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Coldway Technologies designs, tests and manufactures refrigeration units that function using a patented sorption system. They are built into the isothermal containers used to transport thermo-sensitive products for the health and food markets.

The system allows precise temperatures to be set conforming to all the regulations and statutory requirements applying to noise and air pollution. In addition, maintenance and operating costs are reduced. It is the only perfectly ecological, nomadic refrigeration system.


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i-nnovation Awards 2021: a Bronze award for Coldway Technologies

Coldway Technologies exhibited at SOLUTRANS, the international trade fair for road and urban transport solutions, last November in Lyon, France, and competed for the i-nnovation Awards 2021 in the 'Equipment Manufacturers' category.

Coldway Technologies on-board cooling technology

The innovation awards for companies in the logistics and transport sector

i-nnovation Awards 2021 by SolutransFormerly known as the 'Prix de l'innovation', the i-nnovation Awards recognise the most innovative entries in several categories:

  • Bodybuilders / Manufacturers of industrial vehicles, light commercial vehicles, semi-trailers and trailers
  • Equipment manufacturers of bodywork and vehicle .

In addition, the Digital Award recognises software publishers and electronic engineering companies that have distinguished themselves in the field of IT or connectivity for the logistics/transport sector.

The i-nnovation Awards recognise innovations that bring substantial and significant improvements and concrete benefits to transport and logistics professionals: hauliers, drivers, principals and end customers.


Coldway on-board refrigeration technology wins Bronze Award

Electric vehicle equipped with a Coldway Technologies refrigerated container

Sofrigam Group exhibited a service vehicle equipped with the Coldway Technologies autonomous refrigeration system at the Solutrans trade fair in Lyon, with its partners Koovea, Addax Motors and Delivery Academy.

Coldway Technologies was selected from among 80 applications and competed with 20 other candidates in the 'Equipment Manufacturers' category with prestigious competitors such as Bosch, Carrier Transicold and Thermo King.

It was during a prestigious awards evening at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon that the jury awarded us the Bronze Trophy. A recognition of the carbon-free urban delivery market.

"This award confirms the innovative and disruptive nature of this technology and our determination to reinvent autonomous refrigerated transport in the 21st century. We would particularly like to thank the people who came to meet us on the stand. We would also like to thank all our customers and partners for their trust and support over many years", Gilles Labranque, Chairman of the Sofrigam Group.


See below for photos and videos of the event: 

SOFRIGAM GROUP stand at Solutrans 2021  

SOFRIGAM GROUP stand at Solutrans 2021 in Lyon, France


Vehicle equipped with Coldway on-board cooling

Electric vehicle with Coldway Technologies on-board cooling system


Coldway technology presented to the i-nnovation Awards 2021 jury

Presentation of the Coldway technology to the i-nnovation Awards 2021 jury



Coldway Technologies' on-board refrigeration is at Solutrans 2021

From 16 to 20 November, Coldway Technologies' ecological refrigeration will be present at Solutrans in Lyon, France, the world's leading meeting place for industrial and urban vehicles. The theme of this edition: "Sustainable and connected solutions for a responsible transport sector" echoes Coldway Technologies' approach: to disrupt refrigerated transport with an alternative solution for cold chain urban deliveries. Deciphering.


Rethinking cold chain transport

Refrigerated transport in townGreen logistics, zero-emission deliveries, eco-responsible logistics, sustainable transport - all these buzzwords converge on a common idea: the future of logistics will either be innovative and sustainable or it will not be.

Between 1990 and 2018, the amount of goods transported by road increased by 30% and road freight transport increased by 56%. Light commercial vehicles have seen the greatest increase in GHG emissions (+35%) due to the increase in deliveries in urban areas.

This is especially true for last-mile cold-chain logistics. Delivering fresh products in cities with thermal refrigerated vehicles will soon be mission impossible.

At a time when refrigerated transport must be rethought to adapt to the environmental constraints of urban areas, it has never been so coveted, boosted by Covid-19's crisis with the delivery of food or pharmaceutical products in cities.

The challenges of tomorrow's refrigerated transport

Coldway Technologies' on-board refrigeration reinvents urban delivery

Coldway Technologies cooling system

Ecological, silent and agile, Coldway Technologies' autonomous on-board refrigeration provides an appropriate response to the challenges of the urban logistics of the future.

Coldway Technologies designs and manufactures refrigeration units operating with a patented sorption system.

This refrigeration system produces a high-precision temperature, in compliance with the regulatory requirements and environmental imperatives of urban areas in terms of noise and air pollution.

