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IATA highlighted four priorities to build resilience and strengthen air cargo

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities to build resilience and strengthen air cargo’s post-pandemic prospects. 

The priorities, outlined at the 15th World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in London today are:

·         Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 

·         Continuing to modernize processes

·         Finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries

·         Making air cargo attractive to new talent 


“Air cargo had a stellar year in 2021 achieving $204 billion in revenues. At present, however, social and economic challenges are mounting. The war in Ukraine has disrupted supply chains, jet fuel prices are high and economic volatility has slowed GDP growth. Despite this, there are positive developments. E-commerce continues to grow, COVID restrictions are easing, and high-value specialized cargo products are proving resistant to economic ups-and-downs. Going forward, achieving our net zero commitment, modernizing processes, finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries, and making air cargo attractive to new talent are critical,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

The road to Net Zero by 2050

In 2021 the aviation industry agreed a balanced plan to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. A potential scenario for this is:

·         65% through Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

·         13% from hydrogen and electric propulsion 

·         3% from more efficient operations 

·         19% through offsets and eventually through carbon capture, as an out-of-sector solution while technology develops.


“SAF is the key to achieving net zero emissions. Airlines used every drop that was available in 2021. And it will be the same this year. The challenge is SAF production capacity. The solution is government incentives. With the right incentives, we could see 30 billion liters of SAF by 2030. That would be a tipping point by 2030 towards our net zero ambition of ample SAF quantities at affordable prices,” said Sullivan. 

Modernization and Efficiency 

“The challenges of the COVID crisis gave us confidence that we can change and adapt fast. We need to use that confidence to get even closer to the expectations for modernization that our customers have. And we need to be true to air cargo’s unique selling point and move even faster,” said Sullivan. 

IATA highlighted two areas where progress was being made: 

·         IATA’s ONE Record is making it possible for everyone across the industry’s value chain to see the same information on shipments. Already 156 companies and four customs authorities are using it. 

·         IATA Interactive Cargo Guidance provides a common framework so that tracking devices can monitor the quality and accuracy of conditions of time and temperature sensitive goods.


Government support for the modernization agenda through facilitating trade is also critical. 

“The Revised Kyoto Convention which brings standardization, technology, predictability and speed to trade facilitation and the World Customs Organization (WCO) SAFE Framework of standards to facilitate and secure trade are major steps forward in supporting global trade. But we are still seeing far too many diverging requirements by governments in areas that should be harmonized by these two tools. This needs to change quickly so we can continue to support global trade—and its vital contributions to economies and the UN Sustainable Development Goals—with modern and efficient air cargo. Universal adoption and implementation will deliver the greatest benefits,” said Sullivan. 

Safety 

Safety, specifically finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries was highlighted as a priority for the industry. 

“We can be proud of the progress that we are making to further improve the safe handling of lithium batteries. For air cargo, this is a top priority. But even the best regulatory structure means nothing if the rules are not followed. Compliance is an issue with the transport of lithium batteries, particularly with the proliferation of new—and inexperienced—entrants in e-commerce activities,” said Sullivan. 

IATA called for:

·         Regulatory authorities (EASA and FAA) to accelerate development of a test standard that can be used to demonstrate that fire containment pallet covers and fire-resistant containers are capable of withstanding a fire involving lithium batteries. 

·         Government authorities to step up and take responsibility for stopping rogue producers and exporters of lithium batteries. 

·         Industry to use technology such as DG Autocheck to more easily and accurately verify that the shipment complies with DG requirements.


To embed best practices on the safe carriage of lithium batteries across the value chain, IATA has expanded its CEIV Lithium Battery program to include airlines and shippers. 

IATA to Trial CO2 Emission Calculator for Air Cargo with Etihad

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be trialing a CO2 emissions calculation tool specifically developed for cargo flights together with Etihad Airways.

To effectively manage and report on sustainability progress, the entire value chain – shippers, forwarders, investors and regulators – along with consumers are asking for reliable and trustworthy data calculations. This trial will provide a valuable proof of concept for the cargo component of the IATA CO2 Connect carbon calculator. IATA has been successfully providing IATA CO2 Connect for passenger flights since June this year, with actual fuel burn data of 57 aircraft types representing ~98% of the active global passenger fleet . By using airline specific data on fuel burn and load factors, it is the most accurate in the market.

Calculating the carbon impact of cargo shipments has more challenging parameters, not least of which is the unpredictability of routing at time of booking an air cargo shipment that can often include non-air segments. In addition, cargo can be carried on both dedicated freighter aircraft and in the bellies of passenger aircraft. To achieve equal levels of accuracy to the passenger calculator, it is essential to collect actual data on fuel burn, load factors and other key variables in trials.

IATA will be working with Etihad Cargo to track the necessary data for cargo shipments during a three-month trial. Etihad will be sharing data from flights and advising on various use cases to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, consistency and transparency.

By mid-2023 IATA aims to launch CO2 Connect for Cargo providing the industry with precise and consistent methodologies for both passenger and cargo operations.

“With a strong commitment to innovation, Etihad Cargo actively seeks out and facilitates the development, trials and launch of promising solutions for its customers and partners. The airline’s development with IATA demonstrates the ability and willingness to co create solutions to support Etihad Cargo’s journey to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and demonstrates the carrier’s agility in adopting state-of-the-art technology and digital solutions. IATA’s CO2 Connect carbon calculator will be an effective tool in making the transportation of cargo more sustainable and will benefit not only Etihad Cargo’s customers but also the wider air cargo sector in the future” said Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group.

“Aviation will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And our customers—travelers and shippers—need accurate information on the emissions related to their activities to manage their own commitments

and reporting obligations. For all these purposes, accurate data is critical. IATA CO2 Connect already provides this for passenger operations. This trial with Etihad will help us in bringing an industry-leading carbon calculator for cargo in the coming months,” said Frederic Leger, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products & Services.

Keryas Paper Industry to set up 200,000 MTPA Kraft Liner project in UAE

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Oman-based Keryas Paper Industry to set up 200,000 MTPA Kraft Liner project in UAE at US$40 million investment

Signs MoU with C2C Consultancy, India, at Propaper Dubai 2022

Keryas Paper Industry LLC, announced that it will set up their upcoming Kraft liner project in UAE with a capacity of 200,000 Metric Ton Per Annum (MTPA) at an investment of 40 Million USD in the pulp and paper manufacturing unit.

On the side lines of the just concluded Propaper Dubai 2022, the Keryas Paper Industry Group also signed a MoU with C2C Consultancy, India, for the complete design and engineering of the proposed project.

The project is designed to produce low GSM Kraft packaging paper with a basis weight of 60 to 80 as anchor GSM. The mill will also have the capacity to produce 150 GSM basis weight of Kraft packaging paper. The project helps fulfil the gap in market demand particularly for the lower GSM ranges.

The project will be one of the largest across GCC countries and expected to commence the production within 18 to 20 months, a Keryas Group statement said. Keryas Paper Industry LLC has its existing production line in Sohar, Oman, with the capacity of 180,000 TPA which was commissioned in July 2021. The existing line has achieved more than 120% of its design capacity in a short span of time with superior quality end product.

In view of continuous developments and sustainability, Keryas ordered the advanced cleaning system for their dryer screen area from Europe and America in order to ensure the quality of the finished product and to enhance the machine run ability.

In order to preserving the Nature and to reduce the vulnerability to environment, Keryas invested in the egg tray manufacturing unit to handle the sludge waste from the paper making process.

QUANTRON orders 140 fuel cell modules from Ballard after receiving extraordinarily high customer request

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Hydrogen Highlight at IAA Transportation 2022

  • QUANTRON presents a h2-powered world premiere with championship range of up to 1,500km for its Nordic version and up to 700 km for its standard EU version at IAA Transportation 2022: The hydrogen heavy duty truck QUANTRON QHM FCEV
  • Due to a strong demand and more than 250 initial inquiries, QUANTRON orders the first 140 fuel cell engines from Ballard Power Systems, one of the world’s leading hydrogen experts
  • The QUANTRON FCEV system developed by Ballard Power is the first heavy duty truck specific tailor made system in 43 years of Ballard history – and QUANTRON the global launch client
  • In the next step, a total of four FCEV models are planned in cooperation with Ballard Power for 2023, all hydrogen-powered and zero-emission.

At the IAA Transportation 2022 in Hanover, QUANTRON is currently presenting the QUANTRON QHM FCEV hydrogen truck, a world champion in terms of range. The vehicle with integrated FCmove™-XD 120 kW fuel cell from Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP), one of the world’s leading hydrogen experts, reaches up to 1,500km in the QUANTRON QHM 44-2000 variant. The QUANTRON QHM FCEV was unveiled yesterday at the trade fair and more than 250 initial inquiries and the first orders for the vehicle have already been placed. These include Germany with a particularly high demand in the context of the recent funding applications as well as Norway for which the QUANTRON QHM FCEV 44-2000 variant was specially developed as an operating area.

As a result, QUANTRON ordered 140 fuel cell engines from Ballard to secure the supply chain, totaling approximately 17MW with an option to purchase an additional 50 units. The fuel cell modules are expected to be delivered in 2023 and 2024.

As of September 2021, QUANTRON and Ballard are engaged in a strategic partnership to accelerate the development of heavy duty hydrogen vehicles. Resulting from this strong cooperation, Ballard has made a minority equity investment in Quantron AG as part of QUANTRON’s financing round of up to 50 million euros. Ballard’s investment proceeds will be used by QUANTRON to develop their truck fuel cell vehicle platforms, under the terms of a Joint Development Agreement. Ballard will be the exclusive fuel cell supplier to QUANTRON for these platforms.

The zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicle platforms developed by QUANTRON will integrate Ballard fuel cell products for various truck applications in Europe and the US. QUANTRON’s initial market focus is Germany, where their new 44t fuel cell truck has been unveiled at IAA Transportation 2022. In the next step, a total of four FCEV models are planned in cooperation with Ballard Power for 2023.

“We are seeing growing global demand and policy support for zero emission transport as companies strive to reach decarbonization targets. This collaboration accelerates our entry into the European truck market and aims to have QUANTRON’s initial hydrogen-powered, zero emission trucks on the road in the next 18 months,” said Randy MacEwen, CEO, Ballard Power Systems.

“QUANTRON is thrilled to advance our strategic partnership with Ballard. We see compelling mobility use cases where fuel cell engines are the most suitable zero emission solution, given the power and range requirements of the application,” commented Andreas Haller, founder, and Chairman of Quantron AG.

Michael Perschke, CEO of Quantron AG added, “We want to offer our customers the best solution possible, and our continued collaboration with Ballard allows us to advance our environmentally friendly offerings to meet our customers’ needs, including range, payload, and refueling time, with an increasingly competitive total cost of ownership. As a next step we need to solve the chicken and egg situation and form multiple green hydrogen production & fueling partnerships.”

IMS 2022 Spotlights Transformation of Mobility Industry

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The sector adapts and morphs in its quest for a sustainable future

The recently concluded Frost & Sullivan’s Annual Intelligent Mobility Summit 2022, (APAC, Middle East, India & Europe) held virtually on 7 and 8 September 2022, was themed: ‘Towards a Sustainable Future’. This year marked the 14th edition of the flagship mobility event.

“The intensifying climate change crisis and rapid resource depletion have magnified the need to identify alternative business paradigms. Industries worldwide, including mobility, are moving towards models of sustainable, innovation-led growth, where environmental and social considerations are being merged into business and investment decisions,” affirmed Darrell Huntsman, Chief Executive Offer, Frost & Sullivan.

The push towards decarbonization and sustainability is particularly crucial for the mobility industry, which has long been indicted for its disproportionately large carbon footprint and high emissions levels. Accordingly, the mobility industry is being seen as a key catalyst in the quest to achieve global net-zero emissions by 2050.

CASE

Advanced technologies mirrored in connected vehicles, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electromobility (CASE) trends, changing customer preferences, and regulatory pressures are fast-tracking sustainable models of growth in the mobility industry.

Across the mobility spectrum, stakeholders are designing comprehensive sustainability blueprints that cover products like zero-emission vehicles and software-defined vehicles, processes like carbon-neutral manufacturing and circular economy, and business models like “lifestyle-as-a-service.”

“The mobility industry is undergoing fundamental shifts in its push towards decarbonization and a resilient, resource-responsible future,” noted Vivek Vaidya, Associate Partner and Senior Vice President, Mobility Practice, Asia Pacific, Frost & Sullivan. “While stakeholders have shown purposeful intent, there is still tremendous potential to integrate sustainability more effectively into business models to drive greater innovation, growth and profitability,” he added.

Networking sessions

Indicative of the scope and scale of the challenge at hand, the Summit brought together a diverse network of industry experts, innovators, and policymakers, with over 2,000 delegates participating in thought-provoking debates, panel discussions, and networking sessions.

Over 30 thought leaders from industry and government shared their insights on an array of hot topics. Featured speakers included Ponz Pandikuthira, Vice-President, Global Product Marketing, Nissan; William Wei, CTO Foxconn/MIH​; Daniel Majewski, Head of R&D Strategy and System Solutions, ZF Group; and Benjamin Maillard, GM North America Free2move, among many others.

Discussions covered an eclectic range of topics, including decarbonization as a driving force in sustainable mobility, strategies to achieve a carbon-neutral vision, current and upcoming trends in the electric vehicle market, creating smartphones on wheels, implications of government regulations on automotive industry prospects, the battle for supremacy between traditional automakers and technology start-ups, and the circular economy of batteries. Discussions also focused on the future of automotive retail, commercial trucking, and mobility.

Turkish Cargo Carries Türkiye’s Pride Togg to Argentina

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As a logistics solution partner, Turkish Cargo contributes to the globalization journey of Togg, one of the most ambitious manufacturing projects of Türkiye.

Turkish Cargo transported Togg, which is set to be one of the global brands of Türkiye, to perform its winter tests.

The Togg smart device, whose road, safety, performance and range/battery tests are continuing at accredited test centers in different parts of the world, flew to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina for its winter tests. After the journey that started at Istanbul Airport and continued to Argentina, a commercial film about the cooperation of Turkish Cargo and Togg was released.

  On the shipment, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat stated;“We are celebrating the successful performance shown at international tests by Togg smart device, one of the most ambitious projects of Türkiye. Doing our part as the national flag carrier with the power of being the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world, we are proud to deliver the Turkish automobile and our country’s technology exports worldwide.”

Togg CEO M. Gürcan Karakaş stated that they are happy to cooperate with Turkish Airlines first for CES 2022, and now for the winter testing in Argentina, and said: “From the first day we set out on our journey, we have been acting on the principle of choosing our business partners among the best in our country and the world. Following our ‘Transition Concept Smart Device’, which we exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show CES in Las Vegas, the USA in January 2022, we have now undertaken yet another solid collaboration by transporting our Togg Smart Device to the accredited test center in Ushuaia, Argentina, the closest point to the South Pole, in cooperation with Turkish Cargo, for the continuation of our winter testing.  Our tests continue in various accredited test centers, which are the world’s leading ones. We stand by our word be it snow, winter or mud, even on the other side of the world if need be. We are taking firm steps towards our goal to launch on the promised date.”

Togg got on the world stage with Turkish Airlines’ special flight

Togg’s new brand identity and concept car took its place on the international stage for the first time at the CES fair held in Las Vegas on January 5-8 2022, and the vehicle was transported with a special flight of Turkish Cargo.

Turkish Cargo makes use of special equipment for sensitive products requiring special shipment processes. The movements of valuable cargoes stored in sensitive cargo compartments are kept under continuous supervision by means of cameras installed around the storage facilities. With its unique solutions, global air cargo carrier, which has an experience over 30 years in special cargo shipments, ranks among the first choices of global companies in search of reliable business partners.

First uncrewed surface vessel in the Middle East arrives in Abu Dhabi

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Fugro transforms the maritime industry in the Middle East with the introduction of its first uncrewed surface vessel (USV) to the region. The Fugro Pegasus, the latest addition to the Blue Essence family of uncrewed vessels has arrived in Abu Dhabi and is ready for its first sail in the Gulf.

The 12m class built USV will be the Middle East region’s first fully uncrewed vessel that can go beyond the horizon, with the capability of launching an e-ROV. With its cutting-edge hybrid power system, compact size and advanced satellite technology, The Fugro Pegasus will set a new standard for asset inspection by eliminating human exposure to the offshore environment and reducing emissions by 97% versus conventional vessel operations. Furthermore, the Fugro Pegasus can be stationed offshore for longer, without the need to demobilise for crewing or re-fuelling activities at the port.

The introduction of Pegasus marks an exciting time for the maritime industry in the region and allows Fugro to further enhances its capacity to deliver world-leading geo data services to clients.

Managed from one of our Remote Operating Centres (ROC) in the region, Fugro will be able to deliver world-lead geo-data solutions faster, safer and more efficiently than ever before.

By embracing remote-operated asset inspections, surveys, and positioning solutions to the maritime industry. Fugro’s partners and clients can now explore the world of Autonomous Asset Management where artificial intelligence can be used to eliminate production downtime through a deep understanding offshore infrastructure.

Al Masaood participates in ME Manufacturing & Technology Expo 2022

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Al Masaood Group Industrial, a part of Al Masaood Group and a highly diversified UAE-based business enterprise that offers a wide range of industrial solutions, is participating in the upcoming Middle East Manufacturing & Technology (MEMT) Expo, which is taking place from the 12th to the 14th of September 2022, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo, which is the region’s only event dedicated to the manufacturing and industrialisation industry, will witness the participation of key players from local and international companies. During the event, businesses will showcase their technologies and solutions in construction and manufacturing.

Al Masaood Group Industrial, represented by Al Masaood Bergum and the manufacturing department of Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles & Equipment (CV&E) at the Expo, is highlighting its latest solutions for the construction and oil and gas industries.

Al Masaood Bergum, one of the UAE’s leading modular and prefabricated building solutions providers, is showcasing its latest construction solutions: Hybrid Modular Solutions (HMS) and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).

Hybrid Modular Solutions (HMS) are rapidly growing cold formed materials used by Al Masaood Bergum to make the construction process easier and products stronger. Used in residential and commercial building structures, the Hybrid Modular Solutions are recyclable, time efficient, easily transported and installed, with minimal requirement for manpower on site.

The second construction solution showcased by Al Masaood Bergum is the Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), which is a prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel made by a highly sustainable carbon capturing material. It provides solid structural capabilities, thermal and acoustic properties, and other benefits, including 40 per cent faster construction and 30 per cent better manpower utilization. Using Cross Laminated Timber reflects Al Masaood Bergum’s commitment to foster sustainability and reduce carbon emissions during construction.

Meanwhile, the newly created manufacturing department of Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles & Equipment (CV&E) division is highlighting various products designed to meet the needs of the Oil and Gas industry. The department designs and manufactures a wide range of customized, efficient, and safe oilfield servicing equipment – including blending equipment, centrifugal pumps, high pressure pumps and servicing stimulation equipment.

Hani El Tannir, CEO, Group Industrial, said: “The manufacturing sector in the Middle East has embraced technological innovations in recent years, keeping in mind its critical role in diversifying the economies of the region. We are delighted to be a part of the Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo as it provides an excellent platform for leaders in the sector to highlight their technologies and solutions. It also highlights our support of the UAE’s Industrialization strategy and ‘Make it in the Emirates’ campaign to offer more sustainable options that serve the country’s manufacturing industry.”

Tannir added: “We are also happy to introduce our new manufacturing department under our Commercial Vehicles & Equipment division at this event, in line with our vision to provide holistic and customized solutions to serve our customers in this vital sector.”

The Middle East represents a vast opportunity for the global manufacturing industry given its strategic location between Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. By bringing a wide array of international companies and brands under one roof to foster new concepts and ideas for business growth, Middle East Manufacturing & Technology (MEMT) Expo provides a highly effective environment for manufacturing, technology, and industrialisation industries to upscale their businesses.

Scan Global Logistics opens in Abu Dhabi, its second office in the UAE in less than a year

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On 1 September, only seven months after opening its first wholly owned operation in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the global logistics provider Scan Global Logistics (SGL) opened its second office in Abu Dhabi. Setting up business in the UAE capital, the fastest-growing international trade hub in the Middle East, is also a step towards enhancing SGL’s presence in the economically flourishing region while expanding its global foothold.

Strategically located in the Abu Dhabi Airport Freezone, the new office is equipped with a dual license of a Freezone and a mainland company for offshore and onshore requirements. Located at the centre of the industrial zone close to the Khalifa seaport and the Etihad Cargo and International Airport, air and ocean customers will benefit from quick and easy freight handling, including expedited customs handling.


Operational 24/7/365
As the first logistics provider in Abu Dhabi, the new office is operational 24/7/365. For customers within verticals such as aid and relief or pharma often requiring urgent handling of shipments, the round-the-clock service hours enable fast customs clearance, even during night time. 

“By having customs close by, we can provide our air and ocean customers with fast inspections and efficient solutions in no time. Customs optimization can save considerable time and money and keep our customers’ vital supply chain running smoothly,” says Leslie Farnworth, General Manager, Abu Dhabi, who holds 23 years of experience in the industry.

He continues, elaborating on the power of proximity and collaboration with the Abu Dhabi office:

“Our proximity to import and export gateways enables us to provide speedy turnaround times, especially for our customers in the Abu Dhabi area. And, in close collaboration with our sister office, we can ensure smooth operations for customers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including land transportation to our neighbouring countries in the region.” 


Logistics of tomorrow
SGL offers a range of tangible, low-emission solutions to help decarbonize their customers’ supply chains. For example, customers worldwide can opt for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

“Sustainable logistics can provide customers a competitive edge. Therefore, we engage daily in helping our customers reduce their CO2 emissions, including long-term planning, allowing for choosing the most environmentally friendly modes of transport,” says Leslie Farnworth.

Ayman Kabbara, Managing Director, UAE, concludes:

“The opening of the Abu Dhabi office follows the trajectory of SGL’s growth strategy, expanding our extensive, worldwide network, providing entrepreneurial logistics solutions to our global and regional customers. Our industry experts are handpicked within aerospace, pharma, aid & relief, retail, agriculture, and defense. Coupled with Abu Dhabi’s logistical capabilities, connectivity, and strategic location as an important gateway to the African continent, Europe and Asia, we look forward to providing efficient logistics and helping uncomplicate our customers’ world.”

Maersk Kanoo UAE, the global integrated logistics company, today signed an agreement with Dubai South

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· Maersk’s second facility will span 162,000 square feet in Dubai South and aims to strengthen its offerings across different sectors in the UAE

· The new facility features a fulfilment centre for end-to-end e-commerce solutions

Maersk Kanoo UAE, the global integrated logistics company, today signed an agreement with Dubai South, the largest single-urban master development focusing on aviation, logistics and real estate, for its new warehousing and distribution (W&D) facility in Dubai. The agreement was signed by Christopher Cook, Managing Director, Maersk UAE and Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District, Dubai South, at the regional headquarters of Maersk West & Central Asia in Dubai.

The 162,000 square feet ‘Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre DWC’ facility in the Dubai South Logistics District will have a capacity to cater to 15,000 pallet positions and 10,000 bin locations; it will also serve as an e-fulfilment centre.

Ocean shipping, as well as inbound logistics and distribution, have traditionally been shared among multiple stakeholders in the Middle East, resulting in complex logistical requirements. To create a seamless experience and integrated logistics solution for its customers, Maersk has strategically invested in W&D facilities and provided ocean and landside transportation. Following the inauguration of the first W&D facility (108,000 square feet) in Dubai at JAFZA earlier this year in March, Maersk will more than double its total footprint in the UAE with the new fulfilment centre.

In his comments, Christopher Cook said: “At Maersk, we are in constant dialogue with our customers to understand their logistics requirements and supply chain pain points. Our customers have appreciated the single-window access to all their logistics requirements through our integrated solutions.”

He added: “Upon carefully studying different possibilities, we zeroed in on Dubai South for our new fulfilment centre considering its strategic location connected to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) and the mainline port and hub of Jabal Ali. This will allow us to further build on our air-sea hub operation, which has become increasingly important while also satisfying the right balance between speed and cost with tremendous flexibility.”

Mohsen Ahmad said: “We are pleased to sign this agreement with Maersk, which will help expand its footprint across the UAE. Our mandate at Dubai South is to attract top international players to the Logistics District with the aim of boosting the sector, and diversifying the emirate’s economy, in line with various government initiatives and strategies. In reinforcing Dubai’s status as a global trade and air-freight

logistics hub, we will spare no effort to offer Maersk optimal solutions to further advance its air cargo operations as well as support them in their growth journey.”

The Maersk Integrated Logistics Centre DWC at Dubai South will become operational later this month. The new facility will allow Maersk to operate a hybrid model of a bonded and non-bonded warehouse and truly fulfil different customer needs, including that of a fulfilment centre for end-to-end e-commerce solutions. The facility will also play an important role in supporting Maersk’s existing services, including ocean shipping, landside transportation, customs clearance, etc. Customers taking advantage of the integrated solutions from Maersk will benefit from reduced handovers of their cargo through its journey, leading to potentially faster turnaround times, higher visibility, better control, and more predictability of their supply chains.

Acme: Taking ‘Made in the UAE Automation’ Global

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The origins of Acme can be traced back to 1975 when the company was founded in Dubai by visionary Indian entrepreneur Nambron Narayanan. His goal then was modest—to support the needs of the local logistics industry by providing manual shelving and storage solutions and other industrial hardware products. The home-grown company has since expanded radically over the past 47 years.

Since then, it’s vast range of sophisticated industrial hardware products and solutions for warehouse and factory automation have evolved with changes in the industry, while maintaining and staying the course of adhering to its core values of supporting the regional industry and retaining its family business ethos. The focus was on working as a system integrator and introducing new international technology to the region.

The turning point occurred in 2018. That year triggered the biggest transition undertaken by Acme when the company set up a full-scale manufacturing facility in Jebel Ali that focuses on designing, manufacturing, and installing a wide range of automation systems including complex warehouse as well as factory automation solutions. The baton has since passed on to a new generation with Navin Narayan, Founder-CEO, now at the helm of the company. He spoke exclusively and expansively to Global Supply Chain on a wide-ranging interview for the Acme Intralog lead story.

Global Supply Chain (GSC): How is automation and digitalization getting indispensable in the present context fuelled in part in a pandemic-ridden era?

Navin Narayan (NN): Clearly, the pandemic has opened the eyes of stakeholders in the region. They now understand how dependent a lot of industries are still on manual labour for their production as well as partners for robots and collaborative robots themselves as well as grippers and applicators and AI vision that complement our offering and intralogistics operations.

When the workforce had to be reduced to implement safety protocols or in cases where there was work stoppage due to contracting Covid-19, while demand for many industries was at all-time highs, the financial repercussions were often grave. The adoption of automation and digitalisation of processes therefore has seen a drastic increase. Even though the pandemic has waned, it is still difficult to get manpower that is keen to work in such environments. Most companies start with simple solutions and scale up over time as they, seeing the positive effects and are able to gain savings due to the new systems.

GSC: Given growth in demand, challenges in supply chain and a changed working ambience wrought by Covid, do you see a greater focus and orientation towards technology going forward in the logistics and supply chain sectors?

NN: I believe the focus on technology will always continue to increase in the future, however, the type of technology the logistics and supply chain sectors are looking for, will vary. We currently see an increasing demand for Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems both for pallet and tote handling, which drastically enhances visibility and traceability of available stock among other benefits.

Also, more and more operations are looking for automated or semi-automated order picking solutions as well as sortation systems. Order fulfillment is one of the most labour-intense processes in most businesses, while not being a value-adding one. Modular automation solutions that can be bolted on as the business grows, are expected to find a niche market with start-ups and SME companies that have a vision for growth.

GSC: How do you perceive the role of Acme in this transformed ecosystem?

NN: Since the beginning, Acme has transformed with the changing demands of our customers, and this is our ethos we firmly believe in. We have established a strong standing in the ecosystem and are able to deliver on different scales of requirements with a quick turnaround: we have built a portfolio that offer both smaller, scalable solutions to customers that are not yet ready for complex automation as well as fully automated turnkey solutions for businesses that are ready to embark on a larger scale transformation.

GSC: How is the exponential surge in e-commerce over the last say three years impacting the financials for Acme?

NN: We have seen a similar trend in our books – the e-commerce sector has increasingly contributed to our revenue and now generates over 40% of our turnover. Both existing and new customers have been rethinking their processes and are looking for ways to enhance their productivity and efficiency. Businesses have understood the need to implement automation to deliver a truly seamless omni-channel experience to their customers.

GSC: What are your short and / or long term expansion plans for the region?

NN: We have been focusing on our geographical expansion in the last few years and have meanwhile opened operations on two more continents with our offices in India, Germany and since beginning of this year also in Colombia in Latin America. Within each of the new regions we are working on increasing our market share and bringing our technology to a wider range of customers. Besides we are focusing on expanding our product range as well as our team to keep up with the increasing demand. Our R&D department is always looking for the most efficient ways to solve our customers’ challenges. We are developing new systems that will offer suitable and scalable solutions.

GSC: What opportunities in store and challenges do you foresee going forward?

NN: As for the challenges, the current semiconductor shortage is one that effects many industries including automation. It has become harder to source key elements which bears the risk of delays in project deliveries. Particularly in the UAE, we have seen great opportunities in the push for the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiative by our government as well as the increasing appetite for Industry 4.0 solutions across the whole region.

GSC: What trends do you foresee in intra-logistics automation for the region?

NN: I believe the recent growth of e-commerce combined with the increasing impatience of consumers, who expect to receive orders as fast as possible, will lead to the rise of micro-fulfillment centres. More businesses see the benefit to being closer to their customers and there with able to better react to their expectations. Through automation they can further enhance their operational efficiency. There is also a growing market for modular automation solutions for smaller operations. When warehouse space is limited and expensive, vertical storage systems can be a good start in automating processes.

GSC: Is Acme planning to take on new partnerships and representations— perhaps mergers and acquisitions?

NN: We are always open to building new partnerships and representing global brands that we believe would add value in the regions we are operating in. Recently our focus has been heavily on robotics as we see the high potential these solutions have for a wide range of industries. We have great partners for robots and collaborative robots themselves as well as grippers and applicators and AI vision that complement our offering and expertise and therefore allow us to serve our customers better. In automation there is no one size fits all solution, hence, we remain on the look-out for innovative products and build partnerships when we see a long-term benefit for our customers.

GSC: How big is the Acme footprint in the food and cold chain sectors?

NN: We have worked with some of the largest companies in each of these industries in the GCC on both small and large projects. One of the major food & beverage players has appointed us to build multiple new warehouses for them in the recent years, automating their entire supply chain in these facilities.

We have completed a sortation facility for one of the largest supermarket chains earlier this year, to handle fresh fruits and vegetables. With our system, the customer is now able to handle perishable goods faster and distribute these more efficiently and accurately to their retail stores as well as end customers ordering online while at the same time minimising the amount of manpower needed on the shop floor. We also delivered an automated kitting centre for a humanitarian agency in Dubai that helps them prepare much needed pharmaceutical as well as emergency response kits to disaster hit areas globally.

GSC: How is Acme currently faring thus far in 2022 and how does that compare with 2021 and what is your outlook for the remainder of this year?

NN: 2022 has been an extension of the previous year. Our order books remain strong as we still see customers focusing on transforming their operations and focusing on implementing industry 4.0 solutions in the region. With the added emphasis on digitalization and improving process efficiency, customers are increasing their focus on end of line solutions as well as intralogistics automation.

Though supply chain disruptions with regard to semiconductors do plague the industry, we have worked closely with our strategic partners to ensure that the delays are limited and that we are able to deliver on projects within the project timelines.

GSC: Make the case for Acme; what sets Acme apart and what are your USPs (Unique Selling Propositions)?

NN: Acme is the largest warehouse automation developer and integrator in the MENA region. We are the only integrator with local manufacturing as well as an on-ground R&D department, where we continuously work on new products and solutions as well as customised approaches to specific needs.

We have a proven track record of reliable and highly durable products with a growing list of references. I believe, our most important USP is our highly experienced, multi-cultural team. Our company culture is based on family values, and we are proud to have a team of highly committed, solution-oriented experts in their respective fields working closely together driving our success.

Part II To get up close personal and get the low down on the company, Global Supply Chain also conducted supplementary interviews with the top company quartet comprising Atanas Khagerian, VP Sales, MENA; Uli Pausch, Sales Director Europe, Acme Intralog Europe GmbH; Jaideep Bauskar, Head of India Operations, Acme Intralog India Pvt. Ltd and Manuel López, Regional Sales Director – Latam, Acme Intralog Latam S.A.S. The following are the transcripts. Interview with Atanas Khagerian, Vice President Sales, MENA, Acme Intralog.

GSC: For Acme it all started in Dubai in the UAE. As the official based on its home turf, how significant is the MENA, the region you oversee for Acme?

Atanas Khagerian (AK): Over the past 47 years since inception, we have gained great trust and respect within the MENA region and developed a huge base of customers. We are keen to continue supporting our existing and new customers in the region with our unique products and services. We see a high potential for us in our home region. Our customers appreciate the benefit of Acme’s local manufacturing capabilities and our mission to deliver customised solutions that are tailored to the needs of the region.

GSC: How does the MENA region stack up vis-a vis the other global theatres of operation from a performance perspective?

