Each year, more than 100,000 reefer containers are needed in Chile to accommodate for the large export of perishable goods. When you include the demand in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, the number of reefer containers needed rises to approximately 300,000 [Seabury.]
In this sweet spot of fruit exporters, we have placed the factory right where the demand is. For the first time ever in South America, reefer containers can go straight "from factory to farm" … Offering the Star Cool Integrated reefers locally to shipping lines, farmers, fruit distributors and leasing companies, will have a financial benefit counted in thousands of dollars per reefer, and millions for the industry in total.- Chief Executive Officer of MCI
Maersk Container Industry (MCI), an independent business unit within Maersk Group, announced in Mid-November 2015 that it has begun production of the first refrigerated containers and Star Cool refrigeration machines, built in South America at its new MCI facility in San Antonio, Chile. This is significant because up until now, China been the only country with reefer container production.
Our new MCI factory is a strategic USD 200m green field investment. In the coming years, we will gradually ramp up production to 25,000 reefer containers per year giving full priority to safety and quality. The factory is designed for a potential future sale of 40,000 reefers by 2020, all under one roof.- Chief Executive Officer of MCI
MCI's leading reefer container – the Star Cool Integrated reefer – features innovative technologies like Controlled Atmosphere (CA) and Automatic Ventilation (AV+). The Star Cool model is widely recognised as the most energy-efficient reefer container in the marketplace.