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PCM market projected to reach $339 million in the Americas by 2019

Ben Welter - Thursday, April 09, 2015

The market for advanced phase change materials in the Americas will reach $339.56 million by 2019, according to the latest report from MicroMarket Monitor. That's a compound annual growth rate of 19.9% from 2014 to 2019. The report identifies the shipping, packaging and refrigeration segment as a key driver and attributes much of the growth to initiatives by the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and other bodies.

MicroMarket Monitor is planning to release similar reports next month on the PCM markets in Asia-Pacific and Middle East-Africa. The Asia-Pacific market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 19.2 percent from 2013 to 2018. The Middle East-Africa market is expected see a CAGR of 11.9 percent in the same period.

http://www.micromarketmonitor.com/market/americas-advanced-phase-change-materials-3734986145.html

Connect with PCM experts and industry leaders on LinkedIn

Ben Welter - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Phase Change Matters logoNew on LinkedIn: A group devoted to the discussion of phase change material and thermal energy storage, a place for PCM and TES experts and industry leaders from around the world to gather and share ideas. It's called Phase Change Matters, and it's intended as a highly interactive complement to the blog and newsletter of the same name.

The first topic up for discussion: PCM and off-peak cooling systems:

TES pioneers like CALMAC and Ice Energy have been installing ice-based energy storage systems for years. And district cooling has been around for decades. What are the main barriers to wider adoption of phase change material in these types of thermal energy storage systems? Complexity? Education? Cost?

You are invited to join the discussion. Here's a link to the group:

https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=6953237

Biopharma firms urged to get ahead of the multi-use packaging curve

Ben Welter - Friday, March 13, 2015

Stephen Healy, global sales director at DGP Intelsius, weighs in on the future of reusable packaging in the temperature-control supply chain. He concludes that widespread use of such systems appears to be inevitable and that biopharma companies would be wise to adopt them now:

"In an economy where patient safety, increased legislation and the pressure to use reusable and recyclable materials are rising, turning a consumable ‘single use’ item into a ‘multi-use’ logistics asset would reduce spend, as well as create a more sustainable solution."

http://www.packagingeurope.com/Packaging-Europe-News/62517/Passive-Temperature-Controlled-Packaging-Reuse.html

'Last mile' will be hot topic at Cool Chain Europe

Ben Welter - Thursday, January 22, 2015

Vishal KhushalaniVishal Khushalani, Sonoco ThermoSafe's director of marketing and business development, will be among the speakers at next week's IQPC Cool Chain Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Joined by Wayne Williams, president of Cold Chain Technology Services, Khushalani, right, will talk about "Achieving Significant Cost Savings with a Comprehensive Reclamation Process for Last Mile Shipments." They will review the life cycle of a returnable shipper across the supply chain and back for reclamation and re-use.

Steve Healy, global sales director at Intelsius, will lead a roundtable discussion on a similar topic: "Final Mile and In-Country Distribution: Improving Performance Whilst Maintaining Affordability."

The British company will display a range of its temperature-controlled packaging solutions at the conference, including its ORCA line, a reusable solution that provides 168 hours of thermal protection for temperature-sensitive payloads in the 2-8° C and 15-25° C ranges, using phase change material and vacuum insulated panels.