August 17, 2017: One of the leading cargo airlines, Emirates SkyCargo, is rolling out a new white cover solution developed in collaboration with DuPont. This is as part of its endeavour to offer customers with innovative, cool chain temperature solutions. Featuring DuPont’s Tyvek Xtreme W50 material, the new White Cover Xtreme will offer enhanced protection for temperature sensitive cargo in hot, cold and wet weather conditions.

Tyvek Xtreme W50 builds on DuPont’s patented Tyvek high-density polyethylene material used in Emirates SkyCargo’s White Cover and White Cover Advanced solutions to offer more robust protection in changing and extreme weather conditions. The new triple layered White Cover Xtreme acts as a shield reflecting solar heat when temperatures are high and as a barrier for conduction preventing heat from escaping when temperatures are low thereby helping maintain cargo internally at the right temperature.

Also, White Cover Xtreme is breathable and allows water vapour to escape preventing condensation from forming on the surface of cargo and affecting the integrity of the shipment. White Cover Xtreme acts as a single solution that offers a high level of protection in harsh winter as well as summer weather conditions.

Over the last few years, Emirates SkyCargo has been working with DuPont to build its portfolio of lightweight thermal cargo covers which offer an effective first level of protection for cargo against external heat and weather fluctuations. An industry pioneer in the use of specialised covers, Emirates SkyCargo, introduced ‘White Cover Advanced’ in April 2016 which followed on the earlier success of its White Cover solution.

White Cover is primarily used for protecting perishables such as fruits and vegetables having a higher temperature tolerance, whereas White Cover Advanced is used for securing packaged pharmaceuticals shipments which are more susceptible to increase in heat. The new White Cover Xtreme will help shield temperature sensitive shipments, including pharmaceuticals, which travel through extreme and variable weather conditions from origin to destination.

The collaboration between Emirates SkyCargo and DuPont on the new White Cover Xtreme is part of an existing agreement between the two companies to develop new temperature protection solutions, in particular, thermal covers, for the air cargo industry. The agreement was renewed for a further period of two years until 2019 during the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich in May this year. The agreement allows the players to continue developing cost-effective, innovative end to end protection solutions for temperature sensitive cargo keeping in mind the needs of the end customers.

From June to August 2017, Emirates SkyCargo has also been offering complimentary White Covers to all customers who have temperature sensitive perishables consignments transiting through Dubai to protect cargo from spoilage during summer better. On an average over 30,000 tonnes of perishables from different parts of the world get transit through Dubai every month on Emirates SkyCargo. The two companies worked extensively on ground trials for White Cover Xtreme and rolled out to customers will begin in late August 2017.

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