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Godrej Appliances set to reduce 30% reduction in global vaccine wastage with its new range of medical refrigerators

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 16:30 Hrs  [IST]

Godrej Appliances, one of the leading players in the home appliances industry, in partnership with UK-based Sure Chill Company has launched 6 new models in Mumbai. The new Lite series is designed with a holdover period of 3 days which gives sufficient time to service and fix the product in case of any downtime.
 
The company is gearing up to reduce 30 per cent reduction in global vaccine wastage with these specialised refrigerators. These are designed especially to address the key need of providing precise cooling solutions for vaccines and blood, despite long power outages. With holdover time of 13 days and just 2.5 hours of power requirement per day, the range was designed to handle extremities.

The Lite series has been designed to offer 50 per cent reduction in costs. In light of the limited budgets common to developing economies, this optimized series is expected to boost adoption of the superior Sure Chill Technology, said Kamal Nandi, business head and EVP, Godrej Appliances.

“We are sure that our new range will help the business grow manifold by increasing penetration. We are planning to build manufacturing capacity for 30,000 units from the current capacity of 10,000 units over the next 2 years and hope to generate Rs. 200 crore revenue from medical refrigerator portfolio by 2020," said Nandi.
 
The range includes three models in the Lite series- GVR 51 Lite, GVR 75 Lite and GVR 99 Lite with vaccine storage capacity of 51.5 ltrs, 75.5 ltrs and 99.5 ltrs respectively. The Lite series are lighter, slimmer and come with an externally readable data logger which records up to 30 days’ temperature reading and offers five customizable temperature alarm settings. The price range for the Lite series is Rs. 70,000- Rs. 90,000.

It has also identified blood storage as a space that needs technological innovation, as blood storage also requires maintenance of optimum temperature range of 2-6°C. Below 2°C, the blood haemolyses and transfusing heamolysed blood can cause renal failure and fatal bleeding problems and above 6°C blood is at the risk of bacterial contamination.
 
Speaking on the occasion Jamshyd Godrej, managing director and chairman, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Ltd. said, “Among the most critical of the barriers to effective immunization programs is lack of inadequate cold chain infrastructure. We understand that innovative mechanisms will need to be put in place to help developing countries increase immunization coverage and minimize wastage in order to further build upon the progress made so far."
 
According to Peter Saunders, chairman, The Sure Chill Company-UK, traditional cooling technologies don’t protect vaccines effectively. They either fail to sustain cooling when power is lost or expose vaccines to freezing temperatures due to over cooling, resulting in damaged ineffective vaccines and compromised immunization programmes around the world.

The Sure Chill technology, which is already used in over 30 countries, creates a natural and internal energy store that is capable of providing a perfect, constantly chilled storage environment in areas where there is an intermittent power supply.
 
Anil Verma, executive director and president, Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited, said that these refrigerators are not just high on the innovation quotient but also good and green which will build healthier communities across the world.

 

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Ajay Das Jun 30, 2016 2:26 AM
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Ajay Das Jun 29, 2016 10:52 PM
Vaccine Wastage occurs due to these four factors - 1. Transportation,
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