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Honeywell helps to produce sustainable fuel


Latest technology expands Honeywell’s portfolio of offerings to help meet growing demand for renewable jet fuel

DG Fuels to deploy new Honeywell technology in its SAF production plant

Honeywell (Nasdaq: HON) today announced its hydrocracking technology can be used to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from biomass, helping to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that is 90% less carbon intensive than traditional fossil-based jet fuels[1]. The new technology produces 3-5% more SAF[2],3, enables a cost reduction of up to 20%[3],[4] and reduces by-product waste streams as compared to other commonly used hydro-processing technologies.

Honeywell’s Fischer-Tropsch (FT) UnicrackingTM technology takes liquids and waxes from processed biomass – including leftovers from crops, wood waste or food scraps – and can be used to produce SAF that complies with the strict standards of the aviation industry and with a lower environmental impact. This innovation demonstrates Honeywell’s alignment of its portfolio with three compelling megatrends, including the energy transition.

“As demand for SAF continues to grow, the aviation industry is challenged by limited supplies of traditional SAF feedstocks such as vegetable oils, animal fats and waste oils,” said Ken West, president and CEO of Honeywell Energy and Sustainability Solutions. “When combined with the existing Fischer-Tropsch process, our new technology will expand the feedstock options available in the industry to sources that are more plentiful, ultimately helping improve our customers’ ability to produce SAF.”

Recently, DG Fuels selected Honeywell’s FT Unicracking technology for its biofuels manufacturing facility in Louisiana – the largest in the world for making SAF from the FT process – that will produce 13,000 barrels of SAF each day when it begins operations in 2028.

“Using Honeywell’s advanced technology, DG Fuels will supply enough fuel for more than 30,000 transatlantic flights every year, contributing significantly to reducing the carbon emissions of global air travel,” said Michael Darcy, CEO of DG Fuels. “This is a big leap forward in supporting the airline industry’s goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions from international aviation by 2050.”

Honeywell helped pioneer SAF production with its EcofiningTM process, which has been used to produce the fuel commercially since 2016. The company now offers solutions across a range of feedstocks to meet the rapidly growing demand for renewable fuels, including SAF. In addition to Honeywell Unicracking and Ecofining, Honeywell’s renewable fuels portfolio includes Ethanol to Jet technology and eFining™, which converts green hydrogen and carbon dioxide into e-fuels. More than 50 sites globally have licensed Honeywell’s SAF technologies, with refineries projected to exceed a combined capacity of more than 500,000 barrels of SAF per day when fully operational.

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“Four Winds” Enhances one of the specialized companies


“Four Winds” Enhances its Position as one of the Most Trusted Specialized Companies in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Al Mani: “Receiving this international certification strengthens the company’s competitive advantages and solidifies its position as one of the most trusted specialist companies in the field of comprehensive and integrated logistics in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.”

Four Winds Saudi Arabia Limited, a Saudi leader in comprehensive and integrated moving and logistics services since 1979, today announced that it has obtained the International ISO certification for occupational health and safety management systems (ISO 45001), in an important step that confirms its commitment to the highest international standards of occupational health and safety.

Nizar Al Mani, CEO of Four Winds Saudi Arabia Limited, said: “Achieving ISO 45001 certification demonstrates the company’s unwavering commitment to implementing industry best practices across all operations. This dedication to excellence strengthens Four Winds’ competitive edge and solidifies its position as a leading provider of comprehensive and integrated transportation and logistics solutions in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain,”

He added: “At Four Winds, we are committed to applying the best international standards in quality, occupational health and safety, and environmental responsibility. We view this as a social and professional obligation that contributes to sustainable development, ensures our continued growth, and allows us to provide our customers with exceptional service in comprehensive and integrated transportation and logistics.”

ISO 45001 is an international standard for occupational safety and health regulations and provides organizations with a regulatory framework to improve their performance in the field of occupational health and safety. This prestigious certification is primarily aimed at maintaining the health and safety of employees and enhancing the company’s reputation, continuity and progress, as it is designed to reduce accidents and injuries at work.

Established in 1979, Four Winds Saudi Arabia Limited, a Saudi leader in comprehensive and integrated moving and logistics services, has become a cornerstone in the moving and logistics sector, offering comprehensive and integrated services. With over four decades of expertise, the company has earned a distinguished reputation as one of the most trusted providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Its partnerships and robust relations with leading international organizations—including IATA, FIATA, IAM, and FIDI—underscores its dedication to quality and customer satisfaction.

Logicsols chooses BlueBox Systems


Logicsols chooses BlueBox Systems due to excellent air freight data

BlueBox Systems, one of the leading developers of intelligent air freight tracking solutions, has gained a new customer for its state-of-the-art air freight tracking programming interface: Logicsols. The platform of the digital logistics solution provider from New York, USA, allows its customers to manage their entire logistics operations, including features like shipment visibility, data analysis, and document legalization. Logicsols can now integrate BlueBox Systems’ tracking data into its own platform and offers its customers even more accurate data.

The enhanced data availability has convinced Saif Uddin, Digital Delivery Leader at Logicsols: “BlueBox Systems offers a wider range of data points for air freight shipments compared to other providers.” This includes real-time location updates, weather impact information and potential delays due to customs clearance, for example. BlueBox Systems boasts a comprehensive global network for air freight tracking and delivers tracking data of more than 130 airlines, 1600 airports and about 40 million status updates per day, which is another reason for Logicsols to choose the Bonn-based company.

A third decisive factor is the excellent data quality. “This is especially important for us, so we can offer our customers a clear and dependable picture of their air freight movements”, says Saif Uddin. “We’ve also trust BlueBox Systems because of its proven track record and its strong reputation within the air freight industry.” Another advantage: the seamless API integration.

Due to the API solution, the applications of BlueBox Systems and Logicsols can communicate independently and exchange data in real-time. This enables customers to gain important information about ETA changes or delays. Carriers gain access to real-time shipment data to optimize routes, reduce costs and allocate resources efficiently. Manufacturers can get up-to-date shipment tracking information to plan production and proactively manage inventory. All parties along the supply chain can retrieve the most up-to-date and efficiently accurate information. At the same time, the API solution ensures end-to-end data security by providing controlled data access allowing only authorized parties to access and use shared information, safeguarding sensitive cargo details and maintaining the supply chain integrity.

“Our robust API allows for swift and straightforward integration, empowering business with real-time air and ocean freight visibility,” says Martin Schulze, CEO of BlueBox Systems. “We provide a user-friendly and efficient API integration that ensures a smooth data flow and minimizes technical challenges for our customers.”

Logicsols is one of many companies like Siemens Digital Solutions, 4Flow, Thinkprime, Klog or Otonomi, who are already successfully using the API solution of BlueBox Systems and offer their customers unrivaled data quality.

GWC Profits at Q50.88m in Q1


Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad: Fostering organizational agility attracting promising investment opportunities – Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad: Focusing on completion of ongoing and upcoming projects – Ranjeev Menon: Continuing expansion strategy vertically and geographically

Gulf Warehousing Company Q.P.S.C (GWC), one of the fastest-growing firms in the MENA region, has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2024. During the three-month period ending 31 March 2024, the company posted net profits of QAR 50.88 million, gross revenues of QAR 375.73 million, earnings per share of QAR 0.087, and total assets of QAR 5.07 billion for the same period.

Shaikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, GWC Chairman, said: “The first-quarter results underscore the company’s financial position strength, and business model fostering organizational agility necessary to attract promising investment opportunities. GWC is actively implementing a strategic plan to drive growth in line with the Third National Development Strategy (NDS3) 2024-2030 which aims to reinforce Qatar’s position as a global logistics hub and position its logistics cluster as a specialized e-commerce distribution hub, focusing on re-exporting high-value items to reach up to QAR 52bn in re-exports by 2030.”

He added: “The launch of Al Wukair Logistics Park’s second phase represented a significant milestone in our mission to enable micro, small and medium enterprises in Qatar and the region. This modern facility is not just a logistics hub; it is a catalyst for economic growth, fostering entrepreneurship and facilitating the rapid growth of start-up businesses.”

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, GWC Managing Director, said: “GWC is committed to completing its current and planned projects in order to maximize returns for its shareholders. With a strong focus on improving operational efficiency and pioneering innovative solutions and initiatives, the company remains focused on evaluating emerging investment opportunities.

He noted the promising prospects for the Qatari economy, underscoring GWC’s dedication to contributing to its rapid development and bolstering various economic sectors.” He added: “GWC has achieved a significant milestone by being the logistics services provider for Expo 2023 Doha, given its strong track record in providing integrated logistics services for major global events, including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

Expo 2023 Doha kicked off on October 2, 2023, and ran for 179 days until March 28, 2024.” Ranjeev Menon, GWC Group CEO, said: “Further expansions include launching GWC’s FLAG subsidiary (100% owned company) logistics Hub at Khazaen Economic City in Oman. FLAG is the first company to launch at Khazaen Economic City,

which is strategically located to transport links and borders. FLAG Oman is set to become a vital hub, connecting powerhouse locations across the region, including Muscat, Doha, Bahrain, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dubai. It provides a platform, uniting Oman with the GCC, and the GCC with the rest of the world.”

WestJet strengthens intl network


WestJet Cargo Strengthens International Network with Resumed Calgary to Paris-CDG Service

  • Enhanced Service: Increased frequency on the Calgary-Paris route, emphasizing its role as a European hub.
  • Market Expansion: Strengthening presence in Europe by tapping into new cargo markets and potential.
  • Technological Integration: Leveraging advanced ECS Group tools to optimize cargo operations and customer service.

WestJet Cargo is pleased to announce the strengthening of its flights between Calgary and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). This route, operating 5-7 times weekly, underscores WestJet Cargo’s commitment to expanding its footprint in Europe and enhancing service efficiency through strategic hubs.

Paris CDG acts as a central hub, enabling WestJet Cargo to connect with various destinations across Europe using multiple modes of transport. This connectivity is bolstered by the strong partnership with ECS Group, whose expertise in logistics and network capabilities has been vital in overcoming transportation challenges and optimizing cargo routes. The route supports a diverse cargo base with a payload capacity of 18 tons, feeding and de-feeding various locations in France and beyond.

Kirsten de Bruijn, Executive Vice President of Cargo at WestJet, highlighted the strategic developments: “Our expansion into European markets through the Paris hub is a key part of our growth strategy. ECS Group’s technological support and network have been indispensable in enhancing our service capabilities, allowing us to pursue new opportunities in additional European countries.”

Jean Ceccaldi, Managing Director of Aero Cargo France – subsidiary of ECS Group, commented on the technology integration: “We’re proud to support WestJet Cargo with our Quantum e-quotation system and Apollo business intelligence platform. These tools enable efficient management of cargo capacities and market analysis, supporting WestJet Cargo’s goals of technological excellence and enhanced service delivery.”

The commitment to sustainability also plays a role in this partnership, with both companies working to integrate sustainable practices into their operations, reflecting their dedication to environmental stewardship. As WestJet Cargo continues to grow, the airline remains focused on providing high-quality, efficient, and technologically advanced cargo services to meet the dynamic needs of its global customers.

Challenge Technic embarks on Strategic Expansion


Challenge Technic, the maintenance arm of Challenge Group, is poised for a strategic expansion in 2024, highlighted by the addition of new aircraft to the Challenge group fleet, the opening of a new maintenance station, and a broadening customer base, according to a press release.

As it enters its sixth year, Challenge Technic has solidified its reputation in the aircraft MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) sector, servicing over 35 airlines with passion, precision, and fair pricing.

“Challenge Technic focuses not on being the cheapest, but on maximizing flight hours for clients, ensuring minimal turnover thanks to its stellar reputation,” stated Erlingur Petur Ulfarsson. CEO and Accountable Manager.

The year 2024 is set to be a landmark year for Challenge Technic with several significant developments as follows:

Fleet Expansion: Challenge Group will welcome three new aircraft, significantly boosting Challenge Technic’s maintenance workload. To accommodate this growth, a new line station and an A-Check line in the hangar are being established, with new staff members hired to manage the increased workload.

New Customer Acquisitions: Challenge Technic has announced partnerships with three new customers, bringing over nine aircraft into its maintenance portfolio.

Technological and Sustainability Advancements: Following last year’s launch of Amos to automate workflows, Challenge Technic continues its digital transformation with a new, activity-based system in 2024.

Infrastructure Expansion: The upcoming unveiling of a new large hangar in April 2024, capable of hosting a B747, responds to the increasing demand for hangar space. This expansion will cater to customer needs and set the stage for offering new services and attracting further business.

Moglix accelerates supply chain in ME


Moglix accelerates supply chain growth in Middle East with advanced B2B eCommerce and procurement solutions

· B2B eCommerce market in the MENA region is forecasted to reach USD 2,293 billion by 2030

· Moglix’s end-to-end procurement solutions, with the largest E-catalogue in the UAE and a growing network of physical warehouses, are strategically positioned to meet the evolving procurement needs in the region

· Moglix aims to further cement its position in the UAE market to capitalize on the projected surge in the country’s eCommerce sector.

Dubai, April 18, 2024:

Moglix, a global leader in the B2B eCommerce and procurement sector, is spearheading digital transformation in the Middle East and GCC region by accelerating procurement and supply chain efficiency through its tech-first approach. Moglix’s offerings drive efficiency in procurement management, as well as enabling cost reduction and seamless supply chain operations for the manufacturing sector.

In line with its steadfast commitment to delivering unparalleled customer satisfaction, Moglix’s comprehensive innovative solutions of over 40 product categories are tailored to meet the evolving needs of businesses amidst the rapid expansion of the B2B eCommerce and procurement sector in the UAE.

Projections indicate significant growth in the B2B eCommerce market, with the MENA region expected to reach USD 2,293 billion by 2030. Additionally, the UAE’s eCommerce market is set to surge from USD 5.5 billion in 2024 to an astonishing USD 8 billion by 2026, making it an incredibly lucrative market for Moglix to further expand its operations and establish a strong presence. By leveraging innovative solutions that optimise scalability for cost-effectiveness, the

company integrates technology, infrastructure, and local teams to deliver enhanced value while raising awareness about the advantages of technology in procurement.

Piyush Malviya, Vice President and Head of MEA at Moglix said: “Since early 2020, the Great Supply Chain Disruption has reinforced the need for enhanced visibility, and at Moglix, our end-to-end procurement solution, featuring an intuitive e-catalog based buying model, robust data management, and advanced analytics empowers businesses to proactively tackle disruptions from natural disasters or geopolitical challenges. Our customised digital solutions optimize efficiencies across diverse industrial segments, from manufacturing to hospitality, supporting infrastructural development for the GCC region”

With its expansive network of 40 warehouses globally, Moglix recognises the critical role of physical infrastructure and efficient supply chain management in catalysing last-mile operations. Through its tie-ups with leading logistics firms from around the globe, the company strives to enhance customer experiences, by facilitating all-around supply chain visibility and tracking for larger players, while optimising customer support and efficiency for smaller businesses.

Wilo drives sustainability at Future Energy Summit


With continued investments and focus on innovation required to achieve the global transition to clean energy

Wilo Middle East & North Africa, a leading pump manufacturer and digital pioneer of the pumps industry, addressed a number of key challenges facing water management, building services and other industrial sectors during the World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The company’s participation in both these esteemed events is consistent with its commitment to advancing sustainability and pioneering sustainable solutions. It also falls in line with its long-term goals of fostering robust collaboration and innovation in order to craft a sustainable and resilient future by sharing innovative ideas, cutting-edge technologies, and best practices. During both the events, Wilo presented its state-of-the-art solutions that address a range of pressing concerns and challenges in water management, industrial sustainability, and energy efficiency.

Yasser Nagi, Group Director of Wilo Middle East & North Africa, stated: “In light of the rapidly intensifying impacts of climate change, we, at Wilo, recognise the critical necessity for deriving sustainable solutions. Our participation at these events attests to our steadfast dedication to promoting positive environmental impact and building a more resilient future. We are pleased to share our knowledge and solutions at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the World Future Energy Summit. In keeping with the UAE’s vision and commitment to environmental stewardship, we seek to accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future through partnerships with global leaders and stakeholders.”

This year’s World Future Energy Summit was an excellent platform driven by innovative ideas, pioneering minds, as well as ground-breaking insights and perceptions. By bringing together innovators, problem solvers, and industry leaders, the event served as a catalyst for positive change in the pursuit of sustainability, crafting the blueprints for a sustainable future.

This year, the Summit featured clean energy innovations and concepts from across the world to promote sustainable development and continue addressing critical issues raised at COP28.

In addition to highlighting the challenges, Wilo further exhibited its diverse portfolio of ground-breaking solutions and innovations at the World Future Energy Summit and Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. These include building services innovations that transform the energy efficiency in residential and commercial spaces, water management advancements that ensures clean water access, and industrial excellence offering essential pumps and systems tailored to meet the demanding needs of diverse industries, ranging from food production to power generation.

Wilo, a pioneer in the world of cutting-edge pump technology, utilises its extensive expertise and cutting-edge technologies to tackle critical environmental issues, in alignment with the Summit’s objective of achieving a clear energy future as well as the UAE’s efforts to create a more diverse and sustainable economy. The company remains steadfast in its dedication to influencing a positive change through innovation and cooperation in the face of escalating environmental issues.

Walmart chooses Swisslog by SynQ software


Walmart chooses Swisslog ASRS powered by SynQ software to enhance transparency and delivery of quality products in third milk processing facility

Swisslog, a leading provider of best-in-class intralogistics warehouse automation and software, has announced that Walmart will install a Swisslog automation solution within its Robinson, TX, facility to enable seamless material flow and increase uptime. Walmart is planning to break ground on the milk processing facility later this year with the facility scheduled to open in 2026.

This is the third Walmart milk processing facility to deploy Swisslog’s automated storage and retrieval solution (ASRS) featuring SynQ software and Vectura cranes. The company worked with Swisslog to open its first milk processing facility in Fort Wayne, IN, in 2018. This facility served as a blueprint for its second facility in Valdosta, GA expected to open in 2025, as well as for the just announced Texas facility.

According to Walmart, the ASRS continues the company’s commitment to building a more resilient and transparent supply chain to deliver high-quality products. It also will bolster the company’s capacity to meet consumer demand for milk. The products from the facility will serve more than 750 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout the South including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi.

Designed by Swisslog’s automation experts, the ASRS brings together five Vectura pallet stacker cranes with KUKA palletizing and de-palletizing robots, a ProMove pallet conveyor system, as well as a conveyor system for small loads. The automation solution operates on synchronized intelligence from Swisslog’s SynQ software, which provides warehouse management, material flow and automation control system functionality in a single, modular platform.

“We are honored that Walmart continues to put their trust in our automation solutions and our people behind those solutions,” said Sean Wallingford, president, and CEO of Swisslog Americas. “This has been a very collaborative relationship as our two teams work together to create value for Walmart and ensure our automation solutions and software enable the company and its farmers to bring fresh, transparently sourced dairy to market.”

SynQ management software not only optimizes the flow of the equipment to increase efficiency and accuracy of the operation, it also orchestrates the operation of multiple sub-systems. It equips warehouse automation and IT systems with synchronized intelligence of people, processes and machines to boost the efficiency and productivity of warehouse processes and adapt to changing market requirements. SynQ provides sophisticated inventory management and material flow capabilities that enable real-time inventory tracking and management of items to ensure freshness, quality and transparency of the food supply chain.

This project also includes Swisslog’s IT Managed Services, which puts in place experts to proactively manage the IT systems and software required to keep the equipment running at peak performance. The higher-level 24/7 support allows Walmart to free up internal resources from routine IT system administration, while also enabling data-driven proactive maintenance that helps reduce unplanned downtime.

For more information on Swisslog automation technologies and software, visit https://www.swisslog.com

Etihad Cargo celebrates 10 yrs with Envirotainer

  • Etihad Cargo is celebrating a 10-year strategic partnership with Envirotainer, a significant milestone in providing excellence in the safe and reliable transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and healthcare products.
  • In 2023, Etihad Cargo utilised Envirotainer’s active containers on 134 per cent more trips than in the previous year, supporting the carrier’s growth for its PharmaLife product and achievement of the highest volumes transported in Etihad Cargo’s history.
  • Etihad Cargo has achieved QEP certification for 30 of its stations, demonstrating the carrier’s strong commitment and adherence to the highest reliability and quality standards in the temperature-controlled freight industry.
  • 16 of Etihad Cargo’s Pharma Champions have undergone specialised training at the Envirotainer Academy, enabling the carrier to offer enhanced expertise to Etihad Cargo’s customers in key regions.

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, is celebrating the carrier’s ten-year strategic partnership with Envirotainer, a global market leader in secure cold chain solutions for air transport of pharmaceuticals. This milestone marks a decade of excellence in transporting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals across the globe, combining Etihad Cargo’s comprehensive global network and expertise with Envirotainer’s innovative container solutions. Since the partnership took flight in 2013, Etihad Cargo has utilised Envirotainer’s unit load devices (ULDs) to enhance the safety and quality of pharmaceutical shipments via the carrier’s International Air Transport Association (IATA) Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV)-certified PharmaLife product.

In 2023, Etihad Cargo utilised Envirotainer’s active containers on 134 per cent more trips than the previous year. The carrier also achieved a 37 per cent increase in pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments, marking the highest volumes in Etihad Cargo’s history. This growth demonstrates Etihad Cargo’s continued investment in its infrastructure, product features and partnerships, which have enabled the carrier to contribute to creating a healthcare ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and a robust global pharma supply chain.

Underscoring the carrier’s commitment to maintaining quality across its cool chain operations, Etihad Cargo has been awarded the prestigious Qualified Envirotainer Providers (QEP) accreditation for its Abu Dhabi hub and an additional 29 stations across its extensive network. This accreditation is a testament to Etihad Cargo’s strong commitment and adherence to the highest standards of reliability and quality in the temperature-controlled freight industry.

The collaboration between Etihad Cargo and Envirotainer extends beyond container provision, emphasising excellence in training and standards elevation. To date, 16 of Etihad Cargo’s Pharma Champions have undergone specialised training at the Envirotainer Academy, ensuring Etihad Cargo’s customers benefit from the most knowledgeable and skilled professionals in the pharmaceutical logistics sector.

Furthermore, this partnership has embodied a shared vision for innovation, particularly in leveraging technology to streamline processes and enhance transparency within the global pharmaceutical supply chain. Etihad Cargo and Envirotainer are currently developing a unified booking platform. This initiative promises to simplify the container booking process and provide customers with more transparent and efficient tracking capabilities.

Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery at Etihad Cargo, said: “Etihad Cargo’s decade-long partnership with Envirotainer reflects the shared ongoing commitment to creating a more robust, resilient and transparent global healthcare ecosystem. Through this collaboration, Etihad Cargo has been able to ensure the seamless delivery of essential life-saving medicines to improve the lives of people around the world while overcoming logistical challenges and providing transparency.”

GROHE unveils “Aquatecture”


A fusion of water and architecture: GROHE SPA unveils “Aquatecture” spaces at Milan Design Week

· GROHE showcases its premium sub-brand GROHE SPA, celebrating “Salus per aquam” (Latin for “Health through Water”)

· A captivating installation at Palazzo Reale – the historic royal residence in the heart of Milan with neoclassical architecture – invites visitors to an immersive experience with water at its core

· The carefully curated “Aquatecture” spaces exhibit the four tiers of GROHE SPA highlighting modular shower solutions, the smooth Satin finish, bespoke Allure Gravity Private Collection and 3D metal-printed products

Throughout history, the symbiotic relationship between nature and culture has significantly influenced art, fashion, and architecture. Aiming to unravel the various dimensions in which nature can serve as a wellspring of inspiration, Milan Design Week is centered around “Materia Natura”.

Embracing this theme, the world’s largest annual design event serves as an ideal stage for GROHE SPA, the premium sub-brand of GROHE, a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings. The word SPA originally comes from the first letters of “Salus per aquam”, which is the founding concept behind GROHE SPA. Celebrating the transformative power of water at the impressive Palazzo Reale near the Duomo, GROHE showcases carefully curated bathroom solutions that epitomize new luxury and bespoke quality in a holistic installation.

A tribute to nature and history

Based on the concept of “Aquatecture” – the fusion of water and architecture – the GROHE SPA installation in the courtyard of Palazzo Reale unveils a series of spaces that elevate the significance and importance of water in architecture, and the health and well-being benefits this infusion brings. Conceived by the in-house LIXIL Global Design and Brand Identity team, the

“Aquatecture” installation pays tribute to the history of the building, interwoven with the contemporary GROHE SPA “Salus per aquam” concept. Inspired by the former courtyard garden and in synergy with Milan Design Week’s theme “Materia Natura”, it thoughtfully blends nature and architecture to create immersive spaces that reflect the essence of GROHE SPA. These carefully curated spaces echo the former garden, creating sensual areas to reflect, revitalize, and energize.

“Through our installation at Palazzo Reale, we reflect the intricate bond between nature and human creativity, intertwining the rich history of the royal palace with the modern ethos of GROHE SPA. Inviting visitors on a sensory journey to deeply experience ‘Salus per aquam’, our ‘Aquatecture’ spaces exhibit the powerful connection of water in architecture. They stand not only as showcases but as inspiration for architects and designers, encouraging collaboration and experimentation,” explains Patrick Speck, Leader, LIXIL Global Design EMENA.

Redefining spa luxury across four tiers

Each “Aquatecture” space represents one of the four tiers that bring GROHE SPA to life. Visitors embark on their immersive journey at the fourth tier that shows industry-leading products to create the ultimate home spa hideaway. Shower solutions like GROHE Rainshower Aqua and the F-Digital Deluxe modules combine timeless elegance with modern technology, using light, steam, sound and smell to delight the senses. In addition, the GROHE Atrio Outdoor Shower provides a refreshing and rejuvenating experience, enabling a stronger connection to nature and the tranquility this brings. Transitioning to the third tier, the spotlight is on the GROHE Colors Collection with the new Satin finish. Offering a luxurious touch and expanded design choices for a personalized look, the new finish is available for GROHE Allure and GROHE Atrio, as well as matching showers and accessories in the colors Satin Steel and Satin Graphite.

The highlight of the second tier is the new GROHE Allure Gravity Private Collection. Blending a slim square silhouette with boundless avenues for customization, the faucet line comes with exchangeable cover plates expertly crafted from glass, mirror or marble. GROHE is partnering with Caesarstone, the global pioneer of premium countertop surfaces, to craft cover plates from the brand’s durable surfaces in timeless designs. Culminating the exhibition, the first tier is comprised of the GROHE Icon 3D collection: The 3D metal-printed products redefine what is possible, while taking sustainable product design with ultimate customization options to a new level.

Etihad Cargo introduces Cool Dollies


Carrier to offer additional protection against environmental factors,

Etihad Cargo has enhanced its Abu Dhabi tarmac transportation fleet with the addition of high-tech cool dollies. The introduction of cool dollies for the transportation of pharmaceutical and perishable shipments will enable the carrier to fully complete its temperature-controlled cool chain capabilities at its Abu Dhabi hub.

In partnership with Etihad Airport Services Cargo, Etihad Cargo has added dedicated cool dollies for pharmaceutical and perishable products to provide maximum safety to the carrier’s partners and customers at every stage of the handling process.

The specialised containers will offer a closed, temperature-controlled system to ensure the reliable and seamless transportation of high-value and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo between the carrier’s aircraft and state-of-the-art cool chain warehouse.

“These specialised containers not only control the temperature but also enable Etihad Cargo to access the data records, providing Etihad Cargo increased visibility of this Critical Control Point to reduce, eliminate and prevent hazards,” remarked Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery, Etihad Cargo.

Safe and efficient carriage

“As a CEIV Pharma and Fresh-certified cargo handler, this further reiterates our commitment to providing best-in-class services to ensure the safe and efficient carriage of pharmaceuticals through our airport,” commented Naresh Ranganathan, Acting Vice President Cargo, Etihad Airport Services Cargo

The cool dollies can be set to a range of temperatures anywhere between +2 and +25 degrees Celsius, and an in-built alarm system sends alerts if the temperature fluctuates beyond the set parameters.

The cool dollies also present a greener choice, promising a longer isolation cell life and easy and low-cost maintenance and significantly reducing overall consumption, fuel costs and environmental impact.

Since launching PharmaLife, Etihad Cargo has introduced several features and initiatives to enhance the carrier’s cool chain capabilities. This latest addition follows the introduction of dedicated thermal covers and the launch of a state-of-the-art cool chain facility at Abu Dhabi Airport.

Doubling cool chain capacity

Established in partnership with Etihad Airport Services Cargo and Abu Dhabi Airports, the new facility has doubled Etihad Cargo’s cool chain capacity to carry and accommodate an additional 50,000 tonnes of cool chain commodities, including pharmaceuticals and life sciences products. The pharma hub will support the growing global healthcare and life sciences demand and is in full

alignment with Abu Dhabi’s vision to establish the emirate as a global pharmaceuticals and life sciences hub.

Etihad Cargo has also refurbished its perishables handling and storage facility. The carrier has a 3,000-square-metre dedicated perishables temperature-controlled warehouse comprising three cool rooms (2-8 degrees Celsius).

Etihad Cargo’s enhanced FreshForward centre provides smoother transfers to its FreshForward truck fleet when products need to be delivered in the UAE or handed over to the consignee at Abu Dhabi Airport, making the end-to-end journey of perishables easier and safer, a press communique concluded.

GWC introduces Vision picking in Qatar


The initiative optimizes warehouse operations, improving accuracy through visual instructions

Gulf Warehousing Company is unveiling its latest initiative—integrating vision-picking technology into supply chain operations.

With a steadfast commitment to innovation, GWC is the first logistics company in Qatar to implement vision-picking technology, leading the way toward a more efficient, accurate, and safe future for logistics, according to a press statement.


Vision picking is a transformative, cutting-edge technology that revolutionizes single and multi-order picking, using computer vision systems, cameras, and augmented reality (AR) devices to help the staff to identify and select items from warehouse locations accurately and efficiently.

The initiative optimizes warehouse operations, improving accuracy through providing visual instructions that reduce human error margins; increasing efficiency by helping the staff find and pick items faster; and enhancing inventory management and visibility through real-time tracking options.

The integration of vision picking in GWC’s warehouse operations has resulted in a notable increase in picking speed. By automating the picking process, the technology has reduced the time and effort required by the human workforce, optimizing warehouse operations, and increasing productivity.


Additionally, through its prioritization of workplace safety and its integration with existing protocols, vision picking has provided a safer working environment for GWC’s workforce.

“Our pioneering efforts in adopting innovative solutions mark a significant step forward in enhancing the logistics landscape, aligning with our commitment to Qatar’s sustainable development goals. This approach underscores our dedication to driving efficiency, accuracy, and safety in warehouse operations, ensuring unparalleled service excellence for our clients,” stated Ranjeev Menon, CEO, GWC Group.

GWC emerges as a leading example of innovation and adaptability amid the industry’s changing dynamics, poised to navigate forthcoming challenges and prepared to establish pioneering standards of excellence in logistics and supply chain sector, the press note concluded. .

RAK Ceramics unveils its 2023 ESG Report


The company ensured improved circularity through a multifaceted approach

RAK Ceramics recently published its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report for the year 2023, documenting the company’s achievements in the realm of sustainability and social responsibility, according to a press statement.

RAK Ceramics’ core divisions, which include Tiles, Sanitaryware, Tableware and Faucets, focused on bolstering sustainability efforts through targeted goals and innovative initiatives in 2023. They executed 32 projects aimed at optimising resource usage and reducing environmental impact. The recently opened Smart Factory helped boost productivity, reduced power and gas consumption.

By investing in one of the largest tunnel kilns in the industry, SMART-controlled compressors, VDF installations and other major initiatives, the sanitaryware division effectively reduced its energy consumption in air compressors by nearly half.

Chrome production

The faucet division enhanced chrome production productivity, achieving a significant 48.78% reduction in energy intensity. Meanwhile, the tableware division effectively decreased energy intensity of sales and production processes.

RAK Ceramics ensured improved circularity through a multifaceted approach, in which 100% of non-hazardous waste was either reintroduced in production or recycled by third parties. The factories reused 16.7% of fired sanitaryware rejects, 92.5% of reclaimed glaze and 100% of greenware sanitary ware rejects.

Furthermore, the effective partnership with DHL Global Forwarding and Rail Direct (Etihad Rail) underlined RAK Ceramics’ strong commitment to sustainable logistics solutions.

Sustainability commitment

In the final quarter of 2023, RAK Ceramics showcased its commitment to sustainability at COP28 UAE as a prominent partner in the Sustainability Showcase: Ras Al Khaimah’s Journey and played a pivotal role in discussions on achieving net-zero emissions, the press statement continued.

Collaborating with SAP, the company highlighted the importance of technology in driving positive change. RAK Ceramics’ efforts were also recognised with the EcoLabel Certification Award by the Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Development Authority, underscoring its leadership in environmental sustainability.

“In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainability, RAK Ceramics achieved many important sustainability goals in 2023, including increased energy efficiency, conserving natural resources, and implementing eco-friendly solutions across our entire value chain,” stated Abdallah Massaad, Group CEO, RAK Ceramics.

Sanad secures 5 year for V2500 MRO services


Sanad secures five-year contract extension for V2500 MRO services

Company to maintain 30% of South Korea’s Asiana Airlines’ V2500 engine fleet

Sanad, the global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader wholly owned by Abu Dhabi’s sovereign investor Mubadala Investment (Mubadala), solidified its partnership with Asiana Airlines, the second largest airline in South Korea, through a five-year contract extension valued at US$ 145mn (AED 532mn).

This agreement emphasizes Sanad’s global industry leadership and commitment to providing elite Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) services for V2500 engines, according to a press communique.

The partnership, which was initiated in 2018, strengthens Sanad’s position as the sole MRO provider for Asiana Airlines in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This agreement solidifies Sanad’s reputation as a global leading independent MRO service provider and extends the existing partnership with Asiana Airlines for another five years.

Unwavering commitment

“This collaboration reaffirms our unwavering commitment to excellence within the aerospace industry, positioning Abu Dhabi as an innovative and leading hub for aviation solutions and solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for cutting-edge aviation services to top global airline,” stated Mansoor Janahi, Managing Director and Group CEO, Sanad.

“Our relentless drive for excellence is delivering innovative and technical solutions, aligning with Abu Dhabi’s vision of supporting the global aviation sector with top-tier talent, technology, and expertise, which further solidifies its position as a global aviation hub,” commented Baha Salama, General Manager, MRO, Sanad.

“We have selected Sanad as our V2500 MRO service provider for another five years because we are convinced it is qualified to satisfy our requirement to support our A320 and A321ceo fleet,” remarked Hoon Bae, Principal General Manager Purchasing, Asiana Airlines.

Bridgestone and Al Masaood celebrate 50 years


Bridgestone and Al Masaood Group celebrate 50 years of partnership

Announce new initiatives for 2024

Bridgestone has celebrated 50 years of successful partnership with Al Masaood Group, the Abu Dhabi-based conglomerate operating across multiple economic sectors.

As part of the celebration, Bridgestone and Al Masaood will honour this milestone all year long with several exciting initiatives and activities and continue to strengthen connections within the community.

The Golden Jubilee has paved way for a range of initiatives and activities throughout the year, including trade activities, a dedicated communication plan to highlight major accomplishments such as Bridgestone’s Webfleet solution, CSR programs, sponsorships and media campaigns, among others.

Bridgestone and Al Masaood have had a long-standing partnership based on trust, integrity and mutual respect. Together, both entities have successfully navigated challenges, seized new opportunities and consistently supported clients in Abu Dhabi and rest of the UAE with superior products and services.

Journeying together

“As we mark this milestone, we look forward to continuing our journey together, delivering innovative solutions and driving success in the years ahead,” commented Jacques Fourie, President, Bridgestone Middle East and Africa.

“As we commemorate 50 years of partnership with Bridgestone, we extend our sincere gratitude to the wise leadership of the UAE, as well as to all the teams, customers and stakeholders who have been instrumental in our shared success,” remarked Salah Adib, General Manager, Al Masaood Tyres, Batteries & Accessories.

For over five decades, Al Masaood has been Abu Dhabi’s official distributor of Bridgestone tyres for cars, trucks, as well as industrial and agricultural vehicles, a press statement concluded.

World Future Energy Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi


World Future Energy Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi, with Focus on Advancing COP28’s Change Agenda

· Global energy industry to meet in Abu Dhabi this week to help pave pathways towards implementing COP 28 framework and meeting goals set last November

· Summit to feature largest female participation on record and underline UAE’s global commitment to environmental co-operation, with debuts for Pathway to 1.5C, e-Mobility, and Green Finance forums

The eyes of the world’s energy sector will be firmly focused on the UAE capital this week as the World Future Energy Summit 2024, hosted by Masdar, opens at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Set to begin a three-day run tomorrow, the 16th edition of the leading event for future energy and sustainability has a strong focus on advancing the change agenda laid down at COP28 in Dubai last November.

The Summit will host its most comprehensive knowledge-sharing programme to date, featuring more than 350 of the energy sector’s leading international experts, policymakers, academics, and future shapers. Each will deliver insights on how to navigate COP 28’s frameworks through five probing conferences and three dynamic forums.

“The combined speaker platform represents a high-density gathering of the industry’s foremost minds, each of whom will discuss and suggest potential pathways to achieving sustainability and renewable energy goals based on technology, changing policies, and evolving economics,” said Leen AlSebai, General Manager of RX Middle East and Head of the World Future Energy Summit.

“With a keen focus on the theme ‘The Energy To Lead’, this year’s Summit has emerged as a global think tank. Empowered by innovation, these experts and sector pioneers will bring to light solutions to our most crucial problems and cutting-edge solutions, which will inform the blueprints for a sustainable future. It will also firmly underline the UAE’s robust commitment to global sustainability and environmental cooperation.”

The Summit will feature six conferences focussing on Solar, EcoWaste, Water, Clean Energy, Smart Cities, and Climate & Environment, as well as a dedicated “Pathway to 1.5C” forum focused on outcomes from COP28 and two forums addressing Green Finance and e-Mobility.

The speaker platform reads like an almanac of the energy, commercial, and industrial sectors, featuring ministerial policymakers, scientists, financiers, business titans, digital disruptors, and agenda-setting climate change advocates. Together they will probe ways to unlock investment and find innovative instruments to close the climate finance gap, how to further private sector engagement with regulators and governments, integrate carbon into decision-making and asset valuation, and increase adaptation and resilience financing. They will also dig deep into various ways certain industries and sectors can contribute to tripling renewable power generation capacity to 11,000 GW, tripling nuclear energy by 2050, doubling energy efficiency this decade, reaching near zero-methane emissions by 2030, as well as cutting fossil fuels from the world’s energy production plans.

Delivering the opening address on guiding nations to a 1.5°C climate pathway will be Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President & CEO of the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators, followed by Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

A running theme for day one, the Pathways to 1.5°C conference will also see Simon Birkebaek, Partner at BCG, discuss clean energy outcomes from COP28 and the road ahead, alongside a presentation by Mary Burce Warlick, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency on delivering energy commitments and what actions are needed to meet Troika: Mission 1.5.

