Saviour of the sum­mer months

Icepack heats up by keep­ing you cool

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THE tem­per­a­ture hasn’t slowed down Bris­bane man­u­fac­turer Haultech af­ter a whirl­wind 18 months for Icepack.

“A lot has hap­pened in the past cou­ple of years, with both a new work­shop and a new prod­uct to keep us busy,” Icepack founder and di­rec­tor Charles In­der said.

The firm has set­tled into its new premises, in the heart of Bris­bane’s trans­port hub at Wa­col, with trans­for­ma­tion of the Quin­dus St prop­erty now com­plete.

This also in­cluded the launch of the Icepack Show­room.

The per­fect space to show­case Haultech’s range of pow­er­ful cool­ing ca­pac­ity APU sleeper cab air-con­di­tion­ers.

The dis­play in­cludes the en­tire Icepack range fea­tur­ing the pop­u­lar ES, along with some ex­am­ples of fit­ment op­tions in the flesh and also via a dig­i­tal dis­play.

From the show­room win­dows, the in-house ma­chin­ing cen­tre and the in­stall work­shop can be viewed in full op­er­a­tion, so you can see the team in ac­tion.

Just next door to the show­room a driv­ers’ lounge is also in place – air-con­di­tioned of course – plus a TV, re­clin­ers and block-out cur­tains for those in need of a nap while their Icepack is in­stalled or ser­viced.

An­other ma­jor mile­stone for the Bris­bane busi­ness in­cluded the launch of the ES model.

A in­no­va­tion which was only made pos­si­ble with the con­tri­bu­tions of those who work in the trans­port in­dus­try.

“The launch was a proud mo­ment for us all,” Mr In­der said.

“Our team, to­gether with a few of our clos­est cus­tomers were in­volved in the de­sign and on­go­ing re­fine­ment process.

“Ul­ti­mately the fi­nal Icepack ES model was de­vel­oped with a sig­nif­i­cantly lower en­gine load, higher max­i­mum ambient tem­per­a­ture limit, and more.

“We are very for­tu­nate to have some great mates in the in­dus­try, and were able to have a large num­ber of test units out in ser­vice with a cou­ple of Queens­land’s largest fleets.

“The test ES units were op­er­at­ing in a wide va­ri­ety of trans­port sec­tors in di­verse en­vi­ron­ments.

“The feed­back and in­put we re­ceived from th­ese op­er­a­tors is truly in­valu­able, and we thank them very much.

“You know who you are,” he added.

Since the of­fi­cial launch in Oc­to­ber 2016 – there are now more than 600 ES units in ser­vice.

Mr In­der says own­er­drivers and fleet op­er­a­tors are re­port­ing back a sig­nif­i­cant sav­ing in op­er­a­tional costs.

“The ES has been a game changer,” he said.

Dur­ing the last 20 years, the Icepack team has op­er­ated in Bris­bane, work­ing to build a solid rep­u­ta­tion as mar­ket lead­ers in the heavy trans­port in­dus­try.

PHOTO: HAULTECH

NEW CUS­TOMER: Just fit­ted out and ready for the road.

PHOTO: HAULTECH

ICEPACK ON SHOW: The brand new Icepack show room has ev­ery­thing on dis­play.

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