Thermal insulation experts secure contract with major retailer

Asda has invested in more than 100 products by thermal insulation specialist Seymour Manufacturing International (SMI) to help control temperatures in freezers.

The supermarket giant has purchased the ‘Green-Door’ from Telford-based SMI for use in stores across the UK as part of its click-and-collect service.

In an effort to control temperatures, SMI created the Green-Door as a solution to the use of
unwieldy sliding ‘night doors’ in both freezers and chillers. It uses SMI’s Tempro – which the firm says is the world’s thinnest and most thermally-efficient material of its kind and has been scientifically proven to cut energy loss by at least 25% in chillers, and 33% in freezers.

Asda’s senior manager for engineering, net zero and energy Brian Churchyard said: “As a company we are determined to reduce the impact our stores have on the environment, and thanks to the Green-Door product, we’ve already been able to save a considerable amount of energy.

“It was an obvious choice for us to invest in yet more Green-Door products to protect the chilled areas in our Click & Collect areas where our customers’ orders were stored”.

SMI chairman Brian Seymour said: “We developed Green-Door after years of painstaking research and nearly a decade of stringent tests at sites across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and it is now opening the door to significant financial savings for major retailers.

“Our aim was to create a quality door that would require little maintenance, was easy to use, and saved significant amounts of energy and carbon.

“And Green-Door has been a huge success making the much-hated supermarket night door redundant in chillers and freezers, saving capital, maintenance costs, nuisance value and labour. The advantages and savings are enormous”.