Coldway Technologies' refrigeration units are designed to be assembled on containers or integrated into vehicles for the transport of heat-sensitive products, offering a cold chain delivery solution:

  • ZERO-EMISSION: the Coldway system works with a decarbonised energy vector, which is favoured by government authorities as a replacement for HFCs;
  • SILENT: the cold production is well below the PIEK standard to facilitate the delivery of fresh products at night or during shifts;
  • PERFORMING: the Coldway Inside technology produces regulated cooling with great precision, even in scorching temperatures (+43°C);
  • AGILE: the refrigeration units can be assembled on any type of vehicle intended for last-mile urban delivery (scooter, bicycle, utility vehicle), and in particular electric vehicles;
  • SELF-CONTAINING: independent of the vehicle's batteries, the refrigeration system operates without any connection;
  • SUSTAINABLE: the system's lifespan is over 10 years, with more than 3,000 operating cycles observed.

Coldway Technologies' refrigeration units transform the devices on which they are installed into real mobile refrigeration chambers, with an integrated traceability system for precise temperature monitoring.

Whether delivering in city centres, in EPZs or at night, Coldway Technologies' on-board refrigeration provides a unique innovative solution to facilitate last-mile urban deliveries, without nuisance and without pollution.

With this major innovation in the industrial refrigeration sector, Coldway Technologies is initiating the energy transition of refrigerated transport towards a more ecological, responsible and sustainable sector.


Food and pharmaceutical French companies, such as Gandon Transports and Saveurs & Vie, have already adopted the Coldway Technologies solution for their urban deliveries.

> Read their testimonials in this special issue of Froid News magazine.


The Coldway Technologies refrigeration system can be discovered on the Sofrigam Group stand at the SOLUTRANS 2021 exhibition, with its partners ADDAX, KOOVEA and DELIVERY ACADEMY.

SOLUTRANS, the global hub for heavy and light commercial vehicles

SOLUTRANS | The meeting place for industrial and urban vehicles

16 - 20 November 2021 | Lyon Eurexpo, France

Sofrigam Group stand 1A 042


Refrigerated transport in the age of sustainable development

What if refrigerated deliveries in the city were made by bike? This is the 20th edition of the European Week of Mobility and Sustainable Development, whose theme is "acting daily". This is an opportunity to look at the challenges of last-mile urban logistics in figures and to highlight Coldway Technologies' on-board refrigeration. Combining cold chain control and zero-emission ecological delivery, isn't that the key to taking action on a daily basis?


European events for climate

Two major European climate events are currently taking place:

  • The European Week for Sustainable Development (EWSSD 2021) aims to raise awaEWSSD 2021reness of sustainable development, promote concrete actions and mobilise people to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals of the Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN in 2015.
  • The European Mobility Week (EMW 2021), which aims to promote environmentally friendly modes of transport. This year's theme is "Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility".


Sustainable mobility, decarbonization and the environment are themes anchored in the DNA of Coldway Technologies, whose vocation is to offer an autonomous, zero-emission on-board cooling technology for sustainable deliveries.


Logistics and transport, sectors that are still too polluting

Logistics is one of the most essential sectors - as we saw during the Covid-19 health crisis - but also one of the most polluting. 

This is especially true for the transport of cold-chain products, which requires the use of refrigerated vehicles that still consume a lot of energy.

A few figures from the site développement-durable.gouv.fr show how far we still have to go to reach the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.


  • 97% of transport-induced greenhouse gas emissions are CO2 from fuel combustion.
  • Road transport contributes to almost all (94%) of the transport sector's emissions.
  • Road traffic emissions are 54% from passenger vehicles, 24% from heavy goods vehicles and 20% from light commercial vehicles. *

Breakdown of French GHG emissions by transport mode - France - 2018

Breakdown of French GHG emissions by transport mode - France - 2018


Overall, the kilometres travelled by road vehicles increased by 41% between 1990 and 2018.

  • The amount of goods transported increased by 30% over the same period.
  • Road freight transport increased by 56% and light commercial vehicles experienced the highest increase in GHG emissions (+35%).

This increase can be explained by the disproportionate growth in deliveries in built-up areas.


Evolution of French GHG emissions from the transport sector by transport mode in France from 1990 to 2019

Evolution of French GHG emissions from the transport sector by transport mode in France from 1990 to 2019


The rise of urban last-mile delivery

The growth of e-commerce, coupled with the democratisation of home delivery, has generated a considerable increase in delivery flows in cities.


n 2019, 50 million parcels were delivered, a growth of more than 10% (FEVAD figures, 2020). The growth of last-mile delivery is dazzling.

The Covid-19 crisis has accentuated the development of cold logistics in cities, in particular with the delivery of meals to the home, and the delivery of medicines, which is becoming more widespread.

