Caravell Ltd, the commercial refrigeration supplier, has been re-established by original owner Hans J. Jensen and Frost-Tech MD Kassem Traboulsi in the same 100,000ft2 warehouse in Buckingham where it used to be.
Caravell Ltd was the largest commercial refrigeration supplier in the UK of plug-in units, which were sold to the independent retail shops, restaurants, service stations and coffee shops. In 2008 the company was sold to the Austrian manufacturer AHT, and the Caravell name stopped being used in the UK. Subsequently, gradually most Caravell products stopped being sold in the UK.
Jensen started Caravell Ltd in the UK in 1983 with 1 employee, as a subsidiary of the Danish-headquartered manufacturer, and built it up to a company with 100 people employed and a multi million Pound turnover. In 2005 he was part of a management buyout, and when in 2008 Caravell Ltd was sold to AHT he was retained by the firm until December 2010, when he retired.
Kassem Traboulsi started work as a refrigeration engineer, and in 1998 started his own commercial refrigeration manufacturing company called Frost-Tech, in Oxford. The factory grew so fast that he moved the factory to a bigger unit in Lebanon, and in 2007 he added a large new factory in China.
The company is already a supplier to several large UK customers, and also exports to several countries in Europe. During the period up until the purchase of Caravell Ltd by AHT, he is said to have supplied most of brand’s best-selling models.
Additionally, the Caravell UK website has been reopened, where both previous best selling models and new models can be seen. The firm can hold £1m of stock in Buckingham to provide a swift service.
Former Danish parent company Caravell A/S was acquired by Brazilian manufacturer Metalfrio in 2006. Metalfrio retains the Caravell product brand name, and continues to supply Caravell-branded products around the world.