“To keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C within reach, countries must quickly build on the important energy pledges they made at COP28. Now is the time to transform promises into actions,” said Warlick. “With even stronger international cooperation needed through COP29 and COP30, this Summit provides a crucial opportunity to share the latest data, best practices and toolkits to tackle common challenges on the road to a more secure and sustainable energy future.”

Other panel discussions will see speakers such as H.E. Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Group CEO, Emirates Steel Arkan; Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO, Emirates Global Aluminium; and Eng. Ali Al Dhaheri, MD and CEO, Tadweer Group discuss how to meet a 1.5°C climate threshold.

The Solar & Clean Energy Conference, also opening on day one, will see H.E. Eng Sharif Al Olama, Undersecretary for Energy and Petroleum Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure (MoEI) open proceedings, with H.E. Ahmed Alkaabi, Undersecretary Assistant for Electricity, Water & Future Energy Sector at MoEI delivering the keynote address at the Water Conference.

This year’s knowledge programme also features its largest female participation, with women speakers set to bring a critical perspective to a range of issues from climate change to sustainable tourism, smart city technology to circular economy integration, workplace diversity to learnings from COP28. It will also host a dedicated panel discussion on female entrepreneurs leading decarbonisation innovation, and a dedicated area for its Climate Innovations Exchange (CLIX) initiative – a curated platform where female-led, run, or founded startups, as well as SMEs and innovators, can demonstrate game-changing products and solutions to a global audience.

For more information on the event and how to get involved, visit: worldfutureenergysummit.com

24th edition of Seamless ME


Terrapinn are proud announce the 24th edition of Seamless Middle East will be held under patronage of H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

In addition, the League of Arab States and Arab Federation for Digital Economy has renewed their strategic partnership supporting the region’s largest event dedicated to shaping the future of digital commerce across the Arab world.

Following from the success of Seamless Middle East in 2023, The Arab League has once again renewed their official Strategic Partnership with Seamless Middle East.

Seamless Middle East is the leading payments, fintech, retail, e-commerce, home delivery and digital marketing event in the Middle East and this partnership is crucial for the development of a prosperous digital economy across the Arab world.

Alongside this it is with great pleasure that Seamless Middle East announces the patronage of the event under His Highness Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior.

Joseph Ridley, General Manager at Terrapinn Middle East said:

“We are honoured to have The Arab Federation as the Strategic Partner of Seamless Middle East through the establishment of this long-term partnership. The Arab League is working hard to make the digital economy across the Arab world flourish, something we are aligned on and actively trying to promote at Seamless Middle East.”

Dr. Ali M. Al-Khouri is the Advisor of the Arab Economic Unity Council, Chairman of the Arab Federation for Digital Economy, Member of the Executive Office of Specialized Federations in the Arab League said:

“We value the partnership between Seamless and The Arab League, and are looking forward to a strategic partnership with them. We will be at Seamless to promote digital economy and the vision for taking the Arab world into the future, and partake in engaging discussions with other industry leading professionals. Make sure to attend our opening keynote as we will also be announcing the Arab Digital Economy Index 2024, which will aim to shape the future of the digital landscape across the Arab world”.

Attend Seamless Middle East on 14-16 May 2024 at Dubai World Trade Centre and witness the opening speech from the Arab Federation for Digital Economy.

To register, please visit: https://bit.ly/3Toc7rv

Volvo increases north American production


Volvo Group to Increase North American Heavy Truck Production Capacity

The Volvo Group today announced that it will build a new heavy-duty truck manufacturing plant in Mexico to supplement the Group’s U.S. production. The plant will provide additional capacity to support the growth plans of both Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks in the U.S. and Canadian markets, and support Mack truck sales in Mexico and Latin America.  The plant is expected to be operational in 2026.

The Mack LVO plant in Pennsylvania and the Volvo NRV plant in Virginia will continue to be the company’s main North American heavy truck production sites. The Group has invested more than $73 million over the last five years in LVO expansion and upgrades, and is currently investing an additional $80 million to prepare for future production. The NRV plant is completing a six-year, $400 million dollar expansion/upgrade to prepare for production of the new Volvo VNL model.

The new plant will be approximately 1.7 million square feet in size, and will focus on production of heavy-duty conventional vehicles for the Volvo and Mack brands. It will be a complete conventional vehicle assembly facility including cab body-in-white production and paint.

Adding production in Mexico will deliver logistical efficiencies for supporting sales to the southwestern/western regions of the U.S., and to Mexico and Latin America. It also provides a mature supply and production ecosystem that will complement the U.S. system and increase the resilience and flexibility of the Group’s North American industrial footprint.

CIO’24 Paves the Way for Next-Gen Leadership


Big CIO Show 2024 Paves the Way for Next-Gen Technological Leadership in AI

The 13th Edition of the Big CIO Show & Awards in collaboration with Intel as the Innovation Partner, will bring together a leading group of C-level techpreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders from diverse sectors to deliberate their transitions from business enablers to growth drivers with AI.

Slated for 16th April 2024 at the Sheraton Grand Whitefield, Bengaluru, Trescon’s Big CIO Show & Awards will spotlight the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence across the entire technological spectrum, highlighting its integration into hardware and software solutions that drive business and technological advances. With an assembly of over 600 C-level executives, the event is poised to be a nexus ofthought leadership, offering a dynamic platform for industry pioneers to exchange insights and deliberate on the forefront of technological innovation in AI. At the Big CIO Show 2024, the emphasis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) underscores the pivotal role it has had in revolutionizing business strategies and customer engagement.

Intel, the innovation partner at the Big CIO Show, is on a mission to bring AI everywhere through its exceptionally engineered platforms, secure solutions and support for open ecosystems. They are developing technologies and solutions that empower customers to seamlessly integrate and effectively run AI in all their applications across the data center, cloud, network, edge and PC.During the event, Intel will showcase through engaging panel discussions and keynotes how its AI portfolio is fully integrated across diverse computing environmentsenabling customers’ AI solutions everywhere. These demonstrations will emphasize how Intel is delivering a next wave of AI platforms that will enable enterprises to drive innovation and strategically reimagine their IT.

While speaking about the event, Naveen Bharadwaj, CEO, Trescon, said,” In this era of relentless innovation, the role of the CIO is evolving rapidly. Together with their C-suite colleagues, CIOs are at the forefront of embracing digital business strategies, facilitating the emergence of future work environments, and driving organizational growth. The Big CIO Show presents a prime opportunity for the IT community to engage with CIOs, fostering collaborations that will propel their enterprises toward a progressive future.”

#BigCIO offers a comprehensive agenda with engaging keynote speeches, use-case presentations, and insightful panel discussions on topics encompassing emerging technologies, utilising low-code/no-code platforms, generative AI, and more.

Among the notable speakers at the event are:

  • Saumer Kumar Phukan, Director, Head of Customer & Partner Engineering, Intel India
  • Ranganath Sadasiva, Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Kirti Patil, Chief Technology Officer, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Limited
  • Shruti Kashyap, Chief Information Officer, Hindustan Unilever
  • Krishnan Venkateswaran, Chief Digital & Information Officer, Titan Company Limited
  • Sangeeta Roy, Director, Software & Services Partner Business, Sales & Marketing Group, Intel India
  • Vijay Kannan, Global Head, Business Transformation & Chief Digital Officer, Godrej Consumer Products Limited
  • Venkatesh Bhardwaj, Chief Technology Officer, MakeMyTrip, and more

The show will also host the ‘Big CIO 50 Innovators Awards’ and the ‘Big CIO 50 Leaders Awards’ where industry savants will be honored for their efforts and contributions to the technology eco-space. The registration for the Big CIO Show & Awards is now open. Dive deep into the world of emerging technologies as you forge partnerships and gain actionable insights at the event. To book your tickets, visit https://bigcioshow.com/.

MYCRANE makes strides in India


Digital platform sees surge in client registrations and crane orders

MYCRANE, the world’s first global platform for online crane rental, has seen a surge in new client registrations and project enquiries in the booming Indian market, according to a press communique.

MYCRANE has recently processed customer orders for crawler, rough terrain and telescopic cranes with a capacity of up to 300T for leading engineering, procurement and construction companies Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Tata Projects and KEC International.

Pan-India deployment

The cranes are being deployed on a pan-India basis, with MYCRANE-enabled lifting projects currently underway in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan, among other locations, the press note continued.

“MYCRANE is making great strides in India, which is an enthusiastic proponent of digital tools in all aspects of business and personal life,” stated Andrei Geikalo, MYCRANE Founder and CEO.

“MYCRANE allows us to conveniently post our requirements in one place, then receive a broad range of quotes in a standardized format, with all the information we need. This encourages efficiency and improves our business processes,” remarked Amit Khurana, KEC International.

Exceptional Developments and Performance are Headlines at Etihad Cargo


Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, was established in 2004, Etihad Cargo has since grown rapidly and exponentially to become one of the top air cargo carriers in the world, offering customers a range of cargo products and services to five major continents.

From its hub in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, strategically located at the crossroads of the world’s busiest trade lanes, Etihad Cargo provides an integral link between Asia, Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.

In addition to general cargo, Etihad Cargo offers a wide range of specialty products including live animals, dangerous goods, valuables and vulnerables, personal effects, as well as its market leading cold chain products (the latter holding IATA’s stringent Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators certifications for both Pharmaceutical and Perishables Logistics, as well as Live Animals Logistics). 

Etihad Cargo’s number one priority is safety, and the carrier recently became the third Middle Eastern airline to achieve International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators Lithium Batteries (CEIV Li-batt) certification.

Etihad Airways recently appointed Stanislas Brun to the role of Vice President Cargo. Brun will be responsible for Etihad Cargo’s commercial operations including scheduled and charter flights, revenue management and network planning. Brun will report to Etihad Airways’ Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Al Bulooki.

Brun joins Etihad Cargo from Geodis, where, in his role as Senior Vice President Global Airfreight, he oversaw the global air cargo operations of the logistics and supply chain solutions provider. As the newly appointed Vice President Cargo of Etihad Cargo, Brun will oversee all facets of the cargo commercial operations, including revenue management and network planning.

Global Supply Chain interviewed Stanislas Brun exclusively a few weeks after his appointment. The following is the transcript of that extensive interview.

Global Supply Chain (GSC): You were recently appointed to your current top position in February 2024; what is your mandate and what are you tasked with?

Stanislas Brun (SB):Joining Etihad Cargo at this juncture is truly an exhilarating opportunity, especially given the impressive trajectory the carrier has followed over the last two decades.

Since its inception, Etihad Cargo has meticulously built a reputation for reliability and innovation, always prioritising our customers and continuously investing in our service portfolio and operational reach. My mandate, as I step into this role, is to amplify these efforts, ensuring that our commitment to our customers and partners not only remains steadfast but grows stronger.

We will be intensifying our customer-first philosophy, enhancing our service quality, fostering strong partnerships, and steering Etihad Cargo towards even greater heights of success. It’s a time of immense potential for Etihad Cargo, and I am looking forward to contributing to its future achievements, ensuring we keep delivering on our promises and remain the air cargo partner of choice.

In the coming months, my focus will be on getting even closer to our customers and partners. This involves a deep dive into understanding their unique needs and challenges, with the goal of delivering tailored solutions that not just meet their current expectations but are also anticipatory of their future needs.

The essence of my role is to keep the customer at the centre of everything we do, ensuring their needs and feedback directly influence our strategic decisions and development processes.

Service quality, a cornerstone of Etihad Cargo’s success, is an area where there’s always room for enhancement. My focus will include identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation in how we deliver our services. This continuous pursuit of excellence is critical in maintaining our competitive edge and ensuring we offer the best possible experience to our customers.

Alongside this, strengthening and expanding our partnerships will be key. By building robust collaborations, we can extend our reach, improve our service offerings, and ensure that we remain a preferred choice for cargo services worldwide.

Investing in our growth and embracing innovation will also be a significant part of my mandate. Staying ahead of industry trends, leveraging new technologies, and continuously refining our offerings are essential strategies to ensure Etihad Cargo remains at the forefront of the cargo industry.

Read the full story on https://globalsupplychainme.com/digital-issues-2024/april-2024/

Tech Mahindra and Microsoft launch a Workbench


The partnership will enable customers fast-track their data-to-insight journey

Tech Mahindra has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to launch a unified workbench on Microsoft Fabric. The workbench will help organizations accelerate adoption of Microsoft Fabric and enable them to create complex data workflows with a simple to use interface.

This workbench uses Microsoft Fabric, an all-in-one analytics solution for enterprises including data movement, data science, real-time analytics, and business intelligence, according to a press communique.

This collaboration will combine the best of Tech Mahindra’s Intellectual Properties (IPs) with Microsoft Fabric capabilities, to help customers fast-track their data-to-insight journey and improve business agility.

Embracing AI and data in the cloud

“Our long-standing partnership with Microsoft has been helping enterprises embrace the vast potential of data & AI in the cloud. With innovative solutions like the unified workbench for Microsoft Fabric, we enable customers to accelerate their journey to becoming more data driven in their operating model and more cognitive in their approach to the business,” stated Kunal Purohit, Chief Digital Services Officer, Tech Mahindra.

The collaboration will enable effective utilization and monetization of data assets to provide a seamless experience for data scientists, analysts, and business professionals.

“Together, with Tech Mahindra, we will help customers take advantage of Microsoft Azure and AI to thrive and achieve success,” commented Zia Mansoor, Corporate Vice President, Data & AI, Microsoft.

Tech Mahindra is a gold certified Microsoft partner with an association spanning over 15 years. This long-standing collaboration with Microsoft positions Tech Mahindra as a trusted partner in the cloud services industry with expertise in analytics and cloud migration initiatives, along with Microsoft Azure certified cloud and data cloud architects, the press statement concluded.

10th Eco WASTE Exhn & Forum


10th Eco WASTE Exhibition & Forum to create blueprint for addressing region’s waste challenges

The three-day event will promote circular economy

The highly anticipated EcoWASTE Exhibition & Forum will return for its 10th edition on April 16 to 18 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

As one of six vertical platforms within the World Future Energy Summit, the Exhibition will explore a wide variety of potential solutions to help close the loop on the Gulf’s waste challenges.

Organised by RX Middle East as part of the World Future Energy Summit, with Tadweer Group as Strategic Partner, the milestone exhibition will convene global stakeholders to explore innovative technologies that hold the potential to transform waste management practices, according to a press statement.

Exchange insights

“We look forward to bringing the industry together to exchange insights and engaging with world leaders, experts and the public as we continue to make key contributions to the UAE’s sustainability strategy and global emissions objectives,” stated Ali Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tadweer Group.

With sustainability at the top of the global agenda, the highly anticipated Exhibition at the World Future Energy Summit promises a comprehensive programme spanning three days.

This year, Tadweer Group will highlight best practices from its own sustainability initiatives, including the construction of a new waste to energy plant in Abu Dhabi, which will begin in 2024. The plant will both divert waste from landfills and contribute to minimising reliance on traditional fossil fuels.

ECS & CMA in strategic partnership


ECS Group and CMA CGM AIR CARGO open a new chapter in Air Transport

Commercializing air freight capacities enhances market presence

ECS Group, a global leader in GSSA, has announced a strategic worldwide partnership with CMA CGM AIR CARGO, a division of CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions.

Starting April 1, 2024, ECS Group has appointed as CMA CGM AIR CARGO GSSA, commercializing air freight capacities on flights operated by CMA CGM AIR CARGO.

By joining forces, ECS Group and CMA CGM AIR CARGO aim to redefine industry standards in operational efficiency, service quality, and technological innovation. Together, they will pioneer innovative solutions and deliver a premier customer experience while enhancing operational efficiency, according to a press statement.

Flexibility and innovation are key drivers of success in this dynamic industry. Through their Augmented GSSA model, ECS will offer CMA CGM tailor-made cooperation models, ensuring adaptability to market fluctuations and local requirements. These customized solutions will be meticulously crafted to meet the specific needs and challenges of CMA CGM, providing a seamless and efficient partnership experience that drives mutual growth and success.

“Collaborating with CMA CGM AIR CARGO represents a unique opportunity to combine ECS Group’s expertise in GSSA with CMA CGM AIR CARGO assets. Together, we are determined to pave the way in air freight transport, offering innovative solutions and operational excellence to our clients worldwide,” remarked Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman, ECS Group.

Etihad Cargo expands in Boston


Carrier will offer an additional 50 tonnes of cargo capacity per week to the US

Etihad Cargo has expanded its US network and will offer increased capacity to the region with the introduction of a new service to Boston, Massachusetts.

The carrier’s inaugural flight arrived on 31 March, commencing the regular service that will see the airline operate four flights per week to Boston. Boston is Etihad Cargo’s fourth US destination, and the new route reinforces Etihad Cargo’s commitment to providing tailored cargo solutions to the North American region.

The new service will be operated on a state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which will provide an additional cargo capacity of 50 tonnes per week, catering to the robust demand for freight between Boston and Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Cargo will offer tailor-made solutions for the diverse range of commodities prevalent in the Boston region, with a focus on perishables, medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and aircraft parts.


This expansion brings the total number of flights Etihad Cargo operates to the US to 33 per week and demonstrates the airline’s ongoing efforts to enhance global connectivity and support trade across its network.

“Etihad Cargo’s Abu Dhabi-Boston service will support the region’s export economy, particularly in facilitating the global distribution of its world-class seafood and breakthrough medical products, and further strengthen trade ties between the US and UAE,” remarked Stanislas Brun, Vice President of Cargo, Etihad Cargo.

Further enhancing the carrier’s capabilities in the US, Etihad Cargo expanded its network with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, to incorporate all the carrier’s stations in the US, a press statement concluded.

AD Ports and GCPI ink MoU


Sign preliminary agreement to develop Iraq’s Al Faw Grand Port and Economic Zone

AD Ports Group recently entered into a preliminary agreement with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI).

Under the terms of the agreement, both parties will establish a joint venture to develop Al-Faw Grand Port and its economic zone, as well as any future expansion. Furthermore, the agreement also encompasses the potential investment, management, and operation of ports, economic zones, and related infrastructure in other cities in the Republic of Iraq.

The agreement was signed in the presence of HE Razzaq Muhaibas Al-Saadawi, Iraq’s Minister of Transport, and HE Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Trade, by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director & Group CEO, AD Ports Group, and Dr. Eng. Farhan Muhesen Al Fartosi, Director General of the General Company for Ports of Iraq.

The preliminary agreement aims to provide the necessary expertise for Al-Faw Port and Economic Zone, using advanced management and operating models, in addition to studying the mechanism of developing, financing, managing, operating and maintaining the project, with an aim to enhance overall efficiency and operational capabilities.

Development road project

‘’The development road project, Iraq’s most prominent economic and logistics development, this project will strengthen maritime transport and freight shipping between Asia and Europe,” noted Al-Saadawi,

“The agreement signed between AD Ports Group and the General Company for Ports of Iraq, is in line with the directives of our wise leadership towards strengthening economic ties and increasing bilateral trade volumes between the two countries,” commented HE Dr. Al Zeyoudi.

“Together, we will create a joint operational policy which includes partnering with key international shipping lines to meet the outcomes of the project’s feasibility study,” remarked Dr. Engr. Al Fartosi.

“The expansion of our collaboration demonstrates our commitment to strengthening relations between both our countries in line with our wise leadership’s vision for strategic global trade and logistics growth that further boosts economic development and diversification in the region and beyond,” remarked Capt. Al Shamisi

Dubai South & Aldar break ground


Dubai South and Aldar break ground on first logistics facility

The Grade A logistics facility spans approximately 23,000sqm of gross floor area

Dubai South, the largest single-urban master development focusing on aviation, logistics and real estate, and Aldar, the leading real estate developer, investor, and manager in the UAE, recently broke ground on the first logistics facility to be built as part of an agreement signed recently to develop Grade A logistics facilities at Dubai South’s Logistics District.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Mohsen Ahmad, CEO, Logistics District, Dubai South and David Dudley, Chief Partnerships and Investments Officer from Aldar, in the presence of senior executives from both entities, according to a press communication.

Strategic location

The Grade A logistics facility, spanning approximately 23,000sqm of gross floor area, is strategically located near Al Maktoum International Airport and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2024. The facility offers bonded and non-bonded access as well as providing a usable eaves height of 16m and being temperature controlled to 24 degrees Celsius.

“Following our agreement with Aldar, we are pleased to witness the groundbreaking of the new facility, which will be of added value to the logistics sector, and we are committed to reinforcing its growth and cementing the emirate’s position as a global logistics hub,” commented Mohsen Ahmad.

Infrastructure network

Representing the epitome of logistical innovation encapsulated within a premier infrastructure network, Dubai South’s Logistics District offers premier services and operations as well as uninterrupted access to Jebel Ali Port via a bonded logistics corridor.

The district comprises multiple zones, which have direct access to the cargo terminals at Al Maktoum International Airport; EZDubai, a fully dedicated e-commerce free zone; and a Contract Logistics Zone.

Shipsy recognized as a Niche Player in 2024 Gartner


TMS solutions are utilized to execute the transport of goods across the supply chain

Shipsy, a leading global logistics orchestration and execution platform, has been recognized as a Niche Player in the 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Transport Management Systems (TMS).

TMS solutions are utilized by companies of differing sizes, operational complexity, industries, and geographic locations. TMS solutions are utilized to plan and execute the physical transport of goods across the supply chain. They provide a company with the ability to manage the entire transportation life cycle of an order or shipment, according to a press statement.

Today, enterprises across industries find themselves juggling between increasingly complex supply chain operations, rapidly evolving customer demands, and growing costs. To manage these, supply chain leaders across the globe are leveraging advanced tools and technology to improve transportation and drive profitability, productivity, transparency, and sustainability.

Tighter control

“TMS solutions enable a company to have tighter control of their transportation operations, optimize costs, improve efficiencies, and have improved visibility into the movement of goods,” highlights Gartner in the 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for TMS.

“At Shipsy, we are constantly innovating and striving to ensure businesses across the globe can quickly realize their true potential in terms of growth, sustainability, customer experience, and profitability by weaving AI, real-time analytics, and automation into their everyday transportation operations,” asserted Soham Chokshi, CEO & Co-Founder, Shipsy.

Today, more than 275 enterprise customers across logistics, retail, manufacturing, and automotive industries are leveraging Shipsy’s AI-powered supply chain orchestration and execution platform. Shipsy had drastically enhanced its global presence by establishing regional HQs in the Netherlands, UAE, KSA and Indonesia, the press statement concluded.

Borouge commits to -0 in operations by 2045


Commitment aligned with the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative

Borouge Plc, a leading petrochemicals company that provides innovative and differentiated polyolefins solutions, has committed to achieving net zero across its scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2045.

The commitment is an extension of the Company’s best practice approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, supporting the UAE’s sustainability goals.

The UAE was the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region to commit to net zero and has launched a national Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, setting out a clear pathway for achieving its objective.


To achieve net zero emissions in its operations, Borouge has set intermediate targets for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity and a 30% reduction in energy intensity by 2030.

“We are taking strong strides in promoting a circular economy. Inspired by the UAE’s climate ambition, Borouge is resolutely pursuing net zero in its own operations, aiming for an accelerated timeframe of 2045,” stated Hazeem Sultan Al Suwaidi, CEO, Borouge.

Borouge has set interim 2030 goals to achieve its ambitions and will continue to pursue resource efficiency alongside decarbonising its operations. The Company’s commitment to successful energy-saving initiatives achieved a 30% reduction in emission intensity in 2023 compared to the 2018 baseline, a press communique concluded.

DP World & Rumo to build new Terminal


DP World & Rumo to build new Grain and Fertilizer Terminal in Santos, Brazil

The new terminal will handle 9mn tonnes of grains and 3.5mn tonnes of fertilizers annually upon completion

DP World has joined forces with Brazilian railway operator Rumo to build a new terminal at the Port of Santos, to handle 12.5mn tonnes a year of grains and fertilizers, positioning the port as Brazil’s primary trade gateway and a key hub for South America.

Rumo estimates the total investment for the construction of this state-of-the-art facility at BRL 2.5bn (US$ 500mn), which will be financed through a combination of Rumo’s resources, loans, and potential strategic partnerships.

This is in addition to recent investments in DP World container handling facilities increasing capacity from 1.2mn TEUs to 1.4mn TEUs, while expanding the size of the quay from 1,100m to 1,300m.

New Terminal

Once completed, the new terminal will handle 9 million tonnes of grains and 3.5mn tonnes of fertilizers a year. With construction expected to take 30 months, all other services including container handling at Santos will continue, with no impact to container handling operations.

Under the 30-year agreement, DP World will provide the terminal area located on the left bank of Brazil’s Port of Santos to Rumo and assume responsibility for operations and port services. The port is one of the largest and most modern private multi-purpose port terminals in the country. The collaboration solidifies DP World’s position as the country’s leading multipurpose port operator, capable of simultaneously handling containers, cellulose, grains and fertilizers.

The new terminal marks DP World’s fourth round of investment since operations began in Brazil in 2013. It comes at a crucial time with the port achieving record cargo movements in January, handling 11.9mn tonnes of cargo. Bulk solids, such as sugar and soy, accounted for 5mn tonnes, up 13.9% compared to the same period in 2023, according to the Port of Santos.

Transformative project

“We are thrilled to partner with Rumo on this transformative project, which underscores our commitment to driving growth and innovation in Brazil’s logistics sector. This new terminal will not only bolster trade capabilities but also create long-term value for our customers and stakeholders,” affirmed Fabio Siccherino, CEO, DP World Santos.

In line with DP World’s global decarbonisation strategy, the new terminal will be equiped with 21 new pieces of equipment, featuring advanced technology to reduce consumption and emissions of polluting gases. DP World began the process of electrifying its Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes (RTGs) at the Port of Santos in 2023.

DP World already invested US$ 35mn in 2023 to expand and modernise its facilities at the Port of Santos. The terminal currently inhabits 845,000sqm, with an additional 130,000sqm available for expansion.

UAE is among world’s top 10 countries

Amadou Diallo ist Chef von DHL Freight

UAE is among the world’s top 10 most connected countries: DHL Report 2024

The UAE registered the largest connectedness among 181 countries analyzed

The UAE has surged ahead in DHL’s Global Connectedness Report to occupy the No. 8 spot among the world’s top 10 most globalized countries. It has also registered the maximum increase in performance since 2001, securing the top spot for rising connectedness among 181 countries analyzed.

This demonstrates a heightened pace of physical and digital connectivity aimed at strengthening global supply chains and facilitating international trade.

According to the report, the MENA region remains well-connected to much of the rest of the world, not only through trade but also investment, immigration, and tourism. Even as Europe leads on trade and people flows, and North America leads on capital and information flows, MENA ranks second on trade, reflecting the importance of the oil trade, the rising prominence of the Gulf countries in trade networks more generally, and the close ties many North African countries have to Europe.

Comprehensive picture

DHL’s Global Connectedness Report draws on nearly 9 million data points and provides a unique and comprehensive picture of how goods and services, capital, information, and people are moving around the world.

The findings also suggest that despite global economic headwinds and political turmoil, global flows have proven highly resilient, growing faster than domestic activity and stretching out across greater distances. As such, there continue to be many avenues for countries to participate in international business.


“More specifically, the UAE has invested in expanding the scope of its connectivity by harnessing technology and introducing national-level policies that facilitate global trade and exchange and attract the right talent pool,” stated Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa.

The report also highlights a healthy appetite for international expansion, with a rise in the value of announced greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) and publicly traded companies from most countries earning more of their sales abroad.

GROHE appoints Stefan for IMEA Region


GROHE appoints Stefan Schmied to top position for the IMEA Region

The appointment reflects GROHE’s commitment to global growth, innovation, and customer success

GROHE, as part of LIXIL, one of the global leaders in complete bathroom and kitchen fittings, has announced the appointment of Stefan Schmied as the new Leader of the IMEA region at LIXIL.

The IMEA region includes India & Subcontinent, the Middle East including Turkiye, and Africa. The appointment reflects GROHE’s commitment to global growth, innovation, and customer success.

With an impressive professional track record, Stefan brings over 20 years of industry experience to his role. He has led key strategic initiatives, expanded channels, built brands, and managed sales operations in the retail, wholesale, and project business for global companies.

Key growth driver

Stefan has previously led the project business channel at GROHE, transforming it into an independent Business Unit that became a key growth driver for LIXIL EMENA. He has led the specification and execution of new-build and renovation projects, such as globally leading hotel brands, iconic airports, international healthcare groups and prominent residential developers worldwide.

In his new role, Stefan will be responsible for accelerating growth and enhancing the long-term sales performance of the GROHE brand through cross-regional collaboration and strategic innovation. He will also focus on expanding the customer base, building partnerships and driving innovation to contribute to GROHE’s overall success, in addition to overseeing the company’s operations in IMEA.

Prior to joining GROHE as part of LIXIL, Stefan has been the CEO and President of major construction companies in Europe and Asia. He has extensive experience in sanitaryware, tiles and sanitary technology, having worked with global companies in C-suite and senior management roles across the Middle East.

Etihad Airways inaugural flight to Boston


Etihad Airways announces inaugural flight to Boston

Boston is now the airline’s fourth destination in the United States

Etihad Airways’ inaugural flight to Boston, EY147, was celebrated at Abu Dhabi Airport before take-off, and on arrival in Massachusetts.

The new four-times weekly service operates using a state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring the airline’s acclaimed Business Studios and Economy Smart seats.

“We are thrilled to inaugurate flights to Boston, further extending our reach across the United States and enhancing connectivity for travellers,” stated Etihad’s Chief Executive Officer Antonoaldo Neves.

“Massport is pleased to welcome Etihad Airways to Boston Logan International Airport with their new flight to Abu Dhabi,” remarked Massport Interim CEO and Aviation Director Ed Freni. “This route provides a key connection between Boston and the UAE, and New Englanders now have even more options when planning a trip to the Middle East and beyond,” he added.

Boston joins Chicago, New York, and Washington as Etihad’s fourth destination in the United States, complementing existing services and reinforcing the airline’s dedication to facilitating seamless travel experiences.

Siemens Logistics develops sustainable technologies


Siemens Logistics develops innovative and sustainable technologies

Digitalization, automation and sustainability in the spotlight

At this year’s three-day Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) to be held in Frankfurt from 16 to 18 April, Siemens Logistics will be presenting an innovative portfolio of high-performance hardware, intelligent software and smart service solutions for the continuous improvement of baggage handling, according to a press communique.

Digitalization, automation and sustainability are becoming more and more important in the airport industry. Siemens Logistics continues to further advance these topics with future-oriented solutions. “Our technologies combine the real and digital worlds, enabling our customers to implement seamless processes,” stated Michael Schneider, CEO, Siemens Logistics.

Siemens’ Aviation Data Hub provides the ideal platform for the efficient collection and use of relevant data from various sources in airport operations. In addition, customers are enabled to develop their own AI applications. Thanks to its modern interfaces (APIs) and open architecture, the Aviation Data Hub can be integrated quickly and easily with existing IT systems.

Highly developed AI is also used in the baggage management software Baggage 360, which is unique on the market. It functions like a digital twin for baggage handling processes and empowers airports, airlines and ground handlers to forecast baggage volumes and arrival times 24 hours in advance.

Baggage handling systems

For the intelligent, secure, and sustainable management of baggage handling systems Siemens Logistics presents its sophisticated high-level control software BagIQ. Thanks to a new 3D module, it can now not only locate baggage items in real time, but also visualize them

The advanced maintenance solutions from the SmartService portfolio also provide significant advantages for airports and make an important contribution to sustainability. These allow airports to switch from time-consuming, calendar-based maintenance to much more effective, predictive maintenance.

With VarioTip, Siemens Logistics offers a powerful and unique solution for the automated unloading of unit load devices. Besides a high baggage throughput, VarioTip significantly contributes to safety and ergonomics in ground handling. It relieves personnel from the physical strain associated with moving heavy bags.

BSL Battery – Commitment to safety


BSL Battery – Industrial’s commitment to safety is rewarded with UL2580 and IEC 62619 certification for LiFePo4 forklift batteries

Innovation, quality, and safety have always been fundamental factors in the design and manufacture of BSL Battery – Industrial’s Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. With the breakthrough of UL2580 and IEC 62619 certifications, BSL Battery-Industrial’s commitment to safety and design excellence remains unmatched. This milestone solidifies BSL Battery-Industrial’s position as a leader in the power industry.

BSL Battery – Industrial, a recognized leader in lithium-ion forklift batteries, today announced that the B-LFP24-205MHB-LFP36-820MHB-LFP48-460MHB-LFP48-615MH, and B-LFP80-460MH lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery portfolios have received UL2580 and IEC 62619 certifications. UL2580 is the standard provided by UL, the global safety science organization, for battery products at the cell, module, and battery pack level to ensure safe use in a variety of power or transportation-related applications. IEC 62619 specifies requirements and tests for the safe operation of rechargeable batteries and battery packs in industrial applications. This prestigious certification will now apply to BSL Battery – Industrial Forklift Lithium Batteries.

The UL2580 and IEC 62619 safety testing of forklift lithium-ion batteries has several benefits:

● By complying with the requirements and tests specified in the standard to ensure product safety, manufacturers can ensure that consumers use their batteries safely. 

● It is well known that lithium-ion batteries can catch fire or explode if not properly designed, manufactured, or used.  UL2580 and IEC 62619 mechanical testing and electrical testing help identify potential safety hazards and reduce the risk of accidents.

● Many countries have regulations that require products containing lithium-ion batteries to meet certain safety standards. Testing UL2580 and IEC 62619 can help manufacturers meet these requirements in the global marketplace.

● Consumers are becoming more aware of the potential safety hazards associated with lithium-ion batteries. By testing UL2580 and IEC 62619 and complying with the standards, manufacturers can gain consumer trust and differentiate their products from competitors.

● The mechanical testing, electrical testing, environmental testing, and test procedures for tolerance to battery failure specified in UL2580 and IEC 62619 can help identify potential quality issues with lithium-ion batteries, thereby improving product quality, design, manufacturing, and performance.

FedEx bolsters Community Support


FedEx bolsters Community Support with volunteering efforts across MENA

Over 1,800kgs of supplies delivered to more than 300 beneficiaries in the UAE and Egypt

FedEx Express (FedEx) team members in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) supported more than 1,800 kilograms of much-needed food and non-food supplies for more than 300 beneficiaries from non-profit organizations (NGOs) of their choice.

These contributions were made as part of the FedEx Cares Purple Tote Campaign, which empowers FedEx team members to come together and support the causes they value most in their local communities, according to a press communique.

In the UAE, FedEx teams joined forces to sort and deliver essential goods to Senses, a residential and day care in Dubai for children and adults of determination. Volunteers across the UAE packed Purple Totes for the NGO, highlighting the spirit of giving that is deeply rooted in the FedEx culture.

Egypt as beneficiary

These efforts have been extended to Egypt, where FedEx team members contributed to the wellbeing of children at the Awlady Orphanage in Cairo. In a combined effort, the volunteers collected food and necessary items, including sports gear and toys, for the NGO.

This was complemented by a ‘Fun day at Awlady Orphanage’, where the FedEx team members engaged with children in various activities and birthday celebrations, bringing them joy and laughter.

“The dedication of our team members exemplifies our core belief that we move the world forward not just by delivering packages, but by delivering kindness and care where it’s needed the most,” stated Taarek Hinedi, vice president of FedEx Middle East and Africa operations.

Etihad Cargo and Astral celebrate inaugural flight



  • Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation operated the inaugural Nairobi-Abu Dhabi flight on 21 March 2024 following the signing of an MOU that expanded the partnership between the two carriers.
  • As part of the capacity sharing agreement, Etihad Cargo’s partners and customers will benefit from capacity on board Astral Aviation’s weekly flights from Nairobi to Abu Dhabi, with regular services commencing on 28 March 2024.

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, in partnership with Astral Aviation, a leading cargo airline with extensive African network coverage, successfully completed the inaugural flight from Nairobi, Kenya, to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 21 March 2024. This flight marked the commencement of a promising collaboration following the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two carriers, aimed at expanding Etihad Cargo’s reach into the African market.

The inaugural flight was strategically timed to accommodate the increased demand for flowers, demonstrating the synergy between Etihad Cargo’s global reach and Astral Aviation’s strong African network. The successful operation underscored the partnership’s potential to enhance cargo capacity and offer efficient logistics solutions, particularly for time-sensitive shipments such as perishable goods.

Under the MOU, which will see Astral Aviation operating more flights to the UAE’s capital, supported by the UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation have committed to leveraging their combined networks, expertise, and logistics capabilities to enhance cargo services between the UAE and Africa. This partnership is a testament to both airlines’ commitment to providing innovative and customer-centric solutions, ensuring high-quality service across their operations.

Following the success of the inaugural flight, Astral Aviation will resume weekly operations from Abu Dhabi starting 28 March 2024. This regular service is anticipated to further strengthen trade links between the UAE and Africa, catering to a wide range of cargo needs and fostering economic growth in both regions.

Stanislas Brun, Vice President Cargo of Etihad Cargo, said: “The successful inaugural flight from Nairobi to Abu Dhabi is just the beginning of Etihad Cargo’s ambitious journey with Astral Aviation. Together, Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation will offer air cargo solutions that cater to the dynamic needs of partners and customers, especially in the fast-growing African market.”

Wilson Chan, Senior Vice President – Freezone Cargo & Logistics of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Expanding cargo operations to and from Zayed International Airport is a key component of our plan to ensure Abu Dhabi continues to strengthen its global standing as an air cargo hub. From state-of-the-art cooling facilities capable of safely transporting temperature-controlled goods and pharmaceuticals, to a significant increase in operational capacity, Zayed International Airport is helping to foster greater trade between Abu Dhabi and the world. This inaugural flight, and the commencement of weekly flights to Nairobi, is further evidence of the important commercial and business ties Abu Dhabi Airports, and our partners Etihad Airways and Astral Aviation, are helping to facilitate.”

Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation, said: “The partnership between Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation marks a significant milestone in trade between Africa and Abu Dhabi, as the new flight will enable the efficient transportation of perishables including flowers, fresh fruits, vegetables and meat from Astral’s hubs in Nairobi and Johannesburg into Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub and onto their network. On the return, the freighter will carry cargo from Etihad Cargo’s network in Asia, the USA, and Europe into Astral’s Intra African network, which will result in new opportunities for our respective clients.”

In addition to the weekly flights launched in partnership with Astral Aviation, Etihad Cargo will provide additional belly capacity to its partners and customers via daily passenger flights to Nairobi from 1 May 2024. Etihad Cargo also operates a weekly freighter service that connects Nairobi to Amsterdam via the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub.

SAP and NVIDIA Generative AI Adoption


SAP and NVIDIA to accelerate Generative AI Adoption across enterprise applications

Customers can harness their business data in Cloud Solutions from SAP

SAP and NVIDIA have announced a partnership expansion focused on accelerating enterprise customers’ ability to harness the transformative power of data and generative AI across SAP’s portfolio of cloud solutions and applications.

The companies are collaborating to build and deliver SAP Business AI, including scalable, business-specific generative AI capabilities inside the Joule copilot from SAP and across SAP’s portfolio of cloud solutions and applications, all of which are underpinned by the SAP generative AI hub. The generative AI hub facilitates relevant, reliable and responsible business AI and provides instant access to a broad range of large language models (LLMs).

