We are Polar Thermal


Polar Thermal Packaging Ltd manufacture a range of temperature control insulated systems. They include transport packaging for blood products, food, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and many other specialist applications. Our entry in to the thermal control market came following a request by the Ministry of Defence to solve the problem of frozen food melting at the dockside. Since then our CEO Paul Harrison and the team, have put their design skills and entrepreneurial flair to good use, making applications for the National Blood Service, Van den Berg Oils, DHL, Excel Global Logistics, Marks and Spencer, Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Astra Zeneca and Pfizer to name but a few.

Our primary target markets are Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research Organisations, Health Service Providers, Perishable Food Distributors and Logistics Companies, although our range of unique products are easily transferable to many other industries and service sectors.

We believe we have the best performing British product in its field, and all our products are manufactured at our Wiltshire based factory. All systems are reusable and have a two year guarantee.


Our products are now used throughout the world – we are continually exploring new markets and seeking partners that share our vision. If this is you then please get in touch!


In recent testing by NHS England our products scored 100/100 – our closest competitor scored 72. Why? Because whilst many products may be made to look like ours they do not use the same materials nor do they have our British workmanship


Our products have been deployed in the harshest and most testing environments and proved themselves – whether it is constant daily use in UK hospitals or in conflict-zones like Afghanistan you can be assured of effective and durable service.

Front Office

Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison

Chief Executive

Paul is the founder and leader of Polar Thermal - he has built a reputation as a problem solver with a 'can do' attitude. Paul has an old-school view on integrity and values getting the job done.

Alex Porter

Alex Porter

Commercial Manager

Alex is an experienced manager tasked with driving the business forward as it continues to grow.

Jemma Griffiths

Jemma Griffiths

Office Manager

Jemma runs the office with a firm hand, keeps the staff and the books in order. If you want anything done Jemma is the person to start with.

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."


Who's Counting?

UK Clients
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At our world class manufacturing facility in Warminster, UK we produce nearly all of our products using state-of-the-art equipment operated by highly skilled, time-served staff. It is not our policy to contract out, and we stand over everything that we supply.



We provide a full design service as well as designing and developing our own products.

Test Facility

Test Facility

We have full in-house testing facilities up to 6 metres x 3 metres - temperatures from -40°C to +40°C.

From the Blog

Polar Thermal Packaging and Gist shortlisted for Innovation Award

Paul Harrison, CEO at Polar Thermal, is delighted to announce that Polar Thermal, in partnership with Gist, have been shortlisted in the Air Cargo News Awards, under the Innovation Award – Product category.

The awards, now in their 37th year, reward and celebrate the best companies and products in the Air Cargo field.

PolarPodPolar Thermal developed their PolarPod™ system in conjunction with Gist to safely ship perishable, chilled and frozen foods by road and air providing a controlled environment in widely varying ambient temperatures.

Polar has collaborated with many partners over a long history including the MoD, NHS, many pharmaceutical businesses as well as the wider food cold chain operators, so the opportunity to work with a company with Gist’s credentials and reputation was ideal.

Gist has a long history of moving chilled, perishable and hazardous products by air, road and sea, providing end-to-end supply chain management. It is dedicated to supporting the needs of its customers and prides itself on building solutions to complex, global supply chains.

Gist and Polar Thermal have worked together to create a bespoke, eco-friendly and UK-made solution for transporting chilled food across the globe.

More information about the shortlist and awards can be found here:


We are proud to announce that we are now ISO 14001 certified, to add to our ISO 9001!

Polar Thermal Packaging is proud to have been awarded the internationally recognised ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification.

The ISO 9001 ensures that our services meet the standard needs of clients through an effective quality management system. Jemma Griffiths, Office Manager at Polar Thermal Packaging Ltd, explains:

“We have maintained our ISO 9001 accreditation for 20 years which has helped the business mature by formalising our processes, and now we have added ISO 14001. It also demonstrates our commitment to providing a quality and consistent service to clients as well as the desire to continuously improve.”

The ISO 14001 is the world’s most recognized environmental management system, enabling Polar to make day to day operations more sustainable. It requires us to have an environmental policy and action plan to manage environmental impact.

Managing Director, Paul Harrison, is very proud of this accomplishment: “Identifying our environmental impact and developing actions along with procedures aimed at improving our performance to create a more efficient business with less waste, which goes hand in hand with Polar’s existing green aware ethos.”

About Polar Thermal Packaging Limited

We are an ISO accredited thermal packaging, systems and container manufacturing company based in Warminster, Wiltshire.

Working closely with our key clients such as the NHS, Gist, Pfizer, Roche, Astra Zeneca and the MoD over more than two decades, has enabled us to develop bespoke solutions and products for the safe, secure transportation of vaccines, food, blood and medicines by road, rail, sea and air.

For more information about the services that we provide, please take a look at our website, or contact us for further discussion regarding your project requirements.

Gist wins BIFA Award with PolarPod™


Gist have been announced the winner of the Cool and Special Cargoes Award in this year’s British International Freight Association Freight Service Awards.

The awards recognise organisations who are the best in the industry for specialist cargo and refrigerated services.

Gist, with partner Polar Thermal, developed an innovative, durable and environmentally-friendly bespoke packaging design to maintain the temperature of chilled products moving internationally by road and air for up to 60 hours. The solution is used for customers, including Tesco, for their global chilled supply chain.

With the new PolarPods™, Gist was able to reduce waste by more than 30% and improve overall speed by more than 20% whilst keeping the products at the correct temperature. More information on PolarPod™ – CLICK HERE

More information about the win and awards can be found here:


Further information about the BIFA awards, visit https://bifa.org/winners/winners-2020


Vaccines made in Belgium could be sent to the UK on military planes

Millions of vaccines against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) produced in Belgium could be airlifted to the United Kingdom on military planes, The Guardian reported on Saturday evening.

According to the report, based on sources in the British ministries of Health and Defense, contacts have already been made and the airlift would be envisaged from the 1st of January if railway, road and sea traffic is congested.

This would appear to reflect concern on the part of the British Government about the consequences of Brexit for transport.

All options are open for transporting the vaccines, but military planes are the most viable one, according to British officials close to the issue.

About 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have already been transported through the tunnel under the English Channel, and another 5 million are expected in Britain by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the difficult negotiations between the EU and the UK on the Brexit agreement were scheduled to resume on Sunday.

The Brussels Times

Vaccine Transport Systems

Polar Thermal is ready to take whatever vaccines are made available and assist in their safe movement by air, sea, road, rail, bike or by hand – from manufacture to final delivery.

We may not know exactly what will be required but we do know that Polar Thermal will have the solution. Why? Because Polar Thermal has developed a complete range of Vaccine Transport Systems – from Bulk Vaccine Shipments to individual doses.

Trusted by major pharmaceutical and life science companies like Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Roche not to mention our longstanding relationship with the NHS and NHS BT.

Vaccine Delivery

Paul Harrison, Managing Director, appears on BBC Morning Live with Shane Brennan to discuss the difficulties of delivering Covid-19 vaccines at very low temperatures, and also the prospect of large-scale distribution of other vaccines at more manageable temperatures.


COVID-19 Vaccines – The Blues And Ease Of Cold Storage

(RTTNews) – The tally of COVID-19 cases has crossed the 54 million mark globally, with fatalities of over 1.31 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. With over 11 million cases and more than 246,000 fatalities, the U.S. remains the worst-hit country by the pandemic.

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