SKOPE Industries Limited has built a $1 million environmental test chamber for its commercial refrigeration products, as part of a company-wide boost in research and development.

Earlier this year, the Christchurch-based company announced that it was withdrawing from the heating market to focus 100% on producing commercial refrigeration and food service products for the global market. Over the past three years, SKOPE has built its research and innovation team from 15 to 32, in order to ensure the design and manufacturing of state-of-the-art, market-leading products.

The testing facility, which was officially opened by Science and Innovation Minister, Hon. Steven Joyce, brought SKOPE up to speed with the testing facilities used by one of its main customers, Coca-Cola Amatil and can be set to temperatures ranging from three to 50 degrees Celsius, with up to 90 per cent humidity. This enables SKOPE to test its products for suitability in any climate and country.

Alexandra Stewart, Executive Director at SKOPE, says the new testing chamber combined with the growth in staff numbers in the research and innovation team means the company are able to turn around products up to three times faster.

"We are excited about the future of commercial refrigeration and are determined to further enhance our global reputation by keep abreast of technological and design advances. This new testing chamber is just one example of our commitment," she says.

The chamber is made from MISA modular cool room panels, a product SKOPE imports from Italy and distributes throughout Australia. Tescor, experts from the USA who were selected to design the chamber, which was then assembled by local contractors, have designed the testing chamber in compliance to ISO 23532 standards, or better.

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Sara Grant Communications Manager, SKOPE Industries Limited Article courtesy of SKOPE Industries Limited, New Zealand