As part of SAP’s ongoing initiative to build generative AI directly into the applications that power the world’s businesses, the partnership aims to help customers adopt generative AI capabilities at scale across their organizations.

SAP will use NVIDIA’s generative AI foundry service to fine-tune LLMs for domain-specific scenarios and deploy applications with new NVIDIA NIM™ microservices. SAP and NVIDIA plan to make the new integrated capabilities available by the end of 2024.

Delivering real business value

“Enterprise customers want to leverage state-of-the-art technology that delivers real business value,” affirmed Christian Klein, CEO and Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “Strategic technology partnerships, like the one between SAP and NVIDIA, are at the core of our strategy to invest in technology that maximizes the potential and opportunity of AI for business. NVIDIA’s expertise in delivering AI capabilities at scale will help SAP accelerate the pace of transformation and better serve our customers in the cloud,” he continued.

“SAP is sitting on a gold mine of enterprise data that can be transformed into custom generative AI agents to help customers automate their businesses,” asserted Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Together, NVIDIA and SAP will bring custom generative AI to the thousands of enterprises around the world that rely on SAP to power their operations,” he added.


SAP and NVIDIA plan to collaborate to integrate generative AI into cloud solutions from SAP, which include the latest release of the SAP Datasphere solution, SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP) and RISE with SAP.

Additional generative AI initiatives include new capabilities for the Joule copilot: Joule can leverage retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) capabilities built by NVIDIA and SAP, which can be deployed on leading hyperscalers or SAP’s own cloud environments.

ENGIE starts the largest Battery Energy Storage System


In Chile, ENGIE starts commercial operation of the largest Battery Energy Storage System in Latin America

ENGIE obtained approval from the National Electricity Coordinator (CEN) to start commercial operation of BESS Coya, the largest battery energy storage system in Latin America to date.

This system has a storage capacity of 638 MWh, with 139 MW of installed capacity. This co-located Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) technology uses lithium batteries to store the renewable energy generated by the Coya PV solar plant (180 MWac) based in the Antofagasta Region.

Through its 232 modules, BESS Coya’s installed capacity will enable to store the equivalent of five hours of electricity and inject it into the grid during peak periods, representing the delivery of 200 GWh on average per year. It will also play an important environmental role by supplying enough green energy for around 100,000 homes, thereby avoiding the emission of 65,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

This project is fully in line with ENGIE’s ambition to accelerate the development of battery storage, with a target of 10 GW of installed capacity by 2030. The development of flexibility solutions such as Battery Energy Storage Systems will play a major role in integrating renewable energies and accelerating the energy transition while guaranteeing the efficiency, reliability and security of energy systems.” explained Paulo Almirante, ENGIE Senior Executive Vice President Renewables & Energy Management.

At December 31, 2023, ENGIE already had globally 1.3 GW of battery capacity in operation and 3.6 GW secured under development.

AD Ports acquires stake in Tbilisi port


Purchase Agreement Strengthens the Group’s Role in the Middle Trade Corridor Connecting Asia to Europe

AD Ports Group (ADX: ADPORTS), a leading facilitator of global trade, logistics, and industry, today announced the signing of a purchase agreement with Inveco LLC to acquire 60% ownership in the Tbilisi Dry Port, a new custom-bonded and rail-connected intermodal logistics hub in Georgia.

The project, currently owned by Inveco LLC and Wilhelmsen, is expected to be operational by Q4 2024. It is a key logistics hub situated along the strategically important Middle Corridor – an emerging trade lane linking manufacturing hubs in Western Asia to consumer markets in Eastern Europe by leveraging a combination of sea and dry ports located in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Türkiye.

As a key logistics facility in Georgia connecting the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, which are at the heart of the Middle Corridor, the project consists of different integrated facilities such as a container freight station, warehouses and a car storage park. It will act as the point of entry and exit as well as a regional transit point for manufacturers, shippers and consignees moving containers, vehicles and other goods for distribution and storage. The project offers direct westward railway links to Türkiye and to Georgian Ports of Poti and Batumi, which further connect to European Black Sea ports in Bulgaria and Romania, while its eastern connectivity links with different ports located along the Caspian Sea via a railway corridor to Azerbaijan.

The development offers significant intermodal logistics capabilities given its location within the Tbilisi airport’s industrial zone which will be backed by state-of-the-art warehousing facilities as well as a cargo and vehicle logistics hub. The project consists of two land parcels and will be developed in phases. To future proof the project, an additional 88,000 sqm of land is available to cater for further volume growth.

The project will be completed in three phases. By the end of the initial phase, the handling capacity is expected to reach 96,500 TEUs, with 10,000 sqm of warehouse and a car storage yard. Upon the completion of phase three, the project will have a handling capacity of 286,000 TEU, 100,000 sqm of warehouse and a significantly expanded car storage yard. Further land plots have already been secured and can be developed as and when needed.

Noatum Logistics, part of the AD Ports Group, will operate and manage the facilities while leveraging capabilities offered by the Group’s cross-Cluster portfolio and drawing on expertise and capacities of Inveco LLC and Wilhelmsen.

His Excellency Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the UAE, said: “Guided by the vision of our wise leadership, the UAE Government is focused on fostering international cooperation with strategic and global partners that share our vision for mutual benefit and sustainable prosperity. Consequently, in October 2023, the UAE and Georgia signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which aims to increase the bilateral non-oil trade between our two nations to AED 5.5 billion (USD $1.5 billion) in five years, while accelerating economic recovery and securing vital supply chains. AD Ports Group’s investment in the Tbilisi Dry Port delivers on this objective, which is set to deepen trade and investment ties, develop global trade lanes, and generate market access opportunities for UAE and Georgian businesses alike.”

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “AD Ports Group is committed to strategic international investments that advances economic growth, job creation and mutual benefit in line with our wise leaders’ vision. By investing in, and operating, new strategic infrastructure and logistics hubs along the Caspian Sea – Black Sea Corridor, AD Ports Group is delivering on our strategy to strengthen global supply chains. As a country situated at the centre of the Caucasus and located along the Black Sea, Georgia is a key destination linking us with our growing maritime and logistics assets in Central Asia and Türkiye, thereby enabling us to serve our customers with cost-effective, streamlined cargo flows and capture significant future trade volumes.”

Mr. Jemal Inaishvili, Founder of Inveco LLC, Georgia, said: “I am delighted that negotiations with AD Ports Group ended successfully. AD Ports Group’s participation as a significant facilitator of global trade and logistics will play a key role in the development and success of the Tbilisi Dry Port. AD Ports Group’s vast expertise in ports operations and logistics facilities will bring a new level of management in the Georgia’s logistics sector. I am also very glad that by this partnership we are contributing to growing economic co-operation between United Arab Emirates and Georgia.”

Neal de Roche, President, Wilhelmsen Port Services, said “Georgia has been an important market to us for a long time already. The development of the Tiblisi Dry Port has been a cornerstone project to support the development of the trade corridor between

the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. We are excited to have AD Ports Group come in as majority shareholder with their wealth of experience in port and terminal operations.”

The Middle Corridor is regarded as the shortest trade route between Asia and Europe, covering approximately 7,000 km and requiring a journey of 10 to 15 days. The existing Northern Corridor covers about 10,000 km overland, requiring 15 to 20 days, while the Southern Ocean Route spans approximately 20,000 km, requiring a sea voyage of 45-60 days. The Middle Corridor is expected to serve considerable growth in container volumes, which has the potential to reach 1.9 million TEUs by 2040.

Fugro to support ME for Ocean Data


Fugro to support Middle East’s expanding needs for ocean data with its high-tech, low-carbon emissions uncrewed vessels.

Following the successful launch of the Middle East’s first fully remote survey vessel in 2022, leading Geo-data specialist Fugro has announced the arrival of its Blue Shadow® class uncrewed surface vessel (USV), in the Middle East. Crafted for precise hydrographic mapping and bathymetry surveys, the Blue Shadow® will play a crucial role in addressing the rising demand for accurate hydrographic data in the Middle East, where infrastructure development, port expansion, and coastal management initiatives are at an all-time high.

Utilising state-of-the-art navigation and surveying technology, the Blue Shadow® efficiently collects vital data such as water depth and seafloor morphology, supporting the development of the blue economy in the Middle East while also aiding in understanding and protecting the delicate marine ecosystem. This advanced technology enables non-disruptive hydrographic surveys near existing offshore structures, resulting in efficient hydrographic surveys, reducing project timelines and providing crucial speed and accuracy in the dynamic maritime environment of the region.

With an ambitious goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2035, Fugro is taking significant strides in minimising its environmental impact by including more remote operations in its surveys. Data acquisitions through USVs from remote operation centres contribute up to 90% less carbon emissions than traditional vessel operations whilst significantly reducing human exposure to hazardous environments. This initiative highlights Fugro’s dedication to sustainability and its commitment to advancing the science of the oceans, affirming its role as a leader in sustainable maritime operations.

Louis Burnard, Regional Director Marine Site Characterisation Middle East and India, said: “This addition to the region’s fleet marks Fugro’s commitment to leveraging technology for a safe and livable world. With the Blue Shadow® navigating our waters, we’re not just mapping the seabed, we’re forging a path for safer, more efficient maritime navigation in our region.”

UAE Minister visits EGA to review progress


UAE Minister visits EGA to review progress on bauxite residue pilot plant

Company’s long-term goal is to send zero process waste to landfill

Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, welcomed HE Dr Amna Bint Abdullah Al Dahak, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, to review progress on construction of a pilot plant to convert bauxite residue into a manufactured soil.

Bauxite residue, a by-product of alumina refining, has been a global waste management challenge since the dawn of the aluminium more than a century ago. Some 150mn tonnes of the material are produced worldwide each year, according to industry experts, with less than two per cent put to productive use. EGA has developed proprietary processes to re-use bauxite residue through almost a decade of scientific research and development.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer, EGA, received Her Excellency and her delegation at EGA headquarters in Al Taweelah.

Proprietary technology

EGA’s pilot plant will use proprietary technology to convert caustic bauxite residue into an environmentally benign raw material in hours, instead of undergoing decades-long, natural processes. This Optimised Bauxite Residue is the main ingredient for a manufactured soil, which EGA calls ‘Turba’ (the Arabic word for soil).

“At MOCCAE, we welcome the work undertaken by businesses like EGA to invest in sustainable soil management practices, foster innovation and promote sustainable solutions,” remarked HE Dr. Amna.

“Our long-term goal is to send zero process waste to landfill, and we have made great progress. Bauxite residue is the most challenging waste stream in our industry, and I am confident we are close to solving it. I look forward to industrial-scale production of our sustainable industrial soil for a better tomorrow,” concluded Bin Kalban.

Teren promoted to Head of Emergency Services


Teren Tan Promoted to Head of Emergency Services at Serco

Serco is pleased to announce the promotion of Teren Tan to Head of Emergency Services for the Middle East, a newly created leadership role. This appointment comes as Serco continues to expand its emergency services operations, underpinning its commitment to improve citizen and resident safety, impacting a better future.

In his new capacity, Teren will be responsible for overseeing and ensuring the strategic growth and compliance of Serco’s full suite of emergency services operations across the Middle East, a team which encompasses more than 200 professionals currently. Their responsibilities include delivering top-tier emergency services and resilience training, operational emergency services, as well as both resilience and crisis management advisory services. Teren will also be responsible for advising on global strategic opportunities across the Serco business.

Teren brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having joined Serco in 2020 after a 14-year career with the Australian Defence Force in the emergency services domain. There he held several leadership roles, both within Australia and on international assignments, notably in his contribution to the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group – Land Systems Division. Teren’s move to Serco was driven by his dedication to emergency services, driving substantial improvement initiatives and major acquisition programmes.

The creation of Teren’s role within Serco marks a significant milestone in the company’s successful three-year growth trajectory in emergency services. Serco currently operates emergency services across five projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s giga cities and the UAE and following its establishment of the Middle East division of its International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) in 2021, it continues to deliver ongoing FRS training for multiple international and regional airports in the Middle East.

Teren Tan, Head of Emergency Services for Serco Middle East said: “Joining Serco has been a transformative experience for my career. The company’s commitment to not only advancing public services but also fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment has been pivotal to my growth. As Head of Emergency Services, I am energised to further Serco’s vision and impact a better future by enhancing our emergency services offerings and improving safety within the countries in which we work. One thing that I am particularly passionate about is the training of national talent within this space. We have brought a number of nationals through our training programmes and it makes me proud to see them move into operational roles.”

Teren will report into Samantha Rowles, Operations Director – Transport, for Serco Middle East. Congratulating Teren, Samantha said:  “Teren’s promotion to Head of Emergency Services reflects his exceptional talent and the impact he has made since joining Serco. His track record of innovation and leadership in the emergency services domain has played a key role in our recent success, and I have every confidence that he will excel in his new role. Teren’s expertise will be crucial as we continue to scale our operations and meet the complex needs of our clients across the Middle East region.”

Pharmatrade launches in KEZAD


Pharmatrade launches its Logistics Centre in KEZAD

This new centre will ensure uninterrupted medical supplies to Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group and the UAE-based Pharmatrade recently announced the opening of Pharmatrade’s Abu Dhabi Logistics Centre.

Through this new logistics centre, the company plans to ramp up the storage and distribution of its Pharmaceutical and Medical Device range of products to serve the UAE’s healthcare sector.

The expansion of its business over the last 13 years, since the opening of its Logistics Centre in Dubai Investment Park 1, prompted Pharmatrade, one of the largest companies in the healthcare sector, to invest in a new logistics centre in KEZAD.

KEZAD Logistics Park Phase 5 which houses Pharmatrade’s Logistics Centre is a cluster of temperature-controlled, Grade A industrial warehouse facilities with modern specifications that offer several different configurations to meet client needs and boost logistics efficiency.

Warehousing portfolio

“Pharmatrade’s expansion into KEZAD’s warehousing portfolio gives them the ability to reach their consumers using our state-of-the-art infrastructure,” remarked Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi-KEZAD Group.

“The integrated infrastructure and services at competitive prices, as well as the flexibility of warehouse design enhances our aspirations for further expansion, with the opportunities to reach new customers thanks to KEZAD’s strategic location and integrated transportation and logistics network,” commented Konstantinos Petridis, Managing Partner, Pharmatrade.

Pharmatrade is a partnership between Hussain Al Nowais and Konstantinos Petridis, established in 1977, is a leading distribution company in the UAE supplying a comprehensive range of Medical and Pharmaceutical products from over 30 Multinational companies in the Healthcare field.

Hellmann: Vedat Serbet appointed Head of BD


Hellmann: Vedat Serbet appointed Head of Business Development Rail Europe

Vedat Serbet has been appointed as Head of Business Development Rail Europe at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. In this newly created position, the logistics expert will further develop the international expansion of rail-based transportation, establishing new intermodal products while also expanding alternative connections between Europe and China.

To drive forward the strategic expansion of the international and regional rail segment, Hellmann has already appointed Marijo Pesic as Director Product Management Rail Europe and Matthias Köfler as Product Manager Rail East Europe. With his most recent role as former Head of Rail Freight EMEA for Dachser, Vedat Serbet decided to return to Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, bringing back his 13 years of experience with the company. His return strengthens Hellmann’s European rail freight team with valuable expertise. The aim is to offer customers more internationally customized and environmentally friendly intermodal products with the focus on rail transport. At the same time, bypass routes are being established via the so-called Middle Corridor across the Caspian Sea to sustainably establish rail transport between Europe and Asia. 

“At Hellmann, we are continuously developing our rail transports and Vedat has already played a significant role in this context in the past. Therefore, we are delighted to have his expertise back on board. By expanding rail connections, we are not only enhancing our service offerings for customers but are also making a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions,” says Jens Wollesen, Chief Operating Officer, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Etihad Cargo partners with Awery


Etihad Cargo partners with Awery Aviation Software

This innovative solution will enable Etihad Cargo to streamline operations

Etihad Cargo has significantly enhanced its charter service capabilities through a new partnership with Awery Aviation Software.

This collaboration marks a pivotal step in Etihad Cargo’s efforts to meet the growing demand for charter services, spurred by the global surge in e-commerce, which has seen the carrier receive a 35 per cent increase in charter requests.

As part of this strategic initiative, Etihad Cargo has implemented a customised version of Awery’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to manage its Cargo Chartering Programme. This innovative solution will enable Etihad to streamline operations, improve response times, and deliver superior customer service.

Aviation software

Awery, celebrating its 15th anniversary, is a leader in aviation software and provides comprehensive and robust services to airlines worldwide. Etihad Cargo and Awery have collaborated to tailor the solution to meet the carrier’s unique requirements and seamlessly integrate the ERP system with Etihad Cargo’s current processes.

The Awery ERP system will allow Etihad Cargo to classify and prioritise charter queries, improve analytics and data storage for performance evaluation, and enhance pricing capabilities by providing access to historical data for better decision-making.

“This strategic move is poised to set a new standard in cargo charter services, emphasising Etihad Cargo’s position as a forward-thinking and customer-centric organisation,” Stanislas Brun, Vice President Cargo, Etihad Cargo.

“As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, this partnership stands as a testament to our commitment to excellence and our ability to deliver personalised solutions to our clients,” remarked Vitaly Smilianets, CEO, Awery Aviation Software.

Al Masaood to establish spare parts in Kezad


Al Masaood Automobiles to establish Spare Parts Logistics Centre in KEZAD

Automotive leader latest to join KEZAD’s expanding Auto Sector

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group and Al Masaood Automobiles have announced the signing of a lease agreement for 12,000sqm of warehousing space in KEZAD Logistics Park Phase 5 as their spare parts logistics centre.

Al Masaood Automobiles has been an icon in Abu Dhabi’s automotive market for the past four decades and is the sole distributor for Nissan, INFINITI, and Renault in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra region.

The company has a world class network of state-of-the art service centres and extensive spare parts outlets. The company’s Nissan Service Centre in Mussaffah is one of the largest service centres in the world catering to customers in Abu Dhabi.

Crucial role

“The mobility sector plays a crucial role in the Abu Dhabi economy, and seeing an established name like Al Masaood continuing to expand in this sector is an encouraging sign for the industry,” remarked Mohamed Al Khader Al Ahmed, CEO, Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi–KEZAD Group.

“Leveraging KEZAD’s innovative facilities presents us with wider avenues to better serve our customers and will certainly support us in streamlining operations and in turn allowing increased availability and faster delivery of spare parts to our customers,” stated Irfan Tansel, CEO, Al Masaood Automobiles.

KEZAD Logistics Park Phase 5 is a cluster of Grade A, temperature controlled industrial warehouse facilities with modern specifications that offer several different configurations to meet client needs and boost logistics efficiency, the press statement concluded.

2024 FIATA-RAME calls for digitalization


2024 FIATA-RAME Conference calls for further collaboration and digitalization, NAFL commits to develop digital platform for efficient, sustainable logistics.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Saeed Al Maktoum, Honorary Patron of NAFL, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) RAME (Region Africa Middle East) Field Meeting and Conference 2024 closed successfully in Dubai committing to working together to address the current disruptions in the logistics sector to build resilient and sustainable supply chains.

An important outcome of the conference was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UAE National Association of Freight & Logistics (NAFL) and Kale Logistics, a leading provider of comprehensive cloud enterprise systems for the logistics sector. The partnership will focus on developing digital solutions to streamline processes and data analytics to facilitate trade.

This will further drive the digitalisation of the sector in the UAE and enable NAFL stakeholders, members and the private sector in general to improve efficiency and transparency and benefit from a digital platform that supports operational processes and data sharing between stakeholders and facilitates the paperless exchange of trade-related information. The platform, which will initially focus on the UAE market, aims to improve trade flows within the region and capitalise on the strategic location and connectivity of the country and the entire RAME region.

Throughout the conference, the focus was on fostering collaboration and introducing innovative solutions within the industry. Among the critical issues addressed at FIATA RAME were the strategies for tackling with disruptions rising from geopolitical uncertainties and other causes such as natural disasters. The event also emphasised the importance of partnerships between governments, logistics providers and industry players to facilitate interoperability in the global logistics market and develop sustainable practices.

Thanking the participants Nadia Abdul Aziz, President of NAFL, thanked the participants: “The FIATA-RAME conference was a valuable platform to foster collaboration and explore innovative solutions. The meeting identified several key areas for improvement in the regional logistics sector. One of our focus areas is harnessing the opportunities offered by digitalisation, particularly in the private sector, which includes many of our members.”

“To this end, our partnership with Kale Logistics will help private sector players to streamline processes through digitalisation, measure sustainability data and simplify business processes. In the meantime, we are also talking to entities, which include National Information Centre, global audit experts and collaboration between the government players and the private sector to improve business and improve the sustainability of the sector. We aim to turn the challenges in the industry into opportunities, improve the flow of trade in the region and utilise the connectivity of the UAE and the region to overcome the current challenges.”

Mr. Turgut Erkeskin, President of FIATA, said: “Building resilience and sustainability in the African and Middle Eastern logistics industry requires a collaborative approach. We are encouraged by the discussions at the FIATA-RAME conference and the commitment of stakeholders to work together to overcome the challenges and create a more resilient future for the industry.”

The two-day event brought together key players from the African and Middle Eastern logistics and global experts from the industry, serving as a crucial platform for knowledge sharing, forging partnerships, and charting a path toward a more resilient and collaborative logistics landscape in Africa and the Middle East.

Mammoet innovatives 360-degree safety system


Mobile crane camera setup alerts drivers to site hazards

Mammoet is working with Rietveld, a specialist in fleet management and vehicle and machine safety systems, on a joint project to protect drivers and road users when mobile cranes are moving and maneuvering.   
The project combines three different safety technologies and was commissioned by Mammoet to support its customers to meet stricter safety regulations. Testing is currently being carried out on one of its new Liebherr LTM 1070-4.2 70t mobile cranes. 
The three-tier system includes Rietveld’s OmniVue 360° camera system. Using a combination of cameras installed on the crane’s chassis, it generates real-time first and third-person images of the vehicle. This gives the driver a full 360-view from both inside and outside the cab, enabling them to see what pedestrians and other road users are seeing.
The second tier adds a series of sensors that detect people and obstacles within an adjustable safety radius around the crane. When the sensors detect a potential hazard, an acoustic signal alerts the driver. An LED warning panel also displays the section of the crane where the motion was detected. 
The final tier, the ‘Halo’, draws a light boundary on the floor around the crane, giving those nearby a clear visual indication of the safe zone around it. This is especially important at sites where hearing protection is required. The boundary can be switched on and off manually and is set to automatically turn off when a certain speed is reached.  
Ferdi Kivanc, Project Coordinator EMD at Mammoet, said:   
“By combining these three systems, Mammoet will improve safety, minimize accidents and damage, and give greater confidence to crane operators to create safer working environments. We see this as a comprehensive system that will not only enhance crane safety, but also operator training in the future. Initial tests are promising, and I am very proud of the results.”  
Frank Kanters, Account Manager at Rietveld, added:   
“When Mammoet approached us with what it wanted to achieve, we were delighted to offer our expertise. By working with its engineers to test the integration of our collision-prevention technologies, we have created something unique in crane safety solutions. We look forward to developing the system further and progressing to eventual rollout.”

Swisslog highlight’s ‘human side of automation’


Swisslog to highlight the ‘human side of automation’ at LogiMAT 2024

Swisslog is geared up to showcase its automated solutions that drive innovation and facilitate the widespread integration of technology within logistics and warehousing

Dubai, UAE, 14 March 2024: Swisslog, the global leader in innovative robotic, data-driven, and flexible automated solutions, has announced its participation in the highly anticipated LogiMAT 2024, the international trade show for intralogistics solutions and process management, in Stuttgart, Germany.

The intralogistics expert will be using LogiMAT as a platform to emphasise its commitment to placing people at the forefront of its mission. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the Swisslog solutions designed to increase speed, accuracy, and efficiency and supported throughout their lifecycle with expert services. Offering a complete experience for the food & beverage industry, Swisslog will highlight its broad expertise in solutions and services to support all areas of the sector, from manufacturing to e-grocery. There will also be an opportunity for businesses working in the F&B industry to discover how they can automate with confidence. By delving into best practice case studies, visitors can gain valuable knowledge about successfully implemented solutions within their industry.

At the Swisslog booth, visitors will get to see how innovative automation solutions can improve efficiency, reduce errors, and create a more engaging work environment. An operational ItemPiQ robot order-picking system will showcase the significant improvements made possible by AI Enhanced Vision, such as context-aware picking and improved grasping point quality. With the new gripper introduced in 2023, ItemPiQ can handle up to 3kg and adapt to specific item properties such as material, size, and weight. With advanced AI methods, ItemPiQ can identify specific products for pick validation and increase our pick performance. Its uniqueness is that every aspect is handled within the Swisslog family of companies, from the vision camera to the software.

Jens Schmale, Swisslog, CEO, commented: “Swisslog prides itself on a culture that is built on, and committed to the success of its customers. Some of the solutions we support today have been in continuous operation for more than 30 years, which is a testament to both the enduring value of our solutions and our ability to forge lasting relationships with the people and companies we support. Our people bring deep industry-specific expertise, backed by a collaborative spirit, to every project.” He added, “That expertise creates value for our customers from solution design through ongoing support and optimisation. Our Swisslog colleagues become an extension of our customer teams and share in their aspirations, challenges, and successes.”

Swisslog will also be inviting customers to find out more about the latest AutoStore R5 Pro Robot. This robot is designed to address the specific demands of large-scale e-commerce operations, emphasising

better space usage, higher performance, and reduced total ownership costs for companies running multi-shift operations at scale.

Swisslog’s booth at LogiMAT 2024 will have live presentations each day at 1 pm on ItemPiQ, providing an exclusive opportunity for attendees to witness its capabilities in action. Along with this, customers and experts will host keynotes each day. On March 19th, at 3 pm, visitors can delve into a case study showcasing the Swisslog solution at dm-drogerie markt, Wustermark, promising invaluable insights and innovative strategies that drive success within the industry. On March 20th, at 3 pm, guests can immerse themselves in another case study spotlighting Albert Heijn MFC, Barendrecht, showcasing cutting-edge logistics excellence.

In addition, for the very first time, attendees will have the opportunity to visit KUKA, the parent company of Swisslog, which will be exhibiting its own booth. Technologies related to mobile robotics will be presented by KUKA in Hall 6, Stand A17, including a world premiere.

For further insights into Swisslog’s extensive array of solutions, visit https://www.swisslog.com/ or https://www.swisslog.com/ar-ae.

Accelya and flydubai renew 10 year cargo partnership


Accelya and flydubai renew and enhance decade-long cargo partnership

The two entities have signed a multi-year FLX Cargo Platform renewal

Accelya, a leading global software provider to the travel industry, recently announced it has signed a multi-year FLX Cargo renewal with flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, creating an end-to-end cargo platform offering.

The new services will enhance flydubai’s digital distribution capabilities through a highly functional, customer self-service tool, as well as enabling connectivity to a wide range of third parties through Accelya’s catalogue of APIs, according to a press communique.

Accelya’s end-to-end platform offers insights and data to maximize revenue opportunities and

increase margins, as well as create, develop and distribute new products across multiple channels. The airline will also continue optimizing and distributing offers, managing the order lifecycle, and delivering network-wide operations and unit load (ULD) management.

Reaffirming commitment

“The renewal and expansion of our partnership with Accelya reaffirms our commitment to adopting best-in-class practices in the industry and we look forward to enhancing our offering as we continue to grow our cargo operational reach,” stressed Mohamed Hassan, Senior Vice President, Airport Services & Cargo, flydubai.

From its home in Dubai, flydubai Cargo has a global operation that spans more than 150 destinations in 54 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South-East Asia.

“Now with our added Offer and Order solutions, flydubai can experience our full end-to-end platform offering, providing scalability and empowering their further growth. We look forward to continuing our momentum in the Middle East and are proud to call flydubai partners,” asserted Andrew Wilcock, Chief Revenue Officer, Accelya.

Starlinks and IoT Squared sign MoU to revolutionize smart supply chains in KSA


The MoU underscores their commitment to innovation and efficiency in three key areas

Starlinks, a premier provider of logistics and supply chain solutions in Saudi Arabia, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IoT Squared, a distinguished leader in IoT technology solutions.

The strategic partnership event was attended by key executives, including Othman D. Aldahash, CEO, IoT Squared; Saleh A. Almekbel, Chief Strategy Officer, IoT Squared; Gary Blythe, Managing Director, Starlinks, and Quentin Naylor, Executive Director – Performance Excellence, Starlinks.

The collaboration between Starlinks and IoT Squared unites the unparalleled network and data architecture of IoT Squared with Starlinks’ extensive experience in KSA logistics. Both companies, being Saudi-owned, proudly present a homegrown solution for the nation, aiming to establish a robust go-to-market for smart supply chains in KSA, aligning with the nation’s Vision 2030 for logistics, according to a press communique.

Commitment to innovation

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Star links and IoT Squared underscores their commitment to innovation and efficiency in three key areas. First, they will focus on exploring and implementing advanced technologies in warehouse automation to boost operational efficiency.

Second, joint efforts will be directed towards designing and implementing “Smart Warehouse” solutions, integrating IoT technology for a seamless and intelligent warehouse environment. Lastly, the collaboration will prioritize data optimization throughout the supply chain, utilizing data analytics to drive informed decisions and gain a competitive advantage in the market.

“Starlinks is enthusiastic about contributing to the growth and development of the logistics sector in alignment with Vision 2030,’ asserted Blythe.

New logistics zones planned

“With 59 logistics zones planned in KSA, there is a significant growth in demand for logistics solutions. Star links and IoT Squared are well-positioned due to their combined expertise to meet this demand and play a crucial role in advancing Saudi Arabia’s logistics capabilities,” stressed Alda hash.

Recognizing the importance of automation in supporting the industry’s growth, Star links launched the first robotics fulfillment center in Riyadh last year, situated in Agility Logistics Park.

Adding to Star links’ 18 fulfillment centers across the KSA, the facility encompasses a storage area of 400,000sqft and is equipped with 254 autonomous robots for picking and sorting, providing

storage capacity for over 12mn units. Star links aims to process an average of 3.6mn unit orders per month, offering market-leading flexibility, accuracy, and agility.

Dubai CommerCity records surge in growth


Dubai CommerCity records unprecedented growth in its digital trade operations throughout 2023

Reports 158% surge in completed orders through its digital trade platform

Dubai CommerCity, the first and leading free zone dedicated exclusively to digital commerce, and a joint venture between the Dubai Integrated Economic Zones Authority (DIEZ) and Wasl Properties, has recorded unprecedented growth in its digital trade operations and online portal during 2023, marking a significant increase compared to the previous year.

The volume of goods processed through its transit platform, DCC Way, increased by 56% in 2023, while the number of orders fulfilled via its digital trade platform grew by 158%. Additionally, there was a 92% increase in goods shipping operations from distribution centres facilitated by its digital trade platforms, according to a press communique.

“These results follow Dubai CommerCity’s new strategic direction, which it began implementing in late 2022, adopting the concept of digital commerce in its operations and services. This furthers align with the objectives of the national strategies related to the digital economy and future technologies in Dubai, leading to increased foreign direct investment in the Emirate and improving the business community and its economic and investment scene,” affirmed Abdulrahman Shahin, Executive Vice President of Operations, Dubai CommerCity.

Digital transformation efforts

Shahin emphasized that the record growth witnessed in digital commerce operations reflects Dubai’s comprehensive digital transformation efforts. He pledged Dubai CommerCity’s commitment to further develop its digital ecosystem, streamlining operations for companies and entrepreneurs while attracting more global investors to benefit from its unique offerings.

Dubai CommerCity provides a competitive digital trade system, innovative solutions, advisory services on sector regulations, integrated logistics solutions, including warehousing and last mile delivery solutions, integrated digital trade platform solutions, digital marketing services, and other support services.

Spanning 2.1mn sqft and developed at a cost of AED 3.2bn, Dubai CommerCity offers modern offices, advanced warehouses, and flexible spaces tailored to the needs of digital trade companies across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia regions.

Munich Airport: 90% of pre-pandemic level reached


90% of pre-pandemic level reached, Munich Airport is the only German airport to record growth in freight transportation

  • Freight volume increases by 6.6% year on year
  • Bavarian export industry makes use of flights
  • Freight capacity will increase further this year

Munich Airport can look back on a successful year in air freight in 2023. According to data from the German Airports Association (ADV), Munich Airport was the only major German airport to record growth in freight transportation in 2023. With a volume of 284,000 tons, the airport registered a year-on-year increase of 6.6%, while the total volume in Germany fell by 7.1%.

A significant share of this increase is attributable to belly cargo, i.e., goods transported in the cargo hold of passenger aircraft, which grew by as much as 11% at Munich Airport. The direct connections to China, which were resumed in the middle of last year, the new route to Bangalore in southern India, and the four weekly flights to Taipei have also been very well received, especially by the healthy Bavarian export industry.

Freight volumes continue to soar in 2024: Compared with the same month of the previous year, freight volume increased by 6.5% in January and 10.8% in February. Overall, the volume of freight at Munich Airport is now back to almost 90% of the pre-pandemic level.

The availability of freight capacity will continue to increase this year. New routes to Seattle, Johannesburg, and Vietnam, as well as additional flights on the schedule – including to Beijing and Osaka – offer industrial and logistics companies in the service area of Munich Airport additional opportunities to transport cargo directly via Munich.

Munich Airport’s cargo area is particularly appealing with fast turnaround times due to its efficient infrastructure, which enables goods to be transported to the aircraft quickly thanks to short distances. This infrastructure continues to grow: DHL Express plans to open a new building for freight handling in the summer. The airport also has plenty of space for future expansion in the cargo area.

Turkish Technic provides component pool services


Turkish Technic Provides Component Pool Services to Silk Way West Airlines for Boeing 777F Fleet

Turkish Technic, the Istanbul-based leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, has recently signed a component pool agreement with Silk Way West Airlines, one of the youngest Boeing 777F fleet operators with ongoing orders. Through this agreement, Silk Way West Airlines will have access to spare parts pooling and MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) services for the required components. Additionally, the operator will benefit from short and fast transport routes within Turkish Technic’s global supply chain network, including AOG (Aircraft on Ground) support for time-critical components.

Commenting on the new agreement, Mikail AkbulutCEO of Turkish Technic, said: ‘‘We are delighted to have taken the first step towards a long-term cooperation with Silk Way West Airlines. With decades of experience in component maintenance and large inventory of components, we are proud to be a leading solution center for Boeing 777 component pooling.  We are excited to work closely with the operator to ensure the highest level of safety and reliability for their Boeing 777F fleet.”

Wolfgang MeierPresident of Silk Way West Airlines emphasized the significance of the agreement, stating, “We are delighted to join forces with Turkish Technic to enhance our operational capabilities and uphold our commitment to excellence in air cargo transportation. This collaboration reflects our dedication to providing reliable and efficient services to our customers worldwide.”

Operating as a one-stop MRO company with high-quality service, competitive turnaround times, comprehensive in-house capabilities at its state-of-the-art hangars, Turkish Technic provides maintenance, repair, overhaul, engineering, modification, tailor-made PBH and reconfiguration services to many domestic and international customers at five locations.

Etihad supercharges customer service


· Etihad Cargo and Rotate are launching Sales Cockpit across Etihad Cargo’s global stations following the co-development of the innovative digital sales optimisation tool.

· Etihad Cargo’s partners and customers will benefit from commercial teams and sales representatives having access to tailored recommendations, enabling them to add value to business relationships.

· Etihad Cargo and Rotate spent over 6,000 hours developing Sales Cockpit, with 50 Etihad Cargo team members contributing 1,000 hours in the development of the tool.

· Following Etihad Cargo’s successful roll-out of Sales Cockpit, Rotate will continue to develop further features and enhancements.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, is officially launching Sales Cockpit, a digital sales optimisation tool that will enable the carrier to enhance customer relationships and add value to its partnerships.

Etihad Cargo partnered with Netherlands-based Rotate in May 2023 to co-develop Sales Cockpit with the aim of utilising data and machine learning to improve customer service and gain a more in-depth understanding of the carrier’s partners and customers. Using custom-built algorithms to analyse data, Sales Cockpit generates tailored and customisable recommendations on how users can strengthen customer relationships by identifying current and future opportunities.

Etihad Cargo and Rotate have completed the co-development and delivery of the first-of-its-kind tool. The carrier will now roll out Sales Cockpit globally, providing its commercial teams with access to updated data analysis and a real-time snapshot of Etihad Cargo’s business on particular routes, with individual customers and by product.

Stanislas Brun, Vice President Cargo at Etihad Cargo, said: “The successful co-development and completion of Sales Cockpit in partnership with Rotate will benefit Etihad Cargo’s partners, as sales representatives and account managers are empowered by data to have more meaningful interactions with customers. The tailored recommendations provided by this innovative tool will help Etihad Cargo deliver a more efficient and seamless customer journey and boost sales, helping the carrier to develop stronger partnerships and help customers achieve their business objectives.”

Ryan Keyrouse, Chief Executive Officer at Rotate, said: “Co-developing Sales Cockpit with an innovative partner like Etihad Cargo gave us unique access to an expert team to rapidly build and validate the solution. The collaboration helped maximise adoption, as both Head Office and local teams were involved throughout its development. We are immensely grateful to the whole Etihad Cargo team for the enthusiasm and energy they put into this project.”

Over 50 Etihad Cargo team members were involved in the co-development of Sales Cockpit, contributing over 1,000 of the total 6,000 development hours. During the development phase, Rotate and Etihad Cargo’s steering team visited ten of the carrier’s global stations in 20 weeks, allowing improvements to be implemented in real time following feedback from Etihad Cargo’s teams.

Etihad Cargo’s sales representatives and commercial teams will now be using Sales Cockpit globally to gain visibility of the carrier’s key accounts across its entire network. This will enable them to benchmark regional performance and identify opportunities on a global scale to help customers meet their tonnage targets.

Brun concluded: “Etihad Cargo and Rotate’s partnership has enabled the carrier to provide its expertise to help unlock the full potential of digitalisation. Sales Cockpit will benefit not only Etihad Cargo and its customers but also has the potential to transform how other carriers in the wider air cargo community access the vast amounts of data available and use it to start having more meaningful and engaging conversations with their customers.”

HK Cargo Handlers Achieve IEnvA Certification


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the full certification of Cathay Cargo Terminal and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) through the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) at the World Cargo Symposium, held in Hong Kong (SAR), China.

Cathay Cargo Terminal and HACTL are the first cargo handlers from North Asia to achieve the IEnvA certification. This brings the total number of companies including airlines, airports and ground handling service providers that have achieved the certification to 60. IEnvA certification is awarded following a comprehensive evaluation of the companies’ environmental sustainability management systems and their plans for continual performance improvement.

“IATA is proud to have worked with Cathay Cargo Terminal and HACTL in their pursuit of IEnvA certification. Their commitment to sustainable aviation sets a strong example for the industry and demonstrates the positive impact of IEnvA certification in the cargo space. IEnvA provides definitive guidance, aligned with internationally accepted management standards, to efficiently and effectively address a wide spectrum of sustainability issues facing the aviation industry. Adopting IEnvA Standards allows the certified organizations to effectively focus their resources on improving their environmental performance and make use of tried and proven best practices. IEnvA certification will support Cathay Cargo Terminal and HACTL to drive sustainability, build trust, and deliver positive impact.

