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High-performance polyurethane insulation for cold storage efficiency

BASF's polyurethane insulation techonology helps customers improve efficiency and sustainability throughout the supply chain of cold storage solutions

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Cold storage on the rise

The COVID-19 pandemic, which spurred stay-at-home orders that were in place for most of 2020 and into 2021, has significantly increased the demand for fresh food products and highlighted the importance of cold chain logistics.

For the United States, food-at-home spending (food purchased from supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse club stores, supercenters, and other retailers) increased from $808.0 million in 2019 to $876.8 million in 2020. Economic research service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

A girl with a basket takes frozen foods from the supermarket's refrigerator. The girl chooses goods in the store. Shopping in the supermarket.

Additionally, as the pandemic continues to pose a worldwide medical crisis, national health spending in the U.S. is expected to rise by 5.4% from 2019 and reach $6.2 trillion by 2028. Overall, government spending in 2020 represents 13.9% of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). In Canada and Mexico, government spending accounts for 7.6% and 2.8% of GDP, respectively. Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development 

Vaccine products, which all require reliable cold chain storage and transportation to maintain their efficacy, will further contribute to this spending.

Hand of worker using thermometer to temperature measurement in the goods boxes with ready meals after import in the cold room or warehouse for keep temperature room

To provide consistent optimal temperature conditions, BASF’s Elastopor® polyurethane insulation is the product of choice for manufacturers of a variety of cold chain systems. Known for its high-performance insulation properties and compliance with restrictive governments regulations in North America, it is used in the production of walk-in coolers, refrigerated trailers and cold storage warehouses. With Elastopor, BASF helps customers create better and safer solutions throughout the entirety of the supply chain.

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