This growth in deliverieDeliveries in built-up areass in urban areas implies problems of accessibility and congestion, which are accompanied by a heavy environmental impact and repeated nuisance for city dwellers:


  • Urban traffic densification,
  • Air pollution,
  • Noise pollution,
  • Alteration of the quality of life of the inhabitants.

These few key figures show the scale of the problem of goods transport in urban areas: on a national scale: last-mile logistics account for around 20% of traffic, occupy 30% of the road network, represent 50% of the diesel consumed in towns and cities and are responsible for 35% of CO2 emissions, according to the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).


In a context marked by mobility and sustainable development, the last mile is a real challenge in urban logistics and delivery in city centres.


Reconciling cold chain deliveries and the environment

Every year in France, 100 million tonnes of products are distributed by refrigerated trucks. This figure could double by 2025, particularly because refrigerated transport plays a fundamental role in the food and pharmaceutical industries

In addition, regulations on refrigerants, environmental issues and the energy costs of refrigerated transport are leading players in cold logistics to reinvent themselves.

« The first challenge in transport is the replacement of refrigerants. Today, some of them still have a high GWP [Global Warming Potential]", Gérald Cavalier, President of Cemafroid-Tecnea, explained to VoxLog in the special report on cold logistics


Last-mile refrigerated logistics must evolve to meet:

  • to the needs of companies, shops and local authorities to deliver cold chain products in urban areas, easily, quickly and safely.
  •  consumer expectations in terms of home delivery services.
  • the regulatory requirements and environmental imperatives of urban areas in terms of noise and air pollution.


Coldway Technologies: environmentally friendly on-board cooling


Delivering fresh produce in the city using alternative means of transport while maintaining the same traceability as for an internal combustion vehicle is now possible with Coldway Technologies' on-board refrigeration system.

Coldway Technologies designs self-contained refrigeration units, assembled on containers or integrated into clean vehicles, for last-mile delivery using soft transport.Coldway refrigerated container on electric scooter

Bicycle-cargoes, electric scooters, electric vehicles, Coldway Technologies' autonomous refrigeration adapts to all means of transport to make deliveries in the city, day and night, without pollution, without noise pollution, in strict compliance with the temperature of the products transported.

Coldway Technology's refrigeration units are completely independent of the vehicle's batteries. They work with a natural refrigerant, which is favoured by government authorities as a replacement for HFCs.

A real ecological alternative to refrigerated vehicles, they offer perfect temperature control for single or multi-temperature transport, with an integrated traceability system.

Many communities and companies have adopted Coldway technology for the transport of food and pharmaceutical products.

In this week of sustainable development, what better way to take action than to choose an alternative refrigerated transport solution?

Eco-friendly and sustainable refrigerated transport at SITL 2021

SITL is a major annual event for transport and logistics businesses. This 2021 edition is focussing on innovation and green logistics. It is the ideal showcase for Coldway Technologies refrigeration systems which offer an eco-friendly alternative to urban last mile delivery. A refrigerated transport solution you can discover at the Sofrigam Group stand from 13 to 15 September at Paris Porte de Versailles.

Refrigerated transport: the challenges of urban delivery

last mile urban deliveryIt is estimated that refrigeration uses about 20% of the total electricity consumed globally. Each year, in France alone, 100 million tonnes of heat-sensitive products are delivered by refrigerated vehicles. 

The goods transport industry is the leading sector emitting greenhouse gases in France, with nearly 30% of emissions.  The last mile is the costliest link that produces the most pollution in the delivery chain. It allegedly represents between 30% and 40% of the economic costs of transport, as well as of polluting emissions.

However, the Covid-19 crisis has revealed how essential cold logistics are on an everyday basis in key industrial areas such as healthcare and food. This means rapidly growing logistics that increase delivery flows in the centre of cities, which are already congested and suffering from emissions pollution as well as visual and noise pollution.

Therefore, how do you support the growth of refrigerated transport for urban delivery in an eco-friendly way?

Coldway Technologies: autonomous, eco-friendly refrigeration supporting urban delivery

On-board refrigerated container Coldway TechnologiesHave you ever imagined that one day you would be able to safely deliver frozen, chilled or hot products to the city centre at any time of the day or night, without creating any noise or pollution?

This is what the Coldway Technologies refrigeration system renders possible: autonomous, silent and eco-friendly cold production technology, which fits on any type of container or vehicle (utility vehicle, scooter, tricycle or bicycle).

It means another model of temperature-controlled urban delivery is now possible, using alternative means of transport for low-carbon cold chain logistics.