IATA also recognizes the support of Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) in supporting its partners in improving overall environmental impact and call on other airports encourage their stakeholders follow the same approach,” said Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA’s SVP Sustainability and Chief Economist.

Cathay Cargo Terminal Chief Operating Officer Mark Watts said, “This significant milestone demonstrates our commitment to environmental sustainability. Having IEnvA certified facilities at Hong Kong International Airport further strengthens Hong Kong’s position as the world’s leading air cargo hub and is reflective of the strong sustainability culture and vision of Cathay, AAHK and Hong Kong.”

“HACTL has been on its sustainability journey for some years, achieving major successes. It’s our policy to gain accreditation under every relevant standard, hence our decision to add IATA IEnvA to our portfolio. It increases the appeal of HACTL’s offering, and further enhances Hong Kong’s status as the world’s leading hub. We also support IATA’s initiative because we believe it will help the vital sustainability message to gain traction across our industry,” said HACTL Chief Executive Wilson Kwong.

IEnvA, developed by IATA, is a comprehensive certification program. It independently assesses the commitment of aviation stakeholders, including airlines, airports, cargo handling facilities, freight forwarders, and ramp handlers, to continuously improve their environmental and sustainability performance. By adhering to globally recognized standards and industry best practices, IEnvA ensures that organizations minimize negative impacts on the environment while maintaining operational excellence.

IEnvA is the global aviation standard for environmental management, aligned with ISO standards and recognized by leading ESG agencies. IEnvA incorporates a full turn-key solution specific to the aviation industry stakeholders, providing member organizations with the necessary tools for the implementation of the standards.

IEnvA supports the organizations to implement a systematic approach to identify, monitor, control, and continuously improve the environmental performance of their operations. The program, which is available for all stakeholders in the aviation supply chain, has now reached 60 participating organizations. IEnvA programs enable participants to build robust environmental management plans with continual performance improvements. A list of IEnvA certified organizations is available here.

Cosco enhances safety with Iridium


Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) a leading provider of global voice and data satellite communications, today announced Cosco Shipping (CSSC), the world’s largest fleet of commercial vessels with 1,417 ships, has begun installation of Iridium® Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) terminals. The recent installation of the Lars Thrane LT-3100S terminal on the Cosco Tengfei is a testament to CSSC always prioritizing the safety of its crew, ships, and cargo.

Maritime transportation plays a pivotal role in the global economy, and shipping companies require confidence in their distress and safety communications, irrespective of their vessel’s location. The Cosco Tengfei is a modern Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) vessel capable of transporting up to 5,000 vehicles. The vessel operates globally, facilitating the transportation of vehicles from Chinese manufacturers to destinations around the world.

Iridium GMDSS now provides unmatched support for Cosco Tengfei’s mission with its truly global coverage, distress alert, safety voice, maritime safety information, and cost-effective implementation and operation. These capabilities along with Long-Range Identification Tracking (LRIT) and Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) support built into the LT-3100S, extend to polar waters where CSSC’s incumbent GMDSS coverage fell short.


Mr. Xiaofeng Guo, Director of Telecom and Navigation Department at CSSC, expressed optimism about the deployment of Iridium GMDSS on the Cosco Tengfei, “I am glad to witness the moment of the first Iridium GMDSS system deployment on a CSSC vessel, the ‘COSCO TENGFEI.’ Iridium GMDSS will greatly enhance her safety service capabilities while sailing on the ocean. It also serves as a good demonstration that the CSSC Fleet can operate in the Arctic Ocean region. We expect to deploy more Iridium GMDSS systems on those Arctic-route vessels during 2024.”

Wouter Deknopper, Vice President and General Manager of Maritime at Iridium, commented, “This is a major validation of the Iridium GMDSS service. Cosco Shipping is the world’s largest shipping fleet, and CSSC understands the value proposition that Iridium GMDSS delivers.” Deknopper continued, “As CSSC’s operations expand into polar and other remote regions, Iridium GMDSS ensures that their vessels have the most modern GMDSS service available. Since its launch, we have experienced a massive increase in vessels installing Iridium GMDSS, including merchant ships, military/government, super-yachts, and even small leisure craft. The feedback is universal from the maritime industry, that Iridium GMDSS is the evolution of maritime safety services.”

Cosco Shipping’s commitment to safety, supported by the deployment of Iridium GMDSS on the Cosco Tengfei, underscores their dedication to ensuring the well-being of their crew, vessels, and cargo in an ever-changing and challenging maritime environment.

Silk Way joins UN Global Compact


Silk Way West Airlines, the leading cargo airline in the Caspian and Central Asian region, is delighted to announce its induction into the United Nations Global Compact initiative. This pivotal move underscores the airline’s deepening commitment to sustainable and ethical business conduct, setting a new benchmark for its operations and strategic direction.

By joining the UN Global Compact, Silk Way West Airlines not only aligns itself with the world-renowned moral and ethical framework of the United Nations, but also taps into an expansive reservoir of knowledge, experience, and networks that span the globe. This affiliation heralds a transformative journey for the airline, promising to elevate its brand recognition and influence on a global scale.

This membership opens up a realm of strategic opportunities for Silk Way West Airlines, fostering potential collaborations with a diverse array of industry and sector representatives. Such partnerships are aimed at driving collective action towards common sustainability objectives. Through the Global Compact, the airline will gain unparalleled access to a suite of corporate sustainability tools and resources, and is now poised to refine its approach to environmental conservation, social responsibility, and ethical governance.

Wolfgang Meier, President of Silk Way West Airlines, expressed enthusiasm about joining the UN Global Compact, noting: “Adherence to the principles of the UN Global Compact offers a standardized framework for our corporate responsibility. It paves the way for the airline to systematically approach, implement, and communicate its sustainability strategy, ensuring alignment with universal benchmarks and best practices.”

As part of its commitment to the UN Global Compact, Silk Way West Airlines pledges to integrate the principles of sustainable development into its core operations, aspiring to contribute meaningfully to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as part of the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The airline is set to leverage its industry acumen to foster advancements in sustainable aviation, recognizing its critical role in promoting sustainable development globally.

Emirates and Butterfly recognized with IATA Innovation Awards.


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Emirates and Butterfly Aero Training were each recognized with the IATA Competency-Based Training and Assessment Center (CBTA Center) Innovation Awards. Butterfly Aero Training was recognized for developing an AI ChatBot that serves as a virtual instructor within its training programs.

This enhances learning by offering personalized, interactive sessions that adapt to the unique needs of each learner. The AI ChatBot facilitates an efficient and engaging learning experience which includes real-time question-answering capabilities. Emirates was recognized for developing a Mobile App dedicated to the safe carriage of lithium batteries. The Li-Battery Acceptance App complements traditional classroom training by providing immediate and clear guidance on transporting lithium batteries, based on their quantity and power. This solution contributes to the industry’s holistic approach to safely managing the risks associated with the transport of lithium batteries.

“The evolution of the air cargo sector and the challenges that brings, including the safe handling of dangerous goods, requires innovative training solutions that are both efficient and accessible. Butterfly Aero Training and Emirates have risen to the challenge with forward-thinking approaches that not only meet the current demands of the industry but also adeptly position them to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We are proud to have them among the growing IATA CBTA Network of 208 centers,” said Frederic Leger, IATA SVP Commercial Products and Services.

The selection process for the 2024 IATA CBTA Center Innovation Award involved an evaluation by an independent jury, comprising industry experts, IATA representatives, and independent validators. Entries were judged on their innovation, potential impact on industry priorities and sustainability, user-friendliness, implementation feasibility, and evidence-based effectiveness.

Initiated in 2023, the IATA CBTA Center Innovation Awards encourage all members of the IATA CBTA Network to implement solutions that enhance operational efficiency, safety, and sustainability. The awards were presented at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Hong Kong.

Aramex opens HQ in Riyadh


New offices to enhance Aramex’s capabilities to serve businesses across the region

Aramex has strengthened its presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the inauguration of a new regional office in Riyadh, further reinforcing the company’s commitment to accelerating the transformation of Saudi Arabia’s logistics sector under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.

The opening of the new regional office will not only significantly enhance Aramex’s capabilities to serve new and existing businesses across the region, but also boost the Kingdom’s logistics infrastructure and contribute to the Vision 2030 goal of establishing Saudi Arabia as a global logistics hub.

In addition, the new regional headquarters and Aramex’s commitment to innovation will benefit the Saudi logistics sector and contribute to Vision 2030’s emphasis on digital capacity building and advancement, according to a press conference.

Embodying the spirit

“These shining premises not only embody the spirit and ambition of Aramex in helping clients in Saudi Arabia and around the world make their businesses more agile, productive and efficient,” commented Othman Aljeda, CEO, Aramex.

“Expanding our presence in Saudi Arabia with a new regional headquarters is an area of strategic focus for us as the logistics and transportation sector evolves rapidly around the region,” remarked Samer Marei, VP, Regional Headquarter, Aramex.

First announced in February 2021, the Regional Headquarters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia initiative aims to attract multinational companies to set up their headquarters in the Kingdom and position it as the leading commercial, industrial and investment hub for the MENA region.

Riyadh Airports and Cognizant partner


Riyadh Airports and Cognizant collaborate to enhance the Travel experience

Launch ‘Riyadh Airports Innovation Council’ at King Khalid International Airport

Riyadh Airports Company, which manages and operates King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, has launched the ‘Riyadh Airports Innovation Council’ in collaboration with Cognizant.

This digital initiative aims to foster collaborative innovation and improve the passenger experience. The announcement was made during LEAP Expo 2024.

The travel sector witnessed a recovery in 2023 compared to previous years, driven by changes in traveler behaviors and their digital expectations. This necessitated the adoption of modern and innovative technologies that contribute to achieving the goals of Saudi Vision 2030 and enhancing the customer experience.

Travellers’ aspirations

“The goal is to employ them in realizing travelers’ aspirations for a digital travel experience and enhancing the customer experience at King Khalid International Airport. Riyadh Airports will have ownership rights to the solutions developed by the council, enabling us to optimize the benefits of this collaboration,” commented Osama Alfawaz, Chief ICT Officer, Riyadh Airports.

“Our goal is to redefine the travel experience by focusing on customers, employees, and partners to create a positive impact that contributes to technological development in the Kingdom,” stated Tariq Zarq Al Ayyoun, General Manager, Cognizant, Saudi Arabia.

The council is scheduled to meet regularly to collaborate on identifying use cases, innovation priorities, and finding creative initial solutions and programs. Cognizant will work on developing these solutions, and the council will invite specialized companies to provide external perspectives on the proposed solutions that can be implemented, leveraging all available technologies in these fields, a press communique concluded.

Zayed Intl revolutionizes IDEMIA’s Solutions


Zayed International revolutionizes Passenger Experience with IDEMIA’s Biometric Solutions

Innovative biometric solutions set new standards for efficient and secure passenger experience

In a landmark achievement for air travel technology, Zayed International Airport has successfully processed over one million passengers through Abu Dhabi’s new terminal since its inauguration on 15 November 2023.

This marks a significant milestone in the journey towards enhanced travel efficiency and security, showcasing the power of cutting-edge biometric technology.

Building on a long-term commitment to advancing airport capabilities, IDEMIA has been at the forefront of innovation in the UAE since 2011. The deployment of a comprehensive border management solution at Abu Dhabi Airport, featuring the world’s first multi-biometric entry/exit system, has significantly bolstered border security while simultaneously enhancing the passenger experience and throughput. The success of this groundbreaking project has led to its extension to the country’s four other international airports.


The Single Token Journey (STJ) solution, a highlight of this collaboration, employs advanced facial recognition technology to streamline the passenger experience. By assigning a unique digital identifier to every traveler, the STJ solution eliminates the need for multiple documents, enabling passengers to move from curb to gate, including the border clearance step, in a record time of just 12 minutes.

“Once fully implemented, Abu Dhabi will pioneer as the world’s first airport with biometrics integrated at every stage, ensuring travelers enjoy a seamless, safe, and secure journey,” commented Elena Sorlini, MD and CEO, Zayed International Airport.

“Together, we are setting a new global standard for passenger facilitation,” remarked Osama Al Makhamreh, Vice President, Sales-Middle East & Africa, IDEMIA Public Security.

FedEx showcases Aerospace Solutions


FedEx showcases innovative Aerospace Solutions at MRO Middle East 2024

FedEx leads the way in ensuring speed and reliability in shipping of critical airplane parts

FedEx Express (FedEx has showcased its one-stop shop aerospace solutions at the recently concluded 2024 MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul) Middle East Exhibition which took place from March 5 to 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

With extensive experience in operating a fleet of more than 700 planes, FedEx offers the Aviation and Aerospace industry with customizable services through FedEx Aerospace Solutions – an all-inclusive source for transporting the parts required to maintain aircraft in operation, a press communique revealed.

The FedEx® Aerospace Solutions include value-added services such as Dangerous Goods shipping, Freight Forwarding, Automation solutions, supply chain solutions, and experienced customs clearance support to manage the specialized customs regulations required when transporting aircraft parts. T

The broad selection of services also includes SenseAwareSM, a multi-sensor device that travels inside shipments, offering extended visibility into the movement of critical packages like aircraft parts and tools.

The device monitors location, temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure readings, light exposure, and shock events, and with near real-time updates, makes it possible for customers to stay connected to their high-value shipments.

Aramex rolls last-mile deliveries


Aramex rolls out e-bikes for last-mile deliveries in UAE

The company has been investing in a range of environmentally friendly logistics solutions

Aramex has introduced a fleet of fully electric motorcycles to its last-mile delivery vehicles in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This initiative is part of Aramex’s long-term strategic goal to achieve a total fleet of 98% Electric Vehicles (EVs) by 2030, aligned with Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) target that Aramex is committed to. It also underscores the company’s pioneering goal to make a substantial contribution to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in last-mile logistics.

The announcement comes as the UAE hosted COP28 climate conference in Dubai last year and recently extended the Year of Sustainability to 2024. It reflects Aramex’s ambitious goals to lower its operational carbon footprint, achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, and become net-zero by 2050.

To achieve these goals, the company has also been investing in a wide range of innovative and environmentally friendly logistics solutions, such as drones and bots for last-mile deliveries.

Fully electric vans

The rollout of e-bikes complements the introduction of fully electric vans to Aramex’s last-mile delivery fleet in the UAE in October last year and in Amman, Jordan, in 2017. Additionally, Aramex has been progressively testing the introduction of EVs in other regional markets, such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“We are thrilled to announce this new initiative, especially as the world reflects on COP28 in Dubai and as we continue to scale up our efforts in embracing electric vehicles for a cleaner and greener tomorrow,” remarked Samer Marei, Vice President–GCC, Aramex.

The e-bikes were introduced after intensive testing of different models and manufacturers, and Aramex finalized the selected model based on its enduring performance and stability, particularly in local weather conditions, the press statement concluded.

SAP ramps up investment in Saudi Arabia


SAP ramps up investment in Saudi Arabia to enhance National technology skills

Tech giant opens an SAP Experience Center in Al Khobar

SAP has announced it is increasing its investment in Saudi Arabia, a critically important market for the global technology company.

To enable further co-innovation with new and existing customers and partners, SAP has launched a first-of-its-kind regional SAP Innovation Hub in the Kingdom and will also open an SAP Experience Center in Al Khobar shortly.

In addition, SAP is extending its elite program for training in advanced technology skills, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), until at least 2025, according to an official press communique.

Digital-centric workforce

“The Ministry is collaborating with SAP to support the creation of a digital-centric workforce enabled by training programs such as the SAP Academy of Engineering. We encourage a collaborative approach to leveraging new technologies for the benefit of all organizations and individuals,” remarked Eng. Haitham AlOhali Vice Minister, Saudi Ministry of Communications and IT.

“Our investment in the SAP Experience Center and Innovation Hub as well as the SAP Academy of Engineering is part of our four-pronged strategy to support the rapid development of the Kingdom’s digital market, alongside accelerating new technology adoption and establishing a robust partner ecosystem,” commented Ahmed AlFaifi, SVP & MD, Middle East Africa–North.

SAP Experience Centre and Innovation Hub

AlFaifi explained that the SAP Innovation Hub will serve as a pivotal platform for fostering a vibrant community of innovation and co-creation in Saudi Arabia. Designed to empower individuals and organizations to collectively tackle operational challenges and drive incremental business value across various industries, custom-tailored to the Saudi market, the hub will bring together SAP global and regional experts, local businesses, startups, and partners in a collaborative environment.

SAP Academy of Engineering Programme

The extension of the SAP Academy of Engineering program is the result of the success of the first two intakes, according to AlFaifi.

In 2023, through its partnership with the MCIT, SAP saw a total of 127 IT talents graduate from its flagship SAP Academy for Engineering in San Ramon, California in the Unites States. The program targets the most promising Saudi national technology talents to foster their IT technology, application-development, and AI skills, while priming their leadership expertise.

Aramex strengthens its leadership


Aramex strengthens its leadership team with two strategic appointments

Company enhances its leadership with a new Chief Commercial Officer to drive business growth

Aramex has announced the appointment of two distinguished executives to its leadership team.

Tim Martin joins as the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), while Françoise Russo assumes the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Tim Martin brings over 33 years of invaluable experience in the supply chain and logistics industry, having held key roles at both country and regional levels across the EMEA region.

Recruited by the Global Management Board as part of the Global Management Team, Tim’s focus will be on driving Aramex’s dominance in the ecommerce sector and advancing multi-modal solutions in line with the company’s ambitious 5-year strategy.

Françoise Russo, the newly appointed Chief Technology Officer, brings a wealth of multi-sector corporate experience, spanning FMCG, logistics, transport, and entertainment.

Francoise will be focusing on the technology strategy and roadmap for the next 3-to-5-year period focusing on innovation and customer experience.

“We are delighted to welcome Tim and Françoise to our leadership team. Their wealth of experience and strategic insights align seamlessly with Aramex’s dedication to digitization and growth,” remarked Othman Aljeda, CEO, Aramex, on the appointments.

4 Winds offers new logistics solutions


Four Winds offers new logistics solutions in Saudi Arabia and Jordan

Moves to bypass Red Sea crises

Jeddah based and 1979-established Saudi Arabian LSP (Logistics Services Provider) Four Winds Saudi Arabia Limited recently announced new and effective logistics solutions.

These solutions are designed to secure the availability of international freight services within both Saudi Arabia and Jordan, efficiently addressing the current challenges faced by the logistics sector due to the crises in the Red Sea.

The new freight services provided include the establishment of new corridors between Jebel Ali Port and select inter Saudi Arabian Ports from sailing periods from 2 to 7 days.

“Four Winds Saudi Arabia has launched new and effective logistics solutions aimed at saving costs and time for the business sectors in both Saudi Arabia and Jordan,” stated Nizar Al Mani, CEO.

With over four decades of expertise, the company has earned a distinguished reputation as one of the most trusted providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Its partnerships and robust relations with leading international organizations—including IATA, FIATA, IAM, and FIDI—underscores its dedication to quality and customer satisfaction, a press communique concluded.

Saudia Cargo live with RTS


Saudia Cargo Goes live with RTS Velocity and AcceleRate and Foresight Solutions

Revenue Technology Services (RTS), provider of profit optimization tools for the travel and transportation industry, announced that Saudia Cargo, one of the world’s leading cargo airlines, went live with RTS Velocity, AcceleRate and Foresight solutions as part of a phased approach.

Velocity is a comprehensive revenue management solution designed to forecast capacity, show-up rate, and demand while optimizing overbooking, allotments, and bid prices. AcceleRate complements Velocity by offering dynamic pricing decision support tailored for the cargo industry. This solution considers various factors such as competition, customer value, price elasticity, and costs to recommend dynamic prices, alongside managing rating and rate sheet information. These two solutions work seamlessly together to enhance efficiency for Saudia Cargo. Additionally, Foresight serves as a revenue planning and sales budgeting solution, taking into account schedules, capacity, demand, routes, equipment characteristics, and shipment details to set annual revenue targets and sales objectives. It also facilitates the design of freighter/truck schedules based on split demand, ensuring comprehensive planning and optimization across the organization.

The extensive implementation effort comprised two distinct phases, each focused on the development of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) techniques. These cutting-edge solutions were tailored to enhance air cargo revenue management processes, encompassing forecasting capacities, overbooking optimization, O&D based demand forecasting, and allotment optimization. Additionally, the solution addressed pricing challenges, including dynamic pricing, upsell and cross-sell offers, rating engine refinement, and network optimization. Saudia Cargo collaborated closely with RTS to optimize long-term schedules, effectively representing cargo interests within the organization and aiding sales in setting and tracking targets. Prior to deployment, rigorous testing was conducted by Saudia Cargo and RTS to ensure alignment with all business requirements.

Mansour Alasmi, Vice President of Network & Revenue Management at Saudia Cargo, commented: “Our partnership with RTS Global epitomizes our unwavering commitment to pioneering innovation and cutting-edge solutions that redefine our industry. It’s a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence and our dedication to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering unparalleled service quality and operational efficiency through automation.”

Mansour Alasmi added: “With RTS’s cutting-edge solutions Velocity, AcceleRate and Foresight seamlessly integrated into our operations, we’re empowered to make data-driven pricing decisions. This collaboration exemplifies our commitment to leveraging the latest technologies to drive strategic initiatives, cementing our position as leaders in the industry. These innovations are a testament to our shared ethos of pushing boundaries and continuously striving for excellence, ensuring that Saudia Cargo remains at the forefront of progressing our industry and customer satisfaction.”

Johan Van Rensburg, Global head of Cargo Delivery, added: “Today marks a momentous stride forward for the RTS and Saudia Cargo partnership with the successful integration of RTS Velocity, AcceleRate, and Foresight solutions. We are confident Saudia Cargo will redefine cargo automation. This accomplishment strengthens our global partnership, setting new standards and inspiring us to reach even greater heights.”

Mukundh Parthasarathy, Head of Cargo solutions at RTS, said: “Our vision of an end-to-end decision support solution suite for cargo has been realized with Saudia Cargo with Velocity, Foresight and AcceleRate. The thought leadership shown at Saudia Cargo is something for the aviation industry to look up to and we are glad that RTS is the chosen partner in this journey.”

Leading the Transport and Logistics Sector


Leading the Transport and Logistics Sector: A Catalyst for Sustainable Economic Growth and Innovation

As the backbone of supply chain, road transport plays a pivotal role in connectingits various links,from raw material originsto final customer delivery.

With the Ministry of Transport finalizing the Qatar Freight Master Plan (QFMP), attention has shifted to establishing an integrated, effective, and multi-modal road freight system that supports Qatar’s continued economic development needs; providing strategic road transport solutions that are efficient and competitive; integrating seamlessly with air and sea freight; ultimately reinforcing sustainable economic diversification and strengthening competitive advantages in regional and global arenas.

Gulf Warehousing Company Q.P.S.C (GWC) emerges as a leading example of innovation and adaptability amid the industry’s changing dynamics, poised to navigate forthcoming challenges and prepared to establish pioneering standards of excellence in logistics.

With over two decades of experience, GWC is strategically positioned to take on the logistical needs and challenges of the transport sectorwith efficiency and adaptability.Thanks to its transport fleet (the largest in Qatar),cutting-edge tracking systems,and tailored solutions, clients across diverse industries areprovided with competitive advantage and added value that is integrated into their supply chain.

GWC’s Group CEO Mr. Ranjeev Menon, stated: “Amidst the finalization of the Qatar Freight Master Plan, GWC will continue to support the country’s efforts in actualizing Qatar’s Third National Development Strategy (2024-2030),which consolidates Qatar international position as one of the most competitive and sustainable countries to provide innovative transport solutions that support the national economy”.

A Robust Transport ManagementSystem

GWC’s success in road transport is significantly influenced by its cutting-edge transport management system, which seamlessly integrates technology to plan, execute, and optimize the movement of goods. The system provides a comprehensive view of operations, from analytics to real-time tracking.

Ensuring Safe Transportation and Deliveries

Safety is a paramount practiceat GWC. The company fosters a “safety-first”culture byadhering torecognized standards and guidelines, continuous staff training, journey management based on risk assessment and proactive risk mitigation. Integral to our commitment to safety is ensuring optimal vehicle conditions and driver training to handle emergencies. Additionally, GWC employs meticulous compliance and safety guidelines throughout the transportation processes based on the various cargo categories it handles, including dangerous goods.

Performance Metrics and Continuous Improvement

GWC sets benchmarks for operational efficiency, monitoring fleet utilization, as well as repair and fuel costs. Rigorous monitoring identifies areas for improvement to ensure sustainable practices and environmentally conscious operations. Accident rate reduction and driver performance assessments are pivotal in our continuous improvement strategy. An incentive-based scheme motivates drivers to adhere to safety protocols, maintain fuel efficiency, and exhibit professionalism on the road.

Sector-Specific Solutions

GWC offers tailored solutions that serve different sectors through its diverse transport fleet. Most prominent among them is the oil and gas sector, which it supports by organizing the safe transport of chemicals and petrochemicals and providing specialized carriers for hazardous materials. The company recently launched a modern station for cleaning ISO Tank containers which are used for transporting chemicals, a first of kind facility in the State of Qatar. Through it, the company cleans approximately 100 ISO Tank containers per month, with a capacity to clean 1,000 ISO Tank containers per month.

The company also provides container handling and repair services. More than 10,000 containers pass through the GWC’s container yard located in Al Wukair Logistics Park every month, out of which approximately 6,000 containers are repaired and reused.

Other specialized vehicles GWC offers are those used to transporting fine art and collectibles, flatbed carriers with capacities reaching more than 110 tons, vertical cranes of 140 tons, forklifts and other specialized vehicles and machinery.

Empowering the Workforce In the endeavor to empower and foster the growth of GWC’s workforce, Mr. Menon elaborated: “We consider our workforce as ambassadors of the company, which is why we strongly emphasize recruitment processes. This process involves thorough screening, skills verification, and additional tests to ensure personnel are equipped to navigate the dynamic challenges of the transportation sector. Our learning and development program covers induction modules, practical training, and internal and external safety training, as well as self-development courses. Our investment in continuous learning enhances efficiency, safety, and professionalism amongst our personnel”.

Qatar Airways Cargo retires its last Queen of the Skies


Qatar Airways Cargo’s Boeing 747F, registration A7-BGB, landed for the last time in commercial cargo service for QR Cargo as the airline fast-tracks its focus on greener flying. Arriving from Barcelona, Flight QR8807 touched down in Doha at 15:00 local time on Friday, 01 March, 2024.

A7-BGB joined the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet on 26 September 2017. Over the past seven years, the two iconic freighter aircraft were deployed on more than 9,000 flights totalling over 66,000 block hours and together transporting almost 800,000 tonnes.

Throughout its service, the number one destination where the 747 aircraft served was Incheon at 1,165 flights. Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Guangzhou were also among the top 10 destinations the cargo aircraft served.

From racing cars (30 can fit on a 747F) to thoroughbred race horses (up to 90 horses can be carried in one flight), Qatar Airways Cargo’s Boeing 747 freighters provided reliable, safe transport for many international customers. It was also a stalwart of the pandemic, carrying PPE and other medical equipment across the world, at a time where much of the world’s aircraft were grounded.

Mark Drusch, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo commented: “When we welcomed our Boeing 747 freighters to the Qatar Airways Cargo fleet seven years ago, we were responding to a sharp rise in customer demand for capacity, which we were quickly able to fulfil.

“Our Next Generation freighter strategy is based both on evolving customer expectations and our firm commitment on sustainability and efficiency. Efficiency is achieved through fleet harmonization and simplification, and sustainability is improved by the latest in-flight and fuel technology. For these important factors, Qatar Airways Cargo is the launch customer for Boeing’s next generation 777-8F freighter, the most fuel efficient, lowest carbon footprint freighter in the cargo industry. We are committed to the most modern and cleanest freighter fleet in the industry.”

Qatar Airways Cargo has a firm order for 34 Boeing 777-8F’s, with options for 16 more, to augment its fleet of 27 Boeing 777 Freighters (with the 28th 777F joining the fleet in mid-March). Featuring advanced technology systems, air frames and engines, the 777-8 Freighter will be the most efficient, largest long-range and most capable twin-engine widebody freighter in the industry. The 777-8F will reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by 30% compared to the 747-8.

EPG’s leading-edge WMS with Arabian Ethicals


EPG’s leading-edge WMS streamlines ops and workflows for UAE healthcare leader Arabian Ethicals

Ehrhardt Partner Group has confirmed that prime UAE-based healthcare distributor Arabian Ethicals has successfully deployed EPG’s LFS Warehouse Management System (WMS) across its territories. The project further underlines the growing global success of the German-based company’s modular supply chain software.

With the implementation of LFS, Arabian Ethicals (AEC) has now streamlined and upgraded its operational processes across all divisions, spearheaded by its National Distribution Center at Dubai Silicon Oasis and including other satellite locations. The bold technological renewal now makes AEC one of only a handful of healthcare distributors in the UAE able to reap the benefits of a state-of-the-art WMS.

As the foremost UAE healthcare distribution specialist, AEC relies on state-of-the-art automation systems provided by trusted partners. Such systems allow AEC’s expert staff to ensure its diverse portfolio, including pharmaceutical, consumer and veterinary health products, meets the demanding needs of its governmental and private customers. The provider serves hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and supermarkets across the entire country, making speed, accuracy and efficiency vital pillars of its promise to customers.

EPG offers best and most cost-effective solution

AEC managers tasked four vendors to submit proposals for a new WMS that would take the company to the next level, having identified that in a fast-moving and unpredictable commercial environment, their existing, locally-made system was no longer fit to meet the flexible requirements of its valued customers. EPG was included among these vendors following a recommendation from one of AEC’s trusted 3PL partners.

EPG was awarded the contract based on multiple criteria. These included the quality and robustness of the proposed solution, ease of implementation, and the German specialist’s global experience and reputation. Crucially, AEC concluded that LFS provided the best cost-effectiveness and ROI, despite not being the cheapest offering available.

LFS is winning friends and contracts across the globe because it speeds up, simplifies and optimizes warehouse workflow and operations via a modular suite that can be refined to suit each customer’s specific sector needs. The automated system works hand-in-hand with manual resource to ensure all goods inventory is received, identified, stored, moved and dispatched in the most reliable, timely and appropriate manner to suit the customer’s agreed priorities.

Modular capability suite ensures perfect fit

Following initial sessions between key AEC stakeholders and EPG’s international and local support teams, the project was successfully rolled out in three phases between Q3/2022 and Q2/2023.

“With the successful implementation of LFS across all our divisions, Arabian Ethicals once again ups the standards in the industry, becoming one of only a handful of local distributors deploying a state-of-the-art warehouse management system,” enthused AEC General Manager Stephan Stauffer. “The EPG team worked hand in hand with our supply chain to assure the new platform seamlessly integrated with our existing systems and they continue to do so as we look forward to rolling out additional modules in the near future.”

Ghouse Katiri, EPG Head of Customer Projects, echoed this sentiment: “The beauty of LFS is that it is modular, enabling us to fit the customer’s wishes precisely by selecting from a matchless suite the capabilities which best suit their business needs. We are delighted that AEC has trusted us to deliver for their business and we look forward to working on future plans with them.”

AEC and EPG continue to work on future enhancements and recently implemented Tatmeen – the UAE’s official track and trace platform for pharmaceutical products – using LFS as the core platform. Over the coming year, AEC plans to implement additional modules such as the delivery app, as it continues on its exciting upward path.

FIATA-RAME opens in Dubai


Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

FIATA-RAME Field Meeting & Conference opens in Dubai discussing strategies to build resilient supply chain ecosystem

  • Organised under the theme ‘Connectivity, Resilience, and Sustainability in Global Supply Chains and Trade,’ the event brought together over 600 industry leaders and CEOs on day-one
  • The Middle East and Africa logistics market is currently valued at US$ 163.57 billion, and it is forecasted to reach US$ 222.63 billion by 2029 at a rate of 6.36% annually.

Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Saeed Al Maktoum, Honorary patron of NAFL, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) RAME (Region Africa Middle East) field meeting and the conference opened today at Atlantis Hotel Dubai, in the presence H.E Humaid Bin Salem-Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce UAE, discussing the strategies for seamless logistics ecosystem in the face of geo-political disruptions.

The two-day conference organised by NAFL, under the theme ‘Connectivity, Resilience, and Sustainability in Global Supply Chains and Trade’, delves into the trade disruption due to geo-political issues and strategies for a burgeoning MEA logistics market, currently valued at US$ 163.57 billion and forecasted to reach US$ 222.63 billion in 2029. The event also hosted the FIATA RAME Official Meeting featuring FIATA RAME Chair Dr. Juanita Maree; Dr. Stéphane Graber, FIATA Director General and FIATA global President Mr. Turgut Erkeskin.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Humaid Bin Salem, Chairman of the UAE International Chamber of Commerce, emphasised the UAE’s commitment to facilitating and promoting global trade through seamless multimodal connectivity. “In line with the UAE’s goals to diversify the economy, the ICC shares FIATA’s vision to facilitate global trade. In the face of global supply chain disruptions, whether due to natural disasters or geo-political events, it is imperative that we think globally and work as one cohesive team. The connectivity offered by the UAE, whether by air, land or sea, plays a crucial role. Beyond the UAE, the GCC region, particularly Qatar and Saudi Arabia, is very active, promoting trade and offering investment opportunities. We are keen to learn from our peers and work together to improve the private sector. I would therefore encourage everyone to actively participate in the discussions and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Federal Chambers or the ICC. We are here to support the needs of the private sector,” he said.

The opening ceremony was preceded by a welcome keynote by Mr. Turgut Erkeskin, President of FIATA, who delivered a comprehensive overview of the global challenges and evolving trends in the logistics sector. Highlighting the RAME region’s strategic position as a hub connecting continents, he said: “In today’s dynamic global landscape, the FIATA-RAME meeting stands as a strategic platform, offering pragmatic insights as we gather against the backdrop of unprecedented disruptions in the Red Sea, geo-political tensions and environmental concerns. As globalisation dynamics are shifting, global trade is impacted by geo-political developments anywhere. Yet, amidst these challenges lie opportunities for resilience and adaptation. Our mission transcends problem-solving; it advocates for an approach rooted in agility, creativity, and strategic planning.”

“Our priority at this year’s meeting is to explore collective solutions to regional challenges because nothing is local in today’s world, especially logistics. We are hopeful as the RAME region holds tremendous potential with some of the most sophisticated ports and airports and a dynamic young workforce ready to strengthen and enhance business processes. We had over 400 FIATA specialised diploma graduates in 2023 from the Middle East region; there is no challenge that we cannot overcome when such qualified workforce and expertise exist in the region,” added.

Mr. Turgut Erkisken concluded by saying that world trade and logistics flourish when there is peace, predictability and sustainability. “We hope that current uncertainties, end soon as we move into the future, strengthening existing trade routes will function while building regional corridors offering seamless global connectivity. With a focus on practical solutions and actionable insights, we strive not only to address challenges but also to forge a path towards a more resilient, sustainable, and interconnected future for all stakeholders in the global logistics arena.”

Ms Nadia Abdul Aziz welcomed over 600 delegates, representing 16 FIATA member associations, with 11 from the Arica & Middle East region from more than 29 countries. Emphasising the significance of UAE hosting the meeting, she said: “The UAE remains a global gateway for logistics and trade with investor-friendly policies and synchronisation with international markets. In the UAE, initiatives like the 10-year visa, pro-investment policies, and a robust sustainability plan to reduce carbon emissions by 2050 foster an environment ripe for growth. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our ranking as the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) and the 7th place ranking on the global logistics index.”

The event highlighted the latest initiatives, including advancements in digitalisation and implementing the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme undertaken by Dubai Customs. In the following presentations, Dubai Chamber highlighted its international services tailored for corporates and investors, with a particular focus on fostering business research and sustainability efforts. Meanwhile, Dubai South showcased its offerings encompassing e-commerce, logistics growth, and the Sea-Air Free Zone.

The panel discussions on day one highlighted the evolving logistics sector across the region under the theme “GCC Market Overview, Opportunities, and Growth Areas.”  Featured panellists at the session included Mr. Gopal R., Senior Vice President of the Supply Chain & Logistics Practice at Frost & Sullivan. H.E. Eng. Ali Bin Abdulatif Al Mesned, Qatar Chamber Board Member and President of the Qatar Association of Freight and Logistics (QAFL) elaborated on Qatar’s opportunities and economic growth prospects, providing an overview of the latest freight forwarding and trading ecosystem advancements.

Representing the Saudi Ministry of Investment Mr. Majed Alsaadi and Ms. Reem Abdul Aziz Hasanain, along with Ms. Amal Balghunaim from the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services and Mr. Abdullah Daoud from the Ministry of Transport & Logistics, shed light on opportunities in logistics and trade sector within KSA. The session highlighted the National Industrial Development & Logistics Program (NIDLP) and outlined the logistics strategy for KSA’s transportation and logistics services sector.

Running until tomorrow the event acts as a platform for bringing together key stakeholders –industry leaders, innovators, and thought leaders – to shape the future of logistics in the MEA region.

Scania publishes Sustainability Report’23


Scania publishes Annual and Sustainability Report for 2023: “Significant growth in sales and earnings and continued progress on sustainability performance”

Scania continued performing strongly during the year, increasing both sales and earnings significantly. Scania’s Annual and Sustainability report is published today, detailing its financial, social and environmental performance in 2023.

Summary of the full year 2023:

  • Scania Group net sales grew by 28 percent to SEK 204.1 billion (159.2)
  • Adjusted operating income reached SEK 26.0 billion (14.0) and adjusted operating margin was 12.7 percent (8.8)
  • Deliveries increased by 13 percent to 96,727 vehicles, whereof Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) amounted to 246 units (262)
  • Revenue from the service business increased by 11 percent adjusted for currency
  • Order intake increased by 2 percent to 84,080 vehicles

Summary of the fourth quarter 2023:

  • Scania Group net sales grew by 21 percent to SEK 60.0 billion (49.7)
  • Adjusted operating income reached SEK 7.4 billion (5.3) and adjusted operating margin was 12.3 percent (10.7)
  • Deliveries increased by 8 percent to 28,984 vehicles, whereof Zero Emission Vehicles amounted to 57 units (115)
  • Revenue from the service business increased by 6 percent adjusted for currency
  • Order intake decreased by 5 percent to 22,299 vehicles

A strong finish to a record year
2023 was another year where geopolitical and macroeconomic instability had an impact on the business environment. However, Scania was able to navigate through this, proving its financial resilience and ability to deliver sustainable growth. In 2023, Scania’s sales reached over 200 SEK billion: a doubling of sales revenue in just seven years.

Demand for Scania’s products and services remained high in 2023, although in some key markets it decreased from previously very high levels. Scania managed to stabilise the vehicle order-to-delivery flow significantly and increased deliveries by 13 percent compared with previous year. Earnings reached record levels, positively impacted by higher vehicle and service volume, a strong price and product mix, and currency effects. Inflation, higher raw material prices and some remaining supply chain disturbances impacted earnings negatively.

The fourth quarter was strong, with vehicle deliveries increasing by 8 percent and the service business growing by 6 percent in local currency, compared with the same period last year. Vehicle order intake in the fourth quarter decreased by 5 percent, reflecting more normal demand levels in some of Scania’s key markets in Europe.