AK: The MENA region has a different economic growth pace compared with other global markets. The number of on-going mega projects and the upcoming project plans are huge, we are very confident that our expansion plan is in the right place and on the right track and that the MENA region has the vision and the ability to invest in the latest automation technology. The shortage of skilled manpower in the region is one of the fundamental triggers for automation in the logistics industry.

GSC: Make the advocacy case for Acme’s ‘Make it in the UAE’ mantra?

AK: We are proud to be a homegrown business and we have heavily invested to develop our capability to design and manufacture advanced automation solutions here in the UAE. Having operated in this market for as long as we have, we believe this is the best location for us to support the specific requirements of the regional industry as well as globally with custom solutions. Besides, the infrastructure the UAE government provides and initiatives such as ‘Operation 300bn’ and ‘Make it in the Emirates’, have been fostering our growth and supporting our expansion to other global markets.

GSC: What Acme product lines and range are manufactured in Dubai?

AK: Our team is manufacturing all types of conveyors, including roller and belt conveyors and accessories, a range of AS/ RS, such as ‘Mother and Child’ shuttles, miniloads, stacker cranes, high bay stacker crane and tote shuttles. We also manufacture and integrate robotic palletisation as well as end of line solutions for the logistics and manufacturing industry.

GSC: What advantages are there generically in manufacturing products and processes indigenously in the UAE?

AK: As a local manufacturer, we have strong design and consulting capability based out of our Dubai and Riyadh facility. This enables us to provide quick and accurate solutions that cater to our customers’ requirements. With a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Jebel Ali, we are able to manufacture to European specification and CE standards at affordable prices with short lead times and therefore fast project delivery times. In addition to this our large after sales team in the region can support our customers with life cycle maintenance as well as operation support so that they are never left without support once the system is handed over.

GSC: How well received are Acme products in other markets?

AK: Having 47 years of presence in the Middle East, customers in the region trust the products and solutions offered by Acme. This has provided us the track record and references that global customers are looking for. By ensuring the quality and reliability of our systems in addition to conforming with global certification requirements, we can build confidence in the eyes of our global customers. They know that they are in safe hands with solutions from Acme!

GSC: What are your expansion products for the region? Do you also have another GCC country in mind to opening manufacturing facilities?

AK: At the moment we would like to centralise manufacturing here in Jebel Ali to ensure better control of production and delivery. Meanwhile, we now have a service and maintenance hub that is staffed with experienced engineers and service technicians in Saudi Arabia. This will help us to warrant on time support to our existing as well as upcoming customers in Saudi Arabia.

PART III Interview with Uli Pausch, Sales Director Europe, Acme Intralog Europe GmbH

GSC: How significant is the European continent for Acme?

Uli Pausch (UP): With almost 50 countries and a population of more than 750 million people, Europe is the third most populous continent in the world. Considering only the European Union (EU) within Europe, the EU is worldwide on second place in view of shares at world trade exports and trading inside the European continent. This level of industrialisation and the acceptance of automation within the intralogistics space makes it a very attractive region for Acme.

GSC: What challenges do you encounter in the region and what are the opportunities ahead?

UP: Within the last year Acme Intralog Europe was facing and fighting two major challenges as a newly founded branch: the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent increase of gas / fossil fuel prices, especially in Europe. However, these developments have shown most industrial companies clearly what they need to do to prepare for similar challenges in the future – as material, skill, and staff shortage are more real than ever: Implementing intelligent industrial and warehouse automation operations become crucial to remain competitive. With Acme being the leading solution provider in the Middle East for such solutions, we see a great opportunity to now support European companies with our knowledge, technology, and experience to help them eliminate bottlenecks in their operation and create more efficiencies.

GSC: What trends are you seeing for automation in logistics on the European continent?

UP: In the future, Europe is bound to have rising personnel costs paired with skills & staff shortage. This coupled with the need for more efficient internal processes, larger SKU portfolios and little available land will lead companies to further invest in automation solutions in logistics. We also see more and more companies working or considering working with ‘Industry 5.0’ solutions in Europe, such as human-robot collaboration, cognitive systems, mass customisation, etc.

This means ‘Industry 4.0’ (IoT, networking, machine learning, etc.) have become a standard for most, pushing simple automation within the last decade. ‘Industry 5.0’ implies a steady increase in new, elegant, and demanding requirements, challenging automation companies to continuously up their game.

At Acme we are proud to have a highly talented R&D department who are committed to come up with customised solutions, combining new technology with our standard repertoire as required.

GSC: What makes Acme stand out of the clutter in Europe? UP: One of our key priorities is customer focus; supporting customers to find the best automation solution to achieve their desired operational efficiency goals. With our high quality and service standards as well as fast project delivery times, we are well equipped to meet the needs of European customers.

GSC: Which Acme solutions do you see highest demand for in Europe?

UP: Automated Storage and Retrieval systems are seeing highest demand currently. This includes stacker cranes, mini loads and mother and child systems.

PART IV: Interview with Jaideep Bauskar, Head of India Operations, Acme Intralog India Pvt. Ltd

GSC: How rapidly is automation in logistics increasing in the India?

Jaideep Bauskar (JB): Automation in Logistics and related industries is growing with a CAGR of 8-10% in India. We have seen a drastic increase particularly in e-commerce order fulfillment automation as well as AMR and AGV based automation.

GSC: What potential do you foresee for Acme in India?

JB: The Indian market has a strong base of manufacturing industries, including FMCG, pharma, white goods, automotive, heavy engineering and more. These sectors are traditionally prone to automation and offer great potential for us. Particularly with government initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, we see the demand for automation further increasing for the manufacturing industries. The e-commerce industry has also grown rapidly, which is another high potential sector for us.

GSC: What are the opportunities and challenges for Acme in India?

JB: India is a highly competitive market when it comes to the automation field. Entering as a relatively new brand with a headquarter abroad, we had faced the typical challenges. We have set up a complete, albeit lean organisation in India to be able to support our customer’s on-ground to provide the same level of service our customers in MENA receive. Our close collaboration with our headquarters, the expertise across multiple markets and industries provides us with the opportunity to compete with local players on big projects, which a typical start-up would not be able to do.

GSC: What trends are you seeing for automation in logistics in your region?

JB: Nowadays, we are seeing that end users in the industry are looking to go vertically to increase the storage capacity, while focusing on cost effective and scalable solutions that are capable of providing accurate and high throughput order processing. 3PL businesses in India are now expanding their services to the manufacturing industries and are providing value added services such as re-packing, labeling, assembly, etc. This has further necessitated the need for automation within the warehouse.

GSC: What is the level of receptivity for ‘Made in the UAE’ Acme products in India?

JB: We see an acceptable level of receptivity in the market for products ‘Made in the UAE’, however, that depends of course on the products. In our sector, the key drivers for deciding for a vendor are quality, price and of course how well a solution is meeting the customer’s requirements. In 2022, India and UAE have signed the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which provides the benefit of reduced or zero import duties between the two countries and this has helped our pricing become even more competitive in India.

GSC: What are among the most popular Acme product range in India?

JB: ASRS (for pallets & totes), radio shuttles, Mother and Child systems, robotic palletisation and various robotic applications as well as complete solutions for material flow are popular Acme product ranges. Besides, our USP is our ability to provide tailor-made solutions as per the customers’ needs and that gives us an edge in the market.

PART V Interview with Manuel López, Regional Sales Director–Latam, Acme Intralog Latam S.A.S., Colombia

GSC: How significant is the LATAM continent for Acme and Colombia where you are based?

Manuel López (ML): Latin America is a region with constant growth and a lot of potential to explore as most organisations have turned their focus towards automating their processes. During the critical months of the pandemic in Latin America, we have seen a slight growth in the implementation of new technologies in storage and picking solutions, particularly in sectors such as Pharmaceutical, Food & Beverage and Fashion. We are not oblivious to the importance that this will have for Acme in the coming years. Colombia is projected to have the highest growth in Latin America over the coming years. Due to its geographical location and air connectivity with other countries, we believe it will play an important role for our growth and performance in the region.

GSC: What challenges do you encounter in the region and what are the opportunities ahead?

ML: Like for any new company that launches in a new market, there are several challenges, but to mention a few: Customs and political restrictions in the ports of some of our regional markets as well as the political and economic situation some countries are facing, which also affects currency exchange rates. As a new brand in Latin America, we are still bringing in awareness of our solution portfolio and providing technical consultancy to businesses that are keen to explore automation.

As for the opportunities, our ability to develop competitive solutions that fit our customers’ needs in terms of space, performance, price, and after-sales service will set us apart. The experience of our team makes us more competitive and attractive to the customer. Our speed of response when it comes to developing a concept, providing an offer and right to manufacturing and delivering the solution sets us apart from other global players.

GSC: Which are among the top three performing countries on the continent?

ML: With regard to businesses investing in warehouse automation we have seen Mexico, Brazil and of course Colombia being the top three performing countries. As the industrial base in regional countries grow, we expect that there would be an increase in demand for intralogistics solutions coming for neighbouring countries too.

GSC: What trends are you seeing for automation in logistics on the LATAM continent?

ML: We are seeing a demand for High Bay Warehouses fitted with stacker cranes and mother and child solutions to handle industrial pallets. Lately, there has also been an increased demand for picking and sortation solutions from the e-commerce industry as this market begins to heat up.

GSC: What is the appetite for UAE manufactured Acme products in LATAM?

ML: Latin American customers give high value to quality and reliability. Systems manufactured by Acme at our Dubai facility are known for being reliable, state of the art and built to European specifications. Therefore, there has been a growing appetite for ‘Made in the Emirates’ Acme solutions in countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Peru.

GSC: What prospects do you foresee for Acme in LATAM?

ML: It is hard to pin a number to our expected growth as we only begun operations early this year. However, our expectations are high given the big appetite for scalable automation solutions in the region. Our solution portfolio is in line with the needs of the region, and this gives us enormous confidence in our ability to help local industries in their journey towards intralogistics automation. Customers in the region value the quality, reliability, and experience that Acme brings to Latin America.

GSC: What are the fast-moving Acme products in LATAM?

ML: Our core product portfolio for Latin America is pallet handling solutions such as conveyors, stacker cranes and high-density mother and child solutions. We have also seen demand for sortation solutions increase in the region as the e-commerce market heats up. We also provide conventional solutions, such as racking and multi-level mezzanines for retailers and manufacturers.

Hahn Air plants 150,000 Mangrove trees with veritree

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In an effort to mitigate climate change, Hahn Air announced a partnership with veritree, a technology platform enabling and tracking global restoration projects. Hahn Air committed to restoring coastal mangrove forests in Kenya and Madagascar by planting 150,000 trees which equals an area of 15 hectares (37 acres). The Hahn Air tree population, once matured, will sequester for an average of 32,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
 

“We are very excited about this project”, says Hahn Air CEO Kirsten Rehmann. “Hahn Air’s partnership with veritree is the first of a number of nature-positive initiatives we are implementing. This involves reducing the carbon footprint of our own flights, of our business operations and our business travel activities. In this regard, it is important to us to work with a trustworthy partner who closely oversees and monitors the progress of our planting initiative. With veritree, we can be sure about every single tree being planted and nurtured to reach its full carbon absorbing capacity. We can also trust that our contribution is not only benefitting the environment but also the local community.”

“To contribute to a more sustainable air transport, we are also looking into solutions for our travel agency and airline partners”, adds Alexander Proschka, Executive Vice President Commercial. “It is our clear goal to offer carbon compensation options for flights distributed through Hahn Air in the future.”

veritree serves as a fully integrated management system that connects businesses, like Hahn Air, directly with the local planting and execution teams on site. Through proof-of-stake blockchain technology, veritree ensures transparency and traceability of the tree planting activities. The trees planted through the veritree platform are tracked via QR codes to validate, monitor, and analyse the planting progress.

Mangroves forests are a group of trees and shrubs that grow in the coastal intertidal zone and that play a key role in many coastal ecosystems. They provide primary habitat for thousands of species and are breeding and nursery grounds for many fish and invertebrate species. Not only are Mangroves able to absorb and store three to four times more carbon than mature tropical forests, but they are also protecting shorelines from winds, waves, and floods. And finally, the mangrove forests in Kenya and Madagascar are a crucial source of livelihoods for coastal neighbourhoods. veritree includes the local communities, involves them closely in safeguarding the projects, for example through reporting and verification, and thereby creates jobs and income sources through ecotourism and agriculture.

“veritree and Hahn Air share a vision that the future of business is restorative, and collectively we can make a difference by investing in verified nature-based solutions.”  said Derrick Emsley, CEO of veritree. “veritree’s mission is to make it simple for businesses to incorporate, and steward, nature-based solutions. We’re excited by our newly founded partnership with Hahn Air.”

For more information about Hahn Air’s environmental and social responsibility efforts, visit www.hahnair.com/esr.

Kirsten Rehmann
Alexander Proschka

Kirsten Rehmann                                                        Alexander Proschka

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About Hahn Air

Hahn Air is a German scheduled and executive charter airline. Since 1999 it offers indirect distribution services to other airlines and thus provides ticketing solutions to 100,000 travel agencies in 190 markets. With more than 20 years of experience, the company has established itself as the market leader. Today, Hahn Air’s partner network encompasses more than 350 partner airlines.

Hahn Air offers its distribution services exclusively to transportation companies and ticketing solutions to travel agents only. However, travellers benefit as well as they are able to choose from more carriers, more routes and more destinations. Every year millions of passengers travel between 4,000 locations using Hahn Air’s HR-169 tickets. It is the first and only airline worldwide that offers free and comprehensive reimbursement in case of insolvency of the operating carrier. Hahn Air is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and a globally connected stakeholder playing a leading role in the airline industry.

Hahn Air is 100% owned by the Hahn Air Group, an international corporation based in Dreieich near Frankfurt, Germany. The fleet of Hahn Air Lines operates out of the airports Dusseldorf and Frankfurt Egelsbach. The Group has offices around the world, including Minneapolis, Montevideo, Casablanca, New Delhi, Manila and Johannesburg.

About veritree

veritree is a data-driven, restorative platform that connects nature-based solutions with mission-driven companies ready to lead the restorative economy. With on-the-ground monitoring and blockchain verification, veritree improves transparency and trust through data and tools that revitalize ecosystems, strengthen communities, and build climate solutions.

The success behind tentree’s planting program, veritree scales consumer-centric programs between planting organizations and corporations around the world. veritree’s mission is to restore the planet – planting and verifying one billion trees within the decade. For more information, visit veritree.com.

Hahn Air plants 150,000 Mangrove trees with veritree

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In an effort to mitigate climate change, Hahn Air announced a partnership with veritree, a technology platform enabling and tracking global restoration projects. Hahn Air committed to restoring coastal mangrove forests in Kenya and Madagascar by planting 150,000 trees which equals an area of 15 hectares (37 acres). The Hahn Air tree population, once matured, will sequester for an average of 32,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

“We are very excited about this project”, says Hahn Air CEO Kirsten Rehmann. “Hahn Air’s partnership with veritree is the first of a number of nature-positive initiatives we are implementing. This involves reducing the carbon footprint of our own flights, of our business operations and our business travel activities. In this regard, it is important to us to work with a trustworthy partner who closely oversees and monitors the progress of our planting initiative. With veritree, we can be sure about every single tree being planted and nurtured to reach its full carbon absorbing capacity. We can also trust that our contribution is not only benefitting the environment but also the local community.”

“To contribute to a more sustainable air transport, we are also looking into solutions for our travel agency and airline partners”, adds Alexander Proschka, Executive Vice President Commercial. “It is our clear goal to offer carbon compensation options for flights distributed through Hahn Air in the future.”

veritree serves as a fully integrated management system that connects businesses, like Hahn Air, directly with the local planting and execution teams on site. Through proof-of-stake blockchain technology, veritree ensures transparency and traceability of the tree planting activities. The trees planted through the veritree platform are tracked via QR codes to validate, monitor, and analyse the planting progress.

Mangroves forests are a group of trees and shrubs that grow in the coastal intertidal zone and that play a key role in many coastal ecosystems. They provide primary habitat for thousands of species and are breeding and nursery grounds for many fish and invertebrate species. Not only are Mangroves able to absorb and store three to four times more carbon than mature tropical forests, but they are also protecting shorelines from winds, waves, and floods. And finally, the mangrove forests in Kenya and Madagascar are a crucial source of livelihoods for coastal neighbourhoods. veritree includes the local communities, involves them closely in safeguarding the projects, for example through reporting and verification, and thereby creates jobs and income sources through ecotourism and agriculture.

“veritree and Hahn Air share a vision that the future of business is restorative, and collectively we can make a difference by investing in verified nature-based solutions.”  said Derrick Emsley, CEO of veritree. “veritree’s mission is to make it simple for businesses to incorporate, and steward, nature-based solutions. We’re excited by our newly founded partnership with Hahn Air.”

Innovative Food Systems key to Tackling Global Food Crisis, say Experts

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Global conflict, supply chain disruptions, and the continued economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to keep global food prices at historically high levels until 2024, according to a recent market report from the World Bank.

Among the factors driving price inflation are record levels of food wastage, with up to 40% – 70% of fresh food in supply chains being damaged or wasted due to unfavourable storage conditions or poor handling. There has also been a reduction of farm labour capacity, leaving a significant volume of produce unpicked in fields after harvests, and 23 countries have implemented food export bans, with seven implementing export-limiting measures, as of August 2022.

As a result, policymakers, innovators, and international leaders are looking for new ways to reorganise supply chains to prioritise food security and ensure access to healthy diets.

The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) Conference 2022, which will be held in the Middle East for the first time in October, will bring together government bodies with leading fresh food producers and wholesale market authorities to discuss key challenges and potential new approaches to bring food from farms to the table.

H.E. Saeed Al Bahri Salem Al Ameri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) said: “Under the wise leadership of the UAE, our nation has taken proactive steps to develop agile food supply chains and support technology-enabled food production. We are actively working with global partners to share key learnings and address the critical challenges facing global food supply chains today.”

ADAFSA is launching several initiatives that aim to boost local production and enhancing market accessibility and competitiveness for local products. These initiatives also look to encourage food and agricultural supportive industries, in addition to improving wholesale markets for livestock and other agricultural products.

UAE companies participating in the conference will discuss some of the major projects being undertaken to enhance access to fresh food and reduce wastage. AD Ports Group, which is developing one of the region’s largest food trading and logistics centres at KIZAD in Abu Dhabi, is also establishing an integrated food storage and distribution hub in Uzbekistan to enhance the nation’s food trade across global markets and drive Central Asian food security.

Abdullah Al Hameli, CEO, Economic Cities & Free Zones, AD Ports Group, said: “AD Ports Group is rapidly internationalising our expertise in developing food markets with all the supporting infrastructure necessary to ensure food security. As the host of the WUWM Conference in Abu Dhabi, we are looking to learn from our global partners about the different routes wholesale markets are taking to improve efficiency and ensure sufficient food supplies.”

Under the theme, “Global food security in the XXIs: Risks, challenges and solutions to ensure resilient and sustainable fresh food supply chains”, WUWM Abu Dhabi 2022 will be one most significant meetings of the global food industry held this year, building on the work of their 2021 conference which examined the food supply challenges in the post COVID-19 world.

Stephane Layani, WUWM Chairman, said: “The key aim of the conference is to find pathways to provide communities with balanced, healthy and nutritious diets, and to overcome the current challenges restricting access for a significant proportion of the global population. We have made good progress in recent years, but the current wave of global political and climate-related challenges risk pushing us back, particularly with the long tail impact of COVID-19. I am optimistic that, by bringing together key stakeholders in Abu Dhabi, we will be able to actively address the current issues and look ahead to a more stable, food secure future.”

Other topics set to be discussed at WUWM Abu Dhabi 2022 include logistics, the role of food hubs in ensuring healthy diets and the role of digitalisation.

The conference will take place from 19-20 October 2022 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Early bird rates are available for delegates who book tickets before 16 September.

Etihad Cargo enhances customer service capabilities

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  • Etihad Cargo has transitioned to the Microsoft Dynamics 365-driven Pulse CRM to optimise response times and make it easier for customers to communicate and provide feedback
  • The new system will enable Etihad Cargo’s Customer Contact Centre to track all queries, improve response times and further improve customer service quality

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has enhanced its customer service capabilities with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics 365 based Pulse CRM, which will enable the carrier to meet customer demands more proactively.

Etihad Cargo’s Customer Contact Centre handles over 13,000 transactions per month, including customer enquiries and feedback, bookings and information requests. As the latest step in the carrier’s digitalisation and continuous improvement journey, Etihad Cargo has transitioned to the Microsoft Dynamics 365-driven Pulse CRM system to empower customer service agents with more customer-focused data. This will enable them to communicate with customers more efficiently. The new system provides Etihad Cargo’s customer service team with improved tools, including an updated case management system, and customer information, such as the customer’s history, purchase records, sales interactions and a 360-degree view of customer queries.

“Etihad Cargo continuously reviews processes, procedures and systems to ensure the delivery of the highest levels of customer service,” said Tim Isik, Vice President Commercial at Etihad Cargo. “The transformation of Etihad Cargo’s Customer Contact Centre through the launch of this new system provides greater transparency and visibility, enabling customer service agents to track each transaction from initial contact through to resolution. This data will enable the Customer Contact Centre to identify processes where efficiencies could be achieved, which will ultimately provide Etihad Cargo’s customers with a streamlined and more efficient communication process.”

Using the new system’s real-time dashboards, Etihad Cargo’s Customer Contact Centre agents can access all data related to a specific customer or transaction. The Microsoft Dynamics 365-driven Pulse CRM also provides customers with the option to leave immediate feedback and access a Net Promoter Score questionnaire, enabling the carrier to measure customer satisfaction at every query level.

To further optimise the quality of the carrier’s sales, marketing and customer service offering, Etihad Cargo is exploring additional enhancements, including the integration of Microsoft Power BI, which will facilitate additional efficiencies through reporting and dashboards that will enable customer service agents to measure, monitor and optimise the customer experience. The carrier is also planning to incorporate conversation intelligence and the automation of routine transactions, which will further reduce the time between first contact and the completion of transactions.

Isik concluded, “Etihad Cargo’s primary objective is to be the air cargo partner of choice. The launch of a new system within the Customer Contact Centre is the latest step taken by Etihad Cargo to ensure customers can interact with customer service agents as easily as possible, making the booking process more convenient and intuitive than ever before.”

Prime Shipping was recently awarded three ISO certifications

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Prime Shipping was recently awarded three ISO certifications – namely, ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 for Environment Management System and ISO 45001:2008 for Occupational Health & Safety Management System.

These certifications are an affirmation of the Company’s relentless pursuit of excellence and setting new benchmarks in the shipping and logistics industry. By meeting the extensive criteria of these standards, Prime Shipping as proved its commitment to protecting the environment and consistently delivering quality outcomes for clients and employees.

“Prime Shipping is providing specialized services with  sole focus on shipping & logistics services, enabling the company to pay attention to  innovation and  deliver  higher quality services which are more effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly,” stated   Mr. Vaibhav Raval, General Manager, Prime Shipping.

The world’s most widely used quality management system standard, ISO 9001:2015 helps businesses prove that they can consistently provide products and services that meet customer requirements. Achieved through exhaustive external audits the certification aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of a company’s system, including processes for continual review and improvement.

On the other hand, ISO 14001:2015 looks at a very critical aspect of any organisation – its environmental management system.  This certification provides the framework for protecting the environment by using a holistic approach for product life-cycle and putting in place compliance measures for minimizing negative impact on the environment.

Lastly, ISO 45001:2018 is a globally recognized occupational health and safety standard to help organizations improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create safer working conditions. Achieving ISO 45001:2018 certification demonstrates Prime Shipping’s commitment to its employees, community and customers, and a drive to continually improve and evaluate its work environment.

Prime Shipping, through its extensive network, offers shipping agency representation to global shipping lines and markets their products and services in Qatar at the highest professional standards with integrity and loyalty.

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Turkish Cargo Became the Top-Ranking European Air Cargo Carrier

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According to the World Air Transport Statistics data, published on yearly basis by the International Air Transport Association (IATA); Turkish Cargo, the rising logistics brand of Turkish Airlines, ranked the 1st among the European air cargo companies while it ranked the 4th among the global airlines, thanks to its total transportation performance.

According to the FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometers) data, the succesful brand increased its business volume by more than 32 percent by showing a transportation performance of 9.2 million tonne kilometers in 2021, and hit the top by outdistancing the leading air cargo brands in Europe.

Regarding the successful performance of Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat said; “As the fastest-growing air cargo brand in the world, we continue to add value to the air cargo industry with our contributions to the supply chain and maintain our critical role when it comes to increasing the global trade’s competition power. We are on the march towards our target to become one of the top 3 air cargo brands in the world in 2025 by carrying this success performed by Turkish Cargo in Europe to all corners of the world.”

A Record-Breaking Growth in Market Share, Flight Network and Carried Tonnage

With the fleet, infrastructure, process and quality improvement investments performed by Turkish Cargo since 2017, global carrier rose to 4th from 22th in the global rankings and increased its market share to the level of 5.2% from the 2.6% during the last five years.

The successful brand, which had 13 cargo planes in its fleet in 2017, increased this number by 53.8% to 20 in 2022. In parallel with the expansion of the fleet, the number of the destinations operated with freighters nearly doubled by reaching 100 in 2022. Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines became the airline that operates flights to the highest number of international destinations for cargo just as it does for the passenger operations. Thanks to the air bridges built by Turkish Cargo, Turkish exporters can now establish commercial connections directly with approximately 85% of the world, on GNP basis.

As the market share of Turkish Cargo increased by 8 percent on the medical cargo shipments, successful brand also played a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic not only in Türkiye but also on the global scale. Having delivered innovative solutions in the crisis environment, Turkish Cargo once again demonstrated that it is a reliable logistics brand with more than 6.500 pax-fre* flights it has operated in order to overcome the capacity bottleneck resulting from the disruption of passenger flights during pandemic.

Furthermore, SMARTIST, the facility in which Turkish Cargo has started to carry out its operations as of the end of 2021, is now in service as the largest and the cutting-edge air cargo facility in Europe, in terms of its facility capacity and its technological infrastructure.

*Paxfre; a cargo flight operated by a passenger flight without any passenger on board.

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Etihad Cargo adds belly hold capacity to New York

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From 15 November, Etihad will increase cargo capacity to the US with 27 weekly passenger and freighter flights

With the introduction of additional services, Etihad Cargo will offer 1,084 tonnes of cargo capacity into and out of the US per week

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has reinforced its commitment to the US market with the introduction of an additional 50 tonnes of belly capacity via four new weekly direct passenger flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from 15 November 2022. With the addition of these flights, the carrier will offer a total of 11 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and New York.

In addition to offering 11 weekly flights to JFK, New York, Etihad Cargo provides capacity to other key destinations in the US via freighter and passenger flights to Chicago and Washington D.C. The carrier operates nine flights per week to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and daily flights to Dulles International Airport, Washington. The introduction of additional capacity to Etihad Cargo’s winter schedule brings the total cargo capacity into and out of the US to 1,084 tonnes per week.

Existing daily services will continue on Etihad’s new Airbus 350 aircraft, which has been deployed on the New York route since June 2022. The new flights will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. These aircraft types are two of the most efficient in the world, providing significantly less fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation twin-aisle aircraft. Etihad Cargo also operates two dedicated Boeing 777 freighter flights per week to Chicago via Europe, supported by an offline network.

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Cargo continuously reviews its network to add more capacity to meet the needs of its partners and customers. The introduction of four additional weekly flights to New York to the carrier’s winter schedule further demonstrates Etihad Cargo’s commitment to customers, offering additional capacity on this key trade lane and strengthening the US’s connection to the rest of the world via Etihad Cargo’s hub in Abu Dhabi.”

Providing additional capacity to New York is the latest step by the carrier to expand operations in the US. Earlier in 2022, Etihad Cargo strengthened the carrier’s US commercial team with the appointment of Caroline Pappas to the role of General Manager – Americas.

GPCA Research & Innovation Conference Returns this September 2022

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The 7th edition of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Research and Innovation Conference will return to Dubai, UAE on 26-27 September to discuss the theme ‘Catalyzing a Sustainable Future through R&I’. The conference will be held at the Address Sky View Hotel, Dubai for the first time since the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, which posed long lasting disruptions to the industry, economy and communities across the region.

The 7th GPCA R&I Conference will shed light on the importance of research and innovation to transition towards a low carbon future, trends in green fuels and new technologies for energy and transportation, the latest hydrogen developments at chemical companies in the region, circular economy and sustainable feedstocks. GPCA’s only event of its kind dedicated to chemical research and innovation in the region will open its doors to senior decision makers from private and public organizations, value chain stakeholders, industry leaders and academia from the Arabian Gulf and other leading nations in the innovation field.

Delegates will be welcomed on day one by Dr. Bob Maughon, EVP, Sustainability, Technology & Innovation and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, SABIC, and Chairman, R&I Committee, GPCA. Next on this year’s must-see conference agenda will be a fireside chat with Abdulmohsen Almajnouni, Advisor to the President, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Member, Core Development Team, RDIA, on the role of regulators in enabling a globally competitive chemical industry.

A must-attend plenary address will feature Dr. Kevin Cullen, VP of Innovation, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), who will share learnings from industry and academia collaboration, while the second session of the day will spotlight four unique case studies from the region of successful cooperation between chemical companies and academic institutions.

Dr. Moayyed Al- Qurtas, Advisor, GPCA R&I Committee, will deliver the welcome address on day two, followed by Ahmad Al Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco, who will participate in an executive panel discussion on energy security and sustainable feedstocks for the GCC. Other not to miss topics on the final day of the conference include a look at the new technologies catalyzing the drive towards net-zero, and a masterclass on how the industry can shift to new circular business models led by Dimitri Daniels, Leader, Circular Economy Business EUR, SABIC.

According to a recent GPCA report, entitled ‘The Innovation Imperative of the Chemical Industry in the Arabian Gulf’, GCC chemical producers invested USD 480 million in research and development in 2019 prior to the pandemic, registering a 9% increase on the year before and exceeding the industry’s long-term average growth of 5.6% per annum. However, the report found that at just 0.7%, annual R&D investment by regional chemical producers as a portion of chemical revenue is almost four and a half times lower compared to the 3.1% at leading chemical players in the world.

These figures demonstrate the size of the opportunity that lies ahead for chemical and petrochemical producers to grow their research and innovation capabilities and improve their competitive position globally. According to GPCA, developing the research and development sector can yield significant socio-economic benefits across the region. To measure R&D’s economic footprint, GPCA worked with Oxford Economics to assess the number of jobs supported by R&D, and R&D’s contribution to a country’s gross value-added. Based on the assessment, GPCA found that every direct R&D job in the GCC chemical industry supports five jobs elsewhere within the economy like the broader supply chain and through the procurement of goods and services.

Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented: “The GCC region has ambitious aspirations to transform their economies into a hub for innovation where new inventions are incubated, and technological developments are born by indigenous local talent as well as by attracting leading scientists and innovators from across the globe. However, the region has a long way to go to realize its innovation ambitions. A recent GPCA survey has revealed that while the majority of executives at our member companies say innovation is a top priority, only a small percentage of them believes that their companies are successful innovators.”

He added: “To help advance the innovation efforts at chemical companies in the region, GPCA has set out a number of recommendations, among which are transforming the corporate culture at chemical firms, aligning their innovation strategy with their wider business strategy, improving collaboration with customers and the value chain, and embracing external sources of ideas. Building an enabling research and innovation environment at chemical companies in the region has never been more important as the sector is faced with balancing its business, environmental and societal obligations. I am confident that the 7th GPCA Research and Innovation Conference will provide the right platform for some of the best and most technologically savvy industry thought leaders to come together, exchange learnings and collaborate towards a more sustainable future.”

In line with its mission to support talent development in the region and promote STEM, the 7th edition of the GPCA R&I Conference will feature a dedicated competition for undergraduate and postgraduate university students who will be provided with one-of-a-kind opportunity to present their innovative ideas to industry leaders on the first day of the conference. Now in its 2nd edition, the GPCA Innovation Competition was launched to bridge the gap between industry and academia in line with GPCA’s efforts to foster an innovation culture in the Arabian Gulf.

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Dubai Government concludes training for students

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The Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) concluded its practical training program for engineering students designed to help them gain practical experience and technical knowledge of the various engineering systems of advanced vehicles and the mechanisms for maintaining such systems. This program was aimed at helping university students develop skills in vehicle maintenance and repairs.

The program is aligned with DGW’s endeavors to foster continuous improvement and the adoption of cutting-edge processes and techniques, as well as to empower and enhance human resources and equip them with skills and knowledge. This move is also aimed at supporting the young generation and the students by promoting their career paths and enabling them to meet the requirements of the labour market in line with DGW’s vision to enhance the work ecosystem and build a new generation of multiskilled workforce.

Mr. Aqeel Mustafa Al Janahi, Director of the Engineering Maintenance Department, said: “The training program reflects DGW’s commitment to enhancing students’ engineering skills, technical knowledge and providing them with the tools to further their career options in the fields of fleet management, vehicle maintenance and repair. We are pleased to offer students the opportunities to work in an environment that fosters innovation and excellence, as well as to provides them training on the use of the latest fleet management, maintenance technology and set them up for successful careers in this field.”

