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Sofrigam acquires Coldway

09 November 2018

Rueil-Malmaison, 6 November 2018 – Sofrigam, the French company specialising in the cold chain for pharmaceutical products on an international scale, is pursuing its policy of further growth by acquiring Coldway, a French concern that manufactures stand-alone refrigeration solutions. 

Combining the technology of Coldway with the expertise of Sofrigam  

Coldway, manufacturer of a stand-alone cold chain technology

Coldway’s innovative technology makes it possible to produce cold and/or hot conditions on the basis of an elementary thermochemical reaction between ammonia and salts. Using a natural coolant that does not adversely affect the ozone layer, without consumables, but also, more importantly, without the continuous use of external energy sources, it is capable of creating cold conditions in a totally self-contained manner for up to 60 hours. With neither a motor nor a compressor, the system is silent, ecologically sound, low-maintenance and is not subject to wear.

Sofrigam became acquainted with this technology when the two companies collaborated in 2016 in order to develop a range of temperature-controlled shipping containers featuring the Coldway technology.
Coldway was placed into receivership at the end of June 2018. By virtue of this acquisition, Sofrigam is demonstrating its dynamism and its new ambitions. Coldway’s technology will provide technical prowess and innovation for use in Sofrigam’s range of packaging solutions, with the ecological dimension so favoured by Sofrigam.
The sixteen Coldway staff employed at Pia (66) are keeping their jobs with the company, located near Perpignan. They are joining the staff of the various entities of the Sofrigam Group, including fifteen employees in France, distributed between the head office at Rueil Malmaison (92) and the production plant, covering 16,000m2, at Monchy-le-Preux (62), near Arras.

Business synergies to be developed around a ‘Made in France’ skills concept

Coldway production plant in Pia (France)

“We wanted to purchase Coldway for two reasons: the potential for business synergies and the desire to keep Coldway’s technologies in France”, explains Gilles Labranque, Chairman and Managing Director of Sofrigam.

Sofrigam specialises in the design and manufacture of insulated packaging for safeguarding the transportation, within the cold chain, of products from the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological and even cosmetic industries...

Renowned for its
considerable technical prowess and its incomparable levels of quality , the Group is demonstrating its ambitions in terms of both innovation and moving into new markets. The acquisition of Coldway and the development of packaging solutions employing its ground-breaking technology represent a tremendous opportunity for innovation with the prospect of new markets. The partnership between Coldway and Ligier Professional, a manufacturer of small commercial vehicles, with the aim of creating electric vehicles equipped with self-contained refrigerated compartments, is an example of the new prospects available to Sofrigam.

“The takeover of Coldway is in line with the continuity of our drive to promote the concept of ‘Made in France’, together with the aspects of progress, technology and expertise traditionally associated with it. The prospects for innovation and growth are very encouraging and we are really enthusiastic about forthcoming projects”, declares Gilles Labranque, Chairman and Managing Director of Sofrigam.

The new company formed from this alliance will be known as Coldway Technologies. Its activity will be concentrated on the development and deployment of Coldway technology among businesses involved with logistics and final mile delivery, healthcare and food processing.

More about Coldway  

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Created in 2001, Coldway is an innovative French company. Stemming from a transfer of technology from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), it is the originator of a major innovation based on the storage and use of energy in the cold chain. Coldway finally made it possible to produce cold or hot energy, to store it and to make it available on demand, regardless of the desired power output. The originality of this invention, the subject of international patents, resides in a self-contained process, that is to say without the continuous use of external energy while being mobile and reusable, without any time limit and without the use of consumables. The solutions it provides to a variety of industrial sectors, ranging from the medical industry to catering and including logistics and transport, all comply with the fundamental health requirements applicable to the cold chain – control and traceability of temperature, flexibility and reliability in the transportation of sensitive products at consistent temperatures. The product ranges developed by Coldway are now equipping over 600 companies in France and in 45 other countries.

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