“Like many other businesses, Scania is adapting to a world where the ‘new normal’ means uncertainty and constant disturbances. While we managed to stabilise flows in 2023 and deliver a strong financial performance, we are still working hard together with partners and bodybuilders to improve delivery precision for our customers,” says CEO, Christian Levin.

Sustainability milestones and challenges
There were many milestones for Scania in its progress towards a sustainable transport system in 2023, including: the opening of a battery assembly plant to enable large-scale production of electric trucks; investing in and expanding the electric product portfolio; and turning supply chain decarbonisation targets into formal requirements.

However, every big transformation comes with challenges. Scania was the first in the industry to commit to the Science Based Targets and took the bold step of setting global targets for 2025 to create accountability and make these goals actionable. While Scania is well on its way to reaching the scope 1 and 2 targets, at a decrease of 42 percent towards the goal of 50 percent by 2025, decarbonising the rolling fleet where the lion’s share of carbon emissions come from is more challenging. Within scope 3, when Scania’s vehicles are in use, the aim is to achieve a 20 percent reduction by 2025. Currently the reduction is just below 3 percent since base year 2015. A changed sales mix resulted in a negative development of the KPI reported in 2023. The reported scope 3 reduction is based on 2022 volumes as the input data builds on the vehicles being in use. It means the full impact of initiatives like Scania’s Super powertrain is not yet coming through in the KPI reported for 2023.

The 2025 scope 3 target remains a challenge but guides positive change. In 2024, Scania will focus efforts on driver efficiency, optimising vehicle specifications, promoting renewable fuels and expanding electrified solutions, to continue making progress with its emission reduction targets.

“While electrification is the ultimate answer, and we do our utmost to ramp-up production of battery electric trucks to deliver to our customers, fuel-saving actions and the usage of renewable fuels are decisive to decarbonisation here and now,” says Christian Levin.

Saudia Cargo, WFS and Cainiao Group cooperate in Liege


Saudia Cargo, WFS and Cainiao Group kick off cooperation in Liege to boost efficiency of cross-border e-commerce trade

· New collaboration aims to create a business model for future e-commerce logistics gateways at global airports

Liege, March 1, 2024: Saudia Cargo, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a Member of the SATS Group, and Cainiao Group have officially launched their strategic collaboration at Cainiao’s Liege eHub in Liege Airport, Belgium, further solidifying their longstanding partnership. The collaboration is aimed at optimizing logistics processes through operational streamlining and the adoption of logistics innovations.

An inauguration ceremony was held today at the airside of the eHub, currently leased by WFS, with logistics procedures, facilities, and innovations invested in by Cainiao, demonstrating a commitment to delivering best quality service solutions to clients and partners. WFS, in close collaboration with Cainiao, operates within the air cargo station.

Since November 2021, Cainiao and WFS have been working together to enhance operational quality for joint partners like Saudia Cargo. Key service level agreement commitments include a 3-hour e-commerce transit, BUP release within 3 hours from ATA, and truck handling in less than 90 minutes.

The collaboration has also bolstered the logistics capacity of the eHub, with three temperature-controlled facilities jointly designed by the three parties. These include areas for loose 2-8°C (205 sqm), BUP 2-8°C (140 sqm), and loose 15-25°C (400 sqm), supporting the transportation of perishable and pharma cargo products. Additionally, the eHub has obtained BCP certification, enabling the transport of fresh goods and further enhancing its capacity to facilitate cross-border trade.

This initiative addresses the growing demand for high-quality logistics operations in the cross-border e-commerce sector, particularly in the Middle East and European markets. Earlier this year, Cainiao launched its international express shipping service, Global 5-Day Delivery, in collaboration with AliExpress, now available in ten countries worldwide.

The collaboration between Saudia Cargo and Cainiao includes specific freighter flights from Hong Kong to Riyadh and Liege, strategically tailored to meet the increasing logistics demands in these key regions and enhancing e-commerce delivery efficiency. Furthermore, the contract extension to WFS for handling over 50,000 tonnes annually on flights connecting Liege and Riyadh underscores Saudia Cargo’s ambition for operational excellence and reliable logistics services.

WFS’s investment in subleasing part of the Cainiao facility in Liege illustratesits commitment to innovation and efficiency, creating a dedicated area for swift and real-time information processing. The integration of innovative technology solutions, including AGVs, advanced

PDAs, digital dashboards, and live tracking systems, supports a new generation of cargo management systems utilizing IoT technologies to drive efficient and sustainable e-commerce handling.

Hellmann and HMM collaborate sea-freight solutions 


Hellmann and HMM collaborate to advance sustainable seafreight solutions 

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has committed itself to the strategic goal of making logistics of the future more sustainable in all product segments, thereby contributing to the Paris Agreement on climate change. In the field of seafreight, the global player wants to significantly reduce its Scope 3 emissions, demonstrating its dedication to long-term sustainability.

Actively engaging in the movement to decarbonize the container shipping industry, Hellmann is fostering collaboration with customers and carriers to optimize supply chains. This involves jointly developing strategies for carbon emission avoidance and reduction, fortifying its sustainability portfolio, and further enhancing carbon emission reporting as well as emission reduction solutions for its customers. 

Following first initiatives including the compensation of all port-to-port emissions from its global LCL business in 2022 and 2023 along with the introduction of further enhanced carbon emission reporting solutions, Hellmann is now taking its seafreight sustainability ambitions to the next level by forging a strategic partnership with South Korea’s national flagship carrier, HMM, as an official participant in its Green Sailing Service. 

HMM’s carbon insetting solution enables Hellmann to actively reduce its carbon footprint and effectively manage Scope 3 emissions through the use of second generation marine biofuel being bunkered in HMM’s vessel fleet. These Scope 3 emission reductions achieved and specifically allocated to Hellmann are ultimately being made available to its clients, supporting them in reaching their Scope 3 emission reduction targets. Furthermore, the partnership enhances Hellmann’s capability to provide comprehensive end-to-end carbon insetting solutions, including the reduction of emissions from landside transportations, as an integral part of its seafreight services.

“We are delighted to experience one of the finest examples of successful cooperation between industries making meaningful progress toward a net-zero future. Together with Hellmann, we will continue to develop mutually beneficial relationships and, at the same time, welcome anyone with whom we can share the ambitions for environmental initiatives and find a way to go green,” says Shin Kim, Chief Container Business Officer (CCO) of HMM.

“As a sector with a substantial impact on global CO2 emissions, we carry a significant responsibility to foster greener logistics. Through our collaboration with HMM and active involvement in the Green Sailing Service, Hellmann is reaffirming its commitment to sustainable practices in the seafreight industry. By providing our clients with insetting solutions, we directly reduce CO2 emissions where they are being produced rather than merely offsetting them. I firmly believe that this approach is the right long-term path forward for the global container shipping industry to make a meaningful impact and to enable our customers to decarbonize their supply chains,” says Jens Wollesen, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Sheikh Abdulla appointed as GWC Managing Director


Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani appointed as GWC Managing Director

Gulf Warehousing Company Q.P.S.C (GWC) – one of the fastest-growing logistics businesses in the MENA region – is proud to announce the
appointment of Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani as its Managing Director and Board Member. This appointment reaffirms the company’s pursuit of growth within the State of Qatar and beyond.

As a company deeply rooted in Qatar’s economic landscape, GWC is playing a pivotal role in achieving the nation’s ambitions of becoming a global hub for logistics services and enhancing its appeal as a centre for global investment and business.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman, GWC, stated: “Sheikh Abdulla brings a wealth of leadership, experience, and
vision as we seek to capitalize on new opportunities and overcome challenges, while pursuing our strategic objectives of growth,
innovation, and sustainability.”

“With steadfast support from Qatar’s visionary leadership, esteemed stakeholders and shareholders, and the invaluable trust of our clients, GWC is poised to continue driving the progress in the logistics sector, while actively fostering growth and advancement in Qatar and across the region,” added Sheikh Mohammad.

GWC’s strategic initiatives are closely aligned with Qatar’s Third National Development Strategy 2024-2030, particularly in meeting the requirements of economic diversification clusters for logistics and shipping services. Through these efforts, GWC significantly contributes to enhancing Qatar’s position as a global focal point for shipping, transportation and logistics services, thereby working towards the country’s objective of achieving a top 15 ranking in the worldwide Logistics Performance Index.

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, Managing Director, GWC, stated: “Throughout 20 years of industry leadership, the GWC team has proven that commitment and diligence are the cornerstones of logistics
excellence. Together, we will continue to innovate, expand, and contribute to the growth of Qatar’s economy in alignment with Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani has been a member of the GWC Board of Directors since 2008. He previously worked with
Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Muntajat (Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company QPJSC), and Qatar Steel. His appointment marks a new chapter in GWC’s growth, where he will lead the company in further solidifying its powerful position within Qatar, across the GCC, and globally.

Sharjah Airport welcomes KQ Cargo


Sharjah Airport Authority welcomes KQ Cargo to its cargo operations

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) has included Kenya Airways Cargo into Sharjah Airport’s operating cargo companies. This inclusion is in line with the Authority’s strategy to position the Airport as a leading international cargo hub, adhering to the highest standards and best practices in the air cargo industry. To mark this milestone, a reception was hosted by the Authority in the presence of HE Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, HE Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, Honoruble Cosmas Kimutai Sigei, Chargé D’affaires, the Kenyan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director & CEO of Kenya Airways Cargo, along with a group of directors and representatives of the Authority and Kenya Airways and a number of visitors from both countries. This initiative underscores SAA’s dedication to fortifying and enhancing its partnerships with strategic allies, further offering passengers a distinctive and exceptional journey through premium services.

Four direct weekly flights will be operated by the Kenyan carrier from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to Sharjah Airport using B737F cargo aircraft.

HE Ali Salim Al Midfa said: “Sharjah Airport Authority is keen to develop the logistical aspect of the airport’s business and enhance cargo services for its clients, supported by a robust strategy designed to strengthen the airport’s position on the travel map. We are proud of our extensive partnerships with international shipping companies that contribute to expanding the destinations available to customers, especially with the ongoing development of the shipping hub and our commitment to providing shipping services aligning with the highest approved standards.”

Allan Kilavuka said: “The United Arab Emirates is ranked among the top exports and imports trading partner for Kenya and other African countries. This trade constitutes around 10 per cent of UAE’s total trade. The launch of KQ cargo flights from Sharjah to African cities is therefore significant in tapping into this growing demand that will catalyse business growth within the Middle East and Africa. Our new Boeing 737-800 Freighters offers increased cargo capacity, a range of up to 7 hours out of Sharjah to destinations across Africa and is available for charters.”

Dedicated to providing vital infrastructure for both regional and global airlines, as well as cargo companies, Sharjah Airport Authority is focused on ensuring seamless operations at Sharjah Airport. The key goal is to broaden the range of destinations on a global scale, offering customers a varied array of choices. Additionally, the Authority aims to enhance the overall efficiency of the airport, enabling expedited responses to specialised freight operations that require specific attention, including handling, shipping and storage.

CargoTech: a future in air cargo


Sustainability is not an objective, but a tangible reality for CargoTech’s member companies. Wiremind, CargoAi, Rotate, and CharterSync illustrate their solutions, the industry’s challenges, and what is planned for 2024.

“The CargoTech range of digital solutions have a fundamental role to play in the sustainability strategies of all companies focused on achieving Net Zero and other Sustainable Development Goals,” says Cédric Millet, President of CargoTech. “Why? Because all our CargoTech members offer products that enhance visibility, process efficiency and awareness of improvement areas. And they naturally apply the same sustainability focus to their own operations.”

A broad palette of digital solutions

From measuring carbon emissions, to optimising capacity, or reducing the need for paper documents, CargoTech’s members share a common interest in developing smart, tailored solutions for the air cargo industry in close collaboration with its stakeholders and each other. Magali Beauregard, CCO of CargoAi, states: “CargoAi is committed to sustainability and has released multiple products to support the sustainability transition for the air cargo industry.” CargoAi’s pioneering Cargo2ZERO CO2 footprint reporting product, launched in September 2022, is one such example, and earned CargoAi a sustainability award at the TIACA conference in Miami later that year. “We are always open to develop and push joint products with other industry peers, highlighted by our strategic partnership with Neste,” she continues, referring to the tool’s enhancement that enables freight forwarders and their clients to significantly reduce the carbon emissions of their cargo transport through the voluntary purchase of Neste’s SAF using the MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel function when booking a cargo transport in Cargo2ZERO.

Price versus Planet

Sustainability requires investment and change. An in-depth CharterSync research paper which examined several carbon offset initiatives, also found that one major challenge still today, is that the ultimate shipper of the goods may often insist on the cheapest price rather than the most sustainable option. Forwarders, on the other hand, are increasingly including sustainability evaluation metrics in their procurement processes, which will promote a re-evaluation of airline fleets, replacing aging freighters with more fuel-economic modern aircraft and cleaner fuel alternatives.

“What is the largest sustainability challenge facing the air cargo industry, today?” Nathanaël de Tarade, asks and answers: “The blunt but realistic answer is simply ‘to find ways to keep flying’. If you look at the current emissions, they aren’t sustainable on the long term. Whether you are optimistic and think that technology (electric aircraft, more sustainable fuel, etc.) will be a big part of the solution, or more pessimistic and you think we’ll have to cut a part of what is currently flying, the answer is possibly a blend of both solutions. Wiremind’s contribution is to ensure that load efficiencies are maximised so that every flight is used to full capacity for a better emissions to impact ratio.”

Education and innovation

CargoAi also views short-term price thinking without considering its long-term impact as one of the major challenges faced by the air cargo industry and seeks to educate the industry to bring about more sustainable procurement decisions. “Without tools enabling you to understand your CO2 footprint, it becomes harder to make a more environmentally conscious decision when it comes to procuring cargo capacity for daily shipments,” says Magali Beauregard.

CharterSync’s Sustainability Officer, James Hymers, too, sees the need for greater awareness and understanding in the industry: “I am committed to leading the way in promoting environmental consciousness within the aviation industry. My primary focus will be on developing and implementing innovative strategies to reduce our carbon footprint, while also educating our team and partners about sustainable practices. By integrating green initiatives into our core operations, CharterSync aims to set a new standard for eco-friendly practices in air charter services, paving the way for a more sustainable future in aviation.”

Sustainability highlights to come this year

Wiremind is aiming to release its SkyPallet 2.0 before the summer. The new software, which has been developed in cooperation with many existing customers, is designed to achieve higher load factors per ULD, resulting in less wasted capacity and more cargo on each flight. In true CargoTech spirit, Wiremind and CharterSync will be working closer together to bring about greater flight operation efficiencies through the integration of Wiremind’s loadability optimisation software in the CharterSync platform. James Hymers, explains: “CharterSync already calculates carbon offset based on aircraft type, fuel efficiency, payload carried, and distance flown. In the next phase of our platform enhancements, we will be placing significant importance on better ranking and labelling customer quotation options based upon fuel efficiency and sustainability criteria.”

Sustainability criteria increasingly play a role in business decisions, as Ryan Keyrouse, CEO of Rotate, confirms: “For many years, commercial decisions were driven by contribution or profitability metrics, but these days, sustainability metrics are becoming more and more important, and are thus fundamental elements to be included in our software. We will be adding emissions data to our Live Capacity platform, this year, to ensure that our customers have all the relevant parameters required to optimise their networks.”

Sustainability is not just a commercial objective

Within CargoTech, sustainability is a lifestyle choice, not just a commercial objective, as Magali Beauregard illustrates: “Sustainability is one of the core pillars of CargoAi. Our strategy applies simple yet powerful habits such as enabling remote teams thus saving commute CO2 emissions, shared spaces, and reusable cups to reduce each individual’s carbon footprint.” Nathanaël de Tarade concurs: “At Wiremind, we are fortunate to have employees who are very proactive in their sustainability initiatives which range from small contributions such as distributing reusable boxes for lunch, to significant ones where thorough calculations are made regarding emissions coming from our own providers. These are regular, positive signs of their commitment to both the subject matter and the company.”

MYCRANE grows in USA with new director 


Digital platform bolstered by crane industry veteran’s appointment Olga Dubinok assumes role of director of business development, USA.

 MYCRANE, the world’s first global platform for online crane rental, has appointed Olga Dubinok as director of business development, USA, further strengthening its team in the United States of America.
In her new role, Phoenix-based Dubinok is responsible for driving continued growth in the USA, engaging with both customers and crane rental companies and raising awareness of the MYCRANE brand.
Previously, crane industry veteran Dubinok has worked in business development roles for digital platforms offering equipment sales, and as a sales manager for a global equipment manufacturer, focusing on the brand’s growth and development in the North America market. Dubinok is a familiar face in the industry, regularly attending crane and construction events such as the meetings of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA), as well as the bauma and Conexpo trade shows.
An active industry participant, she is a current committee member of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports workforce development and provides educational assistance for qualified candidates.
“Olga joins MYCRANE at an exciting time and I am thrilled to welcome her to our growing team,” said Andrei Geikalo, MYCRANE founder and CEO. “Her established contacts in the industry and can-do attitude will be a great asset to the company as we expand our presence in the USA and advance the digitalization of the crane rental process.”
MYCRANE’s solutions are designed to deliver the benefits of digitalization for the cranes and construction sectors. The Dubai-based company’s most well-known tool is its free online crane rental platform, which enables users to save time and money by quickly and easily finding lifting equipment using the MYCRANE website.
Dubinok says she was particularly attracted by MYCRANE’s mission. “What really excites me about MYCRANE is the opportunity to introduce technology and services that truly help the industry,” she says. “It’s all about making the way we do business that much easier.”
The latest appointment builds on earlier expansion in the USA, which is designated one of MYCRANE’s three focus markets, along with India and Saudi Arabia. The USA operation is active nationwide and led by Jason Brough, president of MYCRANE USA, who was appointed in October 2023.
For more information, or for free registration as a customer or crane rental company, visit www.my-crane.com.

Etihad Cargo signs 3 year partnership



Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, for cargo handling services at 12 major international airports in Europe, Scandinavia, North America, India, and Asia Pacific.

The global award is for a three-year period and will see WFS handling over 150,000 tonnes of cargo annually for the Abu Dhabi-headquartered airline. In the EMEAA region, the airports covered by the agreement are Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Bengaluru, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, and Paris CDG. In North America, it includes WFS’ existing handling operations for Etihad in New York JFK and Washington Dulles, and the new award of Boston and Chicago.     

Strategically located at the centre of the world’s busiest trade lanes, Etihad Cargo provides an integral link to Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East via the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi, connecting prime cargo markets across the globe. It offers cargo capacity on passenger and freighter aircraft as well as an extensive trucking network. 

Since its establishment in 2004, Etihad Cargo has grown rapidly to become one of the leading air cargo carriers in the world, offering customers a range of cargo products and services to five major continents. In addition to general cargo, Etihad Cargo offers a wide range of specialty products including live animals, dangerous goods, valuables and vulnerable cargoes, personal effects, as well as cold chain products for pharmaceuticals and perishables cargoes.

Etihad has been a fast-growing cargo handling customer of WFS since the two organisations signed their first cargo handling agreement in Frankfurt in 2005. 

Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery at Etihad Cargo, said, “Etihad Cargo’s long-standing partnership with WFS and addition of new stations are a direct reflection of a shared commitment to consistently delivering high-quality air cargo solutions globally. The combination of Etihad Cargo’s expertise in transporting general and specialised cargo and the capabilities of WFS give partners and customers the confidence that their air cargo needs are in the best hands, regardless of where they are in the world.”

“We thank Etihad Cargo for their trust in WFS, and for this latest extension of our growing strategic partnership. As well as renewing existing contracts with WFS, this new agreement adds more key airport stations to the important work we do for the airline, including Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Barcelona, Boston, Copenhagen and Chicago. We value Etihad cargo’s partnership approach and their confidence in our ability to consistently deliver the high levels of service the airline’s award-winning reputation is founded on. Being awarded responsibility for providing cargo handling services at so many major cargo airports highlights WFS’s ability to provide global network solutions to our strategic customers,” said Mohammed Esa, Global Head, Gateway Services Key Accounts & Strategy, SATS Group.

3 new Dreamliners join Etihad


New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners feature Etihad’s stylish new cabin interior

Etihad Airways is celebrating the arrival of three new Boeing 787-9 aircraft this weekend. The national airline of the UAE welcomed the latest additions to its expanding fleet at Abu Dhabi Zayed International Airport.

The new aircraft will begin operations this month, helping Etihad to expand in line with its ambitious roadmap which will see it fly to 125 destinations with more than 160 aircraft by 2030, a press communique stated.

“These new aircraft support our commitment to Abu Dhabi, allowing us to bring more guests to experience the incredible capital of the UAE, either as their end destination or on a stopover when connecting across our expanding network,” noted Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, Etihad Airways.

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners are up to 25% more fuel efficient than many comparable aircraft of their size. In total, Etihad now operates 43 Dreamliners and a total fleet of 88 aircraft including the Airbus A380, A350, A320 family, and Boeing 777.

Etihad’s new 787 Dreamliner cabin interior offers a comfortable and spacious cabin environment in Etihad’s award-winning signature style. The two-class aircraft features a brand-new cabin interior with 32 Business Suites and 271 seats in Economy, the press note continued.

Mail proves ECS Group’s perfection


  • ECS Group is the only GSSA to offer a unique parcel-focused service solution, bringing international postal operators, e-commerce retailers, and airlines together: Mail & More.
  • ECS Group’s Mail & More service solution saw over 80% growth in 2023 (compared to previous year), hitting the 900 tonnes mark.
  • Mail & More customers benefit from two core service areas: Commercial and System.

When it comes to air cargo commodities, the distinction between mail and e-commerce is becoming ever more blurred. Two common denominators set them apart from general cargo: they increasingly consist of small, individual parcels and their processes fall out of the air cargo handling norm. ECS Group’s Mail & More offers a scalable solution to all airlines looking to place greater emphasis on this rapidly growing product niche.

e-commerce is booming. In less than a decade, the number of parcels has more than trebled and cross-border e-commerce has doubled. Over 131 billion parcels were carried across the world in 2020, and it is predicted that, in just 2 years from now, this number will have grown to 266 billion. 80% of cross-border e-commerce travels by air, and the commodity already constitutes around 20% of all air freight carried. e-commerce is therefore not simply an increasingly attractive base-load opportunity, but a key component for success, driving airlines to adapt to today’s changing logistics market. Major airlines have begun initiating change, allocating warehouse and staff resources, and restructuring or partnering with 3PLs so as to provide optimum parcel handling. Many opt for ECS Group’s Mail & More Ability to cover the commercial side of operations.

“Mail & More completely removes the challenges and complexity that mail or e-commerce bring to an airline’s operational processes. We act as an affiliated, specialised team to our airline customers, and cover the entire process from commercial responsibilities to capacity sourcing and allocation, all the way through to digital support,” Jonathan Fredericks, Mail & More Managing Director, explains. “To date, we are the only GSSA to offer this service as a comprehensive package, developed based on our long-standing experience in airmail. Mail & More is not just unique, but also constantly being adapted to ensure that our customers always receive the best service without having to deal with any of the complexity.”

Mail & More has skyrocketed in popularity, demonstrating the urgent need for ECS Group’s parcel-focused solution. In 2022, 480 tonnes of e-commerce and mail were transported through Mail & More. In 2023, this increased to 900 tonnes.

Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman of ECS Group, states: “With Mail & More, we build a bridge between two very parallel and often separate transport systems: our customers are airlines and e-commerce or postal operators. We offer a fully functional and highly experienced interface on two essential levels: Commercial and System. Commercial ensures that parcel flows are matched with regular, available cargo capacity. System and consultancy refer to set-up procedures that enable airlines and postal operators to continue using their documentation processes, regardless of whether they use CNs or AWBs. Our plug & play Mail EDI system, at no extra cost, is the digital interface translating and linking the two digital data channels.”

Mail & More brings postal operators and e-commerce consolidators around the globe together with the many airlines in the ECS Group portfolio, swiftly matching demand with capacity. ECS Group’s wide-reaching international network and concentrated focus on parcels form a sound basis on which to commercially develop the airline’s market reach. The inhouse digital support solution, Mail EDI, increases operational efficiency, allows end-to-end transparency and tracking, and ensures quality compliance in line with airlines’ and postal operators’ processes, and UPU regulations. It also allows reporting, performance steering, tracking and tracing, accounting, and billing.


Saudia Cargo Secures ACM Award


Saudia Cargo Secures Prestigious Highly Acclaimed Air Cargo Marketing Award

Saudia Cargo, one of the leading air cargo carriers in the Middle East, has been awarded with the Highly Acclaimed Air Cargo Marketing Award at the esteemed International Awards for Excellence in Air Cargo, held by STAT Times magazine during Air Cargo India 2024.

The STAT Times Air Cargo Marketing Award celebrates exceptional accomplishments and innovative strategies within the air cargo marketing domain. Saudia Cargo’s reception of this accolade underscores its unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled services and groundbreaking campaigns within the international air cargo industry.

Ayman Osilan, Executive Director Marketing of Saudia Cargo, expressed heartfelt appreciation, stating, “We are deeply honored to receive the Air Cargo Marketing Award at the STAT Times Awards 2024, which reflects our unwavering commitment to innovation and operational excellence in serving our global partners and customers. This recognition fills us with immense pride and gratitude, and we extend sincere thanks to all stakeholders for their steadfast support and trust.”

“Renowned for our impeccable reputation and customer-focused approach, Saudia Cargo remains at the forefront of innovation. Through heartfelt and human-centric campaigns around e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, to flying horses and transporting flowers, and humanitarian aid we have forged stronger connections with our customers than ever before. Our focus on reading trends and anticipating the future needs of customers drives us to build marketing infrastructure and engage with their experience proactively. We are committed to continuously evolving to meet the evolving needs of our valued customers through continuous communication, listening, and understanding,” he added.

Aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of becoming a global logistics platform, Saudia Cargo aspires to connect global markets with the Kingdom, leveraging its strategic geographical location at the heart of global trade routes. As a member of the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance, representing 20% of the air cargo movement, Saudia Cargo continues to support emerging markets and benefits from the international coverage provided by the alliance, connecting more than 175 countries worldwide.

New appointments at Emirates


UAE nationals and women among 19 executives promoted

Emirates Airline has made key leadership changes including two deputies for President Tim Clark, as it prepares itself for further growth, according to a corporate press communique.

The new slate of senior appointees, which include 8 UAE nationals and 6 women, will assume their new roles effective March 1, 2024, the long-haul operator recently announced.

Among the appointments, the airline’s current Chief Operations Officer, Adel Al Redha, and Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Kazim, will each take the added position of Deputy President, the airline said.

Both UAE nationals have been with the airline for over three decades, with Al Redha joining Emirates in 1988 and Kazim in 1992.

The changes are intended to strengthen the executive bench and support Emirates’ growth for the next 15 years, commented HH Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.

The complete list of appointments are as follows:

Adel Al Redha: Deputy President and Chief Operations Officer

Adnan Kazim: Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer

Steve Allen: Chief Executive Officer, dnata

Michael Doersam: Chief Financial and Group Services Officer

Boutros Boutros: Executive VP-Marketing, Brand and Corporate Communications

Nabil Sultan: Executive VP-Passenger Sales and Country Management

Oliver Grohmann: Executive VP-Human Resources

Richard Jewsbury: Executive VP-Corporate and Customer Experience Planning

Anand Lakshminarayanan: Divisional Senior VP-Order Management and Revenue Optimization

Amira Al Awadhi: Senior VP-HR Operations and Systems

Amira Al Falasi: Senior VP-Training and Development

Hana Al Awadhi: Senior VP-dnata Business Support

Manal Al Soori: Senior VP-Group Recruitment

Masooma Hassan: Senior VP-Airline Business Support

Musa Faisal: Senior VP-Operations Research and Effectiveness

Valerie Tan: Senior VP – Corporate Communications, CSR and Media Affairs

Rogerio Leao: Divisional VP-Fleet Planning

Trevor Chong: Divisional VP-Route Planning

Shannon Scott: VP-Sustainability and Environment

UAE to host the prestigious FIATA-RAME 2024


UAE to host the prestigious FIATA-RAME 2024 Field Meeting & Conference

The global logistics sector to reach US$ 16.36tn by 2027

The UAE National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) has announced the 2024 FIATA RAME (Region Africa and Middle East) Field Meeting and conference dates.

Held under the esteemed patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Honorary Patron of NAFL, the two-day event, scheduled for March 5th and 6th, 2024, in Dubai, will bring together leading industry experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss critical trends and strategies shaping the future of logistics in the MEA region. It will also highlight the growth opportunities in the industry and the economy in the region, according to a press communique.

The global logistics sector is experiencing unprecedented growth, with the recent Mordor Intelligence report estimating its market size to reach US$ 16.36tn by 2027. The MEA region plays a pivotal role within this landscape as a vital bridge connecting continents and facilitating trade flows worth trillions of dollars.

Red Sea

With the Red Sea situation unfolding at the heart of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)’s Region Africa Middle East, the discussions will serve as a critical platform to tackle industry challenges and explore innovative solutions that propel seamless and sustainable logistics across the region.

The meeting will be the perfect platform to foster collaboration between countries and stakeholders to develop efficient connectivity infrastructure and streamline cross-border trade while navigating geopolitical uncertainties, global trade disruptions, and economic fluctuations while ensuring resilience and agility.

The Conference agenda will focus on addressing the environmental impact of logistics through green initiatives, carbon-neutral technologies, and efficient operations, leveraging cutting-edge advancements in automation, blockchain, and artificial intelligence to optimize supply chains and enhance transparency and collaboration.

Field Meeting

“In this field meeting, FIATA will convene its Region Africa and Middle East delegates, and the general freight forwarding community in the region, in this opportunity to explore how to build a more resilient supply chain given the ongoing crises in the Middle East, with the use of multimodal transport to support and facilitate the industry cargo flow,” commented Dr Stéphane Graber, Director General, FIATA.

UAE’s strategic location, world-class infrastructure, and commitment to innovation make it the ideal platform for this crucial discussion. The UAE boasts the world’s busiest airports for international cargo traffic, the Jebel Ali Port, the largest and most technologically advanced man-made harbour in the Middle East, and a thriving free zone ecosystem. It is also a regional hub for major logistics service providers and technology companies.

“The conference is a gateway to exploring the immense potential of the UAE logistics sector as the country is positioned as the logistics hub for the neighbouring GCC countries and the wider MEA region. With its focus on key themes, insightful discussions, and networking opportunities, the conference will contribute to shaping a more efficient, sustainable, and collaborative future for the logistics and trade industry in the MEA region and beyond,” affirmed Nadia Abdul Aziz, President, NAFL.

The FIATA RAME conference in Dubai-UAE promises to be an invaluable event for all stakeholders involved in the logistics and trade sector, the press statement concluded.

Etihad Airways appoints Stanislas Brun as VP Cargo


Etihad Airways appoints Stanislas Brun to the role of Vice President Cargo

Brun will oversee Etihad Cargo’s global commercial operations.

Etihad Airways has appointed Stanislas Brun to the role of Vice President Cargo. Brun will be responsible for Etihad Cargo’s commercial operations including scheduled and charter flights, revenue management and network planning. Brun will report to Etihad Airways’ Chief Operating Officer, Mohammad Al Bulooki.

Brun joins Etihad Cargo from Geodis, where, in his role as Senior Vice President Global Airfreight, he oversaw the global air cargo operations of the logistics and supply chain solutions provider. As the newly appointed Vice President Cargo of Etihad Cargo, Brun will oversee all facets of the cargo commercial operations, including revenue management and network planning.

“I have every confidence that the passion and expertise Stanislas brings to this role will enable Etihad Cargo to continue the impressive growth trajectory it has achieved in recent years,” commented Al Bulooki.

“As the airline enters this next exciting period of growth, I look forward to working closely with the team, our partners and customers and continuing to deliver innovative end-to-end solutions so Etihad Cargo can remain the air cargo partner of choice,” remarked Brun on his appointment.

Emirates NBD joins Dubai FinTech Summit


Emirates NBD joins Dubai FinTech Summit as the Premium Banking Partner

  • The collaboration signifies Emirates NBD’s continued commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in the financial sector
  • Dubai FinTech Summitwill serve as the perfect platform for Emirates NBD to showcase its cutting-edge solutions and initiatives
  • This event will spotlight the bank’s efforts in developing customer-centric solutions to address the evolving needs of the financial industry

Emirates NBD, a leading banking group in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Türkiye) region, joins theDubai FinTech Summit, organised by Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), as a Premium Banking Partner,underscoring its dedication to drive innovation and excellence in the financial sector. The official partnership agreement was signed in the presence ofArif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer at DIFC Authority and Abdulla Qassem, Group Chief Operating Officer at Emirates NBD during the DFS dialogues that took place on 23 January 2024, where industry leaders came together to drive discussions and set the agenda for the upcoming second edition of Dubai FinTech Summit, to be held on 6 and 7 May 2024 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Emirates NBD’s commitment to fostering innovation is far reaching and includes industry partnerships with start-ups and accelerators. As well as this, the bank takes the next step to actively invite global fintech players to join forces in the collaborative development of cutting-edge products and services for its diverse customer base.

The bank’s enduring collaboration with DIFC Innovation Hub since 2017 exemplifies its dedication to nurturing the growth of promising FinTech start-ups, particularly those navigating the dynamic landscape of the metaverse. This partnership has played a pivotal role in translating innovative concepts into tangible prototypes, leading to the successful integration of numerous solutions that enhance customer experiences in the evolving digital era.

Mohammad Alblooshi, Chief Executive Officerat DIFC innovation Hub,said:“We are delighted to welcome Emirates NBD as a Premium Banking Partner for Dubai FinTech Summit 2024. Emirates NBD’s unwavering commitment to FinTech innovation aligns perfectly with the summit’s goal to bring together leading innovators shaping the future of financial technology. Our collaboration is pivotal in nurturing a thriving FinTech ecosystem that attracts and supports the growth of innovative companies. We look forward to delivering an exceptional event that will inspire and empower the FinTech community.”

Marwan Hadi, Group Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management at Emirates NBD,said:“We are pleased to announce Emirates NBD as the Premium Banking Partner for the Dubai FinTech Summit. This collaboration signifies our commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in the financial sector, together with our long-time strategic partner, DIFC. We look forward to contributing to an event that not only showcases the latest innovations in FinTech, but also paves the way for future advancements, instrumental in driving forward the financial technology landscape, both regionally and globally.” 

In line with the D33 Agenda to position Dubai as the top four global financial hub by 2033,thesecond edition of the Dubai FinTech Summit is designed to encourage cross-border collaboration and innovation, pivotal to transforming the global FinTech sector.It presents a unique opportunity to explore emerging FinTech trends and their potential to drive financial progress in the MEASA region.

Dubai Fintech Summit 2024 will see an unprecedented gathering of more than 8,000 decision-makers, more than 300 thought leaders and more than 200 exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge technologies.

About Dubai FinTech Summit

Dubai FinTech Summit is an annual mega event organised by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. The 2nd edition of the Dubai FinTech Summit will bring together over 8,000+ global industry leaders, 1,500+ investors and policy makers, signalling increased appetite for growth opportunities in the region.

Dubai FinTech Summit signals new wave of financial innovation, opportunity, transformation, and growth for the international financial services sector.  As a rising FinTech hub, Dubai is also spearheading the evolution of the financial services industry, with investments in FinTech projected to grow by 17.2% CAGR to USD949 billion from 2022 to 2030. The summit aligns with the Dubai Economic Agenda D33’s strategic goal of propelling Dubai into the ranks of the top four global financial hubs by 2033.

The expanded programme of Dubai FinTech Summit is set to exceed expectations by delving into key tracks, including the future of FinTech, embedded and Open Finance, climate finance, Web3 and digital assets. The summit stands as a thought leadership-driven platform, addressing industry challenges head-on and championing innovation.

To register for the event, visit www.dubaifintechsummit.com.

FedEx’s US$350mn advanced regional hub


FedEx’s brand-new US$ 350mn advanced regional hub goes operational

New facility located in Dubai World Central Airport in Dubai South

FedEx Express (FedEx) and the world’s largest express transportation company, is expanding its footprint in the Middle East with its new Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa (MEISA) state-of-the-art hub at Dubai World Central (DWC) Airport in Dubai South.

The facility was officially inaugurated by HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, along with Raj Subramaniam, FedEx Corporation President and CEO, Richard W. Smith, FedEx Express President and CEO, Airline and International, and Kami Viswanathan, FedEx Express MEISA President.

Long-term investment

The launch of the hub marks a long-term investment of more than US$ 350mn (AED 1.3bn) into the UAE’s economy through infrastructure and technological advancements in the facility. This investment reaffirms the company’s commitment to the UAE’s economic growth, in line with the ‘National Agenda for Non-oil Export Development’, which aims to increase the nation’s foreign trade.

“The inauguration of the FedEx MEISA hub in Dubai South is a strategic milestone for Dubai’s aviation and logistics sectors, consolidating the emirate’s robust infrastructure, strategic location, and our ongoing efforts to enhance global connectivity. This new facility underscores our commitment to supporting the growth of trade and commerce, aligning perfectly with our vision for economic diversification and innovation-led development,” affirmed HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed.

“The establishment of our new hub in the UAE is a strategic move that significantly boosts our presence and capabilities in the MEISA region. This investment is not just about expanding our network; it’s about enhancing the region’s connectivity and playing a key role in facilitating trade and commerce across the world,” remarked Richard W. Smith, FedEx Express President and Chief Executive Officer, Airline and International.

Catalytic role

“We are delighted to welcome the new FedEx facility, which will serve as a regional hub contributing to the growth of the emirate’s top sectors, aviation and logistics, while catalyzing its role in the wider development of an economy centered on innovation and technology,” commented HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South.

“The new FedEx hub marks a pivotal stride in our growth strategy to build a more flexible, efficient, and smart network, to deliver outstanding services that fit our customers’ needs. Harnessing cutting-edge technology, our hub at DWC in Dubai South exemplifies our commitment to transforming our operations through automation and building a smarter and more sustainable logistics network,” noted Kami Viswanathan, President, FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

The 57,000sqm facility incorporates advanced technologies that include automated sorting systems that enhance the efficiency, accuracy, and speed of package processing and distribution from the facility. The hub also boasts two automated high-speed x-ray machines equipped with artificial intelligence to efficiently scan goods and enhance security. Additionally, a 170sqm cold storage area caters to a wide range of temperature-sensitive shipments.


The new FedEx hub is also a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainability and our goal of achieving carbon-neutral operations by 2040. The facility adheres to Dubai Municipality Green Standards, featuring a solar power project, and a building management system that helps ensure efficient energy use. In addition, FedEx is leveraging electric ground service fleet along with electric charging stations for pick-up, delivery, and employee vehicles.

Situated in DWC, at the heart of Dubai South, the hub forms an integral component of the region’s aviation and logistics ecosystem. This strategic location is further enhanced by a comprehensive multi-modal transportation network, seamlessly connecting air, land, and sea.

WestJet heading for cruising altitude in 2024


Following an intense implementation itinerary in 2023, which included the successful launch of WestJet Cargo’s first freighter fleet alongside rapid company and network growth, the cargo carrier cites partnerships, product portfolio, and digital enhancements as its three focus areas for an equally energy-driven 2024.