The program improves students’ understanding and academic skills while providing them with the tools they need to keep up with the industry’s rapid technological advancements by leveraging the expertise of DGW’s team and experts.”

commercetools named a Leader in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Digital Commerce

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Excellence in composability and its platform ecosystem, commercetools is a leader in digital commerce once again

commercetools, the inventor of headless commerce, announced it has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce for the third year in a row. commercetools received the highest ratings in many of the Critical Capabilities Gartner identified, including composability, which, as a result of commercetools’ modular architecture, provides the ability to auto-scale, continuously upgrade and deploy microservices.

“We set out over 12 years ago to improve the way consumers experience commerce digitally. Since our founding, we’ve built a best-in-class portfolio that has withstood the trials of ever-changing consumer behavior, various market forces, and the emergence of new channels and trends to allow businesses to provide the most beautiful, innovative experiences,” said co-founder and CEO Dirk Hoerig. “The recognition by Gartner is a testament to the impact our modern, MACH-based technology has on businesses as we progress forward on our mission of challenging and changing the world of enterprise commerce software.”

The recognition from Gartner comes on the heels of a period of exponential growth for commercetools, with the company recently being named Google Cloud’s Industry Solution Partner of the Year, signing new customers including Sephora, Lululemon, Primark, and New Look, among many others, reaching unicorn status in 2021 with the close of $140 million in Series C funding.

To learn more about commercetools and download a copy of the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce, please visit the commercetools Analyst Report Access Center.

RSGT Nominated to Operate New Patenga Container Terminal at Chittagong Port

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Red Sea Gateway Terminal has been selected by Bangladeshi Ministry of Shipping as the preferred operator of the 500,000 TEU annual throughput capacity facility now under construction at the busiest container port on the Bay of Bengal.

Dhaka, Bangladesh- Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT), operator of the largest terminal facility in Saudi Arabia, at Jeddah Islamic Port, has been nominated over several competing proposals by the Bangladesh’s Ministry of Shipping to respond to an upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) to operate the new USD $240 million Patenga Container Terminal (PCT) currently nearing completion at Chittagong, Bangladesh’s primary port. RSGT was officially advised of the decision of the Bangladeshi Ministry of Shipping on July 28th, 2022

The Port of Chittagong (recently renamed as Chattogram), handled a record 3.2 million TEUs in FY 2021, with 4,209 vessel calls, and is the busiest port in the Bay of Bengal, serving as the gateway for 90% of Bangladesh’s import and export ocean cargo. The majority of import shipments are destined for Dhaka, Bangladesh’s Capital, and largest city, a distance of 265 km (165 miles) distance from Chittagong. The port also serves as the main gateway for Bangladesh’s fast-growing exports including its garments trade, one of the largest globally. The new facility, being built by the Bangladeshi Government, will feature 600m quay and will be able to handle 3 vessels simultaneously augmenting the ship handling capacity at Chattogram port.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected for this opportunity. The rapid growth of Chittagong Port’s cargo volumes necessitates further investment in modern equipment, advanced technology and building new human capacity. This project fits well with Red Sea Gateway Terminal’s competencies and its expansion strategy for emerging markets. We are very confident that, through this investment, we will be able to contribute significantly to Bangladesh’s fast-growing trade and economy” noted RSGT’s Director of Global Investments, Gagan Seksaria.

In 2017, the Government of Bangladesh adopted a “Policy for Implementing Private-Public Partnerships (PPP) Projects through Government-to-Government Partnerships (G2G)”. In July of 2019, RSGT and the Ministry of Shipping of Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which RSGT will invest in and provide operational assistance and expertise to the

Bangladeshi port sector. A further MOU was signed between the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) and the PPP Authority (PPPA) of Bangladesh, on October 28th, 2021. This was followed by the First Joint Platform Meeting between the two parties, held on February 23rd, 2022.

At the February meeting, the Bangladeshi Ministry of Shipping proposed a plan for the equipping, operation and maintenance of PCT based on the PPP Model to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which in turn nominated RSGT as the Saudi investor. At present, the Government of Bangladesh is in the advanced stages of appointing a Transaction Advisor, which will provide advice on the structuring of the PPP transaction, preparation, negotiations, and final implementation of the PCT project.

WCS to Focus on Building Resilience in Air Cargo 

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) will focus on building resilience to further strengthen air cargo’s post-pandemic prospects.  

COVID-19 tested the resilience of the air cargo business. Despite challenging conditions, air cargo delivered critical medical supplies and vaccines across the globe and kept international supply chains open. For many airlines, as passenger numbers plummeted, air cargo was a crucial source of revenue. In 2021, air cargo revenues reached a record $204 billion, which was more than double as compared to 2019 and accounted for some 40% of total airline revenues in 2021. 

“Air cargo proved its resilience during the pandemic, and it is emerging stronger. The challenge now is to retain the momentum achieved in digitalization and other customer-centric efficiency gains. There is good reason to be optimistic. Air cargo is maintaining its strength even as economic and geo-political uncertainty grows. And this year’s WCS will focus on how the industry can capitalize on this resilience to build an even more promising and sustainable future for global air cargo,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo. 

Sullivan, and David Shepherd, Managing Director, IAG Cargo will be speaking at the event, which is taking place in London, UK, from 27 to 29 September. Other speakers include:
 

·         Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA Chief Economist

·         Dorothea Von Boxberg CEO of Lufthansa Cargo

·         Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer at Turkish Cargo

Session tracks will cover several key aspects of resilience: 
·         Digitalization 

·         Sustainability 

·         Air cargo safety

·         Attracting and retaining talent 

·         E-commerce 

·         Air cargo market dynamics 

·         Digital distribution and booking

·         Digital Cargo and ONE Record

The WCS program will be complemented by a series of workshops, including:
 ·         A first-time workshop focused on improving the efficiency of billing settlements between airlines and freight forwarders (using the new CASSLINK (the Cargo Accounts Settlement System). 

·         A workshop focused on improving performance on key market segments using IATA CEIV programs (CEIV PharmaCEIV Live AnimalsCEIV Lithium Batteries and CEIV Fresh).

·         The Future Air Cargo Executives Summit (FACES) a forum for future air cargo executives to network and share insights on career development.

WCS is open to accredited members of the press.

View the WCS program
IATA Cargo Claims and Loss Prevention Conference 
Immediately following WCS, at the same venue from 29 September to 1 October, IATA will be hosting the Cargo Claims and Loss Prevention Conference. This event brings together experienced professionals to provide insights on claims and loss prevention practices around the world.

Defuzzy unlocks the future of offshore inspections at AWS Energy Symposium

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Company’s advanced fleet management solution leverages AWS’s Roborunner services

Defuzzy Labs, a leading robotics company specialising in unmanned systems in the UAE, collaborated with SubUAS, the US company behind the Naviator Air/Sea Drone platform, to demonstrate its latest robotics fleet management solution and shed light on the future of offshore inspections. The demonstration, which was held at the AWS Energy Symposium in Houston, featured the Sharjah-based operator instructing a Naviator drone fleet to perform an inspection from over 11,000 kilometres away, alongside the SubUAS team based in New Jersey, USA.

The live demonstration showcased Defuzzy’s latest development of its robotics fleet management solution, which uses AWS’s Roborunner service to command multiple Naviator drones over the cloud. This scalable and modular solution enables Defuzzy to easily integrate robots of various makes, models, and forms into the fleet and control them. The cloud services will further help enhance remote monitoring solutions and complete accurate robotic inspections, thus improving the safety and efficiency of inspection operations.

During the demonstration, Defuzzy engineers stationed in Sharjah, UAE, displayed their ability to monitor and command multiple Naviator drones located in New Jersey, USA. The fleet management solution automatically planned a mission and assigned it to the available drone in the background, after which the Sharjah-based operator was seen monitoring the fleet’s status and the live video stream of the inspection routine.

DHL and Volvo start new zero emission cooperation with 44 electric trucks

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Volvo Trucks and Deutsche Post DHL Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the shift to zero exhaust emission vehicles. DHL intends to intensify its transition to heavy electric trucks by deploying a total of 44 new electric Volvo trucks on routes in Europe.

The intended order includes 40 electric trucks of the model Volvo FE and Volvo FL, to be used for package deliveries in urban transports. Electric trucks for longer routes are also part of the scope and DHL has decided to begin using Volvo trucks for regional hauling, starting with four Volvo FM Electric trucks in the UK.

The first trucks have been ordered already, six by DHL Parcel UK and two by DHL Freight. This will result in annually savings of nearly 600 tons of CO2 and nearly 225,000 liters of diesel fuel for Deutsche Post DHL Group.

“We are committed to meet growing customer demand for green and sustainable solutions and achieve our long-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050. As a logistics service provider, the conversion of our vehicle fleet is an important lever to help us avoid CO2 emissions on the road as well. Several of our divisions will thus benefit from this agreement with Volvo Trucks,” explains Pablo Ciano, Executive Vice President for Corporate Development at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

An important factor in DHL’s decision to ramp up the transition to zero emission vehicles is due to the positive experience it has with using an electric Volvo truck in London since November 2020 – making last mile deliveries into the West End shopping district. The vehicle was the very first fully electric commercial heavy truck used for urban logistics in the UK.

“DHL is an important global logistics provider, committed to reduce its impact on climate change. Together we can make a difference for the better and I’m proud we will work in the spirit of partnership, aiming to reach our science-based targets to reduce our climate impacts,” says Roger Alm, President at Volvo Trucks.

The cooperation involves adoption of new Volvo technologies and joint development activities within the field of electrification. The agreement also includes analysis by Volvo Trucks of DHL’s transport operations, with the goal to ensure successful deployment of tailor-made electrical transport solutions.

Volvo Trucks is leading the market for heavy all-electric trucks in Europe, with a market share of 42% in 2021. Already in 2019, Volvo Trucks started serial production of electric trucks, as one of the very first truck brands in the world to do so. The company has delivered electric trucks to a wide range of customers in Europe, North America and Australia.

SAP delivers innovation to customers’ challenges

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Today at the SAP® Sapphire® conference in Orlando, Florida, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) is announcing new innovations that deliver business value for customers in four critical areas: supply chain resilience, sustainability, business process transformation and no-code application development.

According to a recent survey from Boston Consulting Group, while 80% of companies are turning to digital solutions to navigate current business challenges, only about 30% are successfully achieving a true digital transformation of their business. The innovations announced today will help SAP customers accelerate their transformation journey with cloud-based solutions that provide the end-to-end business process support customers most need. The announcements come on the first day of SAP Sapphire, SAP’s global customer and partner conference, taking place in person and virtually May 10–12, 2022.

“For 50 years, SAP’s mission-critical solutions and deep industry expertise have helped businesses around the world run their best,” said Christian Klein, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “We’re uniquely positioned to continue enabling our customers’ success in a rapidly evolving world by driving cloud-based digital transformation that solves customers’ most pressing challenges, from supply chain resilience to sustainability.”

Resilient Supply Chains and Intelligent Business Networks

SAP innovations improve supply chain efficiency and transparency, enabling improved performance and resilience. Through its ongoing partnership with Apple to transform the way people work on iPhone and iPad, SAP announces today a new suite of apps that streamline the digital supply chain and empower workers with intuitive tools. The first two of these apps – SAP Warehouse Operator and SAP Direct Distribution – launched today and are available now in the Apple App Store.

In addition, the new SAP Digital Manufacturing Cloud solution brings together the latest analytics, edge computing, automation and state-of-the-art innovations supporting manufacturing processes end to end to help customers optimize manufacturing performance. SAP Business Network also continues to evolve as the world’s largest business network, and with the planned integration of Taulia software customers can unlock the value tied up in their working capital.

Moving Businesses from Talk to Action on Sustainability

The increase in number of SAP solutions for sustainability uniquely positions the software to help companies move from well-meaning talk to meaningful action. New innovations out today include new capabilities in the SAP Cloud for Sustainable Enterprises solution to help companies innovate across key areas of sustainability management. The enhanced SAP Product Footprint Management solution helps customers reduce product carbon footprints at scale with live connectivity with SAP S/4HANA® Cloud, including transport and travel capabilities.

Enabling Business Process Transformation

Customers continue to adopt the RISE with SAP solution to redesign their end-to-end business processes and transition to a modular, agile ERP in the cloud. Several customers will be on stage at SAP Sapphire to showcase how they use RISE with SAP to deliver business innovation. Partners are also helping our customers scale these innovations through best practices and bespoke solutions: RISE with SAP and SOAR with Accenture now integrate and deliver what businesses need for a cloud-based transformation, including cloud infrastructure management, application management and operations services. The latest release of the SAP Service Cloud solution includes new dynamic case management and case modelling capabilities. The solution supports native integration with Qualtrics® XM Discover and Microsoft Teams to improve organizations’ ability to deliver on their brand promise with better visibility, greater accountability and faster time to resolution.

Accelerating Innovation with No-Code and Low-Code Development, Process Automation, Data and AI

SAP AppGyver®, a leading no-code, low code development environment for enterprise applications, now includes native integration with the SAP Service Cloud solution and is available as part of the free tier model for SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). The SAP Process Automation solution, also part of the free tier model for SAP BTP, has been enhanced for no-code workflow management and robotic process automation (RPA).

SAP AI solutions deliver AI-powered innovations to optimize intelligently business processes end to end, including lead-to-cash, design-to-operate, recruit-to-retire and source-to-pay. SAP provides free access for all academic students to tailored learning resources and experiences in the “student zone” of the SAP Learning portal. To support the growing need for accelerated app development by nontechnical users, SAP is launching additional free  learning journeys, including an enhanced learning journey that prepares for new certifications in low-code/no-code skills.

Varner builds another AutoStore with Swisslog

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Coty Kemps Creek NSW Swisslog Automation Autostore C&HG a close up of a toy

Varner AS, one of the largest fashion groups in the Nordic area with the chains Dressmann, Cubus, Carlings, Bik Bok, Volt and Junkyard, is investing in another AutoStore facility from Swisslog. In 2016, Varner’s first AutoStore from Swisslog was inaugurated in the company’s newly built central warehouse in Vänersborg. The decision has been taken to make a comprehensive expansion of the central warehouse with an additional 19,000 sqm and to install another AutoStore.

“The purpose of the expansion is to increase our capacity for the rapidly growing online trade, but also to provide our customers and stores with better and faster service. In future, our existing AutoStore will serve our 1,200 stores and the new facility will exclusively serve our e-commerce customers,” says Anders Eriksson, Supply Chain Director at Varner AS.

The background to the investment is the rapid growth of e-commerce in combination with Varner’s own ambitions to expand its e-commerce sales.

“Our owners have set tough targets for continued rapid growth in e-commerce sales. Given that there are long lead times in this type of project, we had to start early,” says Anders Eriksson, noting that such rapid growth places demands on a flexible, reliable and fast automation solution.

The new AutoStore solution will consist of 425 robots, 250,000 bins, 62 grids in the first phase, but has the capacity for further expansion. The order for Swisslog also includes SynQ software, which checks and controls the automation as well as conveyor systems, packaging machines and five additional miniload cranes. With the new automation solution, Varner will be able to handle 7,500 order lines per hour, making the AutoStore solution one of the most high-performance ones built.

“Since we started our partnership with Swisslog in 2013, we have developed a comprehensive partnership, based on professionalism, flexibility and focus on results. With that background, it was a natural choice to continue the good cooperation,” says Anders.

Installation of the new solution will begin in the summer of 2022 and the system will be phased into operation starting in June 2023.

Sohar FZ drives growth with new incentives

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SOHAR Freezone has introduced new incentives to help businesses start trading with the world immediately. Until the end of 2022, new and renewing tenants can purchase a General Trade Licenses (GTLs) for one, two or three years at up to 50% of the usual cost. SOHAR is also offering a complete working solution for companies looking to relocate to the complex through its commercial office partner, Corporate Parks, which offers a reduction of between 30% and 45% in office rental rates for up to three years. The new offers are designed to encourage investment in SOHAR across all sectors and provide the spark for existing businesses to take the next step in their development. Companies can enjoy all of the benefits of working and trading in the Freezone with added flexibility and greater cost-efficiency.

SOHAR Port and Freezone is one of the fastest-growing complexes of its kind in the world. Located at the crossroads of East and West, the complex offers unrivalled access to key markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, as well as across the Middle East through well-connected modern highways. The SOHAR Freezone offers sector-specific zones and clusters, and integrated, bespoke logistics solutions across the value chain, with warehousing and cold storage facilities available. The Freezone is connected to SOHAR Port through a bonded transport corridor and is reachable within 14 minutes, ensuring goods reach their destination in optimal condition.

Omar Al Mahrizi, CEO of SOHAR Freezone & Deputy CEO of SOHAR Port, said, “SOHAR is committed to supporting the growth of new and existing business throughout the complex and by offering reduced rates on GTLs and office space, we are introducing another incentive for companies to join or expand their operations within the rapidly-expanding Freezone. We also caterto the rising demand for hybrid working environments by offering cost-efficient office space within close proximity to a wide range of local and international clients for the times when face-to-face meetings are essential. Being based in SOHAR offers a wealth of advantages to companies, including access to raw materials, a world class port and exceptional transport links to key markets.”

With competitive rates starting from one to three years, companies can register for a SOHAR GTL electronically from anywhere in the world and secure all required permits through the on-site one-stop shop. Investors also enjoy 0% personal income tax, 0% import and re-export duties and a corporate tax holiday of up to 25 years.

The partnership with Corporate Parks allows businesses access to meeting room space when required, high speed internet and utilities for a single annual fee. Options start from a one-year to three years, including a  reduction of 45% on the normal rate offered.

For more information on GTL and office space options, please contact SOHAR on +968 7151 8812 or +968 7992 2998, or by email at GTL@soharportandfreezone.com. The full range of opportunities at SOHAR Port and Freezone are available at soharportandfreezone.com.

Emirates Post to host World Mail & Express EMEA conference in Dubai

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Emirates Post inviting global partners to join them in the journey of making UAE one of the largest e-commerce hubs in the world

Emirates Post, the official postal operator and leading express provider in the UAE, will host the World Mail & Express Europe Middle East & Africa (WMX EMEA) conference from May 11 to May 12, 2022, in Dubai.

The two-day conference, which will be attended by over 200 global executives and feature more than 30 expert speakers, aims to give industry players the tools to build flexible and future-proof companies by deliberating and understanding the latest trends in the e-commerce and postal sectors. The last time the WMX conference took place in the UAE was in 2005.

As one of the speakers, Peter Somers, CEO of Emirates Post, will outline major industry trends, the growth of e-commerce in the region and Emirates Post’s capabilities: “The postal and parcel industry has been witnessing a significant shift over the years with technology and e-commerce being amongst the driving forces behind this change. The timing of the event could not be better, with Emirates Post continuously stepping up its efforts to strengthen its status as the Middle East’s leading postal and e-commerce logistics partner. Hosting the WMX EMEA not only reflects this commitment but will enable us to also help advance the ever-evolving global postal and parcel industry in today’s digital age.”

Day 1 program: Global trends impacting the industry

The first day of the event will witness several discussions on issues of global importance. The session titled ‘The Big Postal Perspectives’ will feature postal leaders from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, who will provide a top-down perspective on past, present and future trends. The day will also include a session titledMaximising Cross-border Productivity to Progress the eCommerce Experience.’ It will focus on how carriers can develop greater efficiencies to ensure outstanding customer satisfaction.

Meanwhile, operators and facilitators from EMEA will tackle the insights, regulations, challenges, and solutions that accompany cross-border and customs activities during a session themed ‘Navigating cross-border and Customs Obstacles.’ Other sessions during day one will include ‘Unlocking Global eCommerce Growth Through the Power of Data;’ ‘Driving Innovation to Optimise cross-border Efficiency;’ ‘Technology Problem of cross-border;’ ‘API as a solution;’ ‘Reshaping cross-border Trade with AI-based Solutions;’ and ‘How to Adapt Your Pricing Strategy to Face High Inflation.’

Day 2 program: Postal transformation

On the second day, the conference will commence by exploring how the postal and parcel industry can transform to anticipate and overcome disruptions. It will also examine how stakeholders can exploit changes by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and expanding mobile functionality and other technological capabilities to ensure customers receive exceptional service.

This will be followed by these sessions: ‘Achieving Successful Outcomes by Coordinating with People and Disruptive Technologies to Accelerate last-mile Delivery;’Transformation to Technology Savvy Trendsetters;’ ‘eCommerce Experience and Efficiency;’ ‘How Consumer Behaviour Impacts eCommerce Logistics;’ and ‘Sustainability – Paving the way.’

Experts will also highlight sustainable strategies and practices to help encourage a wider network of logistics companies to invest in and adopt innovative solutions towards sustainability, and optimistically create a more environment-friendly industry. The conference will end with discussions on e-commerce trends and challenges in 2022 and how supply chain automation is shaking up the industry.

EPG adds AutoStore to its LFS Warehouse Management System

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High volume utilisation, faster picking speed, reliability and system availability combined with real-time data processing. The Ehrhardt Partner Group (EPG) has added an industry-neutral solution for automated small parts storage as an extension to its LFS Warehouse Management System. The new AutoStore solution communicates with the data from the small parts warehouse and makes it available to the LFS in real time, ensuring the best possible exchange of information between warehouse management, AutoStore, customers and suppliers. The solution is highly effective at reducing costs. The module has been running at YKK DEUTSCHLAND GmbH since the beginning of the year. The world’s largest manufacturer of zips has been using EPG’s Warehouse Management System since 2014 and is now running the LFS extension for the newly installed AutoStore at its site in Wenkbach, Hessen.

Whether jackets, bags or trousers, the zips from market leader YKK, which was founded in 1934, are woven into lots of clothing from major fashion brands and, the special sizes, on tents. The Japanese company relies on EPG’s LFS Warehouse Management System for its warehouse logistics in Germany and the Netherlands. In Germany, YKK runs three large logistics centres, where the company manufactures, stores and picks zips and many other fastening products. Around 13,000 customers – from small craft shops to large fashion labels – are supplied daily throughout Europe from Germany. In Wenkbach, EPG’s Warehouse Management System manages production, storage and the supply of spare parts for the company’s own machines. The LFS guarantees maximum inventory accuracy within the zip manufacturer’s varied range of articles and variants.

YKK opts for a complete solution from EPG

YKK decided to introduce an automatic small parts warehouse last year to meet growing market demand. The AutoStore solution replaced the classic storage rack system with modular containers. The modular containers are stacked on top of each other within an aluminium structure and are moved by robots. “We hit the limits of our old, manual system, because the ordering behaviour of our customers has changed. We are receiving more and more late orders with request for fast delivery”, says Alexander Sann, Deputy Factory Manager at YKK. The AutoStore now also makes a same day delivery service possible. For the processes in the warehouse to continue to interact smoothly, the zip manufacturer needed a connection to the LFS. “Creating another interface between the ERP system, the LFS and a third-party provider was just out of the question. As we have had a great experience with the LFS Warehouse Management System so far, our preference was definitely for the EPG solution this time as well”, explains Sann.

LFS AutoStore module communicates with the LFS in real time

The supply chain software specialists at EPG developed the new AutoStore module as a custom-fit solution for YKK. Previously, the workstations for order pickers in the automated small parts warehouse could only be operated using the AutoStore software. If YKK wanted to transfer stock data, such as available articles, from AutoStore to the LFS, EPG would have had to program an interface to make sure data could be shared without problems. “To avoid programming the interfaces and the time-consuming process of getting them to work together in the future, we integrated the new AutoStore module into the LFS. That means the AutoStore workstations can be run using the LFS, so YKK does not have to work with two different systems”, explains Moritz Schmitt, Head of Customer Projects at EPG. Running the new module, YKK can control incoming and outgoing goods, organise inventory and process orders more quickly. “The LFS knows the stock levels and handles the customer orders. This involves communicating directly with the AutoStore and activating the applicable container with the requested goods”, says Schmitt. Order updates, such as changes in processing priority and any stock corrections, can be done up to the very last step via the LFS, ensuring at all times that the right goods are ready for picking in the right quantity and at the right moment. YKK can significantly reduce its process costs as a result.

AutoStore module provides control over specific task groups

As the two systems communicate in real time, YKK does not lose any time. On the contrary, the AutoStore means the fastening specialist can use it storage capacities highly effectively and increase the productivity of its employees. “Long walks are no longer necessary. The goods are automatically transported to our employees. And it’s not just that. The AutoStore workstations are much more ergonomic and require a lot less energy than a pallet truck, for example”, explains Sann. In the new AutoStore, the containers are further subdivided because of the very small size of the YKK articles – in some cases into up to 16 compartments. Products that see lower demand than others are located further down in the automatic small parts warehouse. “Running the LFS AutoStore solution, YKK also has control over the task groups that are processed by the AutoStore. This allows YKK to manage order processing very effectively”, says Schmitt.

Intuitive touch interface makes picking easier

For the company’s employees, getting the AutoStore up and running was not a big change. Sann notes how easy the solution is to use with its intuitive touch interface. The AutoStore has four multi-stations with carousel ports, which are a special type of conveyor that holds the next container ready immediately and increases the shipping speed even further. When goods leave the AutoStore for picking, LFS prints a polybag label with the exact length of the zips, minimising errors. Alexander Sann points out the low error rate since the LFS AutoStore solution went live: “The key thing for us was to continue delivering to our customers the quality they are used to during the implementation phase. Quality was guaranteed throughout”.

GWC’s global logistics solutions highlighted in new CNN campaign

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GWC, Qatar’s leading logistics provider, is collaborating with CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) on a new multiplatform campaign across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to highlight their global logistics services and role as the official host nation logistics provider for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.

The campaign, titled ‘Life, Delivered’, showcases GWC’s unique role in providing intricate planning and robust infrastructure for logistics spanning various sectors including cold chain, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, fine art and mega events such as the FIFA World Cup. The creative concept developed and produced by Create, CNNIC’s in-house studio, focuses on the people and places within a trusted and efficient global supply chain and a variety of communities and industries. This will be brought to life in a branded content campaign covering a two-minute hero film, 30 second TVC and a collection of native articles featured on a dedicated sponsored microsite and across CNN International TV, digital and CNN Arabic.

Powered by CNN’s sophisticated Audience Insight Measurement (AIM) targeting, the campaign will reach GWC’s core audiences including key business decision makers, investors and high net worth individuals.

Ranjeev Menon, Group CEO, GWC, said: “Partnering with CNN provides an ideal platform to tell the story of GWC to audiences around the world. Like the State of Qatar, GWC has come a long way in a short span of time, emerging as one of the fastest growing companies in the region. Since establishment in 2004, we have risen to become Qatar’s leading logistics and supply chain solutions provider, and established a global footprint and a trusted brand, thanks to our experienced team, state-of-the-art infrastructure and commitment to innovation and sustainability.”

Cathy Ibal, Senior Vice President, CNN International Commercial said, “We are pleased to be partnering with GWC to demonstrate their scale and scope to CNN’s influential audience and raise awareness of their logistics partnership with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. With anticipation building for the tournament, this campaign will reach GWC’s key demographics as a high percentage of our audience follows sporting events and has an interest in technology and business solutions.”

dans applauded in managing air traffic and making Expo 2020 huge success

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  • Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed: dans efficiently and effectively managed the airspace of the event
  • Mohammed Abdulla Ahli: The exhibition embodied the pinnacle of Dubai’s superior capabilities in the field of civil aviation
  • Ibrahim Ahli: dans played vital role as a partner and technical service provider to ensure Expo success

Dubai Air Navigation Services Corporation (dans), the global provider of air navigation and air traffic control services in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, played a crucial role in managing the Expo 2020 airspace during the six-month mega event and demonstrating to the world the super efficiency of the UAE to successfully manage  world class events.

During the event, dans provided seamless, secure operations, and flexible air traffic management services, managed aircraft and helicopter movements, drone displays and cargo movements at both Dubai airports and the exhibition site.

dans acted as the exclusive provider of frequencies used in the event’s Operations Center to communicate with helicopter pilots, having completely modernized the design of the airspace to suit the demand during the six-month exhibition.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, President of Dubai Airports, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Airlines and Group, and President of Dubai Air Navigation Services Corporation, said: “The success of Expo 2020 Dubai demonstrated the strength of the UAE’s great resilience and ability to deal head on with challenges and organizing the greatest exhibition on the planet through determination and effective initiatives.”

His Highness added: “dans has had a crucial role in maintaining the smooth movement of helicopter and drone operations.”

For his part, Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Seconded CEO of dans, said: “Once again, Dubai has proven its competence in managing a global event in the field of aviation management with a mission to transform the sky, increasing capacity and efficiency, and acting as a vital supporter of economic growth.”

He added: “We are convinced that we have lived up to our reputation as a world-class provider of air navigation services with a forward thinking culture and a diverse workforce of air traffic experts. In fact, we are distinguished by outstanding research and development and the integration of innovative technologies in the field of air traffic management, which could be demonstrated more clearly during Expo 2020.”

Ibrahim Ahli, Deputy CEO of dans said: “We are proud that we have played an important role in Expo 2020 Dubai in ensuring the smooth management of air traffic, with good planning, excellent efficiency and strong infrastructure.”

He added. “We place on record our deep appreciation for the effective work of our staff and technical team. dans has provided comprehensive technical training to the exhibition’s strategic partners such as Dubai Police, air traffic control staff, and drone demonstrations, and continued to provide this technical support during the six-month exhibition period.”

The integration of the helipad in the center of the exhibition area and directly within the area of ​​​​drone activity, made the air traffic control services provided by dans during the exhibition period unique, as nowhere in the world has such complex operations been carried out and monitored in adjacent sites.

dans’ services and support were appreciated by the Expo 2020 Dubai organizers, as it received two awards and a certificate of appreciation in recognition of the role it played in managing the Expo Avionic Dome and air traffic for all activities and helipads throughout the event area, in collaboration with various bodies and institutions and other technical service providers.

The two awards were received by Mr. Ibrahim Ahli, Deputy CEO of dans.

The design of the airspace was carried out in coordination with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, as the Expo and the Dubai Air Show were held simultaneously, and accordingly dans modified the design of the airspace in order to ensure smooth and safe operations of helicopters and aircraft displays in addition to the air displays during the Dubai Air Show in November 2021.

The Operations Center staff consisted of airspace designers, air traffic controllers and technical experts from dans, who were carried out the complex operations.

Helicopter service was also an essential service to ensure the easy, smooth and safe movement of people, especially VIPs and government officials from all over the GCC countries and the world, and therefore the air traffic control services provided by dans were very important to ensure the smooth and safe operations of these helicopters.

dans has deployed many technical staff, as well as many round-the-clock staff, at the event center with the aim of ensuring that air traffic control services are provided unstinted during the six months of the mega event.

Etihad Cargo Appoints Road Feeder Service Providers in The USA

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Etihad Cargo appoints Accelerated and Jet Airways to enhance road feeder services in the USA

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has appointed Accelerated, Inc. and Jet Airways of the US, Inc. as its road feeder service (RFS) providers for customers in US territories. Etihad Cargo will utilise the combined expertise of the third-party trucking logistics providers to offer its partners seamless road connectivity, further enhancing the UAE national carrier’s operations in the United States and beyond.

Etihad Cargo’s partnership with Accelerated and Jet Airways will expand the carrier’s capabilities in the USA and will enable Etihad Cargo’s customers to benefit from various logistics solutions, including dedicated capacity and 24-hour personalised customer service, ensuring Etihad Cargo can continue to meet its service delivery promises in the US territories. Additionally, Etihad Cargo will employ state-of-the-art technology developed to give customers complete transparency in relation to shipments, including GPS tracking and real-time shipment information.

Through these strategic partnerships, Etihad Cargo will utilise an expanded road transportation fleet, including standard trailers, roller beds, day cabs, step decks, flatbeds, straight trucks with lift-gate capabilities, cargo vans, refrigerated vehicles and other specialised equipment to offer its customers the broadest range of products and transportation options. Etihad Cargo will deliver added value for its customers through the consistency in the service offered and competitive lead times for transit of both import and export freight.

“Accelerated is proud to be appointed as Regional Ground Handling Trucker for Etihad Cargo. Our teams have worked behind the scenes together for many years and are now finally calibrating to begin this partnership,” said Brook Miles Pearse, President of Accelerated. “The regional coverage offered by Accelerated will be an asset to the continued expansion of Etihad Cargo in the US. We look forward to working together as one team with Etihad Cargo and collaborating to develop new and exciting solutions for the benefit of our customers in 2022 and beyond.”

Tammy Zwicki, COO of Jet Airways, said, “Jet Airways is pleased to have been chosen as Etihad Cargo’s trucking logistics partner in the US. We look forward to working with Etihad Cargo’s US team and general sales agents to help strengthen and build the UAE-based carrier’s business in this market. I am confident that by working together as one team, we will be able to build the best path for our shared business aspirations. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to Etihad Cargo for trusting us with their business.”

Etihad Cargo’s Head of Cargo Operations and Delivery, Thomas Schürmann, said, “Ensuring Etihad Cargo remains the air cargo partner of choice for its customers all over the world through the delivery of world-class services remains a priority. Therefore, partnering with leading RFS providers in the US was another step in Etihad Cargo’s evolving value proposition to expand operations in this key territory. These partnerships strengthen Etihad Cargo’s RFS network in the US by connecting offline points with the carrier’s main gateways, including international airports in Chicago, New York and Washington, and commitment to providing the fastest and most efficient way for Etihad Cargo’s customers to deliver their cargo to its final destination.

