’re going to invest in this facility, we should invest in state of the art material handling and storage systems as well,” he adds.

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MHK chose Ras Al Khor Industrial Area because it is more central to the Northern Emirates and Sharjah.

“We purchased this plot of land and initially we were going to develop a general logistics facility, but as we planned the project we realised that actually there is a significant requirement in this area for cold chain operations,” says Kariappa. “Location wise this is more central in terms of the Northern Emirates and Dubai itself, and there’s very good road connectivity. With all this in mind we decided to build a cold storage warehouse.”

The only other cold store facility in the area is the vegetable market nearby according to Kariappa, but there isn’t enough to meet demand. “Fruits and vegetables is not the only sector we’re targeting, though. There is a lot of demand for cold stores in Sharjah, Ajman etc, and although there are cold chain providers there, they don’t have the same state of the art systems as us.”

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