WestJet Cargo starts the year on a solid basis – the result of an outstanding 2023 centred on deploying the airline’s first freighter fleet and building a strong team of cargo experts. 22 new colleagues joined during the course of last year, as WestJet Cargo opened 24 warehouses, 14 freighter handling stations, and expanded its cargo network to a total of 45 very diverse destinations across the world, connecting, for example, Halifax – a smaller province in Nova Scotia, to major cities such as Paris, France, and Narita, Japan.

WestJet Cargo’s freighter launch events on 22 April 2023, in Vancouver, Toronto, and Halifax, set the scene for what was to come and showcased the airline’s commitment to excellence. Within just 60 days of the freighter inauguration ceremonies and following its CAO certification and the implementation of a Charter Desk, WestJet Cargo successfully operated its first commercial charter flight for Air Charter Service from Halifax to Calgary in July 2023. A series of air cargo product launches, including Bike’Air and, more recently, Safe’Air, as well as strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders such as Flexport and Awesome Cargo, paved the way for the airline’s journey to becoming a key player in the aviation cargo industry – and one that stands out through creativity and reliability.

“Our priority focus is on delivering reliable solutions to our customers. To achieve this, we’re applying our unique corporate mindset to three main areas this year. 2024 will see WestJet Cargo continue building and expanding its strategic partnerships, further diversifying its product mix, and implementing our digital roadmap with respect to online marketplaces and a new website.” says Kirsten de Bruijn, Executive Vice-President, Cargo at WestJet.

2024 will therefore see new destinations and routes, such as Seoul starting May 17th and a year-round service to Narita, being added through additional freighter and passenger belly cargo flights, in order to offer a comprehensive and versatile cargo network. This goes hand in hand with a continued strategic planning approach to effectively navigating market dynamics together with the right partners and strengthening WestJet Cargo’s position in the global air freight sector. These include digital partnerships and the launch of a new cargo website, in anticipation of a shift towards more self-service options. Its digital innovation will also focus on solutions for enhanced efficiency and service delivery, including the possible implementation of advanced technologies within its cargo operations. Since the core element for company success in all these areas is human capital, WestJet Cargo will also continue to invest in its people, focusing on career development, diversity, and inclusion.

“In 2022, we were taxiing and, in 2023, we successfully took off as a cargo airline. WestJet Cargo has no intention of slowing down at all in 2024. We’re climbing and aiming for cruising altitude on our company flight path, this year,” Kirsten de Bruijn concludes.

DP World to build US$ 150mn ‘Agri Terminals’


New facility will be developed in partnership with Adroit Overseas Canada and Al Amir Foods

DP World recently announced the ground-breaking of its new Agri Terminals facility at Jebel Ali Port, marking the start of a transformative journey to bolster food security in the UAE.

Alongside Adroit Overseas Canada and Al Amir Foods, DP World will invest a total of AED 550mn (US$150mn) to build the state-of-the-art Agri Terminals complex which will specialize in storing and processing various agricultural products, including pulses, grains, corn, and soybeans, according to a corporate press release.

With the first phase scheduled for completion in early 2025, this landmark project underscores DP World’s commitment to fortifying the UAE’s food supply chain in alignment with the National Food Security Strategy 2051, while also solidifying Dubai’s pivotal role in global food trade.

Jebel Ali Port handles approximately 73% per cent of the UAE’s food and beverage trade by value, making it a significant contributor to the country’s food security programme.

Ground-breaking facility

The ground-breaking was attended by Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General, Dubai Municipality; Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World; Abdulla Bin Damithan, CEO & Managing Director, DP World GCC; Yogesh Raipuria, CEO, Adroit Overseas Canada; Yasin Abdul Majid Ranani, Managing Director, Al Amir Foods, among other senior officials from both sides.

The Agri Terminals facility is set to stimulate over AED 1.2bn in new international trade, aligning with the UAE’s ‘Operation 300 Billion’ strategy. The new facility is also expected to enhance bulk handling by approximately 750,000MTannually, making a substantial impact on Dubai’s trade dynamics and food security efforts.

Landmark moment

“The groundbreaking of our Agri Terminals facility is a landmark moment for DP World and our journey towards building resilience into the food supply chain of the UAE and the wider region,” affirmed Bin Sulayem.

“By integrating this terminal with existing sugar processing and edible oil facilities, we are creating a comprehensive food and beverage ecosystem that optimizes resources, diversifies our offerings and addresses global food security challenges,” observed Bin Damithan

“Through this facility, which is a crucial step towards securing food supply chains and supporting the UAE’s vision for food security, we are set to expand our reach and contribute significantly to global food trade,” commented Ranani.

Sustainable food solutions

“Once completed, our venture will significantly enhance our ability to serve global markets more efficiently, reinforcing our mission to provide reliable and sustainable food solutions,” remarked Raipuria.

Spanning a quayside area of 100,000sqm, Agri Terminals will be Dubai’s largest multi-tenant facility for integrated agricultural processing and silo storage. It will feature a total storage capacity of 200,000MT, developed over two phases, along with extensive processing and packaging facilities to handle as much as 500,000MT a year, the press communique concluded.

ME airports expanding in fast-forward mode

Sheikh Ahmad bin Said Al Maktouum, October 7, 2009 (Photo by Nemanja Seslija/ITP Images)

Middle East airports expanding in a fast-forward mode to handle zooming passenger numbers

Dubai to host the world’s largest airport industry show in May

Ahmed bin Saeed: “The exhibition is the best to source cutting-edge technologies and innovative products for better operations.”

Up to US$2. 7 billion investments for DXB expansion

Middle East airports to handle 1.1 billion passengers by 2040

US$151 billion is required for ME airport capacity expansion

Global airport construction market to reach US$1.8 trillion by 2030

ME to be the world’s fastest-growing aviation market by 2033

The region has 110 commercial airports and 69 operating carriers

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2024: With the civil aviation industry almost fully recovered after the steepest fall in passenger numbers due to the 21st century’s second pandemic, airports across the world are bracing themselves to handle a big boom in air travel until 2030 by going in for expansions and redevelopments.

The Middle East Aviation Market, valued at US$60 billion in 2023, is predicted to rise substantially until 2030. Air connectivity in the Middle East had seen a 26 percent-plus growth in 2022 as compared with 2019.

The Middle East airports are set to handle 1.1 billion passengers by 2040, more than double the 2019 figure of 405 million passengers. They will be required to invest around US$151 billion in capacity expansion. The region, with over 110 airports, is among the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world.

Airport developers, officials, and suppliers from across the world will come to Dubai in mid-May 2024 to participate in the world’s largest annual event dedicated to the global airports industry. The 23rd edition of the three-day B2B event at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the Middle East’s leading exhibition and convention venue, will have more than 150 exhibitors from more than 20 countries and 7,500 visitors from over 30 countries attending. The Airport Show will have co-located events – ATC Forum, Airport Security Middle East, and the 11th edition of the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF).

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Patron of Airport Show said: “The business event will provide the industry professionals from Middle East, South Asia, and Africa region, the opportunity to see innovations in airport sustainability, digitalization, and urban air mobility.”

He added: “Airport Show will remain the best venue to select and source the cutting-edge technologies and newest innovative products to better the airport operations.”

Organized by RX, part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools that organizes about 400 events in 22 countries across 42 industry sectors, the show is supported by prominent players in the aviation industry, including the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), and dnata.

Remarked May Ismail, Event Manager at RX: “The airport industry will be back to full business when we meet in 2024. The pace of growth and expansion that was halted is back at a phenomenal rate. The projects that took off again clearly suggest there is no end to expansion and growth. What had been put on the back burner is now in the front.”

According to a CAPA report, 425 major construction projects were on at existing airports worldwide, with US$450 billion in investments. There were 225 new airport projects and more than 70 percent of the investment was in Asia Pacific. There were 1074 airport investors, of which 258 were airport operators, groups or consortiums. About 68 percent of all projects were based on terminals, either expansions or new developments. A report has disclosed that the global airport construction market grew to US$1.14 trillion in 2023, and would reach US$1.8 trillion by 2030.

Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travelers continuously for nine years, is also building up the capacity and facilities to make the hub more impressive. Now serving 250 destinations in 104 countries through 95 airlines, DXB has mega expansion plans that will entail investments of up to US$2. 7 billion. The enhancements in capacity and service levels over the coming 10 years have been necessitated as its home base carriers ordered another 120 aircraft – 90 Boeing-777s for Emirates and 30 Boeing-787s for flydubai.

Sharjah, home to the Arabian Gulf’s first airport, has started work on an AED1.2 billion (US$327 million) terminal expansion that will increase the airport’s capacity to 20 million passengers a year. The expansion project will separate the arrivals from departures areas and enhance its systems and amenities. It is the largest phase of expansion work being undertaken at a total cost of AED2.4 billion and is expected to be completed in 2027. Improvements will include additional self-check-in kiosks, electronic boarding gates, a spacious waiting zone, dining facilities, and a transit passenger hotel. Sharjah Airport, home of the MENA region’s largest LCC Air Arabia, added six new passenger destinations and three air cargo routes in 2023. The airport handled about 13.1 million passengers in 2022 and will be able to handle up to 25 million passengers by 2026.

A plan is underway to transform King Abdelaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Saudi Arabia into one of the world’s largest airports with an SR115 billion expansion plan that will increase its capacity to 114 million passengers a year. The largest components of the plan cover the design and expansion of Terminal 1 and the construction of a new passenger terminal to be called Terminal 2. The expected completion date for the expansion project is 2031.

A new Hajj and Umrah terminal at the airport in Jeddah will handle 15 million passengers a year and is expected to be completed by 2025. The airport aims to accommodate up to 120 million passengers by 2030 and 185 million by 2050. For cargo, the goal is to process 3.5 million tons a year.

Another major airport is planned for Neom, close to the Tabuk end of the 170-kilometre-long Line development. Neom International Airport’s first phase will have the capacity to handle 25 million passengers a year. A second phase could take the capacity up to 50 million passengers a year. There is an aspiration for the airport to become the largest in the world, with a capacity of 100 million passengers a year. Abha International Airport will undergo a makeover that will see its terminal grow from 113,000 square feet to 700,000 square feet.

The existing airport can handle 1.5 million passengers annually. The new one will be capable of handling 13 million by the time the first phase of the development is completed in 2028. The expansion will include the construction of passenger jetways, self-service facilities for passenger check-in and baggage handling, and high-capacity parking facilities. Saudi Arabia is building in

Riyadh one of the world’s largest airports which will have six parallel runways. The airport will help drive annual passenger traffic to 120 million by 2030 and 185 million by 2050.

Airports in Oman are expected to witness 40 million passengers by 2030. The Sultanate currently attracts 18 million passengers. The country currently can handle around 24 million passengers. Officials opened new airports in Muscat and Duqm in 2019 in addition to two new air cargo terminals. Musandam Airport is being constructed for US$250 million and is expected to be ready by Q4 2026. The work includes the construction of two runways and a passenger terminal with a capacity of 250,000 passengers per year.

Lebanon has on anvil plans to construct a US$122 million terminal at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport to be completed in four years. The new terminal will help it handle 3.5 million passengers annually when operations are planned to begin in 2027. The airport currently handles 8 million passengers a year, and the plans are to reach 20 million in 2030.

Bahrain is exploring plans to have a second airport by 2034. It has undergone expansion as part of the US$13 billion investment into its tourism industry. The new passenger terminal building at Bahrain International Airport doubled its capacity. The new greenfield airport will eventually replace the existing Bahrain International Airport (BIA) due to the inadequacy of its current infrastructure in meeting the kingdom’s growing airport needs.

Kuwait has plans to expand its airport terminal capacity from six million passengers per year to 20 million by 2030 and turn Kuwait International Airport into a major passenger and cargo hub. The new passenger terminal (T2) was one of the projects aimed at modernizing its infrastructure to serve Vision 2035. The US$4.36 billion Kuwait Airport’s Passenger Terminal-2 expansion will boost its annual passenger handling capacity to 13 million passengers per year by 2025.

Egypt is working at expanding and bettering aviation facilities keeping in view the plans to receive up to 30 million visitors by 2028. The UAE’s aviation is set to witness growth as the UAE Tourism Strategy aims to host 40 million visitors by 2031. The first phase of Navi Mumbai International Airport is expected to be completed by December 2024. By 2032, Navi Mumbai Airport would also have the capacity to handle 2.5 million tons of cargo. The US$3.8 billion Noida International Airport is set to open by September 2025.

Maldives is working to develop airports in its six islands as its new government works on a policy to have an airport within 30 minutes of every residential island. Its capital city, Male, will have a new terminal by 2025. China aims to construct 216 new airports by 2035 to meet the growing demands for air travel.

A report by Statista said Asia-Pacific had been the region with the highest number of airport infrastructure projects under construction, with over half of the new airport construction taking place in this region. It also had the lead for construction projects in existing airports. When considering the value of airport construction projects worldwide, Asia-Pacific was also at the top of the ranking.

“Airports will be core drivers of (aviation) industry-wide change, while themselves being transformed in the process,” remarked a study on the ‘Evolution of Airports – Travel Trends in The Next 30 Years’ published by Oliver Wyman, a global consultancy, Airports Council International (ACI) World, and the Sustainable Tourism Global Center (STGC).

Kuwait Int’l Hydrogen Tech Symposium


Transforming Energy: The Inaugural Kuwait International Hydrogen Technology Symposium Spotlights Global Path to Carbon Neutrality

Industry Leaders Ignite Discussions: Spotlight on the Advancements in Hydrogen Technology

The Arab Association of Energy Professionals (AEP) is delighted to organize the inaugural Kuwait International Hydrogen Technology Symposium, themed, ‘The Kuwait Hydrogen Outlook from Vision to Action. This grand two-day event will take place from March 5-6, 2024, at the prestigious Hilton Resort Hotel in Kuwait City. Given the growing need for a sustainable and low-carbon future, the symposium emphasizes the transformative potential of Hydrogen energy and Kuwait’s burgeoning role in producing blue and green Hydrogen. The World, now more than ever, is calling for a revolutionary shift in energy generation, affordability, and security, wherein Hydrogen will play a critical role. The event will strategically highlight Kuwait’s path to becoming a global Hydrogen hub, emphasizing the extensive resources the country possesses and its comprehensive initiatives towards achieving a net-zero economy. “In 2020, the production of hydrogen in Kuwait accounted for 2% of the world’s total output. However, with the forthcoming advancements in technology and government backing, it is predicted that Kuwait has the potential to contribute significantly to the world’s hydrogen market. As the co-chairs of the Executive Committee for the 1st Kuwait International Hydrogen Technology Symposium, we are both eager and proud to see Kuwait stepping up to spearhead discussions around one of the most promising energy alternatives of the 21st century, hydrogen. The Symposium’s theme, ‘The Kuwait Hydrogen Outlook from Vision to Action,’ aptly captures the trajectory of Kuwait’s intent to embrace a future driven by green, clean energy sources,” said the Executive Committee Co-Chair, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Manager (Production and Projects – GAS), Kuwait Oil Company & Executive Committee Co-Chair, Peter Jensen, ETSA Contract Manager North Kuwaiti Jurassic Gas, Shell The co-chairs added “As we look forward to the impact and benefits of hydrogen technology, we are reminded that success can only be achieved through progressive vision coupled with

immediate, determined action. This Symposium seeks to stimulate discussion and drive both collaboration and action. Our vision for Kuwait is a nation empowered by Sustainable Energy, driving an energy transformation to enhance economic diversification, job creation, and sustainability. The transition to hydrogen isn’t just an opportunity for Kuwait but a commitment towards building a more sustainable and energy-efficient future.

Top-ranking executives from Kuwait Oil Company and Shell, along with esteemed members from the Hydrogen sector, constitute the program committee that orchestrates the symposium. This symposium provides an invaluable platform to partake in discussions defining the future of energy, said the Co-Chair of the Executive Committee and Manager (Production and Projects – GAS), Kuwait Oil Company.

GulfCryo, the leading provider of industrial and medical gases in the Middle East, has come forward as a lead sponsor for the symposium, marking its commitment towards energy diversification and supporting the shift towards Hydrogen as a viable energy alternative. Their participation demonstrates their active role in propelling the Hydrogen industry’s growth in the GCC region and strengthening Kuwait’s standing as a future major player in this sector.

Delegates and industry thought-leaders from across the globe will assemble to address crucial aspects related to the future of Hydrogen. Participants can anticipate incisive dialogues on an array of topics such as Hydrogen potential markets and applications, technology selection, associated risks and opportunities, and effective Hydrogen transportation and export strategies. This ground-breaking event promises exclusive insights and education on the latest advancements and trends from industry leaders. Organized under the umbrella of the AEP, this symposium exemplifies the association’s ongoing commitment to connecting professionals across the energy industry, offering platforms that spark conversations to address significant industry challenges. This event aims to provide an engaging space to gain knowledge and encourage productive collaboration, says the ETSA Contract Manager of North Kuwaiti Jurassic Gas, Shell. The Kuwait Hydrogen Outlook Symposium embodies an invitation to global change-makers and visionaries in the Hydrogen industry. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to participate in Kuwait’s journey towards sustainable growth and progress. More details about the symposium can be found on https://kuwait-hydrogen.com/ and https://a-ep.org/.

Swissport added Al-Ula to its network



Swissport International AG has added Al-Ula to its growing network of airports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, underlining the company’s ambitious and successful growth strategy in the Kingdom. Al-Ula, a rising international tourism hotspot, is already the sixth airport at which Swissport operates in Saudi Arabia.

Swissport has added Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz International Airport at Al-Ula (ULH) to its growing network in Saudi Arabia. The first flight serviced by Swissport was a Royal Jordanian flight arriving from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. Swissport, the global leader in airport ground services and air cargo handling, will provide Royal Jordanian with passenger services and ramp handling at Al-Ula. Initially, Swissport will handle two weekly flights to and from Amman. The company expects flight volumes in Saudi Arabia to grow significantly as more airlines add destinations or increase frequencies in the thriving Kingdom.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our high-quality aviation services at Al-Ula and are honored by the trust our launching customer Royal Jordanian places in us,” says Chris Browne, CEO of Swissport Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ula is Swissport’s sixth airport in Saudi Arabia and further strengthens its position as the go-to service provider for airlines seeking a reliable long-term partner across the Arabian Peninsula and beyond. The start of operations at Al-Ula underlines Swissport’s strategic commitment to Saudi Arabia.

“Jointly with ASYAD Holding, our Saudi joint-venture partner, we have ambitious plans and are committed to contributing towards the Saudi Vision 2030, which will place the Kingdom’s aviation sector in the ivy-league of global aviation,“ says Dirk Goovaerts, Swissport’s CEO for Continental Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Al-Ula is an ancient Arabian oasis and market town on the historic Incense Route that connected India and the Persian Gulf with the Levant and Europe. Today, it is one of the growing tourism destinations in Saudi Arabia, known for its landscape of cliffs, gorges and wadis and the contrast between this arid environment and the palm-covered oases. In 2023, Al-Ula airport welcomed more than two million passengers.


Swissport has been present in Saudi Arabia since 2016 when it started its operations in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam. The company has since continuously expanded its business and turned its presence from a greenfield start-up into an established business with a broad customer base of regional and international carriers.

Swissport and ASYAD Holding, a diversified, family-owned Saudi holding group with significant business activities in and outside Saudi Arabia across multiple sectors including aviation and infrastructure, recently joined forces to unlock the full growth potential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new strategic partnership underlines Swissport’s commitment to Saudi Arabia and is aimed at further accelerating the company’s growth in the largest economy in the Middle East. Swissport plans to further expand its Saudi presence in air cargo handling, airport ground services and in the lounge hospitality business, in particular also with Saudi carriers.

In 2023, Swissport in Saudi Arabia served 7.7m passengers (+49 per cent vs. 2022) and handled some 28,000 flights (+39 per cent vs. 2022). Currently, Swissport provides passenger services and ramp handling at six airports in Saudi Arabia: King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh (RUH), King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah (JED), King Fahd International Airport in Dammam (DMM), Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina (MED), Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Al-Qassim (ELQ), and Prince Abdul Majeed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Al-Ula (ULH).

Agthia delivers strong 2023


Reported group net profit1 +9.9% YoY; margin at 6.6%

Agthia Group, one of the region’s leading regional food and beverage companies, recently announced its preliminary and unaudited results for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2023.

Group net revenue increased 12.1% year-on-year to AED 4.6bn during FY’23, supported by a continued shift in the Group’s product portfolio towards higher growth segments in key target markets. Snacking was the top-performing vertical, with 38.0% year-on-year growth.

Group like-for-like (LFL) revenue growth was 5.7% year-on-year, with Agri (+19.9% YoY) and Water & Food (+6.0% YoY) being major contributors of growth during the period.

Net profit

Underlying group net profit grew 25.5% year-on-year to AED 342.2mn. Agthia Group’s total assets stood at AED 6.6bn as of 31 December 2023, with total shareholders’ equity of AED 2.9bn.

“Agthia’s continued strong performance, despite a challenging economic environment, demonstrates the company’s ability to reap the rewards from its value-accretive M&A activities, leverage synergies across the Group, prioritize innovation across its product portfolio, and optimize its operations to maintain profitability,” remarked Khalifa Sultan Al Suwaidi, Chairman, Agthia Group.

“Strong revenue and profit growth over the past year is testament to the tireless efforts and agility of all our colleagues across the Group, despite significant macroeconomic challenges and the high interest rate environment,” commented Alan Smith, CEO, Agthia Group.

Bahri lays cornerstone for Logistics Centre


Bahri lays Cornerstone for Logistics Centre at Jeddah Islamic Port

This project highlights Mawani’s commitment to enhancing the infrastructure

In the presence of HE Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and Chairman of the Saudi Ports Authority, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) recently laid the cornerstone for the establishment of a logistics centre at Jeddah Islamic Port.

The ceremony was also graced by Omar Hariri, President, Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) and Eng. Ahmed Ali Al-Subaey, CEO, Bahri.

This state-of-the-art facility, which will cover a total area of 95,436sqm will be managed by Bahri Logistics. It will offer multiple storage options in temperature-controlled areas, handling services, and other value-added services, with the aim of enhancing logistics capabilities and supply chain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, enabling multinational companies to establish their logistics hubs in the Centre.

Pivotal role

Omar Hariri emphasized the pivotal role of the Bahri Logistics Centre as a key component in Mawani’s efforts to strengthen the maritime transport and logistics sector, in line with the National Transportation and Logistics Strategy (NTLS).

This project highlights Mawani’s commitment to enhancing the infrastructure and capabilities of Saudi Arabia’s logistics sector, contributing actively to economic growth and efforts to boost non-oil exports, as outlined in the nation’s ambitious vision.

Eng. Ahmed Ali Al-Subaey expressed his enthusiasm for cooperating with Mawani and Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority (ZATCA) to establish this cutting-edge logistics facility. He emphasized its potential to significantly impact the national, regional, and global logistics sectors.


“Beyond enhancing our capabilities and positioning us favorably in the global logistics sector, the Bahri Logistics Centre will allow us to capitalize on new opportunities, substantially enriching our role in elevating Saudi Arabia’s status as a global logistics hub,” he explained.

Expected to be operational in the first half of 2025, the Bahri Logistics Centre will offer exceptional storage and handling capabilities with over 80,000 pallet positions, 40,000 shelving units, and an annual throughput exceeding 900,000 pallets. The facility will be equipped to store reefers, insulated, and dry containers.

It will also provide a wide range of services to its customers, such as container maintenance, repair, and cleaning, bonded storage, and haulage, a press communique concluded.

Turkish Cargo with 2 awards at ACI 2024


Turkish Cargo, the air cargo brand of flag carrier Turkish Airlines, received “Innovative International Cargo Airline of the Year” award at the “International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo” ceremony, held by Stat Trade Times magazine. Turkish Cargo has been also awarded as the most highly acclaimed air cargo brand in the “Innovative Logistics Solutions in Air Cargo” category, with SMARTIST facility.

The STAT Times International Awards for Excellence in Air Cargo, held annually in Mumbai, India, are determined through a two-stage online voting process involving STAT Trade Times magazine readers, industry stakeholders, and experts. After receiving nominations for each category, the top five candidates are announced, and participants then vote to select the best company.

Expressing his opinions on the awards, Ali Turk, the Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, said; “We are glad to have been announced as an innovative air cargo brand once again in the international arena. I hereby express thanks to our colleagues who have contributed to such achievement. Being able to remain competitive in the developing and digitalized world starts with understanding and meeting the requirements of the staff members and business partners. We, as Turkish Cargo, regard our investments in infrastructure and technology as a holistic development cycle spreading to all processes from our human resources policies to our sales channels. Such strategy of us enables a dynamic organizational structure based on a young and skilled staff. Thus, our teamwork and business culture progress in harmony with the digital transformation processes.”

The state-of-the-art cargo facility of Turkish Cargo SMARTIST

At SMARTIST, one of the state-of-the-art cargo facilities in the world, cargo is stored and transferred by a computer-controlled Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS). Besides, ULD storage processes are automated using the ULD Storage System. Work Order project synchronizes and checks the in-warehouse handling processes through automated systems. By integrating RPA (Robotic Process Automation) technology with all processes, manual and repetitive tasks are performed 24/7 without relying on humans.

Turkish Cargo has also developed Cargy, a WhatsApp Chatbot, to enable cargo tracking and schedule inquiries. Delivering an uninterrupted and fat customer contact, Cargy enables readily cargo tracking and O&D-based schedule inquiries without any time constraint.

Thanks to such smart logistics systems, not only the operational processes are expedited, but also any unfavorable circumstance that might arise is minimized and workforce can be assigned to value-added tasks.

Mawani completes the Red Sea Gateway Terminal


In the presence of H.E. Al-Jasser and with investments exceeding one billion Riyals, Mawani has announced the completion of the development of the Red Sea Gateway Terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, leading to an increase in its capacity.

The completion of development works in Jeddah Islamic Port’s North Container Terminal, in cooperation with the Red Sea Gateway Terminal “RSGT” with investments amounting to one billion riyals, is expected to enhance the operational capabilities of the port, increase its capacity, and raise the efficiency of logistics services.

H.E. Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistic Services and Chairman of the Saudi Ports Authority, highlighted that the completion of development works in Jeddah Islamic Port’s North Container Terminal, in partnership with the private sector, contributes to enhancing operational capabilities, increasing the port’s capacity in trade movements, exports, and supporting maritime transport, supply chains, and logistics services. He emphasized the importance of the completion of infrastructure rehabilitation and the deepening project in enabling the port to receive giant ships, achieve added value, and create promising investment opportunities that support the significant maritime capabilities of Saudi ports.

H.E Mr. Omar Hariri, President of the Saudi Ports Authority “Mawani”, praised the efforts of the private sector and national and international investors in the success of the initiatives undertaken by “Mawani”. He pointed out that the continuous development of the infrastructure at Jeddah Islamic Port is part of “Mawani’s” efforts to enhance the Kingdom’s leadership in the maritime sector, maximize its ability to stimulate the transportation and logistics industry, strengthen its economic and developmental role, as well as raising the Kingdom’s rank in international rankings.

CEO of the Red Sea Gateway Terminal, Jens Floe, stated that this achievement reflects the strategic partnership between “Mawani” and “RSGT”. He confirmed the completion of integration work within a period not exceeding three years, contributing to increasing the terminal’s area from 700,000 Sq.m to 1,500,000 Sq.m, and increasing the terminal handling capacity from 2.5 million TEUs to 6.2 million TEUs.

The development works included the renovation of all buildings at the terminal, the inauguration of an advanced control room equipped with the latest technologies, the establishment of automated main gates for trucks entering and exiting the terminal, with a larger capacity and equipped with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature, in addition to supporting operational performance with 146 different equipment, during the period from 2020 to 2023.

Moreover, the rehabilitation of the infrastructure, covering more than 1.5 million Sq.m, and 11 berths of 2,600 meters equipped with 24 shore-to-ship cranes (STS), along with the completion of the deepening project, has expanded the northern channel of the Red Sea Gateway Terminal to welcome giant ships with a draft of up to 17 meters.

The development of Jeddah Islamic Port’s North Container Terminal is included in the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract signed between the Saudi Ports Authority “Mawani” and the Red Sea Gateway Terminal, aligning with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) to make Jeddah Islamic Port a world-class leader.

Sharjah Airport to develop Cargo Centre


Sharjah Airport Authority reveals plans to develop the Cargo Centre and enhance its logistics services

Sharjah Airport Authority (SAA) showcased its major developments that are currently underway and planned for its Cargo Centre during the three-day Air Cargo India 2024 in Mumbai, India. The event was attended by delegates from leading international airports, airlines, air cargo companies, as well as representatives from international commercial aviation and air cargo service organisations.

As part of its participation in the event, SAA showcased the latest services and solutions available at Sharjah Airport’s Air Cargo Centre. Furthermore, it sought to engage in meetings with different air cargo companies, shipping agents, and other global logistics service providers. These meetings provided a platform for evaluating strategies to strengthen connections and promote cooperative efforts. They also allowed participants to share their experiences, opinions, and ideas with industry experts and decision-makers to improve air cargo operations, while also attracting more air cargo companies to Sharjah Airport.

Bluerock: Building Solutions on Solid Rock Foundations


Founded in 2013 and headquartered in the Netherlands, BlueRock TMS is an IT services firm that develops advanced operative and analytical software solutions for the transportation industry that streamline logistics operations and delivery processes.

BlueRock TMS was founded in 2013 by industry veteran and current global CEO, Wouter Lammerse, with the demanding objective to simplify and streamline logistics processes. The company’s independent and creative versatile mindset has allowed it the freedom to develop, move, and deliver fast. This unique company spirit, in partnership with its insightful critical thinking, has grown them into a leading international TMS vendor, most recently recognized in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

Global Supply Chain exclusively interviewed Sadi Abdel Kariem Al Sadi, CEO Middle East, and Africa, BlueRock TMS. The following is the transcript of the recent engagement.

Global Supply Chain (GSC): For the uninitiated, give us a one-minute spiel on the corporate profile of BlueRock TMS as a technology and transportation management solutions provider? Sadi Abdel Kariem Al Sadi (SAKAS): BlueRock TMS is a leading transportation management solutions technology provider, offering innovative, cloud native, AI solutions that streamline and optimize logistics operations. Our comprehensive platform leverages innovative artificially intelligent algorithms designed to meet the evolving needs of the supply chain industry globally.

GSC: When did BlueRock TMS debut in the Middle East and Africa and what is the geographical extent of your operations in the region? SAKAS: BlueRock TMS entered the Middle East in 2022, and our operations span across the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and South Africa serving the entire region through these offices. Our strategic presence in the region is a testament to our commitment to providing top-tier TMS solutions tailored to the unique requirements of Middle Eastern markets.

GSC: As CEO what is your professional remit? SAKAS: As BlueRock TMS’ regional Chief Executive Officer, my role involves steering the company’s overall regional strategy, fostering innovation, building teams, and promoting the adoption of our cloud native, AI powered TMS technologies. I am dedicated to ensuring that BlueRock TMS remains at the forefront of the industry, delivering unmatched value to our clients whilst building an environment that bolsters regional talent.

GSC: Expand on BlueRock TMS’ sophisticated solutions and USPs that have been designed to address the unique challenges faced by logistics network operators be they Contract Logistics, Distributors or Retail / E-tailers? SAKAS: BlueRock TMS provides ingenious solutions tailored for retailers and E-commerce companies, addressing challenges. Our unique selling propositions include USPs, ensuring our clients attain operational excellence and enhance customer satisfaction.

GSC: In your estimation, what are the advanced technologies that are game changers in the TMS realms? SAKAS: The game-changers in the TMS realm include real time visibility and self-learning algorithms which are revolutionizing how logistics and transportation are managed. These technologies empower business decision making in real time with reiterative artificially intelligent automated decision making. There is no better peace of mind knowing that you physically could not do better.

GSC: ‘Paving the way to smarter logistics’ is your corporate byline. Explain. SAKAS: Our corporate byline reflects our commitment to ushering in a new era of intelligent logistics. We believe in harnessing technology to optimize processes, reduce costs, and increase sustainability, leading to smarter and more efficient logistics operations.

GSC: How significant is the region for BlueRock TMS? SAKAS: The Middle East is of paramount significance for BlueRock TMS, representing a strategic hub for our operations and a key market where we are committed to delivering exceptional value.

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SAP to transform Al Masaood


SAP to digitally transform Abu Dhabi Business Conglomerate Al Masaood Group

Automotive, industrial, and property teams will benefit from centralization and AI enablement

Al Masaood Group, one of Abu Dhabi’s largest integrated industrial, commercial, and service organisations with over five decades of growth across 18 market segments, is transforming into an intelligent enterprise through the deployment of cloud-based solutions from global technology company SAP SE.

With a specific focus on the automotive, industrial, and property teams, SAP’s solutions help deliver to Al Masaood Group a single source of real-time information across its entire enterprise, automating and centralizing key business processes for greater efficiency and more informed decision-making.

As human capital development is a key priority for the Group, Al Masaood will also deploy SAP SuccessFactors to help reduce manual HR processes and create a holistic view of its growing workforce, from recruitment to career development and succession planning, according to a press communique.


Another area of joint focus for Al Masaood Group is sustainability, with the trading organization delivering a wide range of innovative and sustainable industrial solutions, such as eco-friendly modular buildings, mobile solar applications, solar-powered EV charging units, and hydrogen system development.

Fundamental to Al Masaood Group’s strategy is SAP’s 50+ years of industry expertise leveraged within SAP’s solutions, including sector-specific software to manage automotive sales and services as well as property, industrial and marine services, in line with the company’s diverse business interests, the press note continued.

Rise with SAP

Al Masaood’s aim to become an intelligent enterprise will also see the deployment of RISE with SAP to benefit from cloud computing strategies as well as S/4HANA Private Cloud Edition for enterprise resource planning.

“All of the sectors in which we operate are highly competitive, and SAP’s embedded industry expertise was a major factor in Al Masaood Group’s decision-making,” remarked Meiraj Hussain, Head of Corporate Support, Al Masaood Group.

“Highly diverse conglomerates such as Al Masaood Group present significant opportunities for SAP to leverage our decades of industry-specific and regional expertise to optimize business processes and enhance operational efficiency,” stated Sergio Maccotta, Senior Vice President, Middle East Africa, South, SAP.

Etihad continues cool chain growth



· 2023 was the third consecutive year Etihad Cargo has achieved year-on-year growth for its dedicated cool chain products — PharmaLife and FreshForward, demonstrating the carrier’s commitment to excellence in pharmaceutical and perishables logistics.

· Etihad Cargo witnessed a 37 per cent increase in pharmaceutical and life sciences shipments in 2023, achieving the highest volumes recorded in the carrier’s history.

· The carrier also achieved a 10 per cent increase in perishable shipments via Etihad Cargo’s FreshForward product.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, achieved year-on-year growth of the carrier’s dedicated cool chain products — PharmaLife and FreshForward — in 2023. The airline recorded the highest volumes of pharmaceuticals transported in Etihad Cargo’s history, achieving a 37 per cent increase in shipments compared to 2022. The carrier also transported 10 per cent more fresh and perishable shipments, making 2023 the third consecutive year Etihad Cargo has achieved growth for both products despite challenging market conditions. This milestone achievement reflects Etihad Cargo’s unwavering commitment to excellence in pharmaceutical and perishables logistics, reinforcing its position as a leading global air cargo operator.

Etihad Cargo has continuously invested in and added features to its cool chain product range, including PharmaLife for the shipment of pharmaceuticals, healthcare and life sciences commodities and FreshForward for the shipment of perishable fresh produce, including fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat and flowers. The carrier holds IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification in Pharmaceutical and Fresh logistics. A consistent commitment to safety and quality has enabled Etihad Cargo to achieve a 99.1 per cent compliance rate for pharmaceutical shipments in addition to growing cool chain volumes for the last three years.

Contributing to the increase in cool chain volumes transported by Etihad Cargo in 2023 was the opening of the carrier’s dedicated pharma hub, which has doubled its cool chain storage and handling capacity. The 3,300 square-metre facility comprises the latest technology and features, including RFS loading docks with levellers, insulation and floor work for faster and more efficient loading with stricter temperature controls, increased storage space, additional build-up and breakdown zones for improved production workflows and upgraded cool chain facilities for our pharma handling and storage operations. Since launching the new pharmaceutical centre in July 2023, Etihad Cargo immediately achieved an increase in pharmaceutical volumes, recording a 39 per cent increase in July, a 40 per cent increase in August and a 41 per cent increase in September.

Etihad Cargo has also refurbished its perishables handling and storage facility. The carrier operates a 3,000-square-metre dedicated perishables temperature-controlled warehouse,

providing smoother transfers to Etihad Cargo’s FreshForward truck fleet, making the end-to-end journey of perishables easier and safer.

Leonard Rodrigues, Acting Managing Director at Etihad Cargo, said: “Etihad Cargo is fully aligned with Abu Dhabi’s vision of becoming a global logistics, pharmaceuticals and perishables hub. The carrier’s commitment to quality combined with continuous product and infrastructure enhancements has enabled Etihad Cargo to achieve significant growth and contribute to the creation of a more resilient and robust global cool chain.”

Expanding beyond the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub, Etihad Cargo’s PharmaLife network covers over 62 destinations. To strengthen connections between Abu Dhabi and the rest of the world, Etihad Cargo has developed over 1,330 IATA CEIV Pharma/ Good Distribution Practice (GDP)-certified trade lanes, ensuring product integrity. Etihad Cargo is actively collaborating with key airline partners to establish further IATA CEIV-certified pharma trade lanes to broaden the carrier’s network through dedicated PharmaLife agreements.

Since launching Pharma Corridor 2.0 between Abu Dhabi and Brussels, Etihad Cargo has provided the highest levels of assurance in the quality of handling to pharmaceutical shippers and forwarders through the establishment of pharma corridors between airports with cargo handling communities certified under the IATA CEIV Pharma programme. In 2023, the carrier recorded a 10.3 per cent increase in volumes transported via the first-of-its-kind corridor and has shipped over 70 per cent more pharmaceutical and life sciences cargo volumes since the corridor’s creation. The consistent growth for the Abu Dhabi to Brussels lane has been a major contributing factor to Etihad Cargo achieving the highest recorded PharmaLife tonnage since the carrier’s inception.

Rodrigues said: “The establishment of Pharma Corridor 2.0 and an expansive global PharmaLife network has enabled Etihad Cargo to bring much-needed transparency, traceability and trackability to the sector, benefiting not only customers but also the global pharma supply chain. The unique collaboration and partnerships Etihad Cargo has pioneered have allowed the carrier to offer complete transparency on the status of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments, recording quality, time, temperature, potential deviations and actions. Etihad Cargo is now actively exploring further opportunities to create additional corridors between Abu Dhabi and other key markets to bring these benefits to more regions critical to the manufacture and supply of pharmaceuticals. Leveraging the success of the Pharma Corridor, Etihad Cargo has launched Fresh Corridor 2.0 between Abu Dhabi and the Netherlands, resulting in a 42 per cent increase in fresh volumes transported.”