“Etihad Cargo carefully selects RFS providers, only engaging with partners that offer the right expertise and equipment, to ensure cargo is delivered on time and customers continue to receive the exceptional service quality to which they have become accustomed. Etihad Cargo is delighted to partner with Accelerated and Jet Airways and looks forward to working together toward the shared goal of exceeding customer expectations and growing Etihad Cargo’s capabilities in the US,” Schurmann concluded.

Turkish Cargo feature new services at SMARTIST 

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Turkish Cargo, the rising star of global air cargo transportation, has released a promotional film with comprehensive content related to the industry. Thanks to this movie, which was edited in a simple and functional way by using digital editing techniques, all users in the logistics industry will be able to easily access a wide range of information about the privileged world of Turkish Cargo.

The movie features three main parts, depicting Turkish Cargo’s services including its wide flight network, expertise in special cargo shipments and the Mega Cargo Facility, SMARTIST, the carrier’s brand-new hub at Istanbul Airport. Each section being meticulously prepared, the film also focuses on the logistics sector and air cargo transportation processes, and in this respect, stands out as an important guide for the industry. Inspired by the cargo boxes, the film displays information on the air cargo activities and infrastructure of Turkish Cargo around the world.

Featuring two language options, Turkish and English, the movie aims to enhance user experience as a logistics guide and can be accessed through Turkish Cargo’s social media accounts and YouTube.  The film will also be distributed digitally by the carrier’s sales teams to all Turkish Cargo business partners.

For more information about Turkish Cargo and schedules, please visit the website www.turkishcargo.com.tr, or its LinkedIn account. For the Call Center, please dial +90 850 333 0 777

Gartner says shipments declined 7.3% in Q1 of 2022

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Worldwide PC shipments totaled 77.5 million units in the first quarter of 2022, a 7.3% decrease from the first quarter of 2021, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. A sharp drop in Chromebook sales significantly contributed to the overall market decline.

“After an unprecedented Chromebook surge in 2020 and early 2021, driven by demand from the U.S. educational market, Chromebook growth has tempered,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner. “It was a challenging quarter for the PC and Chromebook market to achieve growth, as this time last year the PC market registered its highest growth in decades.”

Excluding Chromebooks, the worldwide PC market grew by a modest 3.3% year over year. In addition to weakened Chromebook sales, slowed consumer demand contributed to the market’s downward trend, as discretionary spending shifted away from devices. Business PCs, however, saw growth in the first quarter of 2022 as hybrid work and the return to offices created demand for desktop devices.

The top three vendors in the worldwide PC market remained unchanged in the Q1 of 2022, with Lenovo maintaining the No. 1 spot in shipments at 23.6% market share (see Table 1).

Table 1. Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q22 (Thousands of Units)

Company 1Q22 Shipments 1Q22 Market Share (%) 1Q21 Shipments 1Q21 Market Share (%) 1Q22-1Q21 Growth (%)
Lenovo 18,258 23.6 20,882 25.0 -12.6
HP Inc. 15,863 20.5 19,295 23.1 -17.8
Dell 13,739 17.7 13,084 15.7 5.0
Apple 7,005 9.0 6,449 7.7 8.6
ASUS 5,594 7.2 4,640 5.6 20.6
Acer 5,531 7.1 5,850 7.0 -5.5
Others 11,503 14.8 13,393 16.0 -14.1
Total 77,494 100.0 83,592 100.0 -7.3

Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs, ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface) and Chromebooks, but not iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding.
Source: Gartner (April 2022)

Lenovo and HP both experienced significant impacts from declining Chromebook sales in the first quarter. Lenovo was affected by slowed U.S. Chromebook sales, but that decline was moderated by its growth in Latin America and Asia Pacific. HP prioritized Chromebooks in recent years but decreased its Chromebook focus in the second half of 2021, leading to a significant decline in overall shipments for the first quarter of 2022.

Dell achieved year-over-year shipment growth in the first quarter, despite ongoing supply constraints in the business market. This quarter marked Dell’s sixth consecutive period of growth, achieved in part due to the company’s relatively minor presence in the declining Chromebook and consumer PC segments.

Apple continued its momentum to start this year, led by the popularity of the M1-based Mac devices. In the first quarter Apple introduced Mac Studio, a M1-based premium desktop model, driving sales among PC users who require high processing power.

Regional Overview

The U.S. saw the most significant impact from weakened Chromebook sales, with overall PC shipments declining 16.5% year-over-year in the region. While the consumer PC market softened compared to a year ago, the U.S. business PC market saw growth due to a strong economy and increasing numbers of new businesses entering the market.

Dell secured the top spot in the U.S. PC market based on shipments with 27.1% market share, while HP followed with 22.7% share (see Table 2).

Table 2. Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q22 (Thousands of Units)

Company 1Q22 Shipments 1Q22 Market Share (%) 1Q21 Shipments 1Q21 Market Share (%) 1Q22-1Q21 Growth (%)
Dell 5,144 27.1 4,878 21.4 5.4
HP Inc. 4,317 22.7 7,186 31.6 -39.9
Lenovo 3,263 17.2 4,320 19.0 -24.5
Apple 2,754 14.5 2,322 10.2 18.6
Acer Group 1,104 5.8 1,536 6.8 -28.1
Others 2,412 12.7  2,514 11.0 -4.0
Total  18,995 100.0 22,756 100.0 -16.5

Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs, ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface) and Chromebooks, but not iPads. All data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding.
Source: Gartner (April 2022)

The EMEA PC market decreased 6.3% year-over-year, reaching 22.5 million units. In addition to weak Chromebook demand, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had a significant impact on the region’s PC sales.

“Many PC vendors stopped shipping devices into Russia and demand in Ukraine collapsed,” said Kitagawa. “Additionally, the growing impact of upward inflationary pressure on discretionary spending has no doubt caused consumers to hold back on buying PCs, especially in Eastern Europe, which accounts for around 18% of the EMEA PC market.”

Excluding Japan, the Asia Pacific market grew by 4.1% year-over-year, mainly driven by demand for mobile PCs. Desktop PC sales declined in the region, due to weak demand from both consumers and businesses. Even with ongoing lockdowns in China, most buyers had already purchased devices in 2020 and 2021, so PC demand in Asia Pacific was largely driven by replacements as it was pre-pandemic.

These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe.

IDEA Academy launch unique education programmes in UAE

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IDEA Academy, Malta’s largest private entity for higher education, has launched its first overseas campus in Dubai in collaboration with Vision Concept Aviation Training Institute (VCATI). The first course from IDEA on Hospitality will start in May 2022 with a batch of 15 students registered for the program.

Dr. Silvio De Bono, Managing Director, IDEA Group and Ing. Vince Maione, Principal, IDEA Academy are in Dubai to formalize an agreement with VCATI Chairman & Founder Mohammed Al-Suwaidi and Managing Director & Accountable Manager- Mahesh Kumar Choudhary.

“Over the past two years, the world has experienced several challenges – unprecedented in modern times – with increased job mobility demanding greater adaptability and more versatile skills. The need for diversification and multidisciplinary education has changed the nature of education and further highlighted the importance of a more holistic and comprehensive supportive genre of academic management. At IDEA, the entire experience is structurally designed to offer impactful learning and development opportunities. We ensure that our teaching process incorporates a high degree of applicability. Our unique curriculum is testimony to our approach.” Said Dr. Silvio De Bono, Managing Director, IDEA Group.

IDEA Academy is a higher educational institution, fully accredited by the Malta Further Higher Education Authority which falls under the Ministry of Education. Malta has a renowned education system, being one of the first countries in Europe to develop a qualification framework that perfectly reflects the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). IDEA Academy’s higher education system also conforms to the Bologna Process.

“Idea’s courses are based on industry intelligence and have been developed so that they attract students who are looking for vocational entries to jobs and professionals from industry who want to move up in their careers. The curriculum planned for our first overseas campus here in Dubai has courses on Finance which includes Anti Money Laundering and on Digital Technology that includes Cryptocurrency. Other courses on Hospitality, Healthcare, Retail and Built Environment address economic demands and cover new trends in these industries. The students will start the courses on the Dubai campus at VCATI and may complete them in Malta so they can take advantage of placement opportunities in Europe.” Said Ing. Vince Maione, Principal, IDEA Academy

“VCATI share our philosophy of training for vocational skill building and are thereby ideal partners for our first venture outside Malta.” He added

“We are excited about this new venture and our collaboration with IDEA Group. VCATI has been delivering vocational courses in Dubai for almost a decade, has attracted more than 40 different nationalities offering students from the UAE, GCC as well as Asia and Africa unique opportunities in aviation. This venture enables us to move further afield into industry. We are inspired by the way the programs are tailored to suit the new world. We will welcome several batches studying different curriculums as we did before emphasizing both academic excellence and industry knowledge.”

“The courses are aligned to meet the requirements of industry professionals as well. We look forward to welcoming professionals from Corporates and government to upscale their skills and learning, stay relevant in today and tomorrow’s fast-paced commercial environment.” said Managing Director & Accountable Manager- Mahesh Kumar Choudhary.

dans renew agreement with Serco

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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed: We continue providing unparalleled services to airlines and other stakeholders. Mohammed Abdulla Ahli: We enhanced our capabilities to match the amazing developments in the air transport sector. Ibrahim Ahli:  We handle 1,500 aircraft movements daily. Phil Malem: Our partnership is long-standing and the renewal of the agreement is a testament to our deep-rooted knowledge and expertise within the air navigation services sector

Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the leading organization responsible for Air Traffic Management at airports in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, has renewed a cooperation agreement with international public services company, Serco for another two years, ending in January 2024.

The deal has been inked by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive and Emirates Airline and Group, Chairman of Dubai Air Navigation Services and Phil Malem, CEO of Serco Middle East.

Upgrading for enhanced performance

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed said: “To ensure superiority of the quality of services it provides to the airports across Dubai and the UAE, dans is continuing its efforts to provide unparalleled services to the clients in line with its strategic plans to enhance its technological capabilities and continually upgrade the performance of its human resources up to the highest safety and security standards.”

“The creative initiatives of Dubai have contributed to accelerating the recovery phase of the global civil aviation sector which necessitated dans, in its capacity as the key air traffic operator at the world’s busiest airport for international passengers, continue its professional role to stay in the lead and ensure its readiness to keep pace with the massive passenger growth expected in the coming period.”

He commended the renewal of the cooperation agreement with Serco and indicated it will enhance the level of services provided by dans at both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport. It will ensure superior operational efficiency by utilizing the latest technologies and international standards and help explore the future of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) sector across the world.

dans is one of the key contributors to supporting the growth of Dubai’s economy, especially the aviation sector that handles the businesses brought by over 92 international carriers that connects more than 290 key cities on the planet.

Joint Achievements

Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO (seconded) of Dubai Air Navigation Services said: “We have a deep-rooted relationship with Serco and the renewal of the agreement is built on our great confidence in the company’s capabilities and the numerous achievements we have jointly made over the past years.”

He added: “Flight management operations are characterized by complexity and requires the best technologies and air navigation systems and enhancing capabilities of our human capital to match the amazing development witnessed by the air transport sector in general and the aircraft industry in particular.”

dans has played a key role in maintaining the supply chain of essential and non-essential goods between Dubai and the rest of the world during the coronavirus pandemic by working 24/7 to provide its services to national and international carriers operating their flights to serve millions of people around the world.

Ensuring the Quality of Services and Enhancement of Capabilities

Ibrahim Ahli, Deputy CEO of dans, said: “Renewing the agreement with Serco will allow us to continue the journey of excellence we started together over the past years in managing flights whose numbers now stands at about 1,500 movements a day across the different airports of Dubai. Our human resources work efficiently round the clock to provide the best, safest and most secure services to our clients.”

Bringing global expertise and regionalized experience to air navigation services

Phil Malem, CEO of Serco Middle East, said: “In partnership with our customers in the aviation sector, we have provided a range of Air Navigation Services to countries within this region since 1947 to support the growth in air traffic. Serco has been a partner to dans since 2009, and the renewal of this joint cooperation agreement is a testament to our strong relationship with our customers and their appreciation for our services.”

Samantha Rowles, Transport Operations Director at Serco Middle East, said: “Using our global and regional resources and experience we are helping dans develop a world-class team of air traffic controllers to keep pace with the latest technologies and international standards.”

Turkish Cargo is awarded the Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Award

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Turkish Cargo crowns its processes for transportation of pharmaceuticals; it has been carrying out as based on its perfectionist service concept, with an award. At the 2022 Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards Ceremony, held digitally in Singapore for the 9th time, the air cargo carrier is now announced as the winner of the “Remarkable Air Cargo Brand” award in the Pharma-Logistics category.

In respect of such award, Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, said; “Being recognized as a leading logistics solution partner for transportation of pharmaceuticals, we have been carrying out as based on a perfectionist concept, is highly pleasing for us.  We, as Turkish Cargo, will continue to provide the pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific, with the best services. I hereby express thanks also to our colleagues who have contributed to such achievement.”  

Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards recognizes exceptional bioprocessing experts, organizations and technologies that facilitate biomanufacturing excellence at enhanced speed, reduced cost, and superior quality. Embracing the best bioprocessing and biomanufacturing leaders in the industry as well as the latest developments in technologies and the best practices in manufacturing, Asia-Pacific Bioprocessing Excellence Awards provides support to today’s prominent leaders and trend-setters and inspires the innovators of tomorrow.

Providing the best connections for transport to the production and trade centers in the world, Turkish Cargo continues to improve the rewarding opportunities, it offers as based on high quality service concept, for the purpose of meeting the requirements of its customers in the best manner. It also promotes regional trade by generating tailored and practical solutions aimed at the increasing demand for logistics.

Mercedes-benz trucks showcases its safety standards

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Active Brake Assist 5, ABA5, New Actros, Red, smart, Brakes, Illustration

Avoiding accidents or, at the very least, reducing the severity of their consequences is a top priority for Mercedes-Benz Trucks – and this is why the company is always researching and developing new and effective, safety, assistance systems, while regularly optimising the existing systems to ensure safety of its customers and other road users.

Since 1972, Commercial Vehicle Accident Research at Daimler Trucks has been investigating accidents involving Mercedes-Benz trucks, in order to derive optimisation measures for active and passive safety.

In the development of safety and driver assistance systems Mercedes-Benz Trucks has been playing a pioneering role for some time. Numerous systems have been installed in the individual model series long before such systems became legally required. For example, as early as 1981 Mercedes-Benz became the first manufacturer to introduce the anti-lock braking system (ABS) for trucks. In 2006 Active Brake Assist (ABA) heralded a new era for safety systems: for the first time a truck could automatically brake for slowly moving obstacles in front.

In addition to the latest innovation in assistance systems such as Active Brake Assist 5, Active Drive Assist 2, etc, there are many more functions and initiatives which contribute to vehicle and road safety.

Olaf Petersen, the General Manager at Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA believes that: “The transport industry keeps the world moving and it is our responsibility to support it by making our vehicles even safer still; so that customers of Mercedes-Benz Trucks will still be moving the world in another 125 years. Zero accidents are the declared goal of the concept of “integral safety” pursued by Mercedes-Benz Trucks”

“This year we are delighted to announce the renewal of our partnership with RoadSafetyUAE, a CSR and Engagement platform aiming to raise awareness for traffic safety. With a similar vision as Daimler Truck’s, RoadSafetyUAE’s aim is to contribute to reducing road traffic fatalities, injuries, and accidents in the UAE. Together, we continue to work on improving road safety and awareness through various campaigns and efforts,” concluded Olaf.

With this in mind, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has created an essential A-Z guide to its approach to safety:

  • Attention Assist

Increases driving safety and helps to avoid accidents by warning the driver if fatigue or lack of attention are detected.

  • Active Brake Assist 5

The fifth generation of the system assists the driver in under ideal conditions. And within the system’s capabilities, it can apply maximum full-stop braking when approaching stationary and moving objects by applying a partial or maximum full-stop braking for moving pedestrians*, thus mitigating and even preventing accidents entirely.

*Pedestrian detection remains active in a speed range of up to 50 km/h at most.

  • Comfort Telephony

Enables the driver to talk via the phone without taking the hands off the steering wheel.

  • Active Drive Assist

First semi-autonomous driving system in a series produced truck. Supports the driver in lateral and longitudinal direction.’

  • Electronic Parking Brake

Engages automatically in case of emergency and is released if the driver forgets to release it.

  • Fleetboard

Mercedes-Benz in-house telematics system. Able to read from all ECU’s all codes constantly. Support preventive maintenance and increases uptime.

  • Genuine Parts

Provides best possible quality for the Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

  • Hold Function and Hill Holder

Prevents the truck from rolling back when accelerating at an incline.

  • Lane Keeping Assist

Warns the driver on time before drifting out of the lane.

  • MirrorCam

Provides best possible view to the driver by adjusting the angle of the camera lens so that the end of the trailer is always visible. By removing the outside mirror, the view next to the A-pillar is much better when approaching conjunctions and roundabouts, thus improving safety. Reduction of fuel consumption is also achieved due to aerodynamic design.

  • Predictive Powertrain Control

Supports the driver by using 3D maps to optimise the fuel consumption. The driver can fully concentrate on the driving tasks and can be sure that the truck optimises fuel consumption itself.

  • Quality

Every vehicle is developed, built and tested with daily use in mind. Endurance testing of more than 6 million kilometres in the Middle East under extreme conditions was done on the Actros prior to the launch here.

  • Sideguard Assist

Assistance system that controls the environment next to the truck. Warns the driver if there is a pedestrian or bicycle next to the truck when turning. Prevents dangerous accidents.

  • Touch Control Buttons

Offers the driver the possibility to control all functions without taking the hands off the steering wheel.

  • Underride Guard (Rear)

Enhanced passive safety to protect other road users since it is more difficult to drive under the vehicle rear end.

  • Vehicle Pre-delivery inspection

During the PDI, the workshop ensures all systems of the vehicles are in perfect condition thereby guaranteeting the overall safety of the vehicle.

  • Wireless Charging

Ensures that the battery of the mobile phone is always charged without a connecting cable which can prevent the driver or co-driver from tripping over.

  • 125 Years

Mercedes-Benz Trucks celebrates 125 years of anniversary this year. The products and safety assistance systems are the result of 125 years of innovation and passion.

  • Zero accident vision

Mercedes-Benz Truck’s vision is to reduce accidents to a minimum – this is called the so called Zero Accident vision.

Turkish Cargo carried 335 Million doses of Covid-19 Vaccine during 2021

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Ensuring the continuation of international pharma supply chains while countries closed their doors to one another during the pandemic, Turkish Cargo had a significant success when it comes to vaccine transportation. Being the fastest growing air cargo carrier in the world during 2021 when negative effects of pandemic were ongoing, successful brand contributed to the return of good old days by carrying 335 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to 61 countries.

Able to carry vaccines, medicine and medical products in all of their specific temperature requirements, Turkish Cargo is one of the most preferred air cargo brands when it comes to transporting medical products with its fast and secure services. Carrying pharmaceutical products such as vaccines to 132 countries around the world with its TK Pharma service, flag carrier reached 8 percent market share in medical products category during 2021.

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat; “We played an important role for Africa to get the vaccines.”

            On the vaccine transportation operations, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat stated: “If we are flying free once again and hug our loved ones without a worry, vaccines produced by heroic scientists and carriers who transported those vaccines to all corners of the world have a sizeable contribution in that outcome. By establishing a corridor between over 400 international destinations, we ensured that vaccines remained accessible for all. Especially considering the low number of carriers flying to Africa, Turkish Cargo had an important mission to make sure people of this continent could have access to vaccines. We carried our over 30 years of experience in carrying medical products to our SMARTIST center recently, one of the world’s most modern facilities. We are ready to shoulder even bigger responsibilities for our country and world in air cargo sector.”

After Turkiye, Most Vaccines Were Carried to Brazil

Carrying Covid-19 vaccines from the country they were produced to Turkiye and from Turkiye to all over the world, Turkish Cargo carried most number of vaccines to Turkiye followed by Brazil with 100 million doses in 2021. Amongst the countries with over 1 million doses delivered, there were African countries such as Mauritania, Madagascar, Rwanda and Congo.

As for the manufacturer of the vaccines, first place was Coronovac with 200 million doses followed by Biontech with 120 million doses, Astra Zeneca with 12 million doses and Moderna with 4 million doses.

Global air cargo brand carries important medical packages with delicate temperature and time constraints such as medicine, vaccines, biotechnological products, diagnosis samples, sensitive medical devices, organs and tissues with IATA-CEIV Pharma Certificate quality standards.

Turkiye Can Become a Medicine and Medical Product Base with SMARTIST Facility

Turkiye is on its way to become a global center for medical product transportation with Turkish Cargo’s new air cargo facility SMARTIST at Istanbul Airport. As one of the world’s foremost air cargo facilities that spans 340 thousand square meters, it offers significant advantages for quickly and securely transporting medicine and medical products with its heat and temperature-controlled area of 9 thousand square meters.

Globalization and increased demand for pharmaceutical industry due to Covid-19 pandemic also increases the demand for air cargo logistics. Turkish Cargo aims to carry Turkiye to become a medical center for the world with its new investments and expert teams. With parking areas for cargo freighters around the facility, it is expected that the successful carrier will increase its service quality and market share with SMARTIST facility.

Dubai Government signs MoU with Al Futtaim Automotive

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The Dubai Government Workshop (DGW) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Al Futtaim Auto Centers LLC to enhance services by establishing a warehouse at the DGW headquarters to store various spare parts, tires, and batteries. The strategic move has been aimed at ensuring swift and superior services and enhancements for vehicles and vehicle spare parts.

H.E. Fahad Ahmed Al-Raeesi, CEO of DGW highlighted the importance of facilitating agreements with the private sector, especially with established companies like Al Futtaim Auto Centers LLC, whose collaboration can ensure more effective creative and technical vehicle maintenance. He further emphasized how the MoU was an extension of a successful relationship between the two companies.

Al Raeesi further added: “The establishment of a warehouse for Al-Futtaim Auto Centers LLC within the Dubai Government Workshop Headquarters will allow fast and easy delivery of high-quality services, spare parts, and many other technical elements. This strategic relationship entails both technical and logistic cooperation in vehicle maintenance and repair. We are confident about the success of this agreement and will continue to seek new ways to advance our relationship with Al Futtaim Auto and strengthen our service quality to suit client needs.”

For his part, Jawahar Ganesh at Al-Futtaim Auto Centers – L.L.C said: “Our cooperation with the Dubai Government Workshop is the result of a strong and longstanding relationship. We are constantly working towards expanding this relationship and wish to further enhance the services we provide to our clients. We are very delighted by the signing of this MoU and the benefits it is set to bring to all key stakeholders.”

The joint initiative between DGW and Al Futtaim Auto Centers LLC is intended to facilitate collaborations between the private and public in the vehicle maintenance and technical repairs sector. It is in line with the Workshop’s strategic vision to offer services of the highest quality to its clients.

Nokian extends its truck range with 3 new products

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Nokian Heavy Tyres, Nokia, Finland, April 1, 2022 – Even in these days of global road transports, the choice of tires still varies from country to country. Different road conditions, legislation and vehicles make sure that one tire never fits all. To serve as many professional drivers as possible, Nokian Tyres has extended its truck tire selection with three new tire sizes, each answering a specific need.

While the wide Super Single trailer wheels are popular in many countries, the heaviest truck trailers need dual wheels. For example, in the Nordic countries the heaviest allowed truck trailers tip the scales at 76 tons. For these heavyweights, Nokian Tyres offers the new Nokian Tyres Hakka Truck Trailer tire in size 275/70R22.5. “We introduced the Nokian Tyres Hakka Truck Trailer range in the summer of 2021”, says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager at Nokian Tyres. “The reception has been very positive among people who transport dangerous goods, liquids or bulk in the most challenging road and weather conditions. The new tire size is meant for dual configuration in the heaviest truck trailers. Its impressive service life, smooth rolling and excellent grip continues the tradition of safe, sustainable and economical mileage offered by the Nokian Tyres Hakka Truck range of premium tires. “The new Nokian Tyres Hakka Truck Trailer tire replaces the previous Nokian Tyres Hakka 844+ tires”, Teppo Siltanen adds.

Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta E2

Another new tire size 275/70R22.5 is aimed mainly for Nordic and Alpine regions – wherever the road conditions may suddenly get extreme.

“The new Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta E2 is a drive axle tire for extreme winter conditions, such as in Norway and Alpine region” says Teppo Siltanen. “Anyone who has been watching the TV shows about rescue teams on icy roads knows what I mean – the cargo must get there even when the winter hits hard.” Nokian Tyres Hakkapeliitta E2 is the flagship winter truck tire for drive axle by Nokian Tyres. It reduces the need for chains as it offers the next-generation grip, longevity, durability and a low rolling resistance.

Nokian Tyres E-Truck Trailer XL

The Nokian Tyres E-Truck product line is designed with a safe, economical mileage on Central European roads in mind – although it is popular also in the less severe Nordic conditions. Now there is a new XL model that offers excellent load-bearing capacity for Super Single truck trailers. “The new Nokian Tyres E-Truck Trailer XL tire size 385/65R22.5 enables an axle load of up to 10 tons”, Teppo Siltanen says. “This means more efficient transports with bigger loads.”

Daimler & Belhasa Bring Female Truck Driving to the UAE

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In a first that will have long-lasting ripple effects across the commercial vehicles industry, Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA (DCV MENA) are thrilled to announce that Mandy Chan and Meliza Gilroy are their first two female employees to obtain a Heavy Truck (HT) license after completing a rigorous training course at Belhasa Driving School.

DCV MENA’s dedication to pushing boundaries and pioneering change in the commercial vehicles sector is reflected in both their cutting-edge design and innovative use of technology as well as their approach to workplace diversity and accountability. As part of an ongoing commitment to nurturing individual development and generating opportunities for internal growth within the company, all employees at DCV MENA benefit from being part of a comprehensive training and development plan which includes the chance to obtain a Heavy Truck license.

With a well-deserved reputation for excellence and professionalism, state-of-the-art facilities in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) and forward-thinking ethos it will come as no surprise that Belhasa Driving Centre is Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA’s preferred driving school partner. Belhasa are the first –  and thus far only – driving centre in JAFZA to certify women in the Heavy Truck category.

Both companies are driven by a number of shared core values. These includes prioritising road safety and doing all they can to ensure safe and accident-free driving, whether that be through education, intensive training, regular assessments or technological innovation.

The two are also entirely committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with a particular focus on empowering women and fostering the professional growth of females in what has traditionally been a male dominated industry (women already make up 20% of DCV MENA’s workforce and concrete plans are in place for Belhasa to recruit and train female heavy duty truck driving instructors in 2022).

A recent event held at Belhasa Driving School’s new Al Quoz location and attended by management representatives from Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA, Belhasa Driving School, RoadSafetyUAE and the RTA was a true celebration of both this mission and Mandy Chan and Meliza Gilroy‘s achievements.

Speaking after taking their Belhasa truck driving instructor for a test drive in a Mercedes- Benz Truck and showing off their hard earned for skills, Mandy Chan said “We were both thrilled to receive our Heavy Truck License and feel honoured today to be presented with these commemorative certificates”. Meliza Gilroy added that: “We are very appreciative of the opportunity that was given to us and we applaud the efforts of all the organisations within the UAE taking important steps to promote gender equality across industries.”

Olaf Petersen, the General Manager of Daimler Truck Sales at DCV MENA, commented, “At Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA we are on a constant mission to drive positive change in all areas.  While today we mark the achievements of Mandy and Meliza in obtaining their Heavy Truck licenses, this is only the start. We will ensure that they are far from the exception to the rule and are fully committed to making the commercial vehicle industry a viable and attractive career option for women in the UAE and beyond.”

Hani Kamal, the General Manager for Belhasa added: “For many years now we have worked hard to ensure that our workforce is a diverse one that not only offers equal opportunities for all but specifically encourages women to enter into and become an integral part of what has been traditionally considered a male industry.

Thomas Edelmann, the Managing Director of RoadSafetyUAE states: “Daimler Commercial Vehicles is a great example of an organization committed to road safety by way of designing safe trucks and also by putting safety as a strategic corporate pillar, as well as embracing gender diversity. A tangible result of these facts is the encouragement of 2 female employees to obtain their heavy vehicle driving license. Studies show women are more risk averse than men, which makes them ideal for truck driving. Trucking statistics show that females are less likely to be involved in a fatal crash and female drivers log more miles each year than their male counterparts. Hence, from a safety perspective, we would love to see more female truck drivers on the roads. However, the number of female truck drivers is still low (USA 7.8%, Spain 4%, Germany below 2%) and in the UAE pretty much non-existent. This initiative by DCV will hopefully excite more females to obtain a heavy vehicle driving license.”

Our partnership with DCV MENA allows us to take this one step further and is an important part of our strategy to foster the professional growth of female employees, both existing and future.”

SOHAR Port and Freezone welcomes new CEO to SOHAR Port

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The Board of Directors of SOHAR Port and Freezone announced the appointment of Emile Hoogsteden as the new Chief Executive Officer of SOHAR Port, a joint venture of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and ASYAD Group. Emile succeeds Mark Geilenkirchen effective 1 July 2022, bringing a solid track record of building and managing robust business strategies in the global logistics’ industry. His stellar background will continue to pave the way for more growth opportunities for the port and tenants at SOHAR.

Under this new leadership, SOHAR will continue to be one of the fastest-growing Port and Freezone complexes in the world. To date, the company has attracted close to US$ 30 billion in investments by serving diverse industries including metals, raw materials, and plastics to name a few. As a future-ready port capable of welcoming the world’s largest container vessels, SOHAR will take a leading role in achieving the national economic priorities within the Oman 2040 Vision.

For more information on SOHAR Port and Freezone, visit soharportandfreezone.com.

Al Majdouie Logistics Wins Bespoke Logistics Project of the Year Award

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Almajdouie Logistics Company is delighted to win Bespoke Logistics Project of the Year at the Transport & Logistics Middle East Innovation Awards 2022, which are a celebration of excellence in our industry. The awards recognize industry players that contribute to the continued growth and success of the Middle East logistics sector.

This incredible accomplishment, which reflects the efficacy of our cost-effective solutions that span the entire supply chain, would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of our team and the valued support of our stakeholders and clients. The win inspires us to work even harder to improve our high standards of quality, innovation, and business excellence.

Almajdouie Logistics was recognized for its work on the Dumat Al Jandal windfarm project, which is the largest in the Middle East. Our team provided heavy transportation, storage, and heavy lift solutions for the project, which is an essential part of the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program. During this milestone project, we carried out more than 850 journeys and traveled more than 600,000 km.

Projects such as this reflect the Kingdom’s commitment to diversification, especially in terms of energy production. The growing renewable energy sector has huge potential and provides an ideal opportunity for Almajdouie Logistics to utilize our skills and expand our know-how.

Record order for Volvo electric trucks

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Volvo Trucks in North America has won an order for 110 Volvo VNR Electric trucks from the global logistics company Maersk. The deal adds to a previous order of 16 vehicles of the same model and marks the single largest commercial order to date for Volvo’s electric trucks.

The order was placed by Performance Team, part of the Maersk Group, and adds up to mean a total of 126 such electric trucks will be in service for Performance Team. The first electric trucks will be in operation in the second quarter of 2022, all 126 trucks are scheduled for deployment by the first quarter of 2023.

“Volvo Trucks is excited to continue collaborating with Maersk on its fleet sustainability goals and to play a key role in the organization’s continued scaled investments in electromobility solutions,” says Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America. The Class 8 electric trucks will be used in California for a variety of transport assignments, serving port drayage and warehouse distribution routes.

The Volvo VNR Electric has an operating range of up to 440 km and energy storage of up to 565kWh. The truck can be 80% charged in 90 minutes with the six-battery package and 60 minutes with the four-battery version. The Volvo VNR Electric is produced in Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley plant in Virginia, which is the exclusive producer of all Volvo trucks in North America.

50% electric sales by 2030
Globally, Volvo Trucks has set the ambitious target that by 2030 50% of all trucks it sells will be electric.

“We are determined to lead the electric transformation of the transport industry. Volumes are still low, but we see rapidly growing interest in Europe, North America and also other parts of the world. In 2021 we took orders, including letters of intent to buy, for more than 1,100 trucks in over 20 countries. It´s clearly becoming a key competitive advantage to be able to offer electric, zero emission transports,” says Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks was the market leader in heavy electric trucks in 2021 in Europe with a market share of 42% and also has a leading position in North America. With a total of six electric truck models in production as of this year, Volvo Trucks has the most complete electric line up in the global truck industry, covering everything from city distribution and refuse handling, to construction transports and regional haulage.

Motorsport season contributes over AED 17.9 million to UAE

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Dubai Autodrome, the UAE’s first premier motorsport and entertainment venue in the Middle East, announced that the 2021-2022 motorsport season recorded a contribution of AED 17.9 million to the UAE’s tourism and economy sectors. Dubai Autodrome hosted several regional and global championships during the season, spanning six months from October 1, 2021 to March 13, 2022.

