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Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has been developing and supplying top-quality cargo transportation solutions since 1991. A winning combination of innovation, quality and reliability lies behind our ability to create technologically advanced, cost-efficient shipping equipment.

The original idea behind MCI was the brainchild of a technical manager at Odense Steel Shipyard, Niels Peter Raun. On his travels to Asia, he was disappointed by the lack of quality and supply security, as well as by the high prices of equipment supplies to Maersk Line. Upon returning home, he decided that there must be a better, more cost-effective and reliable way of obtaining the containers the company needed. In 1991, MCI was born.

The primary goal of the new company was - and still is - to develop and supply customers with top-quality containers and cargo transportation equipment with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).


  • 1990 - Maersk Container Industry AS (MCI) was founded
  • 1991 - Dry container plant established in Tinglev, Denmark
  • 1996 - Reefer container plant added to the facility in Tinglev, Denmark
  • 1998 - Launch of the Star Cool project
  • 1999 - MCI acquired a reefer container factory in Qingdao, China, and Maersk Container Industry Qingdao Ltd. was established. It was the first ever asset deal in China by a foreign owner.
  • 2000 - Dry container production ceased in Tinglev, Denmark
  • 2002 - Worldwide trial of 30 prototypes of the Star Cool unit
  • 2004 - MCI invested in facilities for the manufacture of dry containers; Maersk Container Industry Dongguan Ltd., Guangdong Province, China was established
  • 2005 - Star Cool developed and ready for production; 1,500 Star Cool units manufactured.
  • 2005 - Production of Star Cool units in PRC
  • 2007 - MCI Tinglev headquarters now focus solely on R&D, quality, business processes and sales
  • 2008 - Full-scale Star Cool production began at the MCI reefer container factory in Qingdao, China. 
  • 2008 - Launch of MCI Integrated.
  • 2010 - A worldwide network of 275 Star Cool service providers.
  • 2010 - Star Cool number 50,000 produced
  • 2011 - Announcement of new reefer container plant in Chile
  • 2012 - Star Cool number 100,000 produced