Cardiff-based Sure Chill, which has developed a unique cooling technology, is this week joining the Prime Minister on a trade mission to Africa.
The firm’s new cooling technology, which can ensure a refrigerator remains perfectly cool during any power outage, has been approved by the World Health Organization. A Sure Chill medical refrigerator can last without power for over 12 days in ambient temperatures of 43°C.
The patented technology was first developed to protect life-saving temperature-sensitive vaccines in emerging countries and vaccine refrigerators with Sure Chill technology are estimated to have helped save millions of lives in over 47 countries around the world.
Sure Chill’s CEO, Nigel Saunders, will join the Prime Minister on a 4-day tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya meeting with leading businesses, policymakers and entrepreneurs in order to build new investment, trading and export ties between the UK and these emerging markets.
Prime Minister, Theresa May said: “The Welsh companies I am taking to Africa are leading examples of how UK innovation is transforming the technology sector on a global scale.
“The ambition and commitment to driving change that Sure Chill showcase is exactly what I want to see from British businesses, and I am pleased they are joining me on this important visit as the UK looks to deepen its partnership with Africa.”
According to the International Monetary Fund, African economies are amongst the fastest growing in the world, making it a significant trading and investment partner for the UK.
During the visit, the Prime Minister will set out how new partnerships between the UK and Africa can add value to the UK economy, create new market opportunities for British businesses, and boost jobs and prosperity for the benefit of all.
Nigel Saunders, CEO of Sure Chill added: “This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with senior industrialists and politicians in some of the fastest growing economies in Africa where our product can really make a difference to communities.
“By storing energy within cooling devices we can provide life-saving and life-enhancing technology in regions with frequently interrupted power – or no power at all.”
Unlike conventional refrigerators, Sure Chill doesn’t need constant power, harnessing a natural phenomenon in water to store energy, enabling weeks of continuous cooling without the need for constant power.
Its unprecedented potential to address global cooling challenges in both emerging and developed economies has attracted support from two of the world’s leading foundations; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Shell Foundation.
Sure Chill customers include UNICEF, Ministries of Health, MSF and other key partners in global health.
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