Etihad Cargo has also provided additional cool chain capacity to its partners and customers with the addition of new stations and increased frequencies to its global network, which has grown to serve over 70 destinations. Etihad Cargo’s expanding freighter network, in combination with the airline’s passenger network, supports growing capacity demand for Etihad Cargo’s premium products, including PharmaLife and FreshForward. In Asia, the carrier added a fourth gateway destination in China — Ezhou — in 2023 and offers more belly hold cargo capacity across new passenger routes to Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, operating seven flights per week to each destination. Seven new passenger flights to Chennai bring the total number of weekly flights to 21, supported by a twice-weekly freighter service.

Rodrigues concluded: “Etihad Cargo’s partners have benefited from the carrier’s expanded operations in key regions and increased frequencies across critical trade routes for

pharmaceutical and perishables flows. For example, India represents 30-40 per cent of the global production of generic medications and supplies medicines to over 200 countries. The country is establishing itself as a healthcare hub, which is driving demand for PharmaLife, and Etihad Cargo is committed to supporting emerging and growing markets through new product features, technology and dedicated expertise. In 2023, Etihad Cargo started new pharma roadshows and naturally focused on India. The carrier’s Pharma Champions programme is providing local expertise for Etihad Cargo’s Indian customers as well as enhancing its connectivity to India’s key markets, including North America and Europe. In less than one year, Etihad Cargo has doubled its PharmaLife volumes ex India.”

Etihad Cargo recently announced it will be implementing enhanced cargo screening requirements for US-bound shipments from selected stations, including Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad, and Bangkok, Jakarta, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. The enhanced cargo screening requirements will benefit Etihad Cargo’s partners and customers through shorter transit times in Abu Dhabi, reduced handling and repackaging at transit points, and quick ramp transfer (QRT) and through units (TRU) shipments. Cargo originating from Australia, China, the European Union, Israel, Japan, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom to the US will also benefit from the enhanced screening requirements.

IATA’s WCS focuses on driving Sustainable & inclusive Growth


Air cargo is an unsung hero of the global economy. In normal times, it delivers some 35% of the value of goods traded across borders. In the pandemic, air cargo brought medical supplies and vaccines to where they were needed. And today it is providing a vital transport alternative for some products as Red Sea shipping lanes face geopolitical uncertainty. In 2023 air cargo closed the year at near pre-pandemic performance levels.

In this context, global air cargo leaders are set to convene in Hong Kong (SAR), China, from March 12 to 14, for the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) World Cargo Symposium (WCS). Ensuring the future reliability and growth of this critical sector will be top of mind with an agenda focused on sustainability, digitalization, safety and security.

WCS will feature a diverse lineup of speakers, showcasing the breadth of expertise needed to address these challenges. Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, will join forces with industry leaders such as Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA’s SVP of Sustainability and Chief Economist, Ronald Lam, Group Chief Executive Officer Cathay Group, Tom Owen, Director of Cathay Cargo, and executives from Atlas Air, Jardine Aviation Services Group, WestJet, and Accenture. Their insights are expected to fuel meaningful discussions and promote collaborative solutions.

Key topics of safety, sustainability, and digitalization will be explored at WCS. Sessions will address various subjects, including the safe transport of lithium batteries, a review of Annex 18 – examining the challenges and benefits in addressing regulatory gaps, ESG reporting in air cargo, digital advancements including ONE Record, and the role of generative AI in the future of air cargo. These sessions aim to provide participants with the knowledge and strategies needed to tackle industry-specific challenges while advancing sustainable practices.

Complementing the symposium are workshops designed to cultivate the next generation of industry professionals and enhance current practices. These include the Future Air Cargo Executives Summit (FACES), discussions on competency-based training, and insights into IATA’s Cargo Solutions. Moreover, the symposium will host an E-Commerce Forum, highlighting the need for increased collaboration between e-tailers and cargo operators.

A key highlight of the WCS is the FACE UP! Air Cargo Awards 2024, which recognizes the innovative contributions of recent university graduates. The finalists, chosen for their groundbreaking theses on air transport logistics, will present their projects at the conference, offering fresh perspectives and innovative ideas and a winner selected by the audience.

WCS is more than just a conference; it is a pivotal event in the industry’s calendar. It leads the way in promoting a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient air cargo sector, equipped to adapt to the ever-evolving demands of global trade and e-commerce. The event assembles industry leaders from around the world for networking and business development opportunities, providing a unique platform for discussing and implementing industry standards, policies, and procedures.

DHL announces appointment


Samer Kaissi has been appointed as the Country Manager for the UAE

DHL Global Forwarding, the freight specialist arm of the DHL Group, recently announced its complete acquisition of Danzas AEI Emirates to further accelerate profitability and growth in the Middle East and Africa region.

Following this acquisition, Samer Kaissi has been appointed as Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding UAE. He will also take on additional responsibility as Chief Executive Officer, Gulf DHL Global Forwarding, with immediate effect.

Samer will report to Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East Africa (MEA). The Gulf cluster includes the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Proven track record

“Samer’s proven track record and deep understanding of the market will be integral to our future growth. With this strategic appointment, we are empowering businesses of all sizes to navigate the region’s dynamic growth landscape confidently,” noted Diallo.

Samer started his career with the Group as Country Manager for DGF Lebanon in 1998. Thereafter, he was appointed VP of Airfreight Emerging Markets before he took over as CEO Danzas for Dubai and Northern Emirates, a role he has held for the past 13 years.

Samer has delivered an outstanding growth path, building an organization of over 1,100 associates driving market leadership in the UAE, and implemented the first-ever Electric Vehicle Logistics Hub in Dubai, the press statement concluded.

ECS and Thai VietJet To Grow Asia Cargo Operations


ECS Group and Thai VietJet Air To Grow Thailand and Asia Cargo Operations

  • Thai VietJet Air and ECS Group signed Master GSSAagreement on 01 February 2024
  • ECS Group aims to increase revenue and cargo volumes for the airline

Low-cost carrier, Thai VietJet Air, has awarded the tender of its cargo operations to ECS Group. It signed a Master GSSA agreement with ECS Group, on 01 February 2024.

It was ECS Group’s global network, proven air cargo expertise, and dynamic innovation that led Thai VietJet Air to place its cargo business into AVS GSA Thailand’s hands and overall ECS Asian network. Thai VietJet Air can now look forward to further increasing its cargo revenue and export volumes across Thailand and various Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. This strategic partnership allows Thai VietJet Air to leverage ECS Group’s in-house digital tools and expert knowledge to promote its cargo business effectively. Thai VietJet Air currently operates a fleet of 18 A320-200 and A321-200 aircraft, focusing primarily on transporting general cargo and perishables.

“Thai VietJet Air has carved a solid cargo market share for itself on the Thai domestic market, and offers an impressive international network across Asia – and all that without a freighter in its fleet,” said Monchai Jirakiertivadhana, AVS GSA CEO Indochina region. “AVS GSA therefore has an excellent base on which to further develop the airline’s cargo activities and improve its revenue performance.

“We are very proud to have signed a Master GSA agreement with a company that demonstrates the same innovation and business acumen as ECS Group does. ECS Group will provide the best sales support as well access to all our abilities. We warmly welcome our new partner.” Says Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman of ECS Group.

Etihad Cargo make transportation safer


· Etihad Cargo has launched SecureTech, a new product dedicated to the safe and secure transportation of consumer electronics, to meet growing demand driven by new mobile phones and devices.

· SecureTech has enhanced the carrier’s expertise in the handling of high-value electronic products and provides security features to ensure all SecureTech shipments are handled safely and securely.

· Etihad Cargo holds IATA CEIV Li-batt certification, ensuring the carrier’s handling of electronics is in accordance with the highest safety and efficiency standards.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has launched SecureTech. This new product is the ninth addition to the carrier’s suite of premium products and is dedicated to the safe and secure transportation of consumer electronics, including mobile phones, laptops, tablets and other lithium battery-powered devices. Etihad Cargo has developed and launched SecureTech in response to growing global demand from the carrier’s customers and partners for a product that addresses the challenges of transporting high-value electronic devices cost-effectively while minimising risks.

To ensure the secure transportation of electronic devices, Etihad Cargo provides several security features. Products transported via SecureTech are monitored during the build-up and break-down of palettes in secure and controlled storage areas at the origin, during transit and at the destination. Constant surveillance is provided by security personnel or CCTV systems, ensuring only authorised personnel have access to shipments during transportation.

SecureTech also ensures the safe movement of consumer electronics. Lithium batteries are the preferred energy source for a wide range of consumer electronics. Although they are widely used, lithium batteries can pose a safety risk if not handled in accordance with transport regulations due to their potential to ignite, explode or go into thermal runaway. Etihad Cargo’s number one priority is safety, and the carrier recently became the third Middle Eastern airline to achieve International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators Lithium Batteries (CEIV Li-batt) certification. Achieving this globally recognised standard demonstrates Etihad Cargo’s commitment to transporting lithium battery shipments safely using sophisticated safety management systems and specialised equipment.

In addition to Etihad Cargo’s facilities and operations, CEIV Li-batt certification also extends to the carrier’s personnel. Etihad Cargo delivers rigorous training programmes to ensure teams are handling lithium batteries safely and securely and meticulously reviews all documentation, packaging, and labelling during acceptance checks with the aid of a specifically designed acceptance checklist.

Leonard Rodrigues, Acting Managing Director at Etihad Cargo, said: “Etihad Cargo has launched SecureTech based on feedback from the carrier’s partners and customers and the

growing demand for a dedicated product to make the transportation of consumer electronics safer and more secure. Over the years, Etihad Cargo has developed expertise in handling specialised products, and moving lithium battery-powered devices comes with unique challenges. Etihad Cargo is well-equipped to overcome these challenges thanks to its experience in transporting high-value, fragile, time- and temperature-sensitive, and dangerous goods.”

Etihad Cargo has witnessed a surge in demand for air cargo capacity for the transportation of consumer electronics, recording a significant increase in the number of mobile phone shipments from India.

Rodrigues said: “The latest market data suggests India’s electronic exports exceeded $20 billion in 2023, with mobile phones making up 52 per cent of all electronic exports. Other top exporters of electronic devices included China and Vietnam. The launch of SecureTech, in combination with the introduction of new routes and increased frequencies for these key markets, will enable Etihad Cargo to fully meet the growing capacity demand for electronic shipments while giving customers and partners confidence that their products will arrive safely at their final destination on time and as promised.”

Etihad Cargo’s customers will be able to book SecureTech shipments from March 1, 2024.

ADPorts Signs MoU’s with GMB and RITES


AD Ports Group Signs Strategic MoUs with Gujarat Maritime Board and RITES Limited to Propel Global Trade and Infrastructure Development in India

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 14 February 2024: AD Ports Group, the leading facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry (ADX: ADPORTS), today announced the signing of strategic Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) with Gujarat Maritime Board, and RITES Limited, a certified multi-disciplinary transport and infrastructure company. These MoUs mark a significant leap in international collaboration aimed at enhancing global trade, infrastructure development, and economic diversification.

These MoUs cover a broad spectrum of collaborative ventures, ranging from infrastructure development, technology transfer, sustainable and green port development, to maritime education and tourism, thereby reinforcing AD Ports Group’s scale, strategic geographic footprint, and industry leadership.

MoU with Gujarat Maritime Board

This MoU covers collaboration across a broad spectrum of initiatives within the port and maritime sectors. Central to this MoU is the ambition to significantly advance infrastructure development through the construction of new ports and the expansion and modernisation of existing port facilities. It encapsulates a shared vision for technology transfer, sustainable and green port development, inclusive of renewable energy deployment, waste management, and emission reductions, aligning with global environmental stewardship standards.

Further, the MoU emphasises maritime education and training, highlighting the collaborative potential with the Gujarat Maritime University, including the prospective establishment of a Centre of Excellence within the university, the Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Centre (GIMAC).

The MoU also explores avenues for direct and indirect investments by AD Ports Group, joint venture executions, and the development of a Port City in Gujarat.

MoU with RITES Limited

This MoU is aimed at exploring and leveraging mutual opportunities for port development, multimodal logistic parks, economic and free trade zones, rail connectivity projects, and related infrastructure services.

The cooperation will drive an innovative approach towards creating integrated logistics solutions through harnessing collective strengths in technology, sustainability, and strategic planning, with an emphasis on delivering projects that are not only economically viable but also environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced.

Following the announcement at the 18th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit for the planned India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC), AD Ports Group and Rites

Limited have also agreed to explore potential joint opportunities that would meet the objectives of the initiative.

This MoU aligns with the Group’s objective of positioning Abu Dhabi as a pivotal hub in the global trade network, underpinned by its integrated portfolio of logistics and maritime services that cater to the dynamic needs of the global market.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “Our collaboration with these distinguished Indian entities is set to significantly advance the objectives of both of our great nations, building on the strong, successful and well-established relationship. With our wise leaders’ guidance, we aim to further our ambitious economic objectives that will profoundly impact global commerce, invigorating ancillary sectors.”

He added: “As a Group, we are committed to expanding our global footprint, creating value, driving economic diversification, and making a positive impact on the communities we serve. Through leveraging our collective expertise and resources, with a clear strategy for growth through integration and expansion, we can set new global benchmarks in operational excellence, digital innovation, and sustainable growth.”

India is the second largest trading partner of the UAE, whereas the UAE stands as the third largest trading partner for India, since 2019. India-UAE trade rose to USD 85 billion in 2022, with the aim of reaching the USD 100 billion mark by 2030. Moreover, since the entry into the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on 1 May 2022, bilateral trade between both nations rose by approximately 15%.

GWC dividends at 0.11/share


GWC AGM Approves cash dividends at QAR 0.11 per share

Shaikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Al Thani elected GWC Chairman

Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) recently held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Doha, Qatar. The meeting was Chaired by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Fahad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Al Thani and attended by representatives of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, GWC’s external auditors Ernst & Young, and the company’s shareholders.

The General Assembly ratified all the items on its agenda including the approval of cash dividends to shareholders of 11% of the nominal value of the company’s shares, which is 0.11 Qatari Riyals per share.

The assembly also approved to release the board members from liability and distribute rewards to each member based on the evaluation of the board committees. Furthermore, the AGM presented a comprehensive review of the Group’s compliance with the Corporate Governance Code.

The company’s new board of directors, as elected by the general assembly, now constitutes the following members: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman; Sheikh Fahad Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, Vice Chairman; Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, Member; Ahmed Mubarak Al Maadid, Member; Mohammed Hassan Rafi’ Al Emadi, Member; Hanadi Anwar Al Saleh, Member; Sultan Yousif Khater Al Sulaiti, Member; Mohammed Abdulmonim Al Sayed, Member; and Abdulaziz Mohammed Jaber Al Sulaiti, Member.

The company achieved net profits of QAR 215mn for the year ended 2023, and total revenues of QAR 1.5bn. The total operating profit reached QAR 323mn with an Asset base of QAR 5.2bn. The EPS for the year ending 2023 recorded was QAR 0.367.

UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar top Emerging Markets


UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar rank among top Emerging Markets

GCC’ leading economies are outpacing their neighbours

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to rank among the world’s top 10 emerging markets, improving or holding steady in key areas while neighboring Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait lose ground in the latest 15th annual Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index.

UAE, No. 3 in the 50-country Index after China and India, held its rank from 2023, as did No. 6 Saudi Arabia and No. 7 Qatar. Oman (15), Bahrain (16) and Kuwait (21) all fell in the rankings.

In Agility’s survey of 830 logistics industry executives, respondents say Saudi Arabia and UAE are doing the most among GCC countries to accelerate economic diversification and lessen reliance on income from oil and gas.

Business fundamentals

UAE ranks No. 1 for best business fundamentals; Saudi Arabia is No. 3 in that category. Even so, logistics professionals in the survey identified further improvements for small businesses and multi-nationals as the most powerful drivers of continued diversification for all GCC countries.

The survey and Index are Agility’s 15th annual snapshot of industry sentiment and ranking of the world’s 50 leading emerging markets. The Index ranks countries for overall competitiveness based on their logistics strengths, business climates and digital readiness, factors that make them attractive to logistics providers, freight forwarders, air and ocean carriers, distributors and investors.

UAE and Saudi Arabia rank in the top 10 in every category. Qatar ranked among the top 10 in all categories except international logistics opportunities, where it was 20th. The only top 10 ranking for Oman, Bahrain or Kuwait was Bahrain at No. 8 for business fundamentals.

Global recession

Half of the logistics professionals surveyed a global recession in the coming year – down from nearly 70% a year ago. Executives surveyed say they are battling higher costs, reducing dependence on sourcing from China, and planning to boost investment in Africa despite seeing emerging markets investment overall as somewhat riskier.

More than 63% of respondents say their companies continue overhauling supply chains by spreading production to multiple locations or relocating it to home markets and nearby countries.

China, the world’s leading producer, stands to be most affected: 37.4% of industry professionals say they plan move production/sourcing out of China or reduce investment there.

2024 Index Highlights: Survey findings

Supply chain restructuring: India, Europe and North America rank ahead of China as destinations executives expect to move production to in 2024 and onwards.

China: 40% expect their businesses to be less reliant on China in five years. Leading factors in decisions to de-risk in China: difficulty of doing business; U.S.-China trade friction; a slowing economy; the harshness of China’s COVID restrictions.

Climate change: 66% say climate change is something they’re planning for or already affecting their businesses.

Emerging markets: The largest percentage sees increased risk/decreased rewards in emerging markets.

India: Many see India growing in importance as a producer and market, but cite inadequate infrastructure and corruption as the biggest obstacles there.

Country Rankings

Middle East and North Africa: Overall rankings were UAE (3); Saudi Arabia (6); Qatar (7); Turkey (11); Oman (15); Bahrain (16); Jordan (17); Egypt (20); Kuwait (21); Morocco (22); Tunisia (37); Lebanon (38); Iran (40); Algeria (42); Libya (50).

Rankings in Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa (24); Kenya (25); Ghana (31); Nigeria (36); Tanzania (41); Uganda (43); Ethiopia (45); Mozambique (46); Angola (47).

Index rankings in Asia: China (1); India (2); Malaysia (4); Indonesia (5); Vietnam (8); Thailand (10); Philippines (18); Kazakhstan (23); Sri Lanka (26); Pakistan (29); Cambodia (32); Bangladesh (33); Myanmar (49).

Rankings for Latin America: Mexico (9); Chile (12); Brazil (14); Uruguay (19); Peru (28); Colombia (27); Argentina (30); Ecuador (35); Paraguay (39); Bolivia (44); Venezuela (48).

In Europe: Russia (13); Ukraine (34).

Transport Intelligence (Ti), a leading analysis and research firm for the logistics industry, has compiled the Index since it was launched in 2009.

“Supply chain managers are still coming to terms with the political and economic instability characterising the post-COVID global economy. Geopolitical relationships are changing rapidly, and this is having a major impact on international trade and risk profiles,” commented John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive. Ti.

“Businesses need to be alive to the opportunities and threats that exist in emerging markets and use data, such as that the Agility Emerging Market Logistics Index, to inform agile decision-making,” he concluded.

Bahri and GDC sign MoU


Bahri Logistics and GDC Middle East sign MoU

Deal aims to develop a strategic partnership

Bahri Logistics, a business unit of Bahri, the national shipping company of Saudi Arabia and a global leader in shipping and logistics, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GDC Middle East, a Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) company specializing in aerospace engineering, system solutions, and operation and support.

Eng. Soror Basalom, President, Bahri Integrated Logistics, and Eng. Muneer Bakhsh, CEO, GDC Middle East, signed the MoU on the sidelines of the recently concluded World Defense Show 2024 held in the Kingdom’s capital Riyadh.


The MoU aims to establish a mutually beneficial strategic partnership between the entities and establish a framework for collaboration in the field of freight forwarding services by leveraging the two companies’ expertise, capabilities, and resources.

“We look forward to leveraging the expertise of GDC Middle East to offer efficient logistics solutions to our esteemed clients worldwide,” commented Eng. Basalom.

“This MoU falls in line with our commitment to contribute to achieving the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. We are confident that this collaboration will pave the way for a successful strategic partnership with Bahri Logistics that will serve the visions of both companies,” remarked Engr. Bakhsh.

DHL Official Logistics Partner for INSRC-2024


DHL Global Forwarding named Official Logistics Partner for Abu Dhabi’s INSRC-2024

Company will handle local clearance, delivery, and reverse logistics at ADNEC

DHL Global Forwarding (DHL), the global leader in freight forwarding and logistics, has been appointed as the official logistics partner for the upcoming International Search and Rescue Conference and Exhibition (INSRC) taking place from February 12 to 14, 2024, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), according to a press communique.

The strategic partnership with the UAE’s National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC), the event’s organizer, will see DHL provide end-to-end logistics services to the INSRC-2024 Exhibition, leveraging its extensive global network. In collaboration with vendors, carriers, and sub-contractors, DHL will ensure the seamless execution of logistics requirements for the event.

As part of this comprehensive logistics support, DHL will manage local clearance and delivery to the exhibition booth. The scope of their services includes facilitating communication with exhibitors regarding customs documentation requirements, clearing items at Abu Dhabi ports, and delivering them to the ADNEC Exhibition Centre within the designated booth. Additionally, DHL will handle the pick/pack and reverse logistics of items received, the press statement continued.

Extensive network

“We are honoured to be appointed as the official logistics partner for the International Search and Rescue Conference 2024,” commented Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Middle East & Africa. “Our global expertise and extensive network will play a crucial role in ensuring a smooth and efficient logistics operation for this prestigious event,” he added.

“We are pleased to collaborate with DHL Global Forwarding as the official logistics partner for INSRC-2024. Their commitment to excellence aligns with our mission to create a platform for meaningful discussions and advancements in search and rescue operations,” remarked Colonel Staff Pilot Rashed Al Naqbi, Manager of National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC).

Aramex Grows in Q4 2023


Aramex Reports 2x Growth in Q4 2023 Group Net Income and Delivers the Highest-Ever Quarterly Volumes in International Express

· Amid challenging market conditions and currency fluctuations, Aramex improved profitability and margin performance, delivering a strong fourth quarter and a resilient full year performance in 2023.

· Revenue growth in International Express was offset by the decline in revenues from other products. Freight Forwarding was impacted by the decline in global rates in the Freight- Forwarding industry, while the Domestic Express and Logistics products reported marginal decline in revenues, impacted by currency translation.

· Gross Profit improved 2% YoY in Q4 2023 to AED 389 million, driven by Aramex’s consistent investment in efficiency maximizing initiatives and cost optimization as well as its continued focus on quality revenues. Notably, Gross Profit Margins improved one percentage point YoY in both Q4 2023 and FY 2023, in line with management expectations.

· Further reflecting the success in managing costs and operational efficiencies, EBITDA for Q4 2023 surged by 33% to AED 197 million and 2% YoY in FY 2023, despite the revenue softness. Aramex achieved a healthy EBITDA margin of 13% in Q4 2023, and 11% for the fiscal year.

Dubai, UAE – Thursday, 8 February 2024: Aramex (DFM: ARMX) a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions, today announced its audited financial results for the Fourth Quarter (“Q4’’) and Full Year (“FY’’) ending 31 December 2023.

Aramex reported a marginal 1% YoY decline in Q4 2023 Revenue to AED 1.52 billion, despite challenging market conditions and currency fluctuations. Full Year Revenue was healthy at AED 5.69 billion, a decline of 4% YoY. When excluding the impact of currency translation, full year Revenue decline was 1% compared to reported decline of 4%.

Revenue growth in International Express was offset by the decline in revenues from other products. Freight Forwarding was impacted by the decline in global rates in the Freight- Forwarding industry, while the Domestic Express and Logistics businesses reported marginal decline in revenues, impacted by currency translation. Excluding the impact of currency translation, both products reported growth of 2% in revenue for the full year 2023.

With the management’s resolute focus on quality revenue, operational efficiency, and cost optimization, Aramex delivered a notable 2% YoY growth in Gross Profit for Q4 2023, reaching AED 389 million and remained stable for the full year. Gross Profit Margins witnessed a one percentage point improvement both in Q4 2023 and FY 2023, reaching 26% and 25%, respectively.

The Company’s fiscal discipline was further showcased through its improvement in Group Selling, General, and Administrative (SG&A) Expenses, returning to pre-pandemic levels for the cost structure. The organic business (excluding MyUS) delivered a 10% decline in general, and administrative expenses for the full year 2023. A 7% increase in selling expenses for the organic business for the full year 2023 reflects the Company’s strategy to increase sales competencies in key verticals across key markets to ensure sustainable and quality revenue growth in the future.

The substantial EBITDA growth of 33% YoY in Q4 2023 was driven by an increased focus on quality revenue, enhanced operational efficiencies and a one-time logistics business boost from settlement claims in the quarter. The EBITDA margin grew to 13% in Q4 2023, and reached 11% for the entire fiscal year.

Net Profit for Q4 2023 more than doubled to AED 77 million compared to the same period last year, driven by the growth in EBITDA. For the full year, Net Income witnessed a 22% decline to AED 129 million, attributed mainly to the increase in finance expenses associated with the MyUS acquisition loan taken in Q4 2022, and to a lesser extent, to the currency translation impact. Net income for the organic business increased 7% YoY in 2023 compared to 2022, demonstrating the underlying strength of our operations.

Aramex maintained a strong balance sheet position with Net Debt-to-EBITDA ratio of 2.4x and a healthy cash balance of AED 575 million as of 31 December 2023.

KWC Selects Tech Mahindra as a Strategic Partner


Swiss Manufacturer KWC Selects Tech Mahindra as a Strategic Partner

Multi–year partnership to transform KWC’s existing IT operations

Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, recently announced that it has been selected as a strategic partner for KWC Group AG, an international premium manufacturer of taps and comprehensive sanitary solutions.

With this partnership, Tech Mahindra will support a significant part of KWC’s end-to-end IT services, harmonizing and consolidating the current services to one dedicated supplier, according to a press communique.

Tech Mahindra is set to play a pivotal role in KWC’s business transformation journey, enhancing operational efficiency through automated IT operations across business applications and global IT infrastructure.

As a strategic partner, Tech Mahindra will standardize global system management and provide end-user services, aiming to boost operational efficiencies throughout KWC’s value chain.

Customer centricity

Additionally, the organization will be responsible for managing KWC’s end-to-end IT operations, with a focus on customer centricity and measurable business growth, thereby ensuring the delivery of world-class customer experiences.

“We look forward to supporting KWC’s business transformation journey by providing operational excellence, speed, and agility to achieve their business goals. This partnership is yet another milestone and testament to our growing footprint in Switzerland and the DACH—Germany, Austria and Switzerland region,” commented Mukul Dhyani, Business Head, Continental Europe, Tech Mahindra.

“Building a strong partnership with one of the leading IT providers allows for better cost-effectiveness, greater innovation and enables our organization to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving digital landscape. The partnership with Tech Mahindra will help us to speed up the transformation, ensure up-to-date IT services, and increase flexibility at a lower cost,” stated Menno Vlietstra, Group Head of IT, KWC.

Netradyne, a provider of AI


Netradyne, a Make-in-India provider of AI technology for fleet and driver safety, announces its collaboration with IndianOil Skytanking, India’s foremost aviation fuel management and airline fueling service provider. As a part of the engagement, Netradyne will provide its flagship platform, Driver•i, the industry’s most advanced fleet safety camera platform that uses vision-based technologies to enhance driver safety, mitigate risks, and improve overall fleet management at airports across India. 

Operating fuel-management and refueling services for airlines in high-activity environments, such as airports, brings a unique set of challenges and risks where precision and safety are paramount. IOSL, with its rich legacy and commitment to excellence, has been instrumental in shaping the aviation fueling landscape in India. This partnership with Netradyne reinforces their commitment to innovation, safety, and efficiency, solidifying their position as a pioneer in the aviation sector. 

A.P. Acharya, Sr. Vice President at IOSL said, “Today, we operate the biggest jet-fuel storage and plane-fueling operations across 32 airports, and we’re proud to partner with Netradyne, a Make-in-India technology solution that shares our vision for safety and excellence. Our fleets operate in high-risk zones, and our partnership with Netradyne will ensure that our drivers and fleet managers achieve 360-degree safety in our ground operations.

IOSL will leverage Netradyne’s innovative fleet safety solutions and ensure the highest operational safety standards through:

• Using real-time advanced analytics and driver alerts, Driver•i will ensure the safety standards set by the DGCA are followed across the entire fleet. 
• Driver•i’s unique data-driven system recognizes positive driving behavior, identifies areas for improvement and helps in the implementation of targeted training programs, a critical function for elevating overall safety and maximizing operational standards at airports.
• Netradyne’s advanced multi-camera functionality will enhance the driver’s visibility around the vehicle, minimizing risks in high-activity areas around an airline during refueling. 
• Blind spot monitoring cameras with in-cabin monitoring facility will add additional layers of safety for IOSL fleets.

Durgadutt Nedungadi, Sr. Vice-President at Netradyne, said, “In joining hands with IndianOil Skytanking, we are expanding our footprint to enhance driver and fleet safety on our highways and even in highly versatile locations such as airports. This proactive approach not only safeguards the well-being of drivers and ground personnel but also fosters a culture of safety excellence, enhancing the seamless and efficient operations that IOSL is known for.

Indian Oil Skytanking has long been the flagbearer of excellence in the aviation fueling sector, and this partnership marks a significant milestone in their commitment to furthering operational safety at airports across the nation. 

WestJet appoints Awesome Cargo LLC as GSA 


Aerocharter GSA, through its US GSA sales entity Awesome Cargo LLC has been appointed WestJet Cargo’s GSA for commercial business out of Los Angeles (with immediate effect). Awesome Cargo LLC will market WestJet’s cargo capacities on the airline’s passenger and freighter flights operating from the US to Canada and Mexico.

For WestJet Cargo, the key focus for 2024, is on establishing a robust business network on which to continue expanding its cargo network. Following on from its successful collaboration launch with Aerocharter de México’s freighter subsidiary, Awesome Cargo, in November 2023, the cargo airline has now appointed the group’s USA GSA arm, Awesome Cargo LLC, to market its freight capacities out of the US. Exported commodities out of the US primarily include perishables, general cargo and high value products.

“The perfect combination for success, when it comes to a focused and fast-growing freighter newcomer such as WestJet Cargo, is innovation, drive, and a foundation of solid industry experience,” says Kirsten de Bruijn, Executive Vice-President, Cargo at WestJet.

WestJet Cargo operates daily passenger flights out of Los Angeles (LAX) to Calgary (YYC) and Vancouver (YVR), almost daily services to Edmonton (YEG), and Toronto (YYZ), and serves Winnipeg (YWG) two to four times per week. Every passenger flight offers a cargo capacity of up to 2 tonnes. WestJet Cargo’s freighter services, accommodating up to 20 tonnes of cargo uplift per flight, currently connect Los Angeles with Mexico’s Guadalajara (GDL) on days 1, 2, and 6, and fly between Los Angeles and Calgary on days 2, 3, and 5.

“Our mission is to provide the ultimate in customer satisfaction through premium service quality – something we have spent decades honing and which we continue to fine-tune every day,” Luis Ramos, CEO and President of Aerocharter group, explains. “We are delighted to support WestJet Cargo in establishing firm and profitable commercial operations as its GSA in the US. This latest milestone further cements our professional cooperation that began in November 2023 with the strategic Awesome Cargo/WestJet Cargo operations connecting our NLU hub with North America, and I am convinced that this is just the start of a truly ‘awesome’ journey together.”

Boeing, Bahri sign MoU


Move to enhance supply chain activities in Saudi Arabia

Boeing Saudi Arabia and Bahri Logistics, a business unit of Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation, have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore collaborative efforts in the areas of supply chain and distribution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The collaboration aims to bolster Boeing’s supply chain activities in the Kingdom and enhance the role of Bahri Logistics in supporting services and defense-related products.

The organizations will also explore opportunities for freight forwarding, warehousing, inventory management, and performance-based logistics consulting, leveraging Bahri Logistics’ existing capabilities and supply channels in the Kingdom.

Leveraging capabilities

“At Bahri Logistics, we look forward to leveraging our capabilities and expertise within the domain of logistics to offer exceptional services that meet the needs of Boeing Saudi Arabia,” said Eng. Soror Basalom, President, Bahri Integrated Logistics commenting on the significance of the MoU.

“We are committed to increasing the efficiency and scale of Boeing’s supply chain activities while contributing to the growth and development of the defense sector in Saudi Arabia,” he added.

“Saudi Arabia is a strategic market for Boeing and we are investing to grow our presence and supply chain to better serve our customers and provide the parts and services they need in the Kingdom. Together with Bahri Logistics, we will contribute to the growth of the Kingdom’s defense capabilities and drive growth in the aerospace sector by utilizing the Special Integrated Logistics Zone, the SILZ,” remarked Asaad Aljomoai, President, Boeing Saudi Arabia.

Saudia to adopt RISE with SAP


Saudia becomes Kingdom’s first airline customer to adopt RISE with SAP on Google Cloud

Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier will partner with SAP to accelerate move to cloud

Saudia, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has become the first airline customer to adopt the newly launched RISE with SAP on Google Cloud in the country. The move is part of the airline’s wider strategic digital transformation aimed at strengthening its support for the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to bring the world to Saudi Arabia, SAP announced via an official press communique.

Having unveiled its new branding and livery at the end of September last year, Saudia has since announced a host of innovations and partnerships with SAP and Google Cloud aimed at optimizing operational efficiency, improving safety and reducing operational and maintenance costs.

In the latest development, Saudia will benefit from an accelerated move to the cloud, upgrades to the newest technologies and SAP-powered sustainability focused solutions, in addition to SAP’s aviation industry-specific software. Mission-critical data will be hosted on Google Cloud, underpinning Saudia’s commitment to align with the Kingdom’s data sovereignty and sustainability goals, the press note continued.

Highest standards

“Saudia’s transformation focuses on ensuring the highest standards of safety, efficiency and sustainability, while simultaneously delivering an exceptional service to our guests. Moving our mission-critical business to the cloud is an essential element in this process, commented Abdulgader Attiah, Chief Data and Technology Officer, Saudia Group.

SAP has been selected for the project due to its successful long-term technology partnership with Saudia and because of its extensive experience in the aviation industry. Included in the RISE package is S/4HANA, SAP’s enterprise resource planning solution, offering 360-degree visibility over all operations, real-time data insights, automated processes, and increased efficiencies.

SAP will implement industry-specific programs that include route profitability and analysis solutions that enable airlines to adjust flight frequencies to optimize schedules to enhance passenger convenience, profitability, and sustainability.

Growth strategy

“We have partnered with Saudia since 2009 and have supported its growth strategy from strength to strength, always seeking to enhance services through the latest technologies, and now future proofing its operations. With RISE with SAP on Google Cloud, Saudia will free up time to focus on innovation and exceptional service delivery, knowing their systems are optimized and their data secure,” affirmed Ahmed AlFaifi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, SAP Middle East & Africa-North.

“Saudia is leading the way for customers in the Kingdom who want to run SAP on a fast, secure and reliable cloud, achieving a compelling return on investment. We have tailor-made solutions for customers of all sizes and in all industries who wish to accelerate their digital transformation,” he continued.

AlFaifi added that as part of the wider digital transformation, Saudia will deploy SAP solutions for its human resources, procurement and other functions including SAP SuccessFactors Employee Suite, SAP Fieldglass Services Procurement, SAP BW/4HANA data warehouse solution and SAP Analytical Cloud and Ariba.

New cloud region

Google Cloud’s Dammam-based cloud region launch was announced in November 2023. With this new cloud region, Google Cloud aims to enhance innovation, accelerate transformation, and support the growth of the Saudi digital economy through cloud computing services.

“Google Cloud offers a suite of industry-tailored solutions, while using its robust infrastructure to deepen insights through artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics in an environmentally sustainable way,” asserted Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Google Cloud.

AD Ports and Karachi Port Trust extend cooperation


Ink a 25-year Concession Agreement for Bulk and General Cargo Terminal

AD Ports Group has announced the signing of a new concession agreement for Bulk and General Cargo operations with Karachi Port Trust (KPT), the Pakistani federal government agency that oversees the operations of the Port of Karachi.

Under the terms of the 25-year concession agreement, Karachi Gateway Terminal Multipurpose Limited (KGTML), a Joint Venture between AD Ports Group, as a majority shareholder, and Kaheel Terminals, a UAE-based company, will develop, operate and manage the Bulk and General Cargo terminal berths 11-17 at Karachi Port’s East Wharf, further enhancing Karachi’s position as a key player in the maritime industry.

This agreement builds upon the concession agreement secured by AD Ports Group to develop, operate and manage Karachi Gateway Terminal Limited (KGTL) container terminal berths 6-10 at Karachi Port’s East Wharf in June 2023.

Full operational control

In addition to the 800m quay for the container terminal, this new concession grants the Joint Venture 1,500 meters of additional quay wall for general cargo and bulk operations adjacent to the container terminal and thus gives full operational control of Karachi Port’s East Wharf. General cargo operations will primarily handle steel, paper and clinker, while the clean bulk terminal will focus on grains and fertilisers.

“This agreement reflects the UAE’s openness to trade and investment globally, expanding its network of trade partners, and creating trade routes that link the world,” HE Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade.

“This new concession further consolidates AD Ports Group’s position as a highly invested and cost-effective enabler of trade for the CIS countries by contributing to the supply chain extending to that region creating competitive access to World markets,” remarked Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group.

Qatar Airways Cargo appoints new Chief Officer Cargo


Mark Drusch has over 25 years in senior airline management roles

Qatar Airways Cargo has confirmed that Mark Drusch has been appointed as Chief Officer Cargo effective immediately, it was announced via a press communique.

With over 25 years in senior airline management roles, Mark is a well-known figure in the aviation world. His most recent role was SVP Revenue Management, Alliances and Strategy at Qatar Airways where he led the development and implementation of the company’s revenue strategy as well as managing strategic alliances with key partner airlines.

Prior to joining Qatar Airways, Mark spent 20 years at Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines and Lufthansa LSG Sky Chefs as Senior Vice President where he led the transformation in commercial airline strategy execution, revenue management, network planning and alliances.

In addition, Mark was CEO and co-founder of e-Rewards and e-Miles, leaders in online panel research and online advertising.

Al Masaood CV&E recognized as top UD Trucks dealer


Abu Dhabi dealer attends UD Trucks Conference in Japan

Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles & Equipment (CV&E), the sole dealer for UD Trucks in Abu Dhabi, recently won the award for Best Dealer in the MEENA region at a UD Trucks MEENA Partnership Conference held in Japan.

The conference took place on the sidelines of the UD Trucks Global Conference in Tokyo from November 6 to 9, which saw the participation of over 250 senior executives representing UD Trucks’ authorized dealers worldwide, according to a corporate press communique.

The primary objective of the conference was to align UD Trucks operators with the brand’s future plans and product launches, shedding light on the strategic outlook of the trucking industry. Innovation and sustainability emerged as the two key pillars and driving forces for the industry’s evolution, with a focus on progressive advancements in telematics, collaborative operating models, and sustainable transportation.

Much like other segments in mobility, the trucking sector is increasingly focusing on service excellence and customer satisfaction in the aftersales market. Al Masaood CV&E, consistently embracing growth and adapting to the needs of the market, has actively adopted this approach over the past several years.