Dubai Autodrome hosted several major international sporting events, starting with the Historic Dubai Grand Prix Revival, the Hankook 24H Dubai, the Asian Le Mans series, Formula 4 UAE, Formula Regional Asian Championship (formerly known as F3 Asia), the Ferrari Challenge APAC, the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East, the Gulf Radical Cup, the Sportsbike Racing Series and the NGK UAE Procar Championship. In addition to offering an exciting experience for fans, the sporting season also made a positive impact on the country’s tourism sector, resulting in more than 20,426 sold-out hotel rooms from November 2021 to March 2022. The figures also reveal that bookings worth AED 6 million have been made for over 3,000 inbound flights, as a direct result of international drivers and teams in-bound to the UAE.

When it comes to the logistical requirements of the championships, over 258 containers were shipped to Dubai for the motorsport events further enhancing the economic impact of the season.

Faisal Sahlawi, General Manager, Dubai Autodrome, said: “We are proud of how the motorsport season has contributed to the UAE’s tourism industry and economy, through several major sporting events in Dubai. Hosting some of the biggest motorsport championships and drivers in the world is extremely rewarding and showcases why the city of Dubai is widely regarded as one of the  greatest sporting destinations in the world. The events were attended by motorsport professionals from all over the world, and it was fascinating seeing so many enthusiasts and internationally acclaimed drivers on our circuit. Dubai Autodrome will continue to host professional motorsport events, a move in line with Dubai’s growing tourism and economic sectors.

The motorsport season’s success reflects Dubai’s prestigious position as a hub for motorsports championships and is a testament to the government’s efforts in addressing (COVID-19), which aligns with the wise leadership’s directives to ensure community protection, fast-track economic recovery, and enable the resumption of events and activities across all sectors.

Drawing several thousand spectators, the season was a huge success and created a lot of excitement among fans and enthusiasts. The premier motorsport and entertainment venue is set to host more international events in the coming years, boosting tourism and the economy of the UAE.

Bridgestone wins ‘Product of the Year 2022’ award

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Bridgestone Potenza Sport tyre receives the prestigious award for delivering best-in-class performance

Bridgestone, a global leader in tires and rubber providing solutions for safe and sustainable mobility, has received the prestigious ‘2022 Product of the Year’ award in recognition of its impressive global R&D investments and achievements in sustainable manufacturing.

Potenza Sport, an ultra-high performing tyre, received the award – highlighting Bridgestone’s commitment to producing breakthrough innovations and technologies that help make cities safer. Bridgestone is the first tire manufacturer and the only automotive company to win this prestigious award.

The announcement was made during a gala ceremony of Product of the Year, the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation, at the One and Only Royal Mirage in Dubai Marina. Stefano Sanchini, Regional Managing Director of Bridgestone Middle East and Africa received the award which grants one-year license to the manufacturer to use the Product of the Year logo as a stamp of recognition for its high-quality product.

Sanchini said: “We are delighted to have won this award in recognition of our breakthrough innovations and technological advancement in achieving sustainable manufacturing. Bridgestone Potenza is the culmination of our efforts to integrate new technologies in the tread pattern, compound, and construction.”

“Our tyre development technology reflects how we push the boundaries to create cutting-edge, high-performance products with the least impact on the environment. It validates how hard we work every day at the company to meet our ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’ mission statement,” he added.

The Bridgestone Potenza Sport, which offer unsurpassed traction and control, has been custom developed by Bridgestone to enhance driver experience, while also empowering cars to achieve their full potential. This high-performance tyre’s tread design has incorporated new, sustainable technology to improve braking and abrasion resistance.

With Original Equipment focus, Bridgestone has developed a superior range of innovative, high-performing tires that can meet the ever-evolving advanced requirements of mobility.

Wyld Connect partnership with Eutelsat offers IoT connectivity

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Wyld Networks has announced the availability of its new range of low-power, sensor-to-satellite terminals and modules that make it possible to provide uninterrupted connectivity along entire supply chains, where there is no alterative network coverage. The Wyld Connect devices transfer data directly to terrestrial networks or through Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites as a result of partnership with Eutelsat. With 100 percent global coverage across air, sea, road and rail, producers, manufacturers, logistics providers and other parties in the supply chain can receive valuable insight to deliver an improved customer experience, operational efficiency and significant cost savings. The full sensor-to-satellite service will be available in the second half of 2022.

 

The Wyld Connect terminal can connect directly to existing sensors and asset tracking devices, while the small modules can be fully integrated into new IoT sensors as an embedded solution. By using the LoRaWAN®, low power wide area network technology, smart supply chain IoT applications can be deployed globally using terrestrial or satellite connectivity at very low cost. Sensors can be powered by batteries with a lifetime of up to ten years and data is delivered through Wyld’s cloud-based Fusion platform, which also allows IoT sensors to be registered, configured, authenticated and managed remotely.

 

“The process of bringing products from raw materials to shelves and showrooms with as little waste and as much efficiency as possible is a massive challenge and supply chains are under pressure to work more productively and intelligently,” said Alastair Williamson, CEO at Cambridge-based Wyld Networks. “But smart supply chains are being held back by the lack of ubiquitous global connectivity. With an estimated 15% of the earth’s surface covered by existing mobile networks, low earth orbiting satellites provide the low-cost solution needed to catapult supply chain IoT growth around the world.”

 

Wyld is already attracting the attention of the supply chain industry and is partnering with TrakAssure to integrate Wyld Connect into TrakAssure’s asset tracking IoT sensors for supply chain ecosystems. Research from Gartner2) forecasts that $33 billion will be spent on asset tracking in logistics and supply chain in 2025 globally; up from $10 billion in 2020.

 

In addition to partnering with Eutelsat to provide LoRaWAN coverage via its low earth orbiting satellites, Wyld is also partnering with leading terrestrial LoRaWAN network providers including American Tower and Senet.

 

“Existing low power wide area networks such as LoRaWAN are ideal to connect low power supply chain assets and sensors that don’t need to send much data, but they currently rely on a limited terrestrial infrastructure,” said Luc Perard, Senior Vice President, IoT Business at Eutelsat. “Wyld’s new sensor-to-satellite LoRaWAN terminals and modules now make it possible to harness our network of LEO satellites to deliver low-cost, hybrid terrestrial and satellite connectivity over 100% of the earth’s surface, which is a game changer for the future of global smart supply chains.”

Etihad Cargo Achieves Cargo iQ Recertification for Its Global Network

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Cargo iQ recertification reflects Etihad Cargo’s commitment to continuously improving the air cargo customer experience

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, has successfully renewed its Cargo iQ certification in accordance with Cargo iQ Standards for quality management.

Following a rigorous audit on the UAE national carrier’s compliance with the Cargo iQ airline member requirements conducted by independent auditor SGS, Etihad Cargo achieved Cargo iQ recertification for its global network.

Etihad Cargo was awarded two supplementary stars to recognise the carrier’s performance in the “Corporate Social Responsibility” and “Innovative Spirit” categories.

“Etihad Cargo plays a vital and crucial role in today’s global supply chain,” said Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations and Delivery at Etihad Cargo. “Therefore, it is imperative that all Etihad Cargo’s efforts toward meeting, providing and exceeding customer needs and requirements must be fully compliant and aligned with global industry standards that promote harmony, transparency, and industry-wide best practices. Etihad Cargo is proud to have been re-certified by Cargo iQ and that Etihad Cargo’s products, services, operations, as well as the delivery of its promise and commitment to customers and the market, are in line with the Cargo iQ airline member requirements.”

Cargo iQ is an IATA interest group with the mission of creating and implementing quality standards for the worldwide air cargo industry. The Cargo iQ certification and its stringent airline member requirements are at the core of Etihad Cargo’s Service Delivery and Performance Management. The certification also serves as a benchmark for the cargo carrier in keeping its processes aligned with industry best practices for the benefit of its customers from all over the world.

As a collaborative, multi-stakeholder community that works towards continuously improving the air cargo customer experience, Cargo iQ provides the industry Quality Management System for service delivery; real-time end-to-end transparency in planning, execution and evaluation of shipments; and standards and practices that facilitate the ever-evolving business models and needs.

Dubatt breaks ground on state-of-the-art battery recycling plant at DIC

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  • Dubatt promotes the UAE Circular Economy Policy and advances the national sustainability agenda
  • One of MENA’s largest recycling facility is being developed at an investment of AED 110 million
  • The 70,000-square foot facility can recycle up to 25,000 metric tons of used lead acid battery ensuring safety for workers and the environment
  • Plans to launch `Made in UAE’ batteries in future as part of vertical integration

Dubatt Battery Recycling, a joint venture between the Regency Group for Corporate Management L.L.C and Seashore Group, today broke ground on a 70,000-square foot, first-of-its-kind, fully integrated lead acid battery (LAB) recycling plant at Dubai Industrial City.

Spread over a land area of 154,000 sqft and being developed at an investment of AED110 million, the state-of-the-art facility will contribute to the UAE Circular Economy Policy and Sustainability Goals by transforming used batteries into lead ingots and plastic chips for reuse by battery manufacturers.

Unveiling the details of Dubatt at a press conference, promoters said the plant is scheduled to be fully operational by January 2023. Earlier in the day, the groundbreaking ceremony attended by Mr. Saud Abu Al Shawareb, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City, was held in the presence of delegates from various government officials and VIPs.

The guests of honor at the ceremony included Eng. Abdul Majeed Abdul Azeez Saifaie, Director, Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality, and Mr. Abdullah Al Mahri, Director, Investments and Stakeholder Management, Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology.

”The UAE’s sustainability agenda is catalyzing the rise and expansion of innovative businesses working to reduce our ecological footprint through sustainable solutions. As the region’s leading industrial hub, it is part of our purview to complement these efforts and support our leadership’s vision for a clean future by providing enabling infrastructure and framework that supports the reclamation of hazardous materials like lead and plastic into reusable products,” said Mr. Saud Abu Al Shawareb.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dubatt Battery Recycling to our growing roster of cutting-edge recycling plants that will serve as a beacon of green technology and pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future in the region,” he added.

“Dubatt is an inspirational investment from the UAE Circular Economy Policy and Sustainability Goals. The project has been launched under the patronage and approvals from various government entities such as Dubai Municipality, Dubai Environment, Ministry of Industries and Advanced technology and the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. Upon completion, we will act as an organized recycler and waste management facility for ULA batteries thereby promoting reduction of carbon footprint and climate change,” said Mr. Shamsudheen Binmohideen, Chairman of the entity at the press conference.

The press conference was also addressed by Mr. Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Director General of Dubai Economy, Eng. Saeed Alawadi, CEO, Dubai Industries and Exports and Mr. Giacomo Civettilo, Founder and Director for SERI Group, Italy.

The Dubatt plant will start with a 10 ton/hour battery breaker, 4 cubic meter smelter and 4 refinery kettles. Initial capacity is to recycle up to 25,000 metric tonnes of ULABS (Used lead acid batteries) annually and produce 14,000 tonnes of lead ingots and 1,750 tonnes of plastic chips which will be sold to battery manufacturers, medical, fishing, and other industrial sectors. This accounts for recycling around 35% of the lead acid battery scrap generated in the UAE.

The plant machinery and technology are provided by FIB SPA, part of SERI Group Italy who are the pioneers in battery recycling technology with expertise in setting up numerous plants across the world.

Environmental concern

“A study we undertook found that the UAE produces approximately 6,000 metric tons of batteries per month and globally  battery scraps are not processed in an environment friendly manner. In many parts of the world  scrap batteries are exported after dumping the acid into the soil which is extremely hazardous, polluting the air, water and soil, ´ said Mr. Hasique Pandikadavath, Director of Dubatt.

He said that  globally unorganized battery processors  break open ULABS, take the lead plates and grids manually, smelt them in rudimentary ovens and make lead ingots.

“We aim to enhance the efficient repurposing of batteries by sourcing it from the  market, collaborating with major battery traders, scrap traders, car dealerships, garages, and government authorities. We also solicit the support of all relevant stakeholders, the media and the public in contributing to this Green Clean Initiative,” added Mr. Pandikadavath.

Future Plan – `Made in UAE’ batteries

“We are planning to double our recycling capacity within a year from our commercial production and our plant is constructed with this provision to expand. Our future plan is to set up a lead acid battery production plant in the next two years as part of our vertical integration and expansion. We intend to produce a `Made in UAE’ brand of batteries soon,” said Mr. Binmohideen.

The Group is also looking at a technology partnership with FAAM Italy, a division of SERI Group Italy, for manufacturing new advanced lithium-ion batteries to power electric vehicles and other applications. Dubatt’s technology partner is SERI SRL who are the pioneers in battery recycling and lithium-ion battery manufacturing.

Servals finally transported to new their forever home

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Etihad Cargo partnered with Panthera Africa, Born Free Foundation and Natuurhulpcentrum to safely transport rescued servals from Belgium to South Africa

Four rescued servals started their journey to their forever home at Panthera Africa in South Africa. This relocation was made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of Etihad Airways who provided the flights for the servals, and three organisations, Born Free Foundation, Natuurhulpcentrum and Panthera Africa.

The four servals were kept illegally as pets in Belgium before they were rescued. As they did not have names, the four animals were temporarily named after the city they were rescued in – Kinrooi, Mechelen, Roeselare, and Diepenbeek. The Belgian authorities granted custody of the servals to Natuurhulpcentrum, a wildlife rescue in Belgium, where a dedicated team have been taking care of them until their relocation to their new home. As the centre is only a temporary centre for animals, it searched for a lifetime sanctuary home, until Born Free Foundation offered to relocate them into the Born Free Rescue Section at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary.

Born Free funded four new purpose-built enclosures and the Panthera Africa Team set to work to build them. Lizaene Cornwall-Nyquist, co-founder of Panthera Africa, said, “We have been waiting for the servals’ arrival for nearly two years and the global pandemic has kept us from relocating these beautiful cats to our sanctuary. We are very excited to welcome them — both for them to be back in Africa and have a peaceful natural home to live in, and also for us, as these are the first servals that will be joining our pride. We are very excited to learn their behaviour and get to know them as individuals. And once again, we feel very honoured and privileged to work with Born Free and NCH, as well as Etihad Airways who sponsored the flights for this relocation.”

Andrea Donaldson of Born Free said, “It is extraordinary to think that, in 2022, we are needing to rescue and relocate servals, an African wild cat, from the European pet trade back to their ancestral home. However, after a long and complex process, and one that was made more difficult by the outbreak of COVID-19, it is amazing to know that these four servals will now be waking up in their forever home, bathing in the warm African sunshine and surrounded by the sights and the sounds of the bushland. Everyone at Born Free is extremely grateful to Etihad Cargo who looked after our servals in flight on their journey to South Africa and we know they will live their best possible life, given their unhappy story so far, in the care of Panthera Africa.”

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of flights by Etihad Airways, the servals were transported safely to South Africa. Mariam Al Qubaisi, Head of Sustainability and Business Excellence, Etihad Airways, said: “Biodiversity protection and conservation is one of our core focus areas alongside decarbonisation and waste management. Etihad takes pride in its efforts to combat the illegal transportation of endangered species and, whenever possible, facilitate the repatriation of species to their native ecosystems.”

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales and Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group said: “Etihad Cargo is pleased that the movement of the servals will be the first booking to be made using the Forever Home policy. The safety and wellbeing of animals transported on Etihad Cargo is vital and is guaranteed using the IATA CEIV accredited LiveAnimals product.”

The servals made their journey from Brussels, Belgium to Cape Town, South Africa in their crates in climate-controlled conditions on board an Etihad Cargo flight. A huge thank you also to Zoo Air and their partner FG Customs for providing their services as the Belgium-based animal agents free of charge.

The serval rescue marks the beginning of a historic collaboration between Etihad Cargo and Panthera Africa, aiming to spread awareness about the exploitation captive big cats face and to support and promote animal welfare by ending exploitative practices, such as keeping wild animals as pets, cub petting, taking selfies with big cats, canned hunting, and big cat-based products, while encouraging responsible tourism, where people and animals can coexist harmoniously in a healthy ecosystem.

After veterinarian Peter Caldwell from Old Chapel Veterinary Clinic checked the servals at Johannesburg Airport, they were cleared and made the final leg of their journey to Panthera Africa on Monday afternoon. Early Tuesday morning, they arrived safely at the sanctuary and were all calmly released into their new forever homes.

Lizaene said: “We have waited so long with great anticipation and a lot of excitement, and finally the day is here! We are so proud of the servals and how they, after a long journey, gently walked out of their crates into their night-houses, immediately took their first meal and a drink of water, and soon after confidently and curiously started to explore their large enclosures. This is the biggest space they have ever been in, so we are amazed by their confidence and trust already on the first day. We are very much looking forward to getting to know their individual personalities, and for them to fully settle in and form part of the Panthera Africa pride. We are so grateful to be able to give them a new chance at life, which is made possible through the wonderful cooperation with Born Free Foundation, Etihad Cargo and Natuurhulpcentrum. Today is a day of great celebration and achievement for all – both two and four-legged ones!”

Al Salem Johnson Controls Empowers Women in HVAC-R Sector

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This year’s International Women’s Day was themed “BreakTheBias” which focuses on gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow, and Saudi Arabia is a shining example of a country that has put this theme into practice.

The Kingdom has made great strides in empowering women and increasing their economic participation, through a series of legislative reforms and efforts in recent years. Indeed, Saudi women have become effective partners in the nation’s development in all fields including economic, social, scientific, cultural and others.

As empowering women is one of the main pillars of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and its associated programs, this has contributed to boosting women’s participation in all sectors of the labor market and at all functional levels, by providing them opportunities and expanding their work options.

The Kingdom’s HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) sector is one of those sectors that has welcomed Saudi women over the past few years. These women have proven their mettle and gone on to achieve important leadership positions, thereby opening the door wide for the significant presence of women in this field in years to come.

CEO of Al Salem Johnson Controls in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen, Dr. Mohanad AlShaikh said the company has been a pioneer in hiring and promoting women in the HVAC-R sector, expanding the scope of women’s employment in recent years by 107% to include managerial positions as well. At present, the number of female employees in Al Salem Johnson Controls is 118 and leadership positions for women have seen a rise of 10 percent.

AlShaikh said that the company started its endeavour of empowering women more than 15 years ago by being keen on attracting women in several departments within the company, including IT, financial affairs, supply chain, data analysis and others. For example, in recent years, a number of Saudi female engineers have joined the company’s Young Leaders Program in areas where mostly dominated by their male counterparts in the past.

With the opening of the YORK Manufacturing Complex in King Abdullah Economic City in 2021, the company is training Saudi women in various production lines, enabling them to be directly involved in the manufacturing and assembling of Saudi-made YORK units, and thus play a role in achieving the twin goals of Vision 2030, which include developing the local manufacturing industry as well as empowering women.

“The Saudi women working in the HVAC-R sector feel happy and proud because they are among the first to be working in this field in the Kingdom,” the CEO added.

UD Trucks in top gear and on a roll

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As part of its continuing endeavours to go the extra mile for smart logistics with the most dependable solutions for a demanding, challenging and rapidly evolving industry, UD Trucks is committed to producing the finest trucks that meet the most stringent and tough performance, reliability and durability standards.

The November 2021 launch of the new series Euro 5 UD trucks at the Dubai Autodrome, ahead of the introduction of new commercial vehicles regulations in fast-growing regional countries such as the United Arab Emirates, which currently has a Euro 4 emission standard, and Qatar, is a milestone development and marks the opening of new road in the company’s quest to revolutionise the trucking industry regionally and globally.

The UAE and Qatar among other GCC and regionally countries which will be adopting Euro 5 emission standards by mid-2022. This move by UD Trucks allows businesses to better prepare for the switch to more environmentally-friendly fleets, as the Euro 5 range reduces emissions by about 43 percent compared to Euro 4 and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the vehicles through cleaner emissions, the company asserted.

Founded in 1935, UD Trucks is a leading Japanese commercial vehicle solutions provider, active in more than 60 countries across all continents. Since its inception in 1935, the company has been an innovation leader with a clear vision to provide the trucks and services for today’s fast-paced world. UD Trucks is an associate company of the Isuzu Group.

Following the epic launch, Global Supply Chain conducted an exclusive interview with Mourad Hedna, President, UD Trucks, MEENA (Middle East-Europe-North Africa), who spoke expansively on a range of subjects that included the growth course of the company, its accomplishments, innovations its concerns and endeavours on the environmental front and vision for the future.

Global Supply Chain (GSC): How significant is the Middle East / GCC for your commercial vehicles and how is the brand faring in terms of sales in the region?

Mourad Hedna (MH): The Middle East is a key market for UD Trucks. The region is known for its tough terrain and harsh environment. But for many years our products have proved their ability to deliver excellent results and provide our customers with the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing they are operating products that are more than up to the tasks in hand.

As importantly, we enjoy partnerships with some of the leading local importers, who are committed to delivering the highest standards of customer service for their customers, consequently playing a significant role in our brand’s success. This has helped UD Trucks to register approximate 33% increase in sales across the MEENA region, over the past 12 months.

GSC: What is your range of commercial vehicles; what are some of your recent introductions and which are among your top selling models in the region?

MH: Our current portfolio comprises a wide range of trucks for multiple uses. We cater for different segments and customers with various needs, reflecting our strong innovative nature as we are the only Japanese manufacturer to offer fully automatic models across our medium-duty range.

In addition, we aim to cover all active segments in the various markets, helped by the fact that we have the widest range of heavy-duty trucks amongst Japanese manufacturers.

Our range currently comprises the Quester and Croner models, which have established strong reputations for themselves across the region since their introduction in 2017 and 2019 respectively. They have subsequently benefited from several upgrades to ensure they even better suit the market’s needs and demands. Both are well-known for their durability and quality.

Most recently, we launched the new Euro 5 versions of the Croner and Quester, along with enhanced Euro 3 versions. The launch focused on three key elements our objective to minimise environmental impact; improve the efficiency and uptime of the trucks; and increase profitability by lowering Total Cost of Ownership for our clients. The launch also came ahead of the introduction of new environmental regulations in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

GSC: Tell us briefly about the Euro 5 highlights and USPs?

MH: At UD Trucks, our primary objective is the customer’s satisfaction and peace of mind. For a fast-growing region with plans to introduce stronger regulations in regard to emissions, we launched the Euro 5 models as ahead of the region adopting updated Euro emission standards, which is crucial for UD Trucks as the brand shares the same vision of sustainability

Our strategic vision of a ‘Better Life’ is mirrored by the region’s goal to become more environmentally friendly. To continue the path of becoming a sustainability leader in the industry, we introduced the Euro 5 range in the United Arab Emirates, where Euro 4 emission standards are currently in place, and Qatar, which will adopt Euro 5 emission standards by mid-2022. In addition to minimising polluting emissions, these models also bring greater efficiency in terms of driving experience and ownership costs.

In terms of the models specifically, the Euro 5 Quester offers advanced features to benefit the customers, drivers and environment. The model delivers improved fuel economy by about 10 percent and is equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which has proven to be more reliable when compared to other emission control technologies for reducing emissions.

The model comes with advanced technology, such as the ESCOT automated manual, which automatically selects the right gear at any given time for the driver. It also features a lighter tare weight and optimised driveline.

The driver-focused Euro 5 Croner is available in three models: MKE, LKE and PKE. The truck delivers high levels of versatility as its wheelbase offers up to 21 different configurations to suit the specific demands of various industries. Fuel efficiency has also been improved by the model’s new aerodynamic cab design that reduces drag by 5 percent compared to previous models.

GSC: Briefly explain the upgrades to the existing Quester and Croner Euro 3 trucks and the implications?

MH: Our new Euro 3 Trucks benefit from numerous upgrades. They offer increased environmental-friendliness through the fuel coaching system, which enables and ensures optimum profitability for our customers in the region. Like the Euro 5 models, they are more driver-focused and receive the same upgrades, such as a new instrument cluster, ESCOT manual transmission feature, body builder module and the UD Trucks Telematics Services.

GSC: What opportunities and challenges for the present and future do you foresee going forward?

MH: The region offers extremely exciting opportunities for the truck market, but it does have its challenges, most notably caused by the impact of the pandemic. This has made planning difficult, but with a pragmatic approach and the ability to respond quickly to changes if required, it’s not impossible. Another concern relates to logistical disruptions that lead to elongated delivery timings, which the region isn’t quite used to.

A further challenge is one faced by our customers who we maintain very close relationships with. Delayed financial approvals lead to challenges in arranging finances for new requirements. This creates pressure on companies’ cash flows, which may end up impacting their purchase decisions.

However, we also see opportunities in the market. We know through the pace of the region’s development that addressing environmental concerns is key for the future. Our introduction of the Euro 5 range of trucks bears testimony to UD Trucks’ commitment to addressing this, as we prepare accordingly by ensuring complete peace-of-mind and allowing our forward-thinking customers to act.

In addition, we expect the construction and waste management sectors to expand in Saudi Arabia, and we foresee increased demand, in part due to the kingdom’s 2030 vision, which is set to increase the number of projects. In Qatar, we can see the country’s 2022 FIFA World Cup preparations are causing a final push, which we expect to result in growth in both segments of waste management and construction.

GSC: What are your brand strengths and how are you leveraging these to gain a larger market share?

MH: We have been a challenger brand and continue to push boundaries with regard to product development and innovation. One of our key innovations, the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which we were the first brand to introduce back in 2004, is proof of our brand’s strength in pioneering and innovation.

It is within our nature as a brand to be constantly evolving, and recently, we have taken additional steps to ensure we are ahead of the industry, as evidenced by our introduction of the new Euro 5 range. UD Trucks continues to utilise the best of Japanese automotive manufacturing, blended with the support and expertise of Isuzu Motors and our partners throughout the region.

We are also pleased to share that we have increased our retail and wholesale by 25% in 2021 compared to 2020. A major reason for this milestone is the solid foundation we have built over the years for our growth. That, coupled with the range of products we offer and the strong relationships we have with our importers and partners in the region.

GSC: Tell us about your CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities particularly in the light of the growing public concern about sustainability / vehicle pollution and its impact on the environment?

MH: With regards to increasing environmental awareness, we have been at the forefront through our ‘Better Life’ commitment. Our introduction of the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) back in 2004, shows our pioneering of a technology to significantly boost environmental protection and fuel economy.

This is the core of the ‘Better Life’ commitment that drives the integration of sustainability across all our company’s operations and processes to realise lower environmental impact, higher customer satisfaction, higher profitability, and a better place for people to work and live.

ADEX participates in TXF Middle East & Africa 2022

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Abu Dhabi’s leading export credit agency discusses role of local ECAs in expanding economic activities in both region.

The Abu Dhabi Exports Office (ADEX) took part in a two-day TXF Middle East and Africa conference, which sought to enhance export and finance collaboration between the two regions. The participation is part of ADEX’s effort to strengthen the Emirati export sector and support the drive to diversify the national economy.

The TXF Middle East & Africa: Export Project Finance 2022 conference, held in a hybrid mode at the Grand Habtoor Resort on March 15-16, discussed developments in trade collaboration in Africa and the Middle East that have been paving the way for a new regional trade corridor. This event featured key players from exports credit agencies (ECAs), corporates, export promotion councils (EPCs), as well as lenders, investors, exporters, and project financers, who highlighted the emergence of new ECAs in the Middle East and their role in boosting the exports growth in both regions.

Mr. Khalil Al Mansoori, Acting Director General of Abu Dhabi Exports Office, said that the event was beneficial for the export sector as it came at a time when businesses are facing considerable challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Through our partnership in the event, we wanted to advance our vision to support the national economy and boost its competitiveness by strengthening the export sector in line with the UAE’s strategies to diversify economy as a pillar of sustainable development,” he added.

Reiterating ADEX’s commitment to partner with relevant entities to explore innovative ways to support local exporters. Al Mansoori noted: “We are working on introducing innovative and unique financial solutions and facilities. The intention of ADEX is to pave the way for UAE companies to broaden their reach overseas as we try to advance their interest and play an integral part in the UAE’s bid to establish itself as the one of the top business destinations in the world.”

At a panel discussion titled “Celebrating Collaboration: Local ECAs Facilitating Growth in the Middle East and Africa”, Natasha Saleh, Project Manager, ADEX, highlighted the objective of the Abu Dhabi Exports Office and elaborated on its commitment to creating trust among governments around the world so they can choose the UAE as a strategic import partner.

Ms. Saleh said that the ADEX is perfectly aligned with all the initiatives launched by the government last year under ‘Projects of the 50’, aimed at strengthening UAE’s ability to keep pace with the even-evolving global economy.

Talking about ‘Operation 300 billion’ that was also launched last year by the government to raise the industrial sector’s contribution to UAE’s GDP from AED 133 billion to AED 300 billion by 2031, Ms. Saleh explained that such measures will help build the reputation of UAE’s industrial products through the promotion of exports to global markets.

ADEX was established in 2019 by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and provides an array of financial solutions to enhance the UAE exports. ADEX offers ‘Buyers Credit Facilities’ to overseas buyers of Emirati products and services, paving the way for UAE companies to find new markets for their products while reducing potential payment risk.

Hillary Clinton in white pantsuit for Trump inauguration

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Dropcap the popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While a good measure does improve the reading experience, it’s only one rule for good typography. Another rule is to maintain a comfortable font size.

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Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country. But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

When The Sun Goes Down

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

Here’s what people wearing on The Stage

A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! The Strengths Behind the Slogan

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The past two years have been the most challenging in the entire history of aviation and yet, for one air cargo conglomeration, challenges are what it thrives and, literally, delivers on: Welcome to Challenge Group – Experts in international cargo solutions.

When you bring together experience, an extensive skill set capable of tackling any air cargo and aviation situation, and when defining individual, customer-centric solutions is in your company’s DNA, then adopting Challenge as your name and “Challenge Accepted” as your corporate slogan, is a very logical move.

It is also part of a major rebranding that has been underway ever since the Group embarked on its harmonised restructuring in 2020. So, who is Challenge Group?Headed by CEO, Yossi Shoukroun, the Group incorporates three airlines: CAL Cargo Airlines based in Israel, Challenge Airlines BE based in Belgium, Challenge Airlines MT and Challenge Air Cargo (the Commercial Arm of the Group) both based in Malta, its own ground handling company in Liege, Belgium: Challenge Handling, a strong European road feeder network out of Liege: Challenge Logistics, an aircraft and parts leasing division: Challenge Aviation, and a comprehensive line maintenance provider: Challenge Technic. The Group’s cargo airline experience dates back to its CAL Cargo Airlines’ beginnings in 1976, and its handling division (previously known as LACHS) was established in 1997. The other companies were founded over the course of the past six years. Malta-based Challenge Air Cargo is the latest addition and is due to commence operations this year.

Challenge Group’s core expertise in airfreight, handling, and logistics, has established it as a leading provider of reliable, integrated, and tailor-made, air-cargo door-to-door solutions. In fact, 65% of its business is non-standard cargo that requires innovative, industry-specific handling solutions: many of these have been for outsize freight shipments. One reason why, alongside a host of state-of-the-art and highly automated air cargo handling equipment and facilities, the Group is in possession of Europe’s largest 52-tonne high-loader, located in Liege. From temperature-sensitive shipments (IATA CEIV Pharma-certified in the air and on the ground), to dangerous goods, all the way through to live animals (Challenge Handling also manages the ultra-modern Horse Inn hotel, one of the finest in Europe, at Liege Airport: more than 250 horses passed through it to on their way to the Tokyo Olympics last year, for example); Challenge Group is trained, certified, and experienced in handling and flying all kinds of commodities.

Over the last four years, the company has trebled its capacity and now handles 300,000 tonnes of cargo per year, with an ambition to reach half a million tonnes annually by 2023. Today, it counts 850 employees and a fleet of four B747-400F. These will soon be complemented by four 767-300BDSF and four 777-300ERSF conversions over the next two years, Challenge Group follows a solid, 5-year expansion strategy in terms of further fleet growth, exploring new business areas, and continuing to develop its rapidly expanding first and last mile services across Europe and the US, to provide quality end-to-end solutions to its customers.

“Air cargo is a people-driven industry, full of down-to-earth, hands-on characters. We identify strongly with this direct, solution-focused approach, and have incorporated company values that precisely reflect this attitude: Passion, Authenticity, Agility. The perfect ingredients for the success of our ‘Challenge Accepted’ promise. We enjoy getting things done!” says Yossi Shoukroun, CEO of Challenge Group.

A modern, unified digital presence is also part of the new branding scheme, aimed at bringing the Group’s different divisions together. Yet, one feature of the Group that is already inherent and identical across all of its companies, is the attitude of its people: it is their can-do approach, creativity, and total customer focus, that ensure the highest levels of quality, safety, and efficiency in solving all challenges entrusted to Challenge Group. Challenge accepted – Challenge solved!

Amazon has 143 billion reasons to keep adding more perks to Prime

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Dropcap the popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While a good measure does improve the reading experience, it’s only one rule for good typography. Another rule is to maintain a comfortable font size.

Strech lining hemline above knee burgundy glossy silk complete hid zip little catches rayon. Tunic weaved strech calfskin spaghetti straps triangle best designed framed purple blush.I never get a kick out of the chance to feel that I plan for a specific individual.

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country. But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

When The Sun Goes Down

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

Here’s what people wearing on The Stage

A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

Turkish Cargo Has Its Service Quality Certified By Cargo iQ

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Introducing the standards not only of the present but also of the future in the air cargo industry thanks to its robust infrastructure, innovative mission and the broad vision it has drawn up, Turkish Cargo now has the global operationally service quality, it has been offering elaborately, certified by the Cargo iQ certificate. The triumphant brand became qualified to obtain a certificate from Cargo iQ, an IATA (International Air Transport Association) interest group with the mission of creating and implementing quality standards for the worldwide air cargo industry.

