Hubbard Systems took a group of consultants to visit the Scotsman factory in Milan last month to show case its latest ice machine.
The trip was designed to be an opportunity for the visitors to find out about Scotsman’s latest nugget ice machine technology.
“Nugget machines are incredibly efficient – but it’s difficult to explain the technology without seeing them in action,” says Simon Aspin, commercial director of Hubbard Systems, continuing: “The new nugget icemakers were very well received. Nugget ice is relatively new to the UK. It’s very versatile – for example, if can be used both for drinks and for food display – and its method of production is very eco-friendly. Plus, a small machine can make big volumes of ice.”
The consultants were also shown the Scotsman manufacturing facilities. “It gave us the chance to demonstrate the depth of Scotsman expertise,” says Aspin. “Much of the conversation was about the fact that Scotsman build all their own machines, including components such as evaporators, whereas most competitors buy them in. It gives us much greater control over the quality of the products.”
Feedback from the consultants who attended was very positive. “These guys are responsible for specifying equipment around the world,” says Aspin. “They seemed genuinely impressed by the Scotsman philosophy, and the commitment not just to manufacturing quality but also to after sales support and service, globally.
“We very much appreciate them taking a couple of days out of their busy schedules. I think it underlines the growing importance of ice in the catering industry – and the need for specifiers to understand about the different types of ice that are available, and their various applications.”
The consultants on the trip were:
Louise Willis LPA / FCSI
Trevor Jones TJA Associates
Alessandra Harris Edge DPM
Carlo Clarke CDIS-Karm
Fergus Stapleton Ferro Design
Ian Maitland RPP Solutions
Paul Starbuck Cini-Little
Kyle Rohland GWP