Topping the charts

Success stories from across UD Truck’s dealers highlighted at the conference included those from South Africa and Thailand, with Abu Dhabi topping the charts in the MEENA region. The Al Masaood team presented their efforts in acquiring waste management contracts and outperforming competitors.

They also announced their mission to upgrade after-sales operations and spare parts offerings. Moreover, Al Masaood CV&E, in collaboration with UD Trucks was able to secure a large stake in the waste management sector.

“Seeing our team’s hard work and commitment recognized on a global stage is a testament to us as an organization – always aiming for excellence through innovation and sustainability in the trucking industry. This success reinforces our commitment to providing top-notch solutions to our customers, contributing to service excellence,” remarked Mohamed El Zeftawi, General Manager, Al Masaood CV&E.

“We are proud to have Al Masaood CV&E as our partner and look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to drive the industry forward. This recognition reinforces our shared commitment to service excellence and sets a high standard for the entire UD Trucks global network,” commented Mourad Hedna, President, UD Trucks, MEENA.

Agility and EFE to deliver AI


Course trains refugees and other young jobseekers to use AI tools

Agility, a global leader in supply chain services, infrastructure and innovation, announced a partnership with Education for Employment (EFE) that will offer training in use of artificial intelligence to 3,500 young people in Egypt.

The training is intended to familiarize young men and women from underserved populations in Egypt with artificial intelligence concepts, tools and ethical considerations. It is designed to give them a competitive edge in the job market by teaching them to harness the power of transformative AI technology, Agility revealed via a press communique.

Underemployment or lack of entrepreneurial opportunities inhibit economic and social development. EFE’s skills development programs provide young people with opportunities to gain employment or start their own businesses. These lead to greater prosperity, stability and social and economic development.

Creating future-ready workforce

“AI literacy is quickly becoming a priority area for recruiters. EFE and Agility are committed to making training available to young people who would otherwise not have access to it. Our shared goal is to create a future-ready workforce for Egypt and the broader Middle East because employment and entrepreneurial skills enable development, prosperity and stability,” commented Frank Clary, VP-Sustainability, Agility.

“EFE targets young people from underserved populations who are unemployed and having difficulty getting jobs. This training plays an important role in bridging the gaps in formal education and development of social capital,” remarked Andrew Baird, CEO, EFE-Global.

EFE training participants undergo a selection process and are accepted into programs based on motivation and socio-economic background. EFE’s AI curriculum includes basic concepts of AI, its applicability at work, ethical considerations, responsible use of online information, and use of AI tools in job searches, the press note concluded.

LFS warehouse management for KiK


EPG implements LFS warehouse management system for KiK textile discount retailer

EPG (Ehrhardt Partner Group) has successfully introduced its LFS warehouse management system for German discount retailer KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH (KiK). The German clothing and home textiles store opened a new logistics center in the Polish village of Rabowice, east of Poznan, in early December 2023.KiK opted for LFS so that it could manage its warehouse efficiently. Together with the supply chain software specialist EPG, KiK also intends to introduce LFS at its two other large logistics centers in the German town of Bönen and in South Slovakia.

Supplying toys, clothes, textiles, and decorative items, KiK has grown steadily over its almost 30-year history. This growth has meant that requirements have increased for logistics processes in warehouse management. Its old warehouse management system had reached its limits. As a result, KiK decided to introduce a new solution at its new location in Rabowice: the LFS warehouse management system by EPG. The supply chain software specialist ensured swift implementation and provided a high-performance warehouse management system extensible in modules. LFS is expected to optimize all processes in the KiK Group in the future. “We chose to implement LFS when launching the Polish location, aiming to gradually standardize logistics workflows across the company and enhance the transparency of our processes,” states Michael Fröhlich, Managing Director at KiK Logistik GmbH. The core of KiK’s success lies in its highly efficient, well-established supplier chains, striking an optimal balance between speed and cost-effectiveness.

LFS ensures a perfect material flow

On introducing LFS, KiK is not only focusing on process standardization but also on future semi-automation in Bönen, an upgrade based on performance indicators, an increase in efficiency, and state-of-the-art lean management practices. Given the seasonal peaks at Christmas and Easter, particularly for decoration items, KiK recognizes the critical importance of a perfect material flow and the ability to readjust to varying order volumes. LFS incorporates various modules and specialized functions designed for this purpose, including comprehensive analysis capabilities for stocks, access frequencies, occupancy by different items, and warehouse capacity utilization. LFS is also scalable at all times.

Rabowice supplies all Polish and eastern German branches

The newly built logistics center in Rabowice will play a key role in the future. “It’s a highly important location for us, given our increasingly stronger presence in Eastern Europe. The center will serve as a hub between Central and Eastern Europe,” affirms Fröhlich. The new logistics location boasts almost 35,000 pallet storage spaces and 50 loading ramps over 40,000 square meters. A hazardous goods area is also integrated into the new location, where items such as helium tanks for balloons are stored. From 2024 onwards,130 employees are expected to ensure efficient incoming and outgoing goods flows.

EPG managed to implement LFS at the new location within a matter of months. The warehouse management system was first put into operation for incoming goods in early December; the go-live for outgoing goods is expected to be completed in January 2024. The KiK range will then be distributed to both Polish and potentially eastern German branches of the company group from Rabowice.

Turkish Cargo offers three new pharma products


Carrier is committed to providing its business partners with a broader range of services

Turkish Cargo has raised the bar for quality in terms of logistics for pharmaceuticals and medical products, according to a corporate press communique.

The carrier has now launched its products; TK Pharma Standard, TK Pharma Extra and TK Pharma Advanced, which the carrier hopes to meet the expectations of the customers at the highest level by developing flexible solutions for the pharmaceutical and medical consignments in various categories.

“We are proud to be a trusted solution partner, which has helped us achieve a market share of 7 percent in the global air transportation of pharmaceuticals and medical products. We, as Turkish Cargo, are making innovative investments for the purpose of not only solidifying such trust but also adapting to the dynamics of the ever-growing healthcare industry,” commented Ali Türk, Chief Cargo Officer, Turkish Airlines.

“With the new offers, Turkish Cargo is committed to providing its business partners with more assurance, transparency, and better visibility for an enhanced quality and widened range of services,” he added.

Industry standard temperature-controlled solutions

TK Pharma Standard enables temperature-sensitive cargo to be shipped in compliance with the industry requirements. Thanks to TK Pharma Standard, shipments are being carried by benefiting from expert handling, high priority for loading, dedicated temperature-controlled storage, trained dedicated operations team and 24/7 customer services, available throughout the entire TK Pharma Network under the assurance of Turkish Cargo.

Enhanced temperature-controlled solutions

For pharmaceuticals and medical products with a higher sensitivity to temperature and time, which are shipped by making use of passive packaging methods and require extra protection during apron transportation, are carried above and beyond the expectations of the industry thanks to TK Pharma Extra.

While they are on the apron, the consignments, covered by such product, are carried by temperature-controlled dollies and monitored from the point of departure to the destination by the 24/7 Pharma Control Tower. TK Pharma Extra is available only at “TK Pharma High-Quality Stations” that have been audited and approved by our TK Cargo Pharma quality team.

Active and hybrid temperature-controlled solutions

Offering the most advanced solutions for protecting the cold chain, TK Pharma Advanced provides the opportunity to consign with near-zero risk against temperature deviation by making use of active temperature-controlled or hybrid/advanced passive containers.

UAE’s Elite acquires LogX in multi-million-dollar logistics deal


By acquiring LogX, GDH aims to leverage its expertise and market influence

GreenDome Holdings, through its subsidiary Elite Co., a prominent logistics investment vehicle owned by regional industry leaders, has recently announced today that it successfully completed its latest strategic move by acquiring LogX, the UAE’s leading temperature-controlled logistics company.

This multi-million-dollar deal marks another significant milestone for GDH as it strengthens its position in the market and expands its service offerings.

“We are thrilled to welcome LogX into the GDH family. LogX’s impressive track record and strong market presence will further strengthen GDH’s capabilities, allowing us to deliver even more comprehensive and innovative solutions to our clients,” stated Dr. Mohammed Sharaf, CEO, GreenDome Holdings.


LogX has emerged as a key player in the logistics landscape, boasting a network of over 150 talented professionals and a robust network of more than 70 satisfied partners. With an impressive 99% success ratio and 100% customer retention, LogX has established itself as a reliable and customer-centric organization in the industry.

By acquiring LogX, GDH aims to leverage its expertise, resources, and market influence to further enhance the logistics services it provides. This acquisition aligns with GDH’s overarching strategy of building an end-to-end logistics services powerhouse, capitalizing on both regional and global growth opportunities.

Tremendous opportunity

“Joining forces with GDH is a tremendous opportunity for LogX. We share a common vision of delivering exceptional logistics services and driving innovation in the industry,” remarked Abdul Sami Khan, Co-Founder and CEO, LogX.

“The acquisition of LogX is a strategic move that aligns perfectly with our growth strategy. Their expertise in cold chain last mile deliveries complements our existing portfolio, enabling us to offer a wider range of specialized services to our customers,” commented Hisham Albahar, Group CEO, Elite Prime Holding, the operating company.

Noatum launches new logistics brand


Noatum Logistics Middle East takes over from MICCO Logistics

AD Ports Group has announced that Noatum, which leads the Group’s Logistics Cluster, has launched Noatum Logistics Middle East, the company’s new brand that solidifies its commitment to delivering market-leading logistics services within the Middle East region.

The new brand takes over from MICCO Logistics, which has served the Abu Dhabi and the GCC markets with distinction for over four decades, and which has been the freight forwarding arm of AD Ports Group’s Logistics Cluster since the company’s acquisition in 2020.

With strong ties to the natural resources sector, where it supported more than 80% of Abu Dhabi’s total oil, gas, and petrochemical projects, MICCO has served multiple industry sectors backed by an advanced fleet of over 400 vehicles, according to a press communique.

Integrated global portfolio

With MICCO’s consolidation into Noatum Logistics Middle East, its regional clients and stakeholders will continue to receive the same level of service excellence, while benefitting from Noatum’s scale and agility, 60 years of experience and an integrated global portfolio consisting of terminal operations, maritime shipping and logistics businesses.

Specifically, customers will be able to leverage Noatum’s global network of 16 terminals and 143 international offices, presence across 67 ports, and a team of over 4,200 professionals covering 27 countries across all major global markets and trade lanes, inclusive of Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.


“Maintaining the continuity of our existing operations while integrating our regional clients into the broader global Noatum ecosystem will deliver unprecedented value and scale, while further elevating our new brand,” remarked Antonio Campoy, CEO, Noatum, Logistics Cluster, AD Ports Group.

“We look forward, our top priority will be to combine the strength of MICCO’s legacy and capabilities with Noatum’s highly integrated networks and solutions to develop market-leading products that deliver value along every link of the supply chain, from manufacture to consumer,” commented Daniel Berasategui, Managing Director, Noatum Logistics Middle East & CEO, Noatum Project Cargo, Logistics Cluster, AD Ports Group.

AD Ports launches “AD Knowledge Bridge”


Abu Dhabi Knowledge Bridge (ADKB) is poised to empower individuals, corporates, and government departments with essential and most-demanding skills and knowledge in the region

AD Ports Group, (ADX: ADPORTS) a global leader in logistics, industry, and trade, has launched the Abu Dhabi Knowledge Bridge (ADKB), an education centre aimed at transforming corporate training and professional development across Abu Dhabi and the wider region.

ADKB’s programmes of study are strategically designed to address the skills gap in the professional workforce. It offers an extensive array of training syllabi that span various industries and disciplines, with modern methodologies, encompassing practical hands-on exercises, interactive workshops, multimedia content, simulations, and capstone projects. The initiative is particularly focused on professionals in key sectors like Finance and Banking, Accounting and Audit, Management Reporting, Project Management, Supply Chain, Human Resources and Leadership.

Dr. Yasser Al Wahedi, President of Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, said: “ADKB is set to become a world-class training hub, attracting top talent and forming strong strategic partnerships to provide cutting-edge skills for career advancement. It embodies the UAE’s wise leaders’ vision to empower individuals and organisations, enhancing the nation’s knowledge economy and provide continuous learning for personal and professional growth.”

He added: “Through this initiative, AD Ports Group showcases its commitment to advancing trade, logistics, and now professional skills development in the region. The establishment of ADKB is a testament to our dedication to enhancing the skills landscape and supporting the UAE’s vision for national development.”

Aligning with the UAE’s national objectives and market trends, ADKB will significantly boost Emiratisation, aiming to contribute to a 10% increase in Emiratisation rates in skilled jobs by 2026. With a focus on providing practical, hands-on training, the centre is set to equip professionals with future-ready skills, essential for navigating and thriving in the rapidly evolving job market.

Offering a holistic approach to learning and development needs, ADKB beings with diagnostic assessments to identify areas for improvement and progresses to delivering transformative learning experiences. The centre also provides comprehensive training academy management solutions that include competency management, learner tracking, content development, and seamless administration.

Targeting a broad spectrum of learners, ADKB collaborates with prestigious certification bodies to deliver expertise from world-class trainers with deep industry knowledge. It offers flexibility in training formats to accommodate different learning preferences, customisation of programmes for maximum relevance and applicability, comprehensive project management support, and a focus on delivering successful outcomes that translate into improved performance, increased productivity, or enhanced professional growth.

Abu Dhabi’s latest education centre was announced at the ADQ Carnival 2024, an annual event to inspire, educate and enrich the community, held over a span of three days, from 25th – 28th January at Khalifa Park. As part of ADQ – one of the region’s largest holding companies, AD Ports Group is taking a significant step towards positively contributing to the UAE economy with this this newly developed centre.

Almosafer partners with Saudi Railways


Almosafer partners with Saudi Arabia Railways to provide access to the Haramain High Speed Railway network to a wider base of travellers

The partnership forms part of Almosafer’s strategy to boost tourism in the Kingdom by offering safe and convenient modes of transportation to residents and visitors

Almosafer, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel company (part of Seera Group), has signed a partnership agreement with Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) to enhance travel across the Haramain High Speed Railway network and expand offerings to Almosafer travellers.

Under the agreement, which serves as a first distribution partnership for Haramain High Speed Railway, Almosafer will promote the train’s offerings as a truly convenient means of transport for travellers exploring the Kingdom, as well as for pilgrims, tourists and other travellers visiting the two holy cities. The high-speed luxury train provides a safe and fast method of travelling, linking the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah through Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport and King Abdullah Economic City, along a 450 km route.

The agreement will offer the option of high-speed railway travel via platforms across Almosafer’s portfolio of businesses including the consumer segment; Discover Saudi, the destination management company; and Mawasim, the Hajj and Umrah tour operator.

Muzzammil Ahussain, Chief Executive Officer of Almosafer, said: “Rail travel is a truly great way to explore the Kingdom in comfort and Haramain High Speed Railway facilitates seamless travel between the Holy sites and major cities in KSA. This partnership is an exciting opportunity that enables more of our customers to experience high-end rail travel and underlines our commitment to creating opportunities for sustainable ways of travel, in support of Saudi Vision 2030.”

Rayan Alharbi, VP of Haramain High Speed Railway, said: “This partnership affirms our commitment to establishing strategic partnerships with leading national entities that contribute directly to making the Haramain High Speed Railway services a safe, fast and convenient transport option for a larger base of customers. As the volume of people travelling to the holy cities continues to rise, this partnership will contribute to enhancing our reach among residents and visitors in the Kingdom.”

Bridgestone wins Tyre Technology Award


Bridgestone Middle East wins Tyre Technology Provider of the Year Award for third consecutive year

Bridgestone Middle East, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, secured the renowned Tyre Technology Provider of the Year Award at the Truck and Fleet ME awards. This achievement marks the third consecutive win for the company in the same category. The key objective of the award ceremony, which was held in The Ritz Carlton, JBR, Dubai, was to recognise the remarkable milestones achieved by companies and their contributions to support the truck and fleet sector.

Bridgestone’s achievement signifies its steadfast commitment to ensure continued innovation and excellence, as exhibited through the vast line-up of its cutting-edge products and services. The company developed these cutting-edge technologies to address unprecedented requirements of the sector for safe and economical transportation solutions. The recognition further reinforces the company’s position as a pioneering player in the industry, fostering innovations and devising state-of-the-art solutions that contribute towards building smarter and safer cities.

Jacques Fourie, President of Bridgestone Middle East and Africa said: “We are delighted to secure the prestigious Tyre Technology Provider of the Year Award for the third consecutive year. This accolade acknowledges our unwavering commitment to pioneering digital mobility solutions through a synergy of innovation, partnerships, and research. At Bridgestone, sustainability is integral to our vision for the future as we evolve into a provider of advanced and sustainable mobility solutions.

Over the years, Bridgestone has maintained a leading position in the industry by pushing the boundaries of innovation to develop new tyre technologies. By leveraging the vast potential of innovative technologies, the company has developed smart tyres to enhance driving experiences. Bridgestone’s smart tyres are embedded with a sensor, which provides drivers with real-time information and assessment on road conditions. The sensor transmits the information wirelessly to

the analytical apparatus inside the car and then wirelessly communicates back to the driver through an in-car display.

In addition, Bridgestone has developed the iTrack solution, a real-time monitoring system for identifying tyre damage issues, the TPMS for off-road and mining tyres, and Webfleet Solutions, which has applications ranging from mileage and HGV-specific navigation to transport management systems and on-board cameras.

In light of its continuous efforts to be a global leader in tyres and sustainable mobility solutions Bridgestone is actively propelling the data-driven mobility shift. The company provides solutions for vehicles and fleets, focusing on maximizing tire impact through tire-centric and subscription-based offerings. Bridgestone’s commitment extends to shaping sustainable mobility, smart cities, and future logistics by leveraging telematics data beyond the vehicle. This aligns with the Bridgestone E8 Commitment, guiding the company’s journey towards Bridgestone 3.0 and the evolution of its business strategy.

GROHE strengthens its presence in Saudi


The GROHE brand, part of LIXIL, a global leader in complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, is expanding its footprint in Saudi Arabia with a new premium showroom in Jeddah in partnership with SARA Group, Middle East’s distributor and retailer of premium sanitary products.

The inauguration which was held yesterday, offered a window to a world of exquisite design, innovation, sustainability, and products. Consumers will have the opportunity to discover GROHE’s range of bestselling bathroom and kitchen solutions that have been specifically crafted to meet sustainability and contemporary design standards. The new showroom is expected to meet the growing demand for high-quality sanitaryware fittings in the Kingdom as luxury real estate and hospitality projects take off.

KSA is witnessing rapid growth in hotel building activity, with 42,033 hotel rooms under construction as of March 2023, accounting for 35.1 percent of the 119,505 being built in the region according to data from the hotel industry monitoring firm STR. Research has also shown that the Saudi real estate sector is forecast to reach close to $100 billion, creating strong growth opportunities for developers and investors.

Fawzi Dernaika, Leader, KSA, LIXIL EMENA, said: “We are delighted to announce yet another milestone in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our partnership with SARA Group will enable us to showcase the beauty, elegance and cutting-edge innovation that defines GROHE’s products. Equally, GROHE’s commitment to sustainability is aligned with the KSA Vision 2030, contributing to the circular economy in the Kingdom and bolstering the thriving hospitality and real estate industry. With this new showroom, we are focused on delivering the most innovative solutions for our customers in Jeddah and beyond.”

Maher Tahan, Vice President, SARA Group added: “At SARA, we strive to create truly exceptional spaces – whether that is people’s homes or prestigious five-star hotels. We are delighted to work with the GROHE brand to bring their unparalleled product range to customers looking for innovation, style, and functionality. Our team is looking forward to delivering personalised services to ensure that customers find exactly what they are looking for.”

GROHE’s range of products is designed to suit modern lifestyles and sustainability demands – such as touchless faucets that can reduce water consumption by up to 70% and contribute significantly towards green accreditation. In the last ten years alone, GROHE brand has received over 300 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings as one of Germany’s most sustainable large brands.

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Evtec Strengthens Automotive Supply Chain


Evtec Strengthens UK Automotive Supply Chain with the Acquisition of JVM Castings Ltd

Evtec, a leading supplier of assembled products working with manufacturers around the world to support the automotive industry’s shift to electrification, proudly announces the completion of its acquisition of JVM Castings Limited (JVM).

Evtec is committed to building an interconnected robust network of suppliers in the UK automotive industry to promote innovation in future mobility. The acquisition of JVM not only strengthens the UK automotive supply chain’s role in advancing the electrification of the automotive landscape but also contributes to the global initiative to reduce carbon emissions and achieve net zero.

Established in 1929, JVM has played a pivotal role in the industry, operating from its expansive facility in Worcester and employing over 200 skilled personnel. For the last 60 years, JVM has been a key supplier of body castings and powertrain assemblies for the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover.

Commenting on the acquisition, Chairman of Evtec David Roberts said: “As OEMs execute on their transition from internal combustion vehicles to zero emissions, they require a supply chain to work seamlessly with them, to sequence production and deliver world-class vehicles. Evtec is consolidating several key suppliers that are strategic to OEMs, especially in super lightweight materials for body and powerpack parts and assemblies. Evtec has a growing order book of over £800m to deliver over the next 8 years, and the acquisition of JVM will ensure that we have the necessary capacity to meet peak demand whilst winning additional new business”.

Rob Murcott, Chairman JVM said: “Having been in the family ownership for over 98 years, JVM is now entering an exciting new chapter in its development, and we wish it every success in fulfilling the needs of an automotive sector that is going through a major transition in new vehicles and technology.”

Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) empowering AI


Phoenix Contact demonstrated an integrated TSN system consisting of a controller and managed switches for Profinet for the first time at the SPS automation trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany. The TSN system enables the implementation of convergent IT/OT networks, including for AI applications such as machine learning.

Currently, IT and OT applications are often implemented in separate networks so as not to overload them and to ensure real-time critical communication. A convergent network that is used equally by IT and OT applications harbors high, mostly untapped potential. A convergent network is particularly helpful for AI applications, such as optical anomaly detection: Large amounts of data have to be transported from the field to the AI, while the result of the AI operation affects the process to be controlled in real time.

Here, high-precision time synchronization is essential for processing and evaluating the distributed data from the field. TSN technology enables this network convergence with various tools. In order to exploit the above-mentioned potential, Phoenix Contact has presented a TSN system based on a controller based on PLCnext Technology and managed switches. Profinet is used as the real-time protocol. The managed switches are now also available in versions with a fiber-optic connection.

All devices support TSN functions such as Quality of Service, pre-emption, precise time synchronization with PTP, and synchronous communication. They therefore enable the advantages of TSN to be used in the Profinet environment without changing the application view. Existing Profinet devices can also be used unchanged.

Taylor-Dunn Celebrates 75 Years of Electric Vehicles


Industry leader honors iconic legacy as an industrial EV OEM powering productivity across the globe and its bright future as part of the sustainability movement

Taylor-Dunn, a leading industrial electric vehicle manufacturer, is proud to announce its 75th anniversary. With a rich legacy of designing and producing commercial and industrial utility vehicles, Taylor-Dunn has become synonymous with productivity, reliability and safety.

“Celebrating 75 years of Taylor-Dunn offers up a great opportunity to reflect on the company’s significant growth over the years that are rooted in its humble beginnings,” said Keith Simon, CEO, Waev Inc. “The company was born in innovation on an Anaheim, California, farm where the first Taylor-Dunn electric vehicle was developed to drive productivity on the farm. Today, we produce EVs that can be seen working in an expansive set of use cases around the world. This success can be attributed to a 75-year commitment to engineering sustainable solutions that work.”

As the world embraces greener, safer, more productive solutions, Taylor-Dunn’s electric vehicles have emerged as the go-to workhorse thanks to the brand’s reliability and versatility. One of the standout vehicles in Taylor-Dunn’s lineup is the Bigfoot, an electric utility vehicle that is revolutionizing the industry. The Bigfoot is replacing gas UTVs, golf carts, tractors and trucks, offering the same towing and hauling capabilities as a full-size pickup truck. However, it distinguishes itself by being right-sized, cost-effective and easy to charge.

All Taylor-Dunn products are built to last, whether it is the durable steel bodies, the purposefully simple electrical architecture, or the drives that are overengineered for reliability and capability. Taylor-Dunn has doubled down on the commitment to reliability in its 75th year, by introducing a new robust 4-year warranty – further demonstrating the company’s confidence in the quality and durability of the vehicles.

To keep up with the growing demand in the market, Taylor-Dunn has made significant investments in its Anaheim, Calif., manufacturing operation. These investments enable the company to scale production and continue delivering exceptional vehicles in a timely manner.

“We take pride in not only having amazing Taylor-Dunn products and team members, but also in the long-standing relationships with the expansive network of Taylor-Dunn dealers and customers,” Simon added. “Many of our dealers have been selling these products for decades, and the company has a loyal customer base that has been relying on their Taylor-Dunn vehicles for much of the brand’s history. Their partnership and collaboration have been instrumental and we share this milestone with them.”

In addition to the company’s deep roots and enduring partnerships, Taylor-Dunn attributes its success to its dedicated team, many of whom have been with the brand for years. The legacy of the Taylor-Dunn team is impressive; 30 percent of the team has been with the company for more than a decade, a handful for more than three decades and one for almost six decades. Within the team are many multigenerational families that have also been integral to the Taylor-Dunn story.

As Taylor-Dunn celebrates its milestone year, it remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology in a way that creates real value for customers. The company is poised to lead the industry into a greener and more sustainable future. Taylor-Dunn will commemorate the anniversary with a look back to the past throughout the year, as well as with exciting news in 2024 that will continue to propel the brand into the future.

GWC posts financial results for YE 2023


Gulf Warehousing Company (Q.P.S.C) – one of the fastest-growing companies in the MENA region – has announced its end-of-year financial results. The company achieved net profits of QAR 215 million for the year ended 2023, and Total Revenues of QAR 1.5 billion. The total operating profit reached 323 million with an Asset base of 5.2 billion.

EPS for the year ending 2023 recorded was QAR 0.367. GWC Chairman, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Fahad Bin Jassem Bin Jaber Al Thani, said: “GWC’s performance is testament to our strategic initiatives, innovative solutions, and unwavering commitment to excellence. GWC Group is embarking on an ambitious journey, exploring new markets, and diversifying its services.

These strategic moves are reinforcing Qatar’s position as a regional and global logistics and reexport hub, setting the stage for continued growth and innovation.” 2023 was packed with key milestones for GWC, including the launch of GWC Energy, launch of phase-2 of Al Wukair Logistics Park, the 3rd annual GWC Forum, and recognition for being a leader in sustainability from Forbes, in addition to providing the logistics mandate for EXPO Doha 2023.

Ranjeev Menon, Group CEO, said: “Over 20 years of industry leadership, the GWC team has proven that commitment and diligence are the cornerstones of logistics excellence.” Menon added: “Looking ahead, GWC remains poised for continued success and growth. The company’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and sustainability will continue to drive its endeavors and contribute to the broader success of region’s logistics sector.”

Etihad Cargo, Airports & Food Hub announce MoU


Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Airports and Abu Dhabi Food Hub Announce the Signing of Major MoU to Develop New Food Corridors and Diversify Food Trade

All three entities agreed to work together to position the UAE as a key node in global food supply chains. The agreement demonstrates their commitment to expanding the food trade network.

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Airports, a key enabler of the emirate’s aviation sector, and Abu Dhabi Food Hub – KEZAD, the region’s largest and first dedicated food wholesale market and logistic hub, have signed a tri-party memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly establish a fully compliant and transparent origin-to-destination perishable air corridor known as the ‘Fresh Corridor 2.0’. The initiative will support the diversification of food sources, developing new trade corridors and enhancing the choice and variety of products available for regional consumers.

This MoU sets a framework for Abu Dhabi’s food trade enablers to position the UAE as a key node in global food supply chains. The partners, together, aim to establish a strong ecosystem for food trading and investment, which includes advanced infrastructure, access to regional consumer markets, and reliable logistics and connectivity worldwide.

The agreement strengthens the integrated offering of Abu Dhabi through collaborative efforts by the three parties that involves an exchange of knowledge and expertise in handling, storage and logistics, food safety, and hygiene as part of the trading process. Furthermore, the partnership is dedicated to addressing the evolving demands of the food trade by liaising with government stakeholders, relevant facilitators, and key contributors from the food ecosystem thus ensuring a seamless trade.

Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways said: “Etihad Cargo is committed to the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy 2051 and is proud to be an active partner in the launch of the region’s largest food wholesale market – Abu Dhabi Food Hub at KEZAD. Etihad Cargo customers will benefit from the expanded infrastructure as a strategic hub in the Middle East to the rest of the world.”

Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim CEO, Abu Dhabi Airports said: “Our collective proposition to facilitate trade in and out of the UAE will further support the commercial development of the emirate as a global food centre. We are delighted to be a part of this MoU along with Etihad Cargo and Abu Dhabi Food Hub. The launch of the Fresh Corridor 2.0 will encourage 2-way food trade between the UAE and the rest of the world bringing food products into the UAE but also taking our “Made in the UAE” products to the world in a bold step towards diversification and growth of imports and exports”.

Suresh Vaidhyanathan, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Food Hub, said: “This agreement is a testimony of our commitment to develop and operate the food hub as one of the finest food wholesale markets globally. This collaboration will indeed enhance our multi-modal capabilities as we seek to position the UAE as a leader in the regional food value chain. We are excited to support the global food players in accessing the regional consumer markets with integrated supply chain solutions and incorporating the most recent technologies and further be a key enabler in food trade diversification and UAE’s Food Security Agenda. Our vision is to create an unparalleled ecosystem of sellers and buyers from around the world.”

This partnership aims to set new standards in commercial and operational excellence within the global food trade. It seeks to offer solutions that meet the demands of the industry and result in the effective management of the global supply chain and logistics.

Challenge Group: an end-to-end solution


2023 was a year of records and growth for Challenge Group. It predicts that the year ahead will be an extension of more of the same as the group lays out a solid strategy to continue to ensure that it can meet every challenge head on.

Challenge Accepted! Success delivered. Such is the business strategy of every Challenge Group subsidiary. In 2023, despite the many challenging conditions of a soft market coupled with yield decline, Challenge Group enjoyed a successful year. With the introduction and deployment of its B767 fleet, it not only uplifted more tonnage than ever before, but also increased its end-to-end and charter activities, reaching the milestone of 1000 charter flights that year. Both Challenge Handling and Challenge Technic acquired new customers such as MSC, and SF and Smartwings, respectively, and were able to augment their range of logistics services.

In 2024, the strategic focus across the group is on fortifying internal group collaboration and fine-tuning the service that sets it apart from its peers within the air cargo industry: the offer of an end-to-end logistics solution from a single source and stability to the supply chain.

“Our DNA and value proposition are based on an end-to-end solution approach to supply chain requirements. We have become the partner of choice when it comes to complex verticals and specific/unique logistics needs, in terms of commodity and destination,” Yossi Shoukroun, CEO of Challenge Group, explains. Two-thirds of the company’s business is in the vertical segment, such as live animals, automotive, aerospace, artworks, temperature-controlled shipments, valuables, and dangerous goods, where the group is a recognized business partner. “Overall, we expect the complex vertical segment to grow, and predict that our certified expertise and known capabilities will gain us further market share. The most growth, however, can again be expected in e-commerce.”

The main challenges, therefore, that Challenge Group is taking on internally, are a strategic fleet expansion which, in turn, will enable the addition of new markets and new destinations tailored to customer requirements. A new digital sales channel and sustainability initiatives are planned to support and enhance the overall customer experience.

At the same time, the group will be navigating the external industry challenges brought about by the global geo-political uncertainty and volatile economy. Nevertheless, concrete plans for 2024 include: a new hangar and a new maintenance station for Challenge Technic, few more new destinations being opened shortly, thanks to Challenge Group’s recent fleet additions, Challenge Logistics’ investment in new technology such as the Project44 tool, which offers seamless visibility and transparency to customers, and electrical cars on ramp, electrical tractors and GPU are coming for Challenge handling in Liege.

ECS Group acquires EFIS MAROC


EFIS MAROC and customers to benefit from rapid digital transformation

ECS Group acquires Morocco’s leading GSA, gaining a strong air cargo market presence

Building on a longstanding commercial partnership spanning over two decades, EFIS MAROC has officially merged into ECS Group, reinforcing the group’s presence in Africa. The acquisition agreement, signed on December 13, 2023, marks the beginning of a seamless transition and the implementation of digital enhancements for the benefit of EFIS MAROC and its clientele.

Founded by Pierre Fougerouse, EFIS MAROC boasts an impressive client portfolio, including renowned international and local freight forwarders. Offering GSSA and air cargo services, the team, situated at the company’s headquarters in downtown Casablanca, specializes in air, road, and logistics. Their expertise includes supervising the handling of special products such as outsize cargo, dangerous goods, perishables, and live animals.  EFIS MAROC, strategically positioned at Casablanca Mohammed V Airport (CMN), provides extensive commercial coverage for the country’s major cargo gateways, including Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), Agadir Al Massira Airport (AGA), and Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport (TNG).

“EFIS MAROC has emerged as the market leader in commercial air cargo services, uniquely positioned as the region’s sole GSA with substantial air freight experience and a loyal client base,” affirms Adrien Thominet, Executive Chairman of ECS Group. “Morocco’s strategic location holds the potential to become a key African Hub, aligning with ECS Group’s established air cargo hubs in East and South Africa.”

Pierre Fougerouse, Founder of EFIS MAROC, adds, “Our journey began with ECS Group’s support in 2001, and after becoming self-owned in 2003, merging into ECS Group now feels like a fitting evolution of our partnership. I am also pleased to welcome Bouazza El Hantiti as Managing Director, bringing valuable experience from North Africa and Europe to enhance network synergies between Morocco and ECS Group’s European representations.”

Upon integration into ECS Group, EFIS MAROC’s internal processes will receive a boost through the group’s proprietary digital solutions like Squair, providing improved customs reporting functions. Clients will gain access to CargoAi’s booking platform and wallet payment features, reinforcing EFIS MAROC’s leading position in a market where manual logistics processes still dominate.

Hellmann: Matthias becomes Product Manager


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has been able to recruit Matthias Köfler as Product Manager Rail East Europe. In this newly created position, he is responsible for the further development of rail and intermodal transport, especially between Southern and Eastern Europe. The appointment is a further strategic step by the global logistics service provider to develop and establish rail transport within Europe as an important part of intermodal transport.

The 33-year-old economist has many years of experience in European combined transport. For the past ten years, he has been working for the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) in Vienna, where he was most recently responsible for the Continental division of the ÖBB subsidiary Rail Cargo Group. At Hellmann, Matthias Köfler will use his in-depth knowledge of the industry to launch new intermodal products and to strategically develop the rail product, particularly in Eastern Europe. As a first step, Hellmann plans to establish three block train connections between Germany, Hungary, Turkey and Slovenia by 2026.

“The relocation of production from many industries to Eastern European countries has led to a massive increase in customer demand for intermodal transport solutions and rail services between Western and Eastern Europe in recent years. Thanks to the long-standing and, above all, local expertise of our colleagues in Austria, Hungary, Romania and Turkey, we at Hellmann are very well positioned to provide our customers with the best possible support in this regard,” says Piotr Zaleski, Regional CEO East Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“Having already brought Marijo Pesic on board as Director Product Management Rail Europe in September 2023, we are expanding our expertise with Matthias Köfler, enabling us to further increase our ability to offer our customers tailor-made, environmentally friendly intermodal products on an international scale. Shifting transport to rail remains the biggest lever for sustainably reducing COemissions. Combined with the use of e-trucks we will be able to bring reliable CO2-neutral transports to the market very quickly,” says Si Hellmann, Head of Rail Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“Mawani” confirms “Best Contributor” Award


“Mawani” confirms its International Leadership with the “Best Contributor to Economic Infrastructure Development” Award

Saudi Ports Authority “Mawani” has been recognized with the “Best Contributor to Economic Infrastructure Development” award at the International Finance Financial Awards ceremony in Dubai. The award acknowledges Mawani’s efforts in continuously developing port infrastructure and attracting investments.

In 2023, Mawani laid the foundation for the upgrade and operation of two container terminals at King Abdulaziz Port in Dammam, with an investment value exceeding 7 billion riyals. Additionally, strategic projects were inaugurated at Jubail Commercial and Industrial Ports to increase capacity.

Mawani has also signed agreements and inaugurated logistics parks and hubs, with investments exceeding 6 billion riyals. These initiatives aim to offer investment opportunities in the logistics sector to the private sector, in line with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy.

In support of global trade and to solidify the Kingdom’s position as an international logistics hub bridging three continents, Mawani has taken significant steps. These include facilitating export and import procedures, enhancing logistics services, and partnering with major international shipping lines to add 28 new maritime services in 2023. These services link Saudi ports with those in the east and west. Furthermore, Mawani has signed several agreements with international ports and national entities across public and private sectors, aiming to boost the standing of Saudi ports in the maritime transport sector, both regionally and globally.

The award is a reflection of the international and regional recognition “Mawani” has received for its efforts in bolstering and advancing the maritime sector. Throughout 2023, Mawani was honored with seven awards on both regional and international levels. These include: the “Best Port” represented by Jeddah Islamic Port, the “Brand Award”, “Port of the Year” for Jeddah Islamic Port, as well as the “Excellence in Customer Experience” and “Advanced Ports Infrastructure” awards.4

In addition, “Mawani” secured two categories in the “NIDLP Excellence Award 2023”: “Best Entities Achieving International Accomplishments” and “Best Entities Achieving Investments”. This accolade is a testament to Mawani’s significant contribution, which propelled the Kingdom from the 24th to the 16th rank globally in container handling, according to the Lloyd’s List 2023 ranking of the world’s top 100 ports.

The International Finance Awards recognize financial institutions and companies for their contributions to the global financial community. These awards are issued by International Finance Publications Limited, a distinguished trade and financial magazine based in the United Kingdom.

Martin Kraemer new VP at DOKASCH


Martin Kraemer new VP Sales & Marketing at DOKASCH GmbH

Martin Kraemer joins Dokasch GmbH, German manufacturer of high-quality air cargo
equipment and related services, as Vice President Sales & Marketing. He presumes his new position
as of January 1st at Dokasch Headquarters in Staudt, Rhineland-Palatine in Germany.

“We are pleased that we welcome Martin Kraemer, a long-experienced expert in the airline and air
cargo industry. His expertise in both sales and marketing will further strengthen our global market
position and expansion,“ says Dr. Stefanie Dommermuth, Managing Director at Dokasch.

Martin Kraemer, who holds a master’s degree in management and economics, has a strong
knowledge of airline and air cargo business. He started as a management consultant and later joined
the Lufthansa Group, where he was assigned numerous leadership positions in sales and marketing
over the past 25 years. His career has brought him to Frankfurt, Paris, Stockholm, Singapore, and

FLAG Logistics opens logistics hub in Oman


GWC – one of the fastest-growing companies in the MENA region has announced further expansion by launching its FLAG subsidiary (100% owned company) logistics Hub at Khazaen Economic City in Oman. The state of art facility was inaugurated by H.E. Eng. Khamis bin Mohammed Al- Shamakhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology for Transport. Other attendees included H.E. Sheikh Mubarak bin Fahad bin Jassim Al Thani, the Qatari Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, GWC officials, key clients, and high-level dignitaries from the region.

FLAG will be the first company to launch at Khazaen Economic City, which is