As part of the Cargo iQ requirements, all processes, including conformity of its operational processes, the services it offers to its customers and the quality management in general terms, of Turkish Cargo, have undergone an inspection by SGS (Société Générale de Surveillance (General Society of Surveillance) the independent inspection company based in Geneva and contracted by the IATA. In consequence of the comprehensive inspection that has been conducted accordingly, the processes and services, carried out meticulously by Turkish Cargo, have been determined to be compliant with the quality standards of Cargo iQ.

Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, remarked as follows;“The Cargo iQ certificate, an independent benchmark for our performance against the quality standards of the logistics industry, is a key milestone that denotes our service quality, operational excellence, our standards that are innovative and aimed at meeting the customers’ expectations, and also our sustainable achievements. Thanks to the cutting-edge technologies it uses and develops, and the innovative approaches it adopts and its service quality that is beyond the expectations, Turkish Cargo will continue to rank among the most reliable solution partners in the air cargo industry.” 

Lothar Moehle, Executive Director of Cargo iQ, said;It is with great pleasure that the Cargo iQ organization can issue the Quality Audit Certificate to the team of Turkish Cargo.  The external auditor has verified and confirmed that Turkish Cargo is complying with the process standards created by Cargo iQ for all our members and for the air cargo industry at large. Well done and thank you for the hard work of the entire Turkish Cargo team. As the quality work never stops, we are looking forward to be cooperating with the TK Cargo team on even further quality improvements in the future.”

Achieving sustainable growth with its infrastructure, operational capabilities, fleet and expert teams in the field, Turkish Cargo aims to become one of the top 3 air cargo brands in the world. Within this framework, Turkish Cargo has been innovating by developing pioneering projects in the field of digitalization to meet the needs of its customers and industry partners to deliver sustainable high-end services in a constantly changing world.

Doctors take inspiration from online dating to build organ transplant AI

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Intro text we refine our methods of responsive web design, we’ve increasingly focused on measure and its relationship to how people read.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

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And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country.A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

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A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. “What’s happened to me? ” he thought. It wasn’t a dream.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

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It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

Isydora: Story behind our brand name debunked

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We always get so many questions about what Isydora means and where did it come from. That is why we decided to dedicate a very special blog post to this topic to stop all the guesses out there once and for all.

The Isydora brand is built around an inseparable duo, two founders who are bonded in a very special way; they are mother and daughter.

Iris, the mother, who is a fashion designer and a strong enthusiast of “patchwork” sewing techniques, was the first initiator towards the establishment of the brand. Back in the day she creatively utilized her approach to create one-of-a-kind patchwork clothing designs.  After finishing her architectural studies, Lucija came up with the idea for them to start handmaking exclusive bedspreads, which wouldn’t be just that, but also a tale with a very significant message.  Their desire was not to be seen as just another product on the market but rather to establish a profound and sophisticated meaning entitled to each quilt told through story. When the first bedspread was made, they vowed to dedicate a story with a special message to each successive product they create and proudly present it to the world. The stories they write serve as an intangible thread that, like a thin bridge, links the actual with the fictional realm.

Iris Zorko-Founder & Designer mentions “I’ve been designing independently and in collaboration with others for many years. I always drew my inspiration and strenght from those closest to me. My goal is always to create an exclusive designs that will make each individual feel special and unique.”

Lucija Zorko-Co-Founder & CEO said “I am passionate and I love using my skills and knowledge to produce something extraordinary. As graduated architect I know how the smallest of details can make a real impact and as a very detail oriented individual I strive to bring these details together to create the best products and customer experience out there.”

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Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country. But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

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Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

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A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

xChange Survey Indicates Three-Fold Rise

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xChange Survey Indicates Three-Fold Rise in Awareness and Acceptance of Shipper Owned Containers (SOCs) among top 50 Freight Forwarders

  • The study by Container xChange indicates a year-on-year rise in awareness of SOC containers amidst increasing demurrage and detention charges, container shortages and supply chain uncertainties
  • Undercover Survey results show a three-fold rise in acceptance of SOC requests by freight forwarders on xChange
  • Part of this report, a Q&A with Florian Braun, Head of Ocean Freight, EMEA, Flexport opines, “SOC can offer an advantage depending on the situation. But you need to have the right process in place to manage the flows. “

According to an undercover survey by Container xChange, for the third year in a row, the percentage of top 50 freight forwarders accepting SOC requests grew from 6% in 2019, 10% in 2020 to 18% in 2021, a three-fold growth in awareness and acceptance of Shipper owned containers (shipping containers owned by the shippers). Though there is considerable improvement in demand for SOCs, the major forwarders are yet to fulfil the demand for the boxes on the route from China to Germany.

Florian Braun, Head of Ocean Freight, EMEA, Flexport says, “SOC increases reliability for empty container availability. The downside is that you need a dedicated team/person to manage these shipments.” He adds, “COVID caused a strong equipment imbalance, and therefore the need for empty equipment has increased. SOCs are a solution for this.”

“Forwarders are increasingly positive about SOCs but are also skeptical of the success of processes around them. The rise in awareness for SOCs shows that industry participants are responding to the supply-chain pressures by diversifying their sourcing strategy.  We’ve observed a growing year-on-year acceptance for SOCs as well as demand to improve the management costs and efforts. We believe the solution lies in digitizing the process to enable forwarders with a seamless, hassle-free opportunity of using SOCs,” said Christian Roeloffs, Founder and CEO, Container xChange

During the month of December 2021, Container xChange put to a test the world’s 50 largest freight forwarders to investigate how they respond to SOC requests. We reached out once again to ship industrial machinery parts from Shanghai to Hamburg using SOC containers. Here is what the report findings show –

  • 18% of the companies that were tested were able to organize the SOC move and source the containers without any restrictions. This figure of 18% compares to 10% of the companies in 2020, and 6% in 2019. Meaning that since last year, this number has grown by 80% and that over the last 2 years, it’s grown three-fold.
  • SOC acceptance and awareness has grown over the last three years. 90% of our respondents were clued up on the SOC market compared to 68% of respondents last year and 35% in 2019.
  • Hitachi Transport System was one of the most helpful freight forwarders, even offering us ‘reasonable’ pickup charges, bearing in mind the current climate. While last year the winners were Kuehne+Nagel, CEVA Logistics, Hitachi Transport Systems, Nippon Express and Kerry Logistics – in 2021 it was GEFCO, Hitachi (again), Yusen Logistics, Landstar, Mainfreight, Kintetsu World Express, FedEX, BDP International and Millenium Cargo.
  • This year, the lower cohorts outperform the top 10. The top 10 were already saturated with business, especially leading up to the festive season. Evidently, SOC is becoming more and more possible for a range of freight forwarders.
    (Cohort 1 = Rank 1 – 10, Cohort 2 = Rank 11 – 20 etc.)

“COVID-19 has shown how necessary it is for logistics operators to be flexible, to be able to adapt to the waves of a volatile market. Due to the flexibility and availability of SOC equipment, the operator can work on new routes, and receive and release equipment for loading in regions convenient for them,” said Alexander Gnedov, CEO, Conway. “While we also load COC (Carrier Owned Container) containers, we have noticed a recent increase for SOC-related requests.” He added.

One of the recent surveys by xChange in January 2022 which canvasses 500 freight industry respondents also pointed towards one-fourth of the respondents considering making use of SOCs as one of their container sourcing strategies into the year 2022.

Download the report from here- https://www.container-xchange.com/blog/soc-containers-their-growing-use-by-freight-forwarders-2021/

Volvo Trucks leads the electric truck market in Europe

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New statistics show that Volvo Trucks was the market leader for heavy all-electric trucks in Europe 2021 with a market share of 42%. In 2021 the company took orders, including letters of intent to buy, for more than 1,100 electric trucks worldwide.

The international trucking industry is undergoing a transformation towards more sustainable transport as sales of heavy battery electric trucks are starting to pick up, with Europe in the lead. An increasing number of heavy all-electric trucks are now running in commercial traffic.

Statistics from the market analysis group IHS Markit show that during 2021 a total of 346 electric trucks (≥16 tonnes) were registered in Europe – an increase of 193% from 2020. Volvo Trucks has the largest market share at 42%. The countries in Europe with the most electric trucks registered (≥16 tonnes) are Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and The Netherlands.*

“We are determined to drive the electric truck revolution and our market leading position in Europe is proof that we are doing just that. Even if volumes are still low, we see rapidly growing interest, both in Europe, North America and in other parts of the world. In 2021 we have taken orders, including letters of intent to buy, for more than 1,100 trucks in over 20 countries. I’m convinced it’s becoming a key competitive advantage to offer electric, zero emission transports,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks started serial production of electric trucks in 2019, as one of the very first truck brands in the world to do so. When production of the heavy duty all-electric models Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX begins this fall, Volvo will have the most complete electric line up in the global truck industry. Volvo has delivered electric vehicles to a wide range of customers in Europe, North America and Australia. The company’s target is that half of its total truck sales will be electric by 2030.

“Clearly, these numbers show that we’re off to a very good start in sales. With the broader electric truck line up, it will be possible to electrify nearly half of heavy road transports. This proportion will grow even larger as the distance that electric trucks can drive increases and the charging infrastructure for heavy trucks becomes further developed,” states Roger Alm.

Sharjah Airport Authority wins Sharjah Excellence Award

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Sharjah Airport Authority wins Sharjah Excellence Award for Sharjah Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for its leadership in community engagement

The Sharjah Airport Authority has shown once again its commitment to excellence and leadership in Sharjah’s sustainable development after it earned the Sharjah Excellence Award for Sharjah Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in recognition for its responsible practices involving the employees, the community, and the environment.

The Authority received the award during a gala awards ceremony organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority received the award from His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of SCCI during the event that was held on Wednesday (February 23, 2022) at SCCI headquarters.

H.E Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said: “We are proud of the Authority’s latest achievement which is testament to our commitment to adopt responsible practices and engage in social and environmental initiatives and programs. These efforts are aimed at further enhancing the sustainability and quality of life in Sharjah and the UAE, in line with our time-honored values with respect to the society, the environment as well as in consideration to the needs of investors, partners, clients, and suppliers.”

“Our programs are consistent with our mission to provide excellent services while ensuring a safe travel experience for everyone. Through innovation, Sharjah Airport has been significantly contributing to the growth and development of the emirate, driving various social responsibility campaigns that empower the wider community.” H.E added.

He noted the Authority’s latest achievement is a result of conscious efforts to maintain the excellence and quality of its services while ensuring that these efforts make positive impact on the   community. The Authority has integrated social responsibility and sustainability in its various operations and innovative services, providing passengers with greater comfort and ease while ensuring it meets the highest international standards.

Al Midfa further cited that the Authority is known and recognized for its green initiatives and has been awarded the Sharjah Green Award in 2018 and the Sharjah corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2019, and that today’s successes only strengthens its position as among the five leading airports in the region and one of the most preferred stops for global travel and tourism.

The Sharjah Airport Authority engages in a diverse range of sustainable projects and social initiatives within the workplace, the environment, and the community. It also promotes institutional partnerships and work with other organizations to implement series of initiatives, projects, and activities related to sports, health, education, and the environment. It also engages in voluntary and charity work, humanitarian assistance, and promotes the celebrations of national and international occasions. The Authority works to ensure that it maintains the highest standards of safety and professional health for its staff and customers, achieving the highest levels of satisfaction from its stakeholders.

P&O Maritime Logistics to relieve stretched supply chains

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  • P&O Maritime Logisticsentering container carrying market after industry-leading modification of MCV vessels
  • As global supply chains face continued pressure on container vessel availability, the newly modified MCVs will support customer Unifeeder to alleviate supply chain constraints
  • P&O Maritime Logistics continues its MCV transformation programme with five additional MCVs to be container modified to service shortsea trade routes from the Americas to Southeast Asia

P&O Maritime Logistics is primed to enter the container carrying market, helping to relieve stretched supply chains after recently completed the first-ever container fitting modification to the deck of a Multi-Carrying Vessel (MCV).

The containerised market entry marks a first for P&O Maritime Logistics and comes off the back of the maritime solutions provider working with customer Unifeeder on providing services on container routes with low number of containers but a need for a fast turnaround due to logistics limitations, low volume high frequency routes.

P&O Maritime Logistics’ MCV fleet is now more flexible as it will be able to carry 20-foot, 40-foot and 45-foot containers when container capacity is most in need in addition to the original design to transport general and oversized project cargo. By entering this new part of the maritime sector, P&O Maritime Logistics demonstrate the versatility of its MCV fleet.

The new model of container carrying MCVs provide a solution to the high demand of container carriers in Europe – alleviating pressure on supply chains being felt across the continent and worldwide. Container fitted MCVs are ideal for lower volume, high frequency shortsea routes as well as trade routes through rivers and to shallow water ports like the transit between Turkey and the Caspian via the Russian rivers, where multiple vessels are expected to be employed next year.

As part of DP World, P&O Maritime Logistics is looking forward to adding value to the global portfolio of DP World ports assisting in decongestion, ability to serve minor adjacent terminals and therefore drive main line volumes to DP World facilities. The same model will also be applied to other global container terminals which are facing congestion in the current container market.

P&O Maritime Logistics has been continually broadening the horizon of its fleet, with an additional five vessels expected to undergo container fitting in the future.

Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics said: “As global supply chains have been stretched in recent years, we are entering the container carrying market to help provide additional capacity in the lower-volume, higher-frequency routes. With five more vessels slated to enter the containerised market, we’ll soon be servicing niche trade lanes stretching from the Americas to Southeast Asia. We’ll be working closely with our parent company DP World in rolling out of containerised service, beginning with fellow DP World-owned company shortsea feeder service provider, Unifeeder.”

Currently, several MCVs are delivering wind turbine blades, large process modules, reactors, and pressure vessels on shortsea routes and in the open season of the Volga Don Canal, with further deliveries are expected in 2022.

P&O Maritime Logistics’ MCV fleet is one of the youngest and most environmentally friendly in the sector. Trading areas include the Caspian Sea, Black Sea, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea and the Russian Inland Waterway System.

RouteQ to meet demand for delivery routing in the ME

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Technology provider is to deliver assistance in addressing key delivery challenges in the region

RouteQ, a subsidiary of Yandex and a provider of cloud-based delivery management software solutions, recently announced an expansion of its operation to the Middle East, to plug the critical gaps in the region’s delivery fleet operations, by providing comprehensive route planning and delivery tracking capabilities for today’s competitive retail, e-commerce, delivery providers, and fast-moving consumer goods businesses.

Couriers are facing increased demand in the wake of the pandemic and e-commerce volume is expected to remain high for some time. Some project that the e-commerce market in the UAE will reach US$ 8bn by 2025. RouteQ believes that digital transformation will play a significant role in determining the shape of the region’s logistics market in the coming years.

“The number-one challenge facing B2C or B2B organizations in the region, when it comes to moving goods and services from point A to point B, is the vague or incomplete destination address,” remarked Vladimir Nesterov, General Manager, RouteQ Middle East.

Long experience

Yandex’s experience in mapping exceeds 15 years, and the company has built on past innovations (particularly in the field of complex algorithms) to leverage modern maps and traffic data to enable the most precise delivery in the industry, a press communique said.

More than 200 parameters let enterprises optimize their routing to meet modern logistics challenges — like delivery time windows and customer self-tracking — and dramatically reduce workloads for call centers at the same time. An advanced module, built specifically for the Middle East, lets customers and delivery managers collaborate to fine-tune target locations where a more precise address is not available.

These factors play a vital role in significantly reducing delivery truck mileage. Organizations can use RouteQ technology to reduce the number of vehicles used for delivery routes by 30%, which further reduces the carbon footprint and makes operations more sustainable.

RouteQ recently opened operations in Dubai to expand its presence in the Middle East and help regional businesses address their delivery challenges.

In the coming year, Nesterov plans to expand the company’s regional sales and marketing team, as well as its implementation and support units.

Logiseye: Demystifying and Empowering Freight Procurement with Digital Solutions

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LogisEye Solutions introduces a Smart Business Model, enabled by smart technology

Around the world, most companies still continue to follow manual and archaic business processes and documentation for their freight procurement and face enormous challenges. That, however, is set to change as the industry embraces and embarks on technology as a tool for change. The trillion-dollar freight industry now demands smart and evolving technologies with an increased focus on procurement and overall logistics and supply chain transformation to meet the unpredictable market developments and changing customer requirements.

Globally, the logistics procurement sector is not only getting increasingly digital, but also progressively pervasive as more and more customers gravitate to an emerging Digital Freight Marketplace. Enter LogisEye Solutions (LogisEye), the provider of breakthrough solutions for the industry through an eagleeyed, UAE-indigenously developed, sophisticated and user-friendly digital platform, by freight and IT professionals for freight professionals.

Initiated by C. M. Mathew, Founder and CEO, LogisEye provides access to competitive and benchmarked freight forwarding rates and ranks of potentially trusted and meticulously vetted Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) to accelerate freight procurement, empower the partnership, and maximize cost-savings.

Mathew, a logistics industry veteran with extensive experience, spanning over three decades, is committed to growing the network for all stakeholders involved in the value chain, while leveraging current connections for contract and spot freight rates.

According to Mathew, for a nominal subscription and transaction fee, customers can choose from hundreds of appropriately vetted LSP’s to source the ‘best-fit partner’ for their freight forwarding and clearance requirements.

Brand agnostic LogisEye is a brand agnostic cloud based digital logistics procurement platform, connecting shippers and consignees with Logistics Service Providers (LSP) and Cargo Insurance companies, powered by advanced analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). LogisEye is the online international freight marketplace that uses a SaaSenabled marketplace model.

Seeking to drive digital transformation in Logistics Procurement, the portal was conceived in August 2019, and after painstaking efforts and meticulous research and planning, the portal went functional in the third quarter of 2021. Mathew affirms that LogisEye offers a state-of-the-art cloud-based digital freight procurement ecosystem, integrating with all parties on the value chain. With its multiple innovative solutions, the upstart aims to solve the key challenges in the procurement and payment of freight services.

Accelerating digital transformation He further asserts that LogisEye not only accelerates digital transformation in the logistics industry, but also adds value to each stakeholder across the value chain. “The platform aims to simplify and standardize the freight procurement processes and efficiently manage air freight, sea freight, road freight shipments, and provide even cargo insurance, resulting in substantial cost savings, real-time shipment tracking, and transparency,” he explained.

Mathew is the founder of LogisEye and holds a majority stake in the company. The remainder minority stake is held by co-founders and private investors. A strong professional logistics and finance background, and extensive expertise about the inside track on the functional aspects of freight and freightfinance issues prepared me into becoming an entrepreneur and set up LogisEye.

Exclusively with CM Mathew, the LogisEye supremo at his office in Scality, the fast-growing technology start-up housed in the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA).

Global Supply Chain (GSC): Provide us your brief professional profile. C. M. Mathew (CMM): I essentially come from a finance professional background with a prolonged 26-year stint with DHL, and more specifically its associate company Danzas, where I worked in multiple departments and was exposed to all major functional areas of the company.

Thereby, I gained extensive expertise and the inside track on the functional aspects of the freight and freight-finance issues, enormous challenges faced by customers and LSP’s and this prepared me into becoming an entrepreneur and set up LogisEye.

GSC: Why did you set up LogisEye?
CMM: Some of the major global challenges that confounded in freight procurement include poor response time to rate requests, non-comparable rates from LSP’s, errors in freight billing, and limited transparency and visibility. Pandemic shutdowns and slowdowns, capacity constraints and remote working caused more disruptions. As everyone knows, LSP’s and customers need to wade through a maze of perplexing parameters and manual tabulations for rate submission, analysis and decision making.

What customers (exporters and importers), and freight forwarders are looking for is transparency and efficiency throughout the freight procurement and payment process. The dilemma was both for customers and LSPs. There was clearly a need to automate and accelerate the freight procurement, routing, and payment processes to make it brand agnostic, fair, technologically savvy, transparent, and streamlined.

In early 2019, given my expertise in logistics and finance and experience gained from working with the largest integrated logistics services provider in the world, I sought to develop a digital ecosystem that would address most of the myriad issues at stake and address the challenges thereon.

GSC: How did your long professional career equip you to found LogisEye?
CMM : While attending a coaching session on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is where I conceived the idea of developing a digital freight procurement ecosystem. I was consulting with my peers, colleagues, customers and other LSP’s on the viability of the solution model and other challenges faced by them  during freight procurement and rate submission. Hands-on experience within logistics industry for over three decades, feedback from customers and LSP’s on the enormous problems globally faced in freight procurement and payment, and my passion for digital transformation equipped me to start LogisEye.

Shortly thereafter, I chose to turn entrepreneur and take off on my own at the initial stage. Considering the huge staff turnover in IT sector, I decided to partner with a software development company, and that in nutshell constitutes the genesis and conception of LogisEye.

The start of the pandemic clearly was a spoke in the wheel and proved to me a big challenge as we could not effectively meet many of the stakeholders in the business due to the shut down, slow down and severe social distancing measures enforced.

However, with the use of superior and proprietary technology, together with hand-picked executive team, who collectively have over 120 years of relevant experience, LogisEye was raring and ready to go in the second quarter of 2021 and there has been no turning back since.

GSC: Briefly, how is LogisEye enabling and empowering digital transformation in the area of the procurement of freight services?
CMM: In essence, what customers and LSP’s are looking for is transparency and efficiencies in the system. Professionalism and proficiency is a key watchword here. Generally speaking, there are three areas of concern for all stakeholders here. Firstly, how to reduce the delays and accelerate the pace of providing quotes and services quickly, reliably and dependably.

Secondly, how to reduce freight and associated costs and obtain competitive comparable pricing from multiple service providers and reducing all related administrative and handling costs. And finally, how to enhance transparency and visibility throughout the process.

At LogisEye, we are mindful of these benchmarks and user expectations and these have all been factored into our working mechanisms and systems. We can integrate with the different operating systems of LSP’s and customers using API’s (application programming interface). Our system provides realtime visibility for all their shipments that are routed through LogisEye irrespective of them using different LSP’s. Our AI enabled LogiBot, in-built 3-way chat feature, electronic document management (EDM) and interactive dashboard will provide a unique and
compelling customer experience.

 GSC: How is technology impacting the regional (and global) logistics and transportation industry, particularly in the procurement niche?
CMM: Digital transformation is still at its nascent stage within logistics procurement. Many of the LSP’s and customers continue to use legacy archaic operating systems with very limited integration capabilities. They continue to follow decades old manual processes, procedures and practices and many operators are hesitant to embrace the change.

Technology is changing the future of logistics. The digital revolution has significantly shifted society, impacting companies across all regions and industries. We experience major increase in overall digital adoption with the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers prefer everything online and right at their fingertips for immediate access. There are innovative digital solutions launched to support customers and LSP’s for international and local freight procurement. Such solutions include Freight Marketplaces connecting LSP’s and Carriers to provide instant rates and available capacity, eBidding or Reverse Auction platforms to provide most competitive market rates, Shipment Tracking Systems etc. Technology is vital and key for the industry and its indispensability cannot be overstated. Business must adapt this digital revolution quickly to stay ahead of market and compete.

GSC: What is LogisEye’s revenue model?
CMM: Currently we have over 1,400 registered and listed customers and over 80 LSP’s in our portal. Our users pay a nominal subscription fee to avail and access our services and product offerings. First time customers get a complimentary usage period of three-months. A transaction fee is also levied for the user and provider of logistics services for all emanating transactions that are awarded through the system.

GSC: Tell us the specifics of your freight procurement solutions — LogieBid and LogiQuote?
CMM: Our freight procurement solutions are aimed for importers and exporters who wants to accelerate their procurement time with substantial cost saving and enhanced transparency and visibility. LogieBid – Customers worldwide can launch reverse auction to procure most competitive market rates online for their international transportation by air, ocean (FCL/LCL) and Road(FTL/LTL).

They can invite LogisEye vetted LSP’s, and or additional LSP’s of their choice. Customers can compare and analyze bids digitally and award bids. Reverse auction for Air and Ocean (FCL/LCL) can be used for shipments across all continents while FTL/LTL is currently launched for middle east region. LSP’s can participate in the reverse auction, get visibility of their ranking, and modify their rates before bid closing time based on their pricing guidelines and increase their business growth. LogiQuote is our marketplace for instant freight rates. Currently LogiQuote provides rates for airfreight and we will be developing other modes of transport in the near future. Importers and exporters can search, compare, LogieBid and LogiQuote are two of our core select rates from multiple suppliers in less than 30 seconds. Rates are available on different carriers and service levels. Users have the option to arrange marine insurance cover for their shipments online. LogiQuote is currently connecting major airports in UAE with top 50 countries and +1400 trade lanes.

While customers can avail comparable and competitive rates from multiple suppliers online, route, track and pay for their shipments using these solutions, LogisEye acts as an additional sales channel for LSP’s. LogisEye offers freight and marine insurance rates for air, ocean, and road shipments under one platform and provide trade finance for freight invoices for customers approved by credit insurance provider. These USP’s make LogisEye standout against other similar solutions.

GSC: What are the opportunities available and challenges confronting LogisEye in the short and long-term futures?
CMM: Looking through my crystal ball, I see opportunities ahead simply because the logistics and freight forwarding business is growing even during the pandemic. Digital adoption and ecommerce is growing at a phenomenal pace. Systems are going digital and more and more companies are moving in the digital realm. This augurs well for our business and implies we will grow going forward. There are a few challenges to contend with. Firstly, the world is grappling with capacity and transporters don’t have the capacity to cope with increasing volumes.

Secondly, in the nature of our business, digitalization is key. In some quarters digitalization is not occurring at the same pace as others. Antiquated manual legacy systems still exist.

Thirdly, we have a transparent system giving visibility to all stakeholders. There is no room for compromise or unscrupulousness in our processes. Finally, the current ongoing pandemic has also hampered the economies of many countries in its wake. Ability to trade and buy goods and services had been adversely affected and freight costs have risen manifold, which is clearly a cause for concern for everyone.

GSC: What are your expansion plans going forward?
CMM: Now with strong moorings in the UAE, we are looking to expand imminently in the foreseeable future in India, China, USA and Germany, four prominent industrial and trading nations, who between them constitute an overwhelming percentage of international trade.  Over the next four years, we have set our sights to establish our direct presence in 30 identified countries, constituting +80% of international freight spend.

For the long term, LogisEye will also explore a franchise model for its operations in some of the reminder countries. We have a fully functioning Customer Support Centre in India. In summary, we are in expansion mode and optimistic about the future.

LogisEye is currently self-funded and we are raising Pre-Series ‘A’ equity round of US$ 5m primarily for launching in new markets, marketing and developing new products. I am very upbeat about growth and eyeing a bright, radiant future for LogisEye.

GWC holds its Ordinary and Extraordinary AGM

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 GWC AGM approved cash dividend of QAR 0.10 per share or 10% of the nominal value of the share.

GWC, the leading logistics provider in Qatar, held its Ordinary and Extraordinary Assembly General Meeting on 16 February 2022 and approved the Group’s financial results for the year ending 31 December 2021.

The meeting, which was held at the Company’s Centre was chaired by GWC Chairman Sheikh Abdullah Bin Fahad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani and was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GWC’s external auditors Ernst & Young, the company’s shareholders, and media representatives.

The General Assembly ratified all items on its agenda including the proposal by the Board of Directors to distribute a cash dividend of 10% the nominal share value (QAR 0.10 per share).

Furthermore, the AGM presented a comprehensive review of the Group’s compliance with the Corporate Governance Code.  Additionally, it also cleared the company’s board members of any possible liability, setting the proper remuneration for the board.

The General Assembly also discussed the budget of the Group and approved it, as well as assigning the external auditor and setting their remuneration.

For the company’s Extraordinary Assembly General Meeting, the company presented some amendments to the AOA’s articles in order for them to comply with the Commercial Companies Law No. 8 of 2021.

GWC Chairman Sheikh Abdullah Bin Fahad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani, stated, “It gives us pride that GWC continues to show resilience and foresight in spite of challenges that 2021 brought us. It is also commendable that the work being done by GWC, the partnerships being cemented are all contributing towards achieving Qatar National Vision 2030.”

GWC achieved many milestones in 2021 and worked toward supporting the local community and ensuring seamless delivery of goods. Some of these initiatives included ensuring supply and delivery of Covid-19 vaccines for Qatar, providing logistics services of global standards for the FIFA Arab Cup, signing a partnership with Gaussin and Gam Qatar to test Gaussin’s zero-emission electric tractors and yard automation solutions in several GWC logistics hubs, including GWC Al Wukair Logistic Park.

GWC also put together the “Getting you in the Game” Forum which provided a platform for experts from various verticals to discuss complex logistical issues behind mega-events, in addition to discussing regional trends and developments.

Keeping with their commitment to support R&D in the field of logistics, GWC signed a MoU with The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) with a special emphasis on logistics and supply chain management.

Jan Carlson proposed as new Board member of AB Volvo

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The Election Committee of AB Volvo proposes that Jan Carlson be elected as new Board member at the Annual General Meeting on April 6, 2022. The Election Committee also proposes the re-election of the Chairman of the Board Carl-Henric Svanberg, as well as Board members Matti Alahuhta, Eric Elzvik, Martha Finn Brooks, Kurt Jofs, Martin Lundstedt, Kathryn V. Marinello, Martina Merz, Hanne de Mora and Helena Stjernholm. Eckhard Cordes will not stand for re-election.

Jan Carlson, 61, is an experienced business leader in both corporate line management and public company board governance. He has 30 years of automotive industry experience from various management positions and Board work in global leading companies. Previous positions include a variety of leadership roles, including the role as President and CEO, within the Autoliv Group, the worldwide leader in automotive safety with operations in 27 countries. He has also been the President of Saab Combitech and of Swedish Gate Array. Currently, Jan Carlson is President and CEO as well as Board Chairman of Veoneer Inc., a worldwide leader in automotive technology, and the Board Chairman of Autoliv Inc. He also serves on the board of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson.

The Election Committee of AB Volvo comprises representatives of four of the company’s largest shareholders, who together represent approximately 17.6 percent of the shares and approximately 39.0 percent of the votes, and the Chairman of the Board. The members who represent the largest shareholders are Bengt Kjell (AB Industrivärden), Anders Oscarsson (AMF and AMF Funds), Ramsay Brufer (Alecta) and Carine Smith Ihenacho (Norges Bank Investment Management).

Obama Takes Jerry Seinfeld for a Drive Around the White House

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Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country. But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

When The Sun Goes Down

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

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A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

Women sign up to Rally Jameel

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Time is running out for women looking to take part in Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Rally Jameel, which is being held from March 16th to 19th. Spaces are already limited as this historic, women-only navigational rally draws ever closer, with the entries set to close on March 1st.

Rally Jameel, which is initiated by Abdul Latif Jameel Motors and Bakhashab Motorsports, is the latest world-class motorsport event to be hosted in Saudi Arabia as it is sanctioned by the Saudi Automobile & Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) and supported by the FIA, through their Women in Motorsport (WIMC) program.

The rally is a perfect opportunity for adventurous women looking to take part in their first ever off-road rally. The event is not designed as a speed test, rather it is about using navigational skills to traverse a route, which will cover between 300 and 500km per day. Each day’s route will only be issued the night before, with everyone taking part seeing it at the same time.

“We have been really delighted with the response from women around the region and beyond, with over half of the places already filled,” commented Abdullah Bakhashab, rally director. “But I also know there will be potential racers out there who want to take part, but haven’t signed up yet. We urge them to submit their application as soon as possible, as there are only a limited number of spaces left.”

The rally, which has already attracted widespread interest, is open to national and international entrants aged over 18 and holding a driving license accepted in Saudi Arabia. Each team will consist of two female racers. No special equipment is needed, as the cars are required to be totally unmodified. The only pre-requisite is that the car must be a 4×4 or AWD.

Teams wanting to participate can simply go to the rally website – www.rallyjameel.com – and fill in the application form. Successful applicants will receive a weekend training course and three days of competition, as well as accommodation in 5-star hotels, a comfortable, secure camp, food and beverages, a finishing ceremony, and tickets to the gala dinner.

The uniquely designed route will pass through some of the Kingdom’s most spectacular scenery. It will start in the north-central city of Hail, passing through Al-Qassim city and then heading to the capital, Riyadh, via hidden checkpoints and challenges. Further details of the rally schedule will be announced on International Women’s Day on March 8th.

Naturally, safety is paramount at the rally. A state-of-the-art Tracking System will be mounted on each competing vehicle with SOS buttons for any emergency, while a helicopter medic and maintenance teams will be on standby at all times. All competing cars will be pre-checked to ensure they adhere to the highest standards.

Munir Khoja, ‏Managing Director Marketing Communication at Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, commented: “Abdul Latif Jameel Motors is extremely proud to be backing this great initiative, designed to further empower women in the Kingdom. We are committed to ensuring this becomes a firm fixture on the global motorsport calendar, offering women from a range of different nationalities, backgrounds and experiences the chance to take part in a uniquely exciting event.”

With Saudi Arabia now hosting an FIA Formula One race, as well as the famous Dakar Rally, which featured Saudi female racers, Dania Akeel and Mashael Al-Obaidan, there is a growing interest in motor-related sports, especially off-road racing and rallying.

