A refrigeration manufacturer whose name disappeared from the UK market nine years is being restarted with fresh investment by its original founder.
Caravell Ltd claimed to be the largest commercial refrigeration supplier in the UK of plug-in units for retailers, restaurants, service stations and coffee shops when it was sold to Austrian manufacturer AHT in 2008.
Following the change of ownership, the Caravell name was relinquished in the UK and slowly most of the Caravell products stopped being sold in the UK.
However, the business has been reborn again under Hans Jensen, who founded it, and Kassem Traboulsi from the same 100,000 square feet warehouse in Buckingham.
Mr Jensen started Caravell Ltd in the UK in 1983 with one employee, and built it up to a company with 100 people and a multimillion pound turnover.
In 2005 he was part of a management buyout, and after it was sold to AHT he stayed with the company for two years, when he retired.
“We hold £1m of stock in Buckingham so that Caravell Ltd can make sure that all the customers can get the units that have been missing from the UK market for several years,” he explained.
Caravell’s product range includes grab-and-go fridges, upright glass door display cabinets and stainless steel gastronorm chillers and freezers.
The company has also relaunched its website, allowing customers to see previous best-selling models as well as new additions to the range.
Mr Jenson’s business partner, Kassem Traboulsi, is the founder of commercial refrigeration manufacturing company Frost-Tech in Oxford. It has a manufacturing facility in China, which supplies several large UK customers and also exports to several countries in Europe.
During the period up until the purchase of Caravell by AHT, he supplied most of Caravell’s best selling models.