Coldway Technologies is a major advance in the eco-friendly and energy transition of logistics and refrigeration thanks to 100% silent, carbon-free, green delivery solutions in urban centres"


Coldway Technologies refrigeration has 6 key advantages:

  • MODULAR: it adapts to all vehicles designed for urban last mile delivery, especially electric vehicles;
  • ECO-FRIENDLY: the system works with a natural refrigerant, acclaimed by government authorities as a replacement for HFCs;
  • QUIET: cold production is completely silent and falls well below the PIEK standard enabling deliveries at night or at off-peak hours;
  • EFFICIENT: the refrigeration is optimal, regulated, extremely accurate and works even in a heat wave;
  • AUTONOMOUS: the refrigeration is completely independent of the vehicle's batteries and does not need to be connected to them for it to work.
  • DURABLE: The system life is over 10 years, with over 3,000 operating cycles recorded, and the MTBF is over 6 years.

This refrigeration system provides a unique innovative solution to make last mile deliveries easier in the city centre, without creating a nuisance or any pollution.

An autonomous and eco-friendly refrigeration solution that has already been adopted by the food and pharmaceutical transport sectors, such as Gandon Transports and Saveurs & Vie, whose testimonials you can discover in this special issue of Froid News.


The Coldway Technologies refrigeration system can be seen at the Sofrigam Group stand at SITL 2021.


SITL Fair | September 13 - 15, 2021 | Paris Porte de Versailles, France

Sofrigam Group stand no. K 019, Hall 1.

Welcome to the new Coldway Technologies website

SOFRIGAM GROUP and its entity Coldway Technologies are very proud to announce the launch of the new coldway.com website this Thursday, 17 September. All the expertise, innovation and technology of this 21st-century autonomous refrigeration system will be presented. The refrigeration of the future is now a reality, and it intends to be resolutely responsible and environmentally-friendly. Explanation.


Autonomous, mobile, quiet and durable, the Coldway Inside refrigeration system is an eco-friendly technology that is completely carbon-free.

Not only does it facilitate the last mile delivery under cold chain in city centres, but it also provides:

  • an adapted response to the problems of urban delivery,
  • an alternative to the new regulations governing refrigerants.


Used for more than 15 years in markets where stringency and rigor are required, such as the health, food and automotive fields, the refrigeration system developed by Coldway Technologies also offers broad application prospects with manufacturers who put the environment and mobility at the heart of their concerns.

Discover the Coldway Inside technology via explanations and diagrams: https://coldway.com/en/technologies-RD


The entire Coldway Technologies team is very pleased to welcome you on this new website and wishes you a pleasant navigation in the heart of the autonomous cold of the 21st century.

Coldway Technologies exhibits at MOVE London

Coldway Technologies will present its disruptive refrigeration technology at the Move trade show in London on 11 - 12 February. 100% self-contained, 100% eco-friendly and adaptable to any type of vehicle, scooter or tricycle, come and discover refrigeration of the future with efficient and sustainable urban delivery.

Decongesting city centres

While in recent years, metropolitan areas have by and large succeeded in streamlining the flow of traffic and people, the transport of goods still needs to be optimised.

Last-mile logistics is the most difficult to manage:

  • the boom of e-commerce has dramatically increased home deliveries,
  • the growth of retail outlets in metropolitan areas, which themselves are setting up local services, is significantly increasing delivery flows, especially deliveries of products via the cold chain (food products or medicines).

This is not without its problems in city centres, already invaded by delivery vans and plagued by congestion, loud noise, and pollution. The first to be impacted are ultimately those living in cities, whose quality of life is at risk.

Rethinking the urban deliveries of tomorrow

In 2050, it is estimated that 68% of the global population will live in metropolitan areas, compared to 55% today. The impact will be considerable in the major urban centres.

Given this situation and the magnitude of the environmental challenges, we urgently need to find green solutions to relieve congestion in city centres, while meeting the service needs expected by those living there.

A self-contained, eco-friendly refrigeration system, adaptable to any type of vehicle

Can you imagine one day being able to deliver frozen, fresh or hot products, with zero risk, at any time of day or night, with no noise or pollution?

This is what makes the technology developed by Coldway Technologies possible: a completely self-contained and eco-friendly refrigeration production system, which can be fitted to any type of vehicle, scooter, tricycle or bicycle.

This refrigeration technology is unique:

  • Self-contained for up to 24 hours,
  • Hot or cold products between -18°C and +25°C,
  • Completely silent, (Piek standard – Certibruit certified),
  • Robust and durable (more than ten years of production cycles with no loss of performance), only low maintenance is required,
  • Adaptable, the system is completely independent of the vehicle and its batteries if it is electric.

This 100% self-contained and 100% eco-friendly refrigeration system provides a unique and innovative solution to facilitate “last mile” deliveries in city centres, with no noise or pollution.

Come and see it on 11 - 12 February at the Move trade show in London, the biggest trade show dedicated to urban mobility. 


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