Continental Presents Best Goalkeeper Award at Africa Cup of Nations 2021

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  • Edouard Mendy receives Best Goalkeeper Award for Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations 2021 from Official Sponsor Continental
  • Best Goalkeeper Award reflects Continental’s safety values as a pioneer in road safety spanning 150 years, and the VisionZero initiative which aims for zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero crashes

Premium tyre manufacturer Continental handed over the Best Goalkeeper Award for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021 (AFCON) at the conclusion of the tournament in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Sunday night. The final match saw Senegal beating Egypt 4:2 to claim the AFCON 2021 title, with the tournament having been carried over to this year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Best Goalkeeper Award went to Edouard Mendy from Senegal, and was based on his  performance throughout the tournament. The trophy and prize of US$ 10.000 were handed over by Jon Ander Garcia, Regional Manager M.E.A.R.T (Middle East, Africa, Russia & Turkey) for Continental Tires.

“As an official sponsor of TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations 2021, we are proud to have been the exclusive sponsors of the Best Goalkeeper Award,” Garcia says at the AFCON 2021 awards ceremony. “As the team’s last line of defence, the keeper’s role in safeguarding the goalmouth reflects Continental’s own safety values, having pioneered road safety for the past 150 years.

“Our unwavering focus on safety is also embodied in Continental’s VisionZero initiative, which aims to make roads safer with zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero crashes,” Garcia adds.

Continental is an international partner of the Global NCAP ‘Stop the Crash’ safety campaign to support the United Nations Global Goals and the Decade of Action for Road Safety. This initiative raises awareness regarding the life-saving benefits of advanced driver assistance systems such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS).

Turkish Cargo incorporates its operational processes in SMARTIST

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Raising its bar for the triumph more and more by interconnecting its wide wide flight network that sweeps the continents with the unrivaled geographical advantage of Turkey, Turkish Cargo now incorporates all of its air cargo transportation operations in SMARTIST, the Mega Cargo Facility.

Having moved the cargo operations, it carries out by means of the passenger flights, to the Istanbul Airport following its opening in April 2019, Turkish Cargo remained to continue its freighter operations at the Ataturk Airport. Since its infrastructure has been made available entirely, the air cargo brand moved also its freighter operations to its Mega Cargo Facility at the Istanbul Airport by means of a relocation operation that took 72 hours. Having said goodbye to the Ataturk Airport by such a massive relocation, Turkish Cargo will from now on carry out all of its operational processes as based in SMARTIST, the new hub for the air cargo logistics.

Turhan Ozen: With SMARTIST, our new home, we are ready for the future more than we have been ever before.

Regarding the start of the full-capacity operation of SMARTIST, Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, remarked as follows; “During the last 3 years, we carried out a highly substantial operation in both of our hubs. While we made use of our freighters at the Ataturk Airport, we benefited from our passenger aircraft and the paxfre* capacity at the Istanbul Airport. We performed approximately 30 thousand flights, 23 thousand of which were performed by making use of our freighters and 6 thousand of which were by paxfre, and we transported more than 4 million air cargo shipments, 2.5 million tons of which were transported from/to the Ataturk Airport and 1.8 million tons of which were transported from/to the Istanbul Airport.

Now, we are gathering the air cargo operations which we have been carrying out triumphantly on “dual hub” basis without compromising our service quality, under a single roof at the Istanbul Airport. Thanks to SMARTIST, our new home with all of its processes equipped with autonomous and robotic systems, we as Turkish Cargo, the air cargo bridge of Turkey, are now ready for the future more than we have been ever before.”

It will be the new hub for the global logistics

SMARTIST, which is designed to serve as the biggest industrial building under a single roof at the Istanbul Airport, will achieve an annual capacity of 4 million tons at an area of 340.000 square meters upon the completion of all of its phases. The facility, equipped with the smart technologies such as Augmented Reality, Automatic Storage Systems, Robotic Process Automation and Unmanned Ground Vehicles, will take the unique service quality of Turkish Cargo much further in respect of operational speed and quality. The mega facility will also highlight the intercontinental location of Istanbul and serve as a gate that is excellent for the trade between the East and the West. Thus, it will be ensured that Istanbul becomes the logistics center in the world by directing a major portion of the air cargo traffic in the world to the new Hub at the Istanbul Airport.

Relocation of 4125 equipment of 80 various types

As part of the ultimate relocation operation, monitored simultaneously by the senior executives of Turkish Cargo, TGS and the moving company at the Relocation Control Center established at the Ataturk Airport, 160 services were performed by 50 trucks. During the operation whereby the trucks covered a distance of approximately 16 thousand kilometers, corresponding to the distance between Turkey and New Zealand, 4125 equipment of various types, owned by TGS and Turkish Cargo, were relocated from the Ataturk Airport to the Istanbul Airport.

A goodbye flight to the Ataturk Airport

Turkish Cargo aircraft, which have departed for the last time from the Ataturk Airport, which has hosted Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey for 89 years, landed at the Istanbul Airport upon the completion of their international routes.  Following the massive relocation, Turkish Cargo said goodbye to the Ataturk Airport by means of its ISL-KRT (Ataturk Airport – Khartoum, Sudan) flight, numbered TK6455, which was  operated by Airbus 330F aircraft.

Slovenia showcases personalized medicine for the region

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The 8th thematic set – Health and Wellbeing – has started today at the Slovenian pavilion, within which a business delegation of companies from the health sector visited the Slovenian pavilion. Organized by SPIRIT Slovenia and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, a business forum on personalized medicine was held at the Slovenian Business Center.

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Oto Pungartnik, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Abu Dhabi, began by welcoming the participants, saying, “The UAE is a market that requires perseverance and effort, the competition is great, but we do not have to be afraid of it. We have extremely strong medical companies that will present their innovations and the challenges they face today. I think a lot of people can learn something from them.”

Dr. Alenka Rožaj Brvar, MBA, director of the Slovenian Innovation Hub, which stands for uniting and integrating institutions, faculties and companies to create new opportunities, defined the importance of personalized medicine: “It is extremely important to connect the different segments of science so we get excatlz what each person needs. We call this personalized medicine. “

“By the year 2030, the number of cancer patients will double. Software is the key to the future of cancer care. We at Cosylab are constantly expanding our chain of partners to provide the best and most affordable cancer treatment “, continued Dr. Uroš Mitrovič, Marketing Director at Cosylab, who also spoke about cancer treatment, the current situation and the future of this insidious disease.

Predrag Krstić, director of Ascalab, is convinced that the new technology will enable the development of medicine. “In our company, we invest in bees, digital bees that collect data, and in this way, every patient gets what is best for them.”

The keynote presentations were followed by a panel discussion on Slovenia as an example of how personalized medicine can impact quality of life. “Technology is not only important when it comes to the absence of disease, but also for quality of life. When introducing innovations in healthcare, safety must first be ensured,” said Gregor Cuzak of HealthyDay.si.

UD Trucks announces exceptional growth across the MEENA region in 2021

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  • UD Trucks registered sales increase of around 30% in the MEENA region
  • Qatar ranked first in growth followed by Bahrain and Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia remains UD Trucks’ biggest market in the region
  • Introduction of Euro 5 products, upgrades to Euro 3 models, strong retailer network and ‘Better Life’ strategy played key roles in the growth

UD Trucks has announced sales growth in the MEENA (Middle East, East and North Africa) region of approximately 30 percent in 2021, continuing an upwards trend for the brand, which had experienced 6 percent growth in the previous year. The Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer recorded an increase in sales in most markets, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Pakistan and a number of countries in East Africa.

UD Trucks’ flagship market, Bahrain, saw an increase of around 40 percent, reinforcing the brand’s number one status in the country. The trucks brand also saw an increase in sales by about 30 percent in Qatar. Sales also grew in Saudi Arabia, which is UD Trucks’ biggest market by volume, by 24 percent. The United Arab Emirates, which hosted the regional launch of the brand’s Euro 5 models, registered an increase of 22 percent compared to 2020.

Outside the Middle East, UD Trucks earned positive traction in Pakistan where it enjoyed an impressive year. Similarly, the brand registered significant growth in East Africa in 2021, where a number of strategic deals for both heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks were signed off, despite the challenging business climate.

The growth came as a result of a fantastic collaboration and coordinated effort by UD Trucks and its partners throughout the region and their joint focus on supporting UD customers. The brand’s well-built and robust products, the introduction of the Euro 5 range and upgrades to the Euro 3 line-up, a strong retail network and partnerships, and the impact of its ‘Better Life’ strategy, have all played significant roles in the company’s success.

UD Trucks’ widest-ever range, which covers almost all segments in the heavy-duty and medium-duty truck sector, and the nature of the brand’s product portfolio have also been crucial factors in this growth. The range has been developed to meet the market’s needs by covering all key segments in the industry. UD Trucks’ focus of launching new trucks that will enhance profitability for customers by lowering the total cost of ownership has also been crucial.

An important factor in the Japanese brand’s expansion has been the introduction of upgraded Euro 3 models as well as the brand’s new Euro 5 range of its popular Quester and Croner trucks. The launch of the Euro 5 models is a result of UD Trucks’ strategic vision and objective to ensure peace-of-mind for its customers by allowing them to better prepare for running more environmentally-friendly fleets as new regulations are introduced across the fast-developing region. The new range reduces NOx emissions by about 43 percent compared to Euro 4 models, while providing an enhanced driving experience and safety. The upgrades to the Euro 3 trucks are centred around creating a more driver-centric experience. They receive similar upgrades to the Euro 5 range, including a new instrument cluster, the ESCOT automated manual transmission, body builder module and the UD Trucks Telematics Services.

Another factor in the brand’s growth is its exceptional regional retail network. Their commitment to providing and delivering the highest quality customer service and aftersales support is supported by comprehensive warranty offers and readily available spare parts, which prioritise the smooth operation of customers’ businesses. UD Trucks’ Telematics services allow its customers and retail partners to follow the trucks’ performances over time, creating a closer relationship with the brand’s customers.

2021 was also the year that saw UD Trucks implement its ‘Better Life’ strategy. The strategy has allowed the truck brand to demonstrate its commitment to providing sustainable logistics solutions and to delivering a better life for both people and the planet. This strategy reflects UD Trucks’ objective to becoming a Japanese leader of sustainability in the industry.

Mourad Hedna, President of UD Trucks MEENA, commented: “The resilience our brand showed in 2020, built around a consistent and comprehensive strategy and supported by our strong regional partners, provided a solid platform for us to build on in 2021. Registering about a 30 percent sales increase in one year is a remarkable feat. I am grateful to the UD Trucks MEENA team, our customers, partners, and stakeholders throughout the region for their hard work and dedication. Together, we look forward to another positive year as we continue on our path to become a sustainability leader.”

Mixing optimal materials – Roxtec experts create anti-static rubber

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Considering the proven safety performance and increasing global use, you might think that Roxtec material specialists remain happy by just maintaining the excellent features of the rubber in the seals. They lead the technical development by mixing new powerful particles.

“We have for example recently succeeded in making rubber blends including nanomaterials such as nanotubes and graphene. This means we are able to make our rubber anti-static. We actually have a new patent protecting modular-based cable and pipe transits made of a dissipative rubber or plastic material,” says Daniel Sträng, Lead Innovation Engineer within product development at Roxtec.
A dissipative material is only conductive to a certain degree and often used to control electrical charges.

Increasing safety demands

There are always new requirements and new demands when you work with safety products for different industries and challenging projects across all climates and continents. When it comes to the demand for anti-static sealing components that significantly slow down the flow of electrical charges, the innovative engineers found a fully acceptable solution years ago. The Roxtec attitude, however, is recognized by a never-ending strive towards better, smarter and in most cases also simpler solutions. Therefore, the material specialists took on the challenge to further develop the rubber compound.

State-of-the-art laboratory

The Roxtec material development laboratory has very advanced equipment for both mixing and testing.
“In our lab, we have the capacity we need to not only mix the different ingredients in the rubber, but also to perfectly distribute and atomize the particles we add. In addition to this, we have everything we need to thoroughly test our prototypes. We have, in fact, been able to create anti-static rubber while even increasing the fire resistance capacity,” says Panch Svensson, Material Specialist at Roxtec.

Graphene in focus for Nobel Prize laureates

Among the many interesting nanomaterials that the sealing material experts have been trying to use to achieve the desired features are carbon nanotubes and green graphene. Graphene, for example, is a graphite-based material that is strong, hard, fire-resistant, and light, and that can be added to enhance material properties. It is finding its way into many markets, partly since researchers at the University of Manchester received the Nobel Prize in physics in 2010 for ground-breaking experiments with graphene. It seems like it has further advantageous properties for sealing products, besides the anti-static properties.
How close to a final rubber compound would the experts say they are?
“We have a patent, the prototypes and test results showing that we have succeeded. So – rather soon.”

GWC announces QAR 225 million in net profits for 2021

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GWC (Q.P.S.C.) has announced its financial results for the financial year ending 31 December 2021 achieving net profits of QAR 225 million, with gross revenues reaching QAR 1.3 billion at the end of 2021, and EPS at QAR 0.38 by the end of the same period. The Company’s Board has recommended QAR 0.10 cash dividend to shareholders which is subject for discussion and approval during the company’s Annual General Meeting scheduled to be held on 16 February 2022.

“2021 brought with it, its own set of challenges but it gives me immense pride to witness how Qatar navigated through them and emerged stronger.  For us, every challenge presents an opportunity to rise above and fulfil our duty towards Qatar’s vision. I take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to all our stakeholders and partners, who continue to trust and encourage us to exceed their expectations. We have a lot to look forward to this year and we will endeavour to build on our achievements,” GWC Chairman Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor Al Thani stated.

He also acknowledged the hard work and dedication put forth by the staff of GWC without whom these milestones would not have been achieved. “The persistent efforts of our team at GWC are the reason we have been able to provide seamless service and perform our duties to ensure that the nation’s progress does not get adversely affected,” he added.

Sustainable Growth

GWC established Qatar’s first logistics hub in Ras Bufontas Free Zone. This Regional Logistics Hub offers freight, customs clearance, acclimatized storage, transportation, and the company’s advanced IT infrastructure, among other services. The hub features two warehouses, which offer unmatched logistical and last mile delivery options to the aviation, pharmaceutical and events industries including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.

The Hub is also home to UPS Customer Center. Over the last 18 months, GWC has underlined its critical role in the nation’s medical cold supply chain, ensuring the safe delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine from airport to vaccination centers, as the Authorized Service Contractor for UPS in the State of Qatar.

At the forefront of innovation

Continuing its commitment to find innovative solutions while maintaining the highest environmental standards, GWC signed an agreement with Gaussin, a pioneer of clean and smart freight transport, and Gam Qatar to test Gaussin’s zero-emission electric tractors and yard automation solutions in several GWC logistics hubs, including GWC Al Wukair Logistic Park.

GWC was recognised for its focus on excellence and growth in digitalisation of services at the inaugural Forbes Digital Qatar Symposium & Awards 2021, which came at a time when Qatar is witnessing a fast-paced progression to being a smart city, in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Building a business ecosystem

GWC is cognizant of its responsibility as a leading logistics provider in Qatar and the Middle East region and the role this sector plays in the growth of a nation.  For this very reason, GWC put together the “Getting you in the Game” Forum which provided a platform for experts from various verticals to discuss complex logistical issues behind mega-events, such as global sporting competitions, in addition to discussing regional trends and developments.

This first-of-its-kind hybrid forum threw light on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into organising mega events while keeping sustainability and the long-term impact in mind.

2021 also saw GWC signing a MoU with The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) to encourage research in the fields of engineering, technology, and sciences with a special emphasis on logistics and supply chain management, with the aim to boost industry performance and identify mutually beneficial new opportunities and ideas.

Another area of focus for GWC has been to support MSMEs as it firmly believes that they are the backbone of any economy and are essential for the growth of Qatar.

“The GWC Al Wukair Logistics Park is one of the flagship developments of GWC, it is a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, with a very strong focus on providing micro, small and medium scale Enterprises (MSMEs) with access to logistics and light industry infrastructure needed for their growth and success. In addition, GWC will be taking care of all the regulatory as well as infrastructure and supply chain needs,” Ranjeev Menon, Group CEO, GWC, stated.

Due to its central location, close proximity to the airport and the port, coupled with seamless offering of logistics services, it will be the main distribution hub for handling the logistics mandate for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.

The Road Ahead

Adding to this, he said, “2022 is a landmark year for us as we inch towards the final months leading to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. As the Regional Supporter and Official Logistics Provider, we are aware of the immense responsibility placed upon us and the mammoth task we have ahead. We have been working diligently to ensure the seamless delivery of this mega sporting event.”

GWC will be offering a broad spectrum of services ranging from venue logistics, broadcasting and cold chain logistics, to shipping, customs clearance, transport and warehousing, down to logistics operations of merchandise, souvenirs, and food and beverages.

“While the World Cup will be an exhilarating experience – however after 18 December 2022, we will turn our focus towards the legacy of this tournament,” said GWC’s Group CEO, Ranjeev Menon. “We have a highly trained workforce and have developed pioneering systems across our business. Working on previous major events, such as the World Athletics Championships and FIFA Club World Cup, we stand prepared for Qatar 2022 – which is the cherry on the cake in terms of sporting events. However, the main goal for us – and the country in general– is Qatar National Vision 2030. One of the main legacies of the World Cup will be economic growth – and this is where GWC comes in. We have already provided a logistics framework to support the country’s development and look forward to playing a key role in delivering a bright business future for Qatar for decades to come.”

In addition to this, GWC will continue to support MSMEs through its various initiatives and projects. It will also continue to work towards developing its human capital which will be critical in expanding regionally and internationally, while furthering its quest for innovation, sustainable solutions, and digital transformation.

A Year of Lives Lost to Diseases Science Has Yet to Tame

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Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country. But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

When The Sun Goes Down

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia.

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A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer.

Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

Emirates Post issues stamps to commemorate region’s first international philatelic exhibition

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Emirates 2022 World Stamp Exhibition spotlighting the rich history of postage stamps and promotes the culture of philately kicks off at Expo 2020

Emirates 2022 World Stamp Exhibition, the first international philatelic exhibition in the region, hosted by Emirates Post Group and the Emirates Philatelic Association, kicked off today (Wednesday, January 19, 2022) at the Dubai Exhibition Centre in the Expo 2020 site in the presence of H.E Mohammed Al Murr, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation, Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post Group and Abdulla Mohammed Khoory, President, Emirates Philatelic Association. .

Recognizing the significance of the first of its kind exhibition, Emirates Post Group has also issued a stamp to commemorate Emirates 2022 World Stamp Exhibition at the opening ceremony.

Aimed at fostering positive collaborations among collectors, dealers, and philatelists, the first of eight global philatelic events in 2022, the Emirates 2022 World Stamp Exhibition, is attracting the attention of philately enthusiasts in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania and postal administrations from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab region.

Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post Group, stated: “We are proud of organizing this distinctive global exhibition in collaboration with the Emirates Philatelic Association to feature unique postage stamps and highlight the extensive history of the postal sector. This exhibition is a milestone in the history of philately in the UAE, which also coincides with the year of the 50th celebrations. It is vital that we promote the culture of philately, and we are pleased to receive an astounding response from visitors across the world.

Alashram, added: “As an organization committed to initiatives that emphasize the nation’s cultural traditions and values, we see this as an opulent occasion of cultural exchange. It is highly rewarding to witness the vibrant participation of philatelic enthusiasts who are keen on growing their knowledge about postage stamps, as well as exhibitors showcasing their rare collections of postage stamps.”

Abdulla Mohammed Khoory, President, Emirates Philatelic Association, said: “The response towards the first of its kind international philatelic exhibition in the region is tremendous, and visitors were also eager to explore the rare exhibits. We are also proud of associating with Emirates Post Group to organize this outstanding exhibition which will in turn, create extensive impacts in philately. The idea to organize a global event to enhance the awareness about philatelic culture is notable, as study and collection of stamps reflect the history of a nation, its culture and people.”

The exhibition organized in conjunction with Expo 2020 supports efforts aimed at enhancing the UAE’s position as an innovative hub and ensures future readiness. By hosting this remarkable philatelic event, EPG is highlighting the rich heritage of the nation, honouring archaeological discoveries, and documenting the historical events for future generations.

ECS and Wiremind Cargo join forces and launch CargoTech

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Tangible technology. The pandemic has spotlighted the importance of digitalization across all air cargo processes. With the launch of CargoTech, ECS Group’s inhouse solution developer, Cargo Digital Factory, and the French software and data-science company, Wiremind Cargo will focus their efforts on intelligently digitalising the air cargo industry. CargoTech also supports one of the four pillars of ECS Group’s new Augmented GSA concept, comprising Commercial, Technology, Sustainability, and New Abilities.

Based in Paris, France, Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind’s newly established dedicated cargo business unit will collaborate to digitalise as many air cargo processes as possible. Existing Cargo Digital Factory products such as its APOLLO BI & Reporting System, PATHFINDER Track & Trace solution, and QUANTUM pricing support system, and Wiremind Cargo’s shipment volume evaluation & flight planning system SKYPALLET, form the basis of CargoTech’s product portfolio. The two divisions will jointly innovate and design additional digital solutions to expand the standard product portfolio, as well as tailor individual products for all actors of the cargo supply chain: airlines, GHAs, GSAs, and freight forwarders.

“ECS Group and Wiremind have been business partners since June 2018. ECS became a customer of Sky pallet in its early days and we helped enhance the product as a key user. We both share a common vision and ambition to digitalise the industry in a way that removes complexity and manual work and focuses completely on the user experience. We believe that whatever can be digitized should not remain manual but are also aware that not everything can be automated. ECS Group offers solutions for both scenarios. Whatever requires human expertise is covered by our New Abilities portfolio, whereas CargoTech takes care of automating and digitalising routine processes to reduce costs and optimize revenues while fostering innovation” Cedric Millet, ECS Group Chief Strategy & Digital Officer, explains. “Under the CargoTech umbrella, we will enhance and develop digital products both for the benefit of our existing ECS Group customers, as well as for all other airlines in the world. Our solutions are modular, and customers can subscribe to one or several products as required.”

“Our intensified collaboration with Cargo Digital Factory will enable us to deliver more quickly on our vision of becoming a leading provider of end-to-end software solutions to the air cargo market,” Nathanaël de Tarade, board member at Wiremind and CEO of Wiremind Cargo, says. “Not only will we be taking SkyPallet to the next level, but we will also be introducing new products to the market that we are developing together.”

EPG promotes start-ups in the pioneering logistics sector

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As one of the world’s leading logistics experts, Ehrhardt Partner Group (EPG) is always looking to the future. And this outlook sees the Boppard-based family business treading new paths. With its newly established EPG Rocket Club, the international software provider has created a new innovation platform for start-ups to present their solutions. Seven companies from Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and elsewhere have now presented their innovative and creative IT solutions to EPG.

The start-ups impressed the judges with their fresh ideas and innovative spirit. The range of solutions presented was extremely diverse and provided further proof that the logistics sector is highly innovative and has a promising future. The solutions showcased included a cloud-based application for purchasing replacement parts, software for the digitalisation of container transport and a digital pallet note.

Award goes to Vienna-based company

The companies presenting their solutions were competing for the stylish, shiny green EPG Rocket Club Award. The panel of judges ultimately opted to hand the rocket-shaped award to SpotVessels GmbH in recognition of the solution it has developed for the inland navigation sector. The Vienna-based company offers an online platform that fundamentally improves the booking of freight transport as well as the fleet management of inland vessels and barges. The solution helps to utilize loading capacity more effectively, reduce the number of empty runs and thus increase freighter efficiency.

“The presentations given by the start-ups were very impressive,” says a delighted Dennis Kunz. “We had the chance to listen to fascinating visionaries from the logistics sector who presented their ideas with great passion and verve. In the era of the digital transformation, it’s important that we learn from each other and create new synergies. As a community, the EPG Rocket Club will continue to play an important role in future.”

The EPG has produced a video of the EPG Rocket Club event, which can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/nhVXfMojqDY

Volvo Trucks launches electric truck with longer range

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Volvo Trucks continues to lead the deployment of zero-tailpipe emission trucks across the world. In North America, the company now launches an enhanced version of its Volvo VNR Electric with up to 85% increased range and faster charging.

The Volvo VNR Electric is one of Volvo Trucks six all-electric heavy truck models and is specially designed for the North American market. Sales start was in December 2020.

The first generation of Volvo VNR Electric had an operating range of up to 240 km (150 miles). Now an enhanced version of the class 8* electric truck is launched, with an operational range of up to 440 km (275 miles) and increased energy storage of up to 565kWh. The improved performance is due to, among other things, improved battery design and a new six battery package option.

The new Volvo VNR Electric also reduces the required charging time, as the 250kW charging capability provides an 80% charge in 90 minutes for the six-battery package, and 60 minutes for the four-battery version.

“It is a testament to Volvo Trucks’ leadership in a continuously evolving industry that we are bringing the enhanced version of our VNR Electric to the market only a year after sales of the VNR Electric first started,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President, Volvo Trucks North America.

Production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric will start in Q2 2022 in the company’s New River Valley plant in Virginia, which is the exclusive producer of all Volvo trucks in North America.

50% electric by 2030

Globally, Volvo Trucks has set the target that half of all trucks sold are electric by 2030.

“We are determined to lead the transformation of the transport industry. In only eight years’ time, our goal is that half of our global truck sales are electric. The interest among customers is high, and it’s quickly becoming a competitive advantage for transporters to be able to offer electric, sustainable transports. That is very encouraging,” commented Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks.

Volvo Trucks started serial production of electric trucks in 2019, as one of the very first truck brands in the world. The product range now includes six electric truck models – the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, Volvo FMX, Volvo FE, Volvo FL and the Volvo VNR.

Global wire, cable and pipes expos offer platform for Middle East 

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  • Participation in Wire & Tube 2022 in Dusseldorf to help boost export thrust, says UAE’s Ducab Metals Business
  • 148 ME companies confirm participation taking up a cumulative space of 9,567 sq. m, nea

In the wake of the exponential post-pandemic growth opportunity in global wire, cable and tubes market, Middle Eastern companies looking to increase exports have confirmed robust participation at the world’s leading twin trade fair, Wire and Tube 2022, a senior official of Messe Dusseldorf, the event organizer,  said.

The fair at Dusseldorf, Germany from May 9-13, is being organized at a time when various reports indicate that the global market for wires and cables at over US$ 330 billion in 2021 is estimated to grow to over US$420 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 5 per cent.

“We are seeing a new robustness in the participation of companies at the show this year, indicating anticipation of a growth surge in this sector. We are honoured that our regional exhibitors include the Ducab Metals Business (DMB), part of the UAE’s homegrown global leader, Ducab,” said Mr. Daniel Ryfisch, Project Director, Messe Dusseldorf.

Addressing a press conference along with Mr. Mohamed Al Ahmedi, CEO, Ducab Metals Business, Mr. Ryfisch said, 148 companies from the Middle East region are taking part at the world’s leading exhibitions for wire, cables and pipes – mainly from the UAE, Israel, Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Jordan.

“Our participation will reinforce our market reputation as a leading global player in the energy raw materials industry. This will also support expansion and diversification of our metals business. Currently, we export to 45 countries and our aim is to increase our overseas market footprints further,” said Mr. Al Ahmedi.

DMB exports 7o per cent of its output, and in 2020 it clocked revenue of  AED 1 billion and it is expected to be at AED 1.5 billion in the financial year 2021, despite the challenges of the pandemic.  New export markets targeted by DMB includes Europe, Africa and the US while the group continues to service the GCC markets including, the UAE, the UK and Australia,

Elaborating on the company’s business growth, Mr. Al Ahmedi said DMB turned the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 into an opportunity benefiting from the strong infrastructure in the UAE.

“We also had the advantage since the UAE managed the pandemic with prudence and perfection. The ports in UAE were operating, so were our factories, making us capable to cater to our export markets. We also strengthened our relations with our supply chain partners making production and exports run seamlessly,” he added.

Mr. Ryfisch said Middle Eastern companies have taken up a cumulative exhibition space of 9,567 sq. m this year, nearly 15 per cent more than that of the last pre-pandemic Wire & Tube 2018.  “The Middle East region is also very important for us in terms of visitors – in 2018, we had 2,484 trade visitors from the region, which was 6 per cent of the total visitors. From a global industry perspective, the Middle East is a dynamic, modern and powerful region,” said Mr. Ryfisch.

“As a partner to Messe Dusseldorf in creating awareness on the Wire & Tube 2022 in the Middle East,  we are confident that many more companies from the region will join the twin expos considering the growth opportunity in this key industrial sector.  We will be joining hands with Messe Dusseldorf for more shows in the future as well,” said Rajesh Nair, Project Director, Verifair.

The shows will also have a sustainability focus, termed green transformation, and that will fit in line with the shift towards climate neutrality, electric mobility and green hydrogen.

Iraqi Airways receives its first A220-300

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Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has taken delivery of its first out of five A220-300 aircraft from Mirabel, Canada. Upon entry into service, Iraqi Airways will become one of the first airlines to operate the A220 in the Middle East region.

With the A220, Iraqi Airways will benefit from the aircraft’s exceptional technical, economic and environmental performance. Iraqi Airways’ A220-300 features a modern and highly comfortable dual-class cabin that seats 132 passengers; 12 in business class and 120 in economy class. The state of the art aircraft will play an integral part of Iraqi Airways fleet renewal and modernization plan.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines. Featuring a 50% reduced noise footprint and up to 25% lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, as well as around 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards, the A220 is a great aircraft for regional as well as long distance routes operations.

As of the end of November 2021, over 180 A220s had been delivered to 13 operators, from  Asia, North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East – proving the great versatility of Airbus’ new generation single-aisle family member.

Renault delivers 10 concrete mixers to Sijimix

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Sijimix, a well-established supplier of quality concrete throughout the eastern United Arab Emirates, has invested in ten new Renault Trucks K 380 units.

Renault Trucks the first choice for Sijimix due to exceptional reliability and high quality. Trucks trusted to lower operations costs with no compromise on quality and reliability.

Renault Trucks has announced the brand’s first deal with Sijimix, one of the United Arab Emirates’ leading ready-mix concrete suppliers, to supply a total of ten new K 380 trucks, which will be used to transport concrete across the eastern UAE.

Sijimix’s ten new Renault Trucks, supplied by the brand’s partner in Dubai, United Diesel, will expand the company’s existing fleet of over 140 units, and are set to start operations in December. The K 380 P6x4 Rigid Chassis models, which meet Euro 5 emission standards and are equipped with a wide range of technological features as well as 9 CBM transit Concrete Mixers, are set to optimise Sijimix’s local operations thanks to the K range’s functionality and fuel efficiency.

The K 380 P6x4 Rigid Chassis models have a reputation for robustness, exceptional reliability and optimal fuel efficiency. They are equipped and designed to ensure maximum productivity and safety for their drivers, as the new models meet concrete suppliers’ operational needs. The K 380 models, in addition to their robust build, also reduce operational costs by minimising fuel consumption by combining a Euro 5 380hp engine, the Optidriver AT 2612F gearbox with automatic clutch, and a 445-litre tank.

Sijimix’s new K 380 P6x4 trucks, which will mainly be operating from Fujairah, are also driver-centric as they feature numerous advanced technological and safety features. To minimise risk and increase safety, the trucks are equipped with EBS (Electronic Braking System), Hill Start Aid (HSA), Anti-Spin Regulation (ASR), Wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Emergency Braking Assist, all of which assist drivers in tricky situations and provide comfort.

Mr. Mahmoud Attourah, C.E.O. of Sijimix, commented: “We’re proud to have established a partnership with Renault Trucks and United Diesel in the United Arab Emirates. Our deal came through numerous studies we’ve conducted, where Sijimix concluded that Renault Trucks are the best choice in terms of financial cost of operation and quality and reliability of the product, which are ideally suited for our operations across Fujairah.”

Commercial Director of Renault Trucks Middle East, Mr. Guillaume Zimmermann, said: “Completing this first deal with Sijimix is another great step forward for the Renault Trucks team as we embark on another new partnership with a top local supplier. The quality of our trucks along with their features, technological advancements and efficiency, in addition to United Diesel’s services and strong network, are key factors that contribute to the high demand for Renault Trucks in the UAE.”

Mike Mokhles Makary, General Manager of United Diesel, commented: “Renault Trucks offers an excellent range of trucks that is perfectly suited to the varied requirements of our customers across the United Arab Emirates. In turn we are focused on ensuring the optimum standards of customer service and financial support. Combined, this forms an unbeatable package, and this new deal with Sijimix demonstrates its appeal to the country’s leading businesses.”

The deal between Renault Trucks and Sijimix is not only down to the quality of the trucks and the reputation of the Renault Trucks brand, but is also greatly due to United Diesel’s excellent customer support and aftersales services. Sijimix have been offered Site Drivers Training, Technical Training for staff and technicians beside other services, reflecting Renault Trucks’ and United Diesel’s objective to ensure optimum peace of mind for its customers.

Volvo’s heavy-duty electric truck is put to the test

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Now the first independent energy efficiency test with a fully loaded heavy-duty electric Volvo truck has been done in Germany. The electric truck exceeded its official range and used 50% less energy than its diesel counterpart.

Watch Volvo FH Electric being tested here.

The tested truck was a Volvo FH Electric, a zero-exhaust emission vehicle with 490 kW of continuous power and a gross combination weight of 40 tonnes. The German trucking journalist Jan Burgdorf tested the truck on the Green Truck Route, a 343 km long route that includes a variety of motorways, hilly terrains, and tighter roads that is used for testing different manufacturer’s trucks in a wide range of conditions.

“I have to say, when driving this truck it is as agile, or even more agile, than a diesel truck. Drivers will be very surprised about how easy it is to drive, how quiet it is and how well it responds. There are no vibrations whatsoever,” says Jan Burgdorf.

The Volvo FH Electric kept an average speed of 80 km/h over the whole route, which was on par with the Volvo FH with a diesel engine equipped with a diesel engine and the fuel efficiency package I-Save. Based on the energy consumption of only 1.1 kWh/km, the electric truck had a total range of 345 km on one charge.

“These test results show that it is possible to drive up to 500 km during a regular work-day, with a short stop for charging, for example during lunch time,” explains Tobias Bergman, Press Test Director at Volvo Trucks.

In the Green Truck Route tests, the Volvo FH Electric used 50% less energy than a Volvo FH with a comparable diesel engine.

“The electric driveline is very efficient, making the all-electric truck a very powerful tool for reducing CO2 emissions,” comments Tobias Bergman.

Volvo Trucks goal is that electric vehicles will account for half of its truck sales in 2030 and in 2040, 100% well-to-wheel based CO2-reduction for new trucks sold.

“We are committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change. Science-based targets have been set and we are taking action to fast-forward the development to dramatically lower CO2 emissions related to on-road freight transports. I believe that the broad electric range we already have on the market is very clear proof of that,” concludes Tobias Bergman.

Facts about the test and the truck:

  • Gross combination weight: 40 tonnes
  • Average speed: 80 km/h
  • Energy consumption: 1,1 kWh/km
  • Battery capacity: 540 kWh
  • Output power: 490 kW continuous power
  • Total test track distance: 343 km
  • Total range based on one charge: 345 km
  • The tested Volvo FH Electric can cover up to 500 km during a normal workday if a top-up charge is added, for example during the lunch break.

Facts about Volvo’s range of electric trucks:

  • Volvo Trucks have a range of six all electric trucks designed to cover many different transport assignments.
  • The Volvo FH, FM and FMX Electric models have a GCW of up to 44 tonnes. Sales are ongoing in Europe and production will start in the second half of 2022.
  • Serial production in Europe of the Volvo FL and FE Electric, for city distribution and refuse handling, started in 2019.
  • Production of the Volvo VNR Electric for North America began in 2020.

Wizz Air celebrates milestones for the 1st year

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  • The UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline contributed to the fast recovery of the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector
  • Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launched more than 34 destinations during 2021
  • The airline operated more than 1,080 flights since its launch in January 2021 with 506 flights taking place in the fourth quarter of the year

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s ultra-low-fare national airline, the joint venture established between ADQ and Wizz Air Holdings plc, today announced its outstanding operational results for 2021.

During its first operational year, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi launched more than 34 destinations including Alexandria (Egypt), Athens (Greece), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bahrain, Belgrade (Serbia), Kutaisi (Georgia), Kyiv (Ukraine), Muscat (Oman), Odesa (Ukraine), Sarajevo (Bosnia), Sohag (Egypt), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Tirana (Albania) and Yerevan (Armenia) among others. The airline has successfully operated more than 1,080 flights since its launch in January 2021, with 506 flights taking place in the fourth quarter of the year.

Kees Van Schaick, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi commented: “We are proud of what has been achieved since launching our operations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Through collaboration with key stakeholders, we have been able to grow and expand our network to more than 34 destinations despite all the challenges we have faced. This has helped us play our role in attracting tourists into the emirate and build on our ambitions to expand our network to even many more destinations. Our aim is to serve a large segment of travellers and provide them with affordable packages with great memories and experiences to remember. We look forward to continuing our contribution to enhancing the development of the aviation and tourism sectors in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and achieving many more successful milestones in the coming years,”

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has introduced a new segment of travel in the UAE in line with its socio-economic vision. The launch of the airline highlighted the importance of bringing in a bold new frontier for ultra-low fare travel in the region. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has contributed to supporting the UAE and Abu Dhabi’s efforts towards the post-pandemic tourism recovery and driving the UAE capital’s ongoing economic diversification strategy.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi provides ultra-low fare, hassle-free and efficient travel options for people looking to explore a wide range of attractive destinations in the UAE and abroad. The airline has a young fleet composed of four brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has the lowest environmental footprint among its competitors in the region, supporting long-term sustainability.

For ultimate peace of mind during this uncertain time, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi also provides passengers the option to book their tickets with confidence, thanks to WIZZ Flex. With WIZZ Flex, passengers can cancel their flight up to three hours before departure without any fee and receive 100% of the fare immediately reimbursed in airline credit.

The airline has also introduced a new era of sanitised travel across its network, with enhanced hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew. Click here to view Wizz Air’s new health and safety video.

63 Horses Carried Safely through the skies by Turkish Cargo

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Providing the conditions in the sky that are as similar to the conditions in their natural living environments by exercising maximum care for the live animal shipments, Turkish Cargo once again performed another successfully equine transport operation with the unique service it offers. The air cargo brand transported 63 horses, 59 of which were shipped at the same time, from Chicago to Istanbul safely.

The horses were brought in comfort from Chicago to Istanbul by making use of specially designed 21 stalls (dedicated horse barns) with non-skid surface and oval edges. Since they are not allowed to be transported unattended as per the international regulations, the horses were accompanied by their keepers and the IATA Live Animals Regulation (LAR) certificated Turkish Cargo personnel during the flight.  Having been lodged for a short time in the live animal rooms at the Ataturk Airport in conformity with their natural living conditions, the horses were delivered healthy and hale to their owners in Turkey through the dedicated loading doors enabling ready movement.

In respect of the live animal shipment service, it offers to its customers in 127 countries worldwide; Turkish Cargo takes the IATA LAR (International Air Transport Association, Live Animals Regulations) as reference for its acceptance, storage and shipment processes, and continues to implement the documentation, packaging, labeling and marking rules, as specified in the said regulations, strictly during the course of shipment of live animals.

 

 

Detailed information about TK LIVE, the product which has been developed specifically for live animal shipments by Turkish Cargo, can be found through the “products and services – special cargo” tab on its website, namely www.turkishcargo.com.tr .

His Excellency Eng. Saleh, Minister of Transport & Logistics launches SAL’s new Station in Jeddah

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SAL Saudi Logistics Services – a member of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation – launched the extension of its new Jeddah Station under the honorable patronage of His Excellency Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport & Logistics on Sunday 19 December 2021 covering 61,000 sqm with 800,000 tons of annual capacity.

Chairman of the SAL Board, Mr. Fawaz AlFawaz, pointed out that the launch of the new extension comes in parallel with the National Industrial Development Program (NIDLP) – one of Vision 2030’s most prominent programs – aiming at transforming the Kingdom into a global logistics hub, contributing to a robust and diversified economy, sustaining the growth of the sector, and creating highly competitive investment opportunities.

AlFawaz also highlighted that this launch realizes the true ground handling potential of SAL where the company utilizes its logistics expertise to provide more developed services and solutions in and out of airports and expertly serve the international markets to strengthen the connectivity of KSA ports with those of the entire globe.

SAL’s CEO, Hesham Alhussayen, mentioned the new extension spans over 61,000 square meters adding more high-quality services to its existing wide range of ground handling services and including different state-of-the-art cargo facilities according to the industry’s highest international standards. He also added the new extension perfectly provides comprehensive import and export services, medical and food cold chain services, dangerous cargo services, and valuable cargo services under world-class security measures and ultramodern automated ground handling systems.

The new extension also features effective cold chain facilities and new spacious storage facilities with an impeccable infrastructure for the special and highly sensitive cargo. The Jeddah station extension is expected to increase SAL’s annual cargo capacity to over 800K tons in 2030 while providing retailers and companies new premium cargo services at KAIA in Jeddah.

Togg goes international on the wings of Turkish Airlines

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Global air cargo brand Turkish Cargo became the logistics solutions partner of Togg (Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group), which was founded with the mission of becoming Turkey’s most valuable global mobility brand. National brand carries Turkey’s first electric automobile to CES in Las Vegas, one of the world’s leading tech expos. With this special flight, indigenous automobile crossed national borders to be presented at the world stage.

On the subject, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. Ilker Aycı stated; “With the responsibility that comes with being the national flag carrier and strength of being the airline that flies to more countries than any other, we are excited to carry our country’s tech export, Turkey’s automobile, to all over the world. As the Turkish Airlines family, we are proud of our contributions towards Togg’s world launch, the most ambitious project of our country.”

Togg CEO M. Gurcan Karakas said; “Of course we were going to carry our smart product with the global Turkish Airlines brand to CES 2022 where we will present our vision for the future. We thank Turkish Cargo for being our partner in this journey towards #NewLeauge to become a global brand in CES 2022 where the technology world comes together. We will present our smart product with enriched design and futuristic touches as it tells the story of transformation of mobility that launches automobiles into third life cycle.”

Sent off with a digital convoy of 40 thousand aircraft

New brand launch and concept automobile by Togg will be present at the international stage for the first time in the CES expo of Las Vegas, which is organized between 5-8 January. Togg’s journey towards international stage and becoming a global brand with Turkish Cargo started with a digital convoy which draw participation from all around the world. Thousands followed this 11-hour journey which started at the same time with the departure of Turkish Cargo aircraft via personalized aircraft models at www.yolunuzacikolsun.com with a convoy 40 thousand aircraft.

Turkish Cargo makes use of special equipment for the product shipments that require maximum attention and sensitivity, and it keeps each and every movement of the valuable cargo stored in the sensitive cargo storehouses, under continuous supervision via the cameras installed at and around its storage facilities. Thanks to the unprecedented solutions it offers, Turkish Cargo, which has an experience over 30 years in special cargo shipments, ranks among the first choices of the global-scale companies seeking for a reliable business partner.

DFDS order another 25 electric trucks from Volvo

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Volvo Trucks has received an order for an additional 25 heavy electric trucks from DFDS, Northern Europe’slargest shipping and logistics company. The new vehicles are on top of the record order of 100 Volvo FM electric trucks that was made in October, adding up to a total of 125 electric trucks for DFDS.

“Once again, DFDS has confirmed its great trust in our partnership and technology with this order for an additional 25 Volvo FM Electric trucks. We are very proud and happy that it is so clearly becoming a competitive advantage for transporters to be able to offer electric, sustainable transports. This is very encouraging for Volvo Trucks, for our customers and for the climate,” comments Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks. Delivery of the vehicles is planned to commence in Q4 2022. The new trucks will be used for transports in the DFDS logistics system in Europe.

“Green investments in the heavy transport industry are a prerequisite to reach the emissions reductions needed for DFDS, our customers, and society in general. Our partnership with Volvo Trucks allows DFDS to offer further low-emission transport solutions, already in high demand among customers. We hope such investments will increase the demand for green infrastructure solutions across Europe,” says Niklas Andersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Logistics Division at DFDS.

With a Volvo FM Electric truck, it´s possible to drive up to 500 km during a workday, with a fast top-up charge, for example during the lunch break. The Volvo FM Electric has a gross combination weight of up to 44 tons and can be charged both overnight at the home-depot and via high power fast charging on route.

Volvo Trucks started serial production of electric trucks in 2019, as one of the very first truck brands to do so. The product range now includes six electric truck models – the Volvo FH, Volvo FM, Volvo FMX, Volvo FE, Volvo FL and the Volvo VNR, sold in North America.

Of the electric trucks (16 tonnes and heavier) registered in Europe so far this year, Volvo Trucks has a market share of just over 40%.

Sohar Port successfully prepares for safety management

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SOHAR Port and Freezone in coordination with the Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA) conducted its annual emergency response field exercise. Held in collaboration with Safety Region Rotterdam, the Port’s strategic partner for safety management, and SOHAR’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE), the teams simulated a life-like emergency scenario at the Hutchison Ports terminal. Emergency response teams from companies in the Port including OQ, Vale, SIUCI, OMC and Jindal Shadeed participated to ensure that they know how to respond quickly and effectively to any crisis or incident and are able to work together using the mutual aid system. The various scenarios comprised of a fire combined with a release of hazardous materials. Both were successfully handled by the specialized teams and in fact demonstrated a high level of readiness.

Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port, said, “Several of the tenants within SOHAR Port and Freezone provide their own emergency response fire and ambulance team to manage crisis and incidents. By engaging them with all along with PACDA in regular training exercises, we know that the same comprehensive protocols are followed throughout the site.”

He added, “ We are confident knowing that the teams have been trained, understand the science behind our actions, have the skills to prevent injury and damage to assets in addition to protect the environment. The guidance received and lessons learned during these exercises allows us to update our safety protocols in accordance with best international HSSE practices and prepare teams to respond when called upon.”

Continuing to prioritize and promote a culture of safe and socially responsible business practices, SOHAR Port and Freezone’s Emergency Response strategy outlines procedures that are designed to provide the immediate prepared response for multiple scenarios. Having made giant strides in ensuring a safe working climate, the port continues to employ innovative, world-class solutions to resolve complex challenges and manage incidents in a time critical manner, factoring in the port’s potential risk profile, foreseeing its occurrence and responding effectively to mitigate all risks to persons and property.

MYCRANE expansion continues in India

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MYCRANE, the world’s first digital platform for the search and selection of cranes – has announced the appointment of an exclusive pan-India franchisee

The free-to-use MYCRANE service will be operated in India by Mumbai-based Sahil Freight Express Pvt Ltd. Established in 1986, the company has extensive experience in the freight and logistics sector

As an exclusive distributor for Scheuerle in the past, Sahil was responsible for introducing the manufacturer’s globally-renowned SPMTs, modular platform trailers and semi-trailers to the Indian market. In addition, Sahil has handled a number of heavy lift projects, and was the pioneer in establishing the concept of NVOCC/ LCL (less-than-container-load) consolidation as a service provided by freight forwarders in India.

The franchise partnership agreement was signed at Expo 2020 Dubai, currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates, by MYCRANE founder and director Andrei Geikalo and Suhail Shaikh, the chairman and managing director of Sahil Freight Express Pvt Ltd.

Andrei Geikalo said: “India has one of the fastest digitising economies in the world, as well as a very positive outlook for the Indian cranes and construction sector, so we are delighted to be opening the MYCRANE service in the country. “In Sahil Freight, we have the right partners who have a proven track record of introducing new products and services to the market. I have no doubt MYCRANE will be a big success in India.”

The crane market in India is expected to grow strongly in the coming years. The ongoing expansion of roads and metro railways and the routine maintenance and upgrading of oil refineries, cement and power plants are all driving demand for cranes.

Suhail Shaikh, the chairman and managing director of Sahil Freight Express Pvt Ltd, comments: “While the crane market is expected to be very strong in the coming years, it remains a fact that the majority of the rental equipment market in India is dominated by smaller, informal players.

“MYCRANE therefore has a huge opportunity to make life easier for those seeking crane rental services, by connecting them with a wide range of reliable equipment providers who have been thoroughly vetted by our team.

“We are excited about the journey ahead and look forward to getting to work in the Indian market.” MYCRANE operates on a franchise basis and enquiries are welcomed from entrepreneurs who are interested in operating the service in their home markets.

Bridgestone promotes women in the automotive industry

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Women industry leaders led a panel at Automechanika Dubai 2021 to discuss gender issues and milestones in a traditionally male-dominated sector

Bridgestone, global sustainable mobility, and advanced solutions provider, joined this year’s edition of Automechanika Dubai, the largest international show for the automotive aftermarket and service industry for the Middle East and Africa region. The 18th edition of Automechanika Dubai, held recently at the Dubai World Trade Centre, convened international visitors, exhibitors, suppliers, customers, and business partners from the automotive industry to discuss the latest market trends and innovations, and potential partnerships.

As an industry pioneer, Bridgestone actively participated in the event to bring forward its milestones, particularly women’s roles in the automotive industry. Berna Akıncı, Head of Marketing at Bridgestone Middle East and Africa, was one of the panelists in their Women in Automotive session. The session titled ‘An Interview with Women in Automotive, Enabling Women as Industry leaders and Serving Female Consumers’ discussed various roles of women in the industry, whether through inventions, technical innovations, leadership, courage, or inspiring successes behind the wheel.

The discussion shed light on significant industry concerns and topics, including underrepresentation of women at the executive level, cultural and traditional bias due to underrepresentation, and the importance of mentorship and guidance. The session also brought forward the need to encourage women early, making the automotive industry appealing to women and the importance of flexibility in working hours.

It is imperative to create systematic support to advance women’s representation and inclusion across automotive operations. It was also pointed out that the way forward is to increase awareness and develop programs that provide support to women in childcare, career support, and other opportunities that can facilitate career growth.

Representing the women leaders of Bridgestone, Berna Akıncı said: “We are proud of how Bridgestone continuedly encourage and advance diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Our company has been proactive in creating a conducive work environment for all individuals who have diverse values and backgrounds, irrespective of their gender. We want our employees to work comfortably and demonstrate their abilities while supporting career growth and development. It is essential to design and implement programs that empower our employees, such as career development training, help employees develop networks, and offer career-support training for managers with a special focus on gender diversity awareness. Embracing employee empowerment contributes to the enhancement of work culture and values at our company.”

RSGT Wins “Deal of the Year” 2021

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Seatrade Maritime Awards cites 20% equity share sales to Saudi Arabia’s PIF and COSCO Shipping Ports as “the most significant deal in the maritime industry over the past 12 months” in the Maritime Industry, in the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa.

Dubai, UAE- Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT) was honored for the 2021 “Regional Deal of the Year”, at the annual Seatrade Maritime Awards ceremony, in Dubai, for the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa. In July of 2021, RSGT announced the formal approvals and completions of 20% equity share sales to both the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF), and Hong Kong-based COSCO Shipping Ports Limited (CSPL). With the deal’s successful conclusion, RSGT’s founding shareholders reduced their combined majority and controlling shareholding to 60%. The deal implied an enterprise value of USD $880 million for RSGT.

” This past year RSGT welcomed as new investors one of the world’s largest container shipping and terminal operating companies, as well as one of the world’s largest sovereign investment funds” stated CEO Jens Floe, adding “At the same time we were continuing our focus on operational excellence and geographic growth both in Saudi and internationally”.

“We thank SeaTrade Maritime for this award and look forward to announcing new deals to be celebrated in the year ahead”, said Mr. Floe.

Saudia Cargo sponsor rally driver Mashael Alobaidan

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Conquering the skies means securing the launchpad below: Saudia Cargo appreciates and shares values of resilience and overcoming obstacles with inspiring rally driver Mashael Alobaidan.

Saudia Cargo has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first female, accredited rally driver at Rally Dakar, Mashael AlObaidan, as part of the company’s continuous contributions to the Kingdom’s various entertainment and sporting events. The 33-year-old ambitious driver is ready to take part in Rally Dakar in 2022, as the first Saudi and Arab female participant, in the prominent worldwide race event. The event will kick off next year in Saudi Arabia for the third time in a row with drivers of 70 nationalities participating in Rally Dakar’s five different categories.

The rally track will start from the City of Hail ending in Jeddah and is famous for being the world’s longest and hardest rally track where drivers cross multiple cities facing different weather conditions and challenging complex topographies.

In line with Vision 2030 that recognizes a successful, modern nation must empower all members of society, including women, Mashael aspires to lead a new generation of female rally racers in the Middle East, and represent women empowerment across motorsports in Saudi Arabia. She is the first Saudi and Arab female to obtain a rally license in Saudi Arabia. Soon after becoming the first female licensed rally driver in KSA, Mashael placed 1st in the T3 category at Sharqiyah Rally and 5th overall out of 19 racers.

To sponsor Mashael AlObaidan was greatly welcomed by Saudia Cargo CEO Teddy Zebitz, who believes this step will support Saudis and enhance their performance in worldwide sporting tournaments while presenting the image of the empowered Saudi woman who proudly achieves successful national milestones with remarkable outcomes.

“We realize the importance of all events hosted by the Kingdom and the active role we play by utilizing our capacities and logistics services to ensure the success of such premium and challenging races,” Teddy Zebitz stated. “It is important to recognize the shared values and attributes between rally drivers and Saudia Cargo, where both face challenging routes, undergo long-haul races, and recognize the necessity of overcoming obstacles with great elegance under pressure. This requires agility, flexibility and unwavering resilience and commitment. These are the qualities and standards that drives us daily, as we deliver our services around the world. Clearly, the common values between Saudia Cargo – that exists to serve our global community – and rally driver Mashael AlObaidan are distinctly recognizable.”

With pride, Mashael stated, “It is an honor to participate in one of the toughest rallies in the world, with Saudia Cargo as a partner. Thanks to Saudia Cargo’s sponsorship, I have reached a major milestone in my career. This is an exciting time for me on several levels, primarily as having the opportunity to represent my country, and to honor the tenets of Vision 2030 in progressing the Kingdom forward.”

Mashael AlObaidan became the first Arab female driver from GCC to take part in the international Rally Dakar following her participation in the Spanish Baja Aragon Rally – the fifth stage of the World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas organized by FIA. Mashael also managed to finish second in the T3 category of the Hail International Rally in Saudi Arabia – the final round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies – making her way through as the first Arab female rally driver to win a title in this race.

AD Ports and Aqaba Sign Agreements for Developments

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AD Ports Group and Aqaba Development Corporation
Sign Multiple Agreements for Development of Tourism, Transport, Logistics and Digital Infrastructure

Strategic Partnerships Designed to Boost Tourism and Provide Multimodal Transport, Logistics and Digital Solutions for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

AD Ports Group, a leading facilitator of trade and logistics, has strengthened its regional footprint by signing a number of four strategic agreements and a Head of Terms Agreement (HoT) with the Aqaba Development Corporation that will see AD Ports Group support the development of tourism, logistics, transport, and digital infrastructure within Aqaba.

The signing ceremony took place in Aqaba in Jordan in the presence of H.E. Nasser Shraideh, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, representing H.E. Dr. Bisher Al Khasawneh, Prime Minister of Jordan; H.E. Ahmed Ali Mohammed Al Baloushi, UAE Ambassador to the kingdom; H.E. Dr. Mohamad Al-Ississ, Minister of Finance; H.E. Eng. Khairy Amr, Minister of Investment; and H.E. Dr. Nawaf Tall, Minister of State for Follow-up and Government Coordination; and H.E Eng. Nayef Ahmad Bakheet, Chief Commissioner, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Chairman of Aqaba Development Corporation, along with a number of officials from both sides. The four strategic agreements and a Head of Terms Agreement were signed by Hussein Ali Alsafadi, CEO, Aqaba Development Corporation and Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group.

The strategic partnerships concern the development of Marsa Zayed, a cruise terminal, and the development of an advanced digital Port Community System, in addition to Head of Terms agreements to explore the development and modernisation of a multipurpose port and King Hussein International Airport.

Marsa Zayed Land Agreement

The agreement is in relation to the development of a land area of 1.2 million sqm in phase 1 of the development of the 3.2 million Marsa Zayed area by AD Ports Group, which will include a cruise terminal, tourism, leisure, residential and other projects. The development is planned to position Aqaba as a major Red Sea destination of choice.

Cruise Terminal Agreement

Under this Agreement, which builds upon a Head of Terms Agreement announced earlier in the year, AD Ports Group will develop, manage and operate a new cruise terminal in Aqaba, which will serve as a gateway for passengers visiting the Red Sea.

Maqta Ayla, New Joint Venture

Maqta Gateway, the digital arm of AD Ports Group, has signed a joint venture Agreement with Aqaba Development Corporation establishing “Maqta Ayla” to develop and operate an advanced Ports Community System (PCS). The system will oversee the communication between the Port of Aqaba and terminal operators, as well as the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Aqaba Development Corporation, Jordan Maritime Commission and other stakeholders within the Port’s ecosystem. The system is expected to complete around two million digital transactions per year, generate considerable cost and time savings for stakeholders and customers, reduce CO2 emissions and streamline services.

HoT on the Development and Modernisation of a Multi-Purpose Port

The HoT sees the Aqaba Development Corporation and AD Ports Group cooperating on exploring the development and modernisation of a multi-purpose port with world-class facilities including Ro-Ro, general cargo, grain and livestock handling.

Development of King Hussein International Airport Agereeent

The Agreement will see AD Ports Group collaborate with Aqaba Development Corporation on the development of King Hussein International Airport – Aqaba, to enable increasing volumes of international and domestic tourism, ensuring a seamless journey for passengers moving between the airport and the Aqaba Cruise Terminal, while enhancing air logistics and expanding Aqaba’s air network connectivity.

H.E Eng. Nayef Ahmad Bakheet, Chief Commissioner, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Chairman of Aqaba Development Corporation said: “We have found a key partner in AD Ports Group, which has the vision, expertise and track record necessary to develop world-class port and cruise and digital infrastructure.

“The agreements and HoT on the development of Marsa Zayed and a cruise terminal, exploring the modernisation of a multipurpose port, the development of King Hussein International Airport, and the establishment of “Maqta Ayla” for digital systems, represent a significant addition to our efforts that aim to develop Aqaba region, and enable rising volumes of visitors to come and experience the Golden Triangle of Jordan, with our unique tourism offerings of Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the ancient city of Petra.”

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “This strategic alliance will boost the wider efforts of the leadership of Abu Dhabi to drive trade and tourism with our neighbours in the region, and to develop world-class infrastructure to expand global reach.

“Collectively, these mega-projects represent one of the most significant integrated transport, logistics and tourism development programmes announced in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in recent years.

“Working with our partners in the Aqaba Development Corporation, these ambitious projects will significantly expand the facilities available to travellers and businesses via sea, land and air. This in turn will help grow the trade and tourism sectors, while strengthening Aqaba’s status as a major regional hub and support the kingdom’s economic development plans.”

Hussein Alsafadi, CEO, Aqaba Development Corporation stressed the importance of this collaboration and strategic partnership which will help in creating investment and job opportunities, as well as foster the role of Aqaba as a key regional hub in trade, logistics, and maritime and air transportation.

Abdulla Al Hameli, Head of Industrial Cities & Free Zone Cluster, AD Ports Group said, “We are excited to partner with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority for the development of a land area of 1.2 million sqm comprising real estate development projects, tourist residential complexes, hotels, chalets, commercial centres and theme parks. This significant project contributes towards positioning Aqaba as a major tourism and business destination in the region.”

Saif Al Mazrouei, Head of Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to play our part in the development of the Port of Aqaba and the new cruise terminal, drawing on our expertise in the cruise sector and our experience in providing advanced services across the supply chain.

“We are confident that this cooperation will prove beneficial for both sides, as it combines Aqaba’s significant growth potential as a cruise destination and a regional hub on the Red Sea with AD Ports Group’s leadership in providing advanced services and infrastructure for cruise passengers and cargo ships.”

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, CEO of Maqta Gateway, Head of the Digital Cluster- AD Ports Group, said: “As a result of these partnership agreements, Aqaba’s cruise, logistics and shipping sectors will have to access a broad range of innovative technologies that support optimised services across land, sea and air. Digitalisation will introduce important efficiencies and eliminate risks from the supply chain, with a fully integrated platform that delivers the best possible customer experience.”

Eng. Mohammad Al-Sakran, Executive Director, Transport & Logistics, Aqaba Development Corporation, noted: “This strategic partnership will promote Aqaba as a major player in the region’s supply chain. The digital transformation resulting from this partnership will also create a new ecosystem that will enhance the resilience of the maritime sector in Aqaba”.

GWC’s blood donation drive an amazing success

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In line with the country’s celebrations of the National Day, Gulf Warehousing Company (Q.P.S.C.), the leading logistics provider in Qatar, organised a blood donation drive on December 10, 2021, which saw 67 donors achieving the the highest ever record through its annual blood donation campaigns.

The drive, which was organised in Logistics Village Qatar (LVQ) in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation, was part of GWC’s efforts to give back to the community. 102 employees registered for the blood donation drive exemplifying the spirit of selflessness.

GWC Group CEO Ranjeev Menon expressed his appreciation for GWC employees and HMC for ensuring that the campaign was a success. “As we celebrate Qatar National Day this year, we look at the accomplishments made by Qatar in all fields with pride, and what makes us proud is the participation of GWC in initiatives that contribute to achieving our greater goal of being part of the well-being of society and contributing to its prosperity. Volunteering to donate blood is a cornerstone of our corporate social responsibility goals, and an effective way to encourage employees to engage with the society and make a positive contribution,” he further added.

GWC and HMC have repeatedly cooperated to organize blood donation drives and have witnessed a constant increase in employees volunteering to be a part of this noble cause.

Ukrainian Satellite started its journey towards Space with Turkish Cargo

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The air cargo brand transported Sich-2-30, the Earth Observation Satellite of Ukraine, to Miami for its launch.

Introducing the standards not only of the present but also of the future in the air cargo industry with its robust infrastructure, innovative mission and the broad vision it has drawn up, Turkish Cargo raised the bar to the space for sensitive and complex cargo transportation. The air cargo brand transported Sich-2-30, the earth observation satellite developed by Ukraine, to Miami for its launch with a connection flight at Istanbul.

The satellite, which has been developed as part of the National Targeted Scientific and Technical Space Program of Ukraine, will blast off at the launch area at the Kennedy Space Center (USA) in January 2022.  After settling on a stable orbit, the Earth Observation satellite will capture the digital and infrared images of the surface of the Earth and collect generic data by probing the ionosphere parameters.

Extensive arrangements for safe and secure transport

For the purpose of facilitating the loading and unloading operations, Sich-2-30 Earth Observation Satellite has been dismantled into multiple components, and the components of the satellite have been placed carefully on 2 separate pallets together with the supplies in order to avoid any damage during the shipment. Shipment of the spacecraft, loaded on board the Turkish Cargo aircraft by means of the LIFO (last in first out) method by the expert teams, has been accomplished with a perfectly executed operation.

Turkish Cargo makes use of special equipment for the product shipments that require maximum attention and sensitivity, and it keeps each and every movement of the valuable cargo stored in the sensitive cargo storehouses, under continuous supervision via the cameras installed at and around its storage facilities. Thanks to the unprecedented solutions it offers, Turkish Cargo, which has an experience over 30 years in special cargo shipments, ranks among the first choices of the global-scale companies seeking for a reliable business partner.

Savoye partners with INCUBE of ODATiO WMS and TMS software in the MENA region

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SAVOYE, a leading global warehouse automation integrator and supply chain software publisher, expands its international reach by signing an agreement with the recognized software solution provider, INCUBE company. INCUBE, one of the Middle East and North Africa’s premier supply chain mobility solutions provider now becomes the first distributor and integrator for Savoye software solutions in the region.

According to the agreement, INCUBE is now distributing and integrating ODATiO, cloud native software for the supply chain, combining Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transport Management System (TMS), developed by Savoye.

Besides establishing itself in various countries in Europe, USA, Asian region and more recently in Dubai to enter the Middle East and Saudi Arabia markets, this recently formed partnership is also  part of the international development program of SAVOYE to boost the sales of its ODATiO software and ensure that it will be available to a broader customer base across the MENA region.

ODATIO is one of Savoye’s significant software solutions in the logistics and supply chain sectors which is based on comprehensive functional coverage and flexible configuration options. The software solution is designed to increase productivity, enhance service quality, and optimize warehouse and transport resources.

Alain Kaddoum, Managing Director Savoye Middle East said: “This strategic partnership with INCUBE will definitely advance and strengthen our position as a provider of supply chain and logistics solutions. Savoye has just recently entered the Middle East market, and we are looking forward for regional customers to grow their business with our innovative, scalable and tailor-made solutions such as ODATiO. With INCUBE as a partner, we are confident that our solution will create more impact on the supply chain and logistics sectors as they play vital roles in the region’s economic development.”

On his part, Sari Kaylani CEO of INCUBE supply chain solutions said: “As INCUBE continues to expand its products portfolio, we see that the addition of the Savoye products allows INCUBE to complete its offering of Top-Notch Supply Chain Solutions. Savoye comes with a vast experience and product offering in the domain of Supply Chain Solutions, this sits very well with InCube’s objectives of providing Best-Practiced solutions to our customers.

The market in our region is developing very rapidly, and this new partnership allows us to stay on track with the evolving market needs, which is always seeking the optimization of their business processes”.

Bruno Lacoste, Software partnerships director at Savoye, said: “We made a tough evaluation process in selecting the right partner for us to drive the sales of ODATiO. INCUBE, with its expertise and strong presence, is the perfect choice in bringing ODATIO to a broader customer base in the region. A successful digital transformation in supply chain and logistics requires more investments in redesign, new technologies and software. This is where partnerships like the one between Savoye and INCUBE come into play; to fully support the region’s digital transformation with innovative, flexible and cost-effective solutions.”

The region’s supply chain sector is witnessing growth driven by consistent demand for goods and commodities. Increasing volumes, diversifying preparation methods, and improving response times, coupled with strict quality requirements, require a comprehensive solution that is both flexible and efficient. Hence, many digital solutions have been put in place to tackle the issues and promote productivity.  Solution providers in the supply chain and logistics sector such as Savoye are stepping into the game as a technology provider and helping businesses meet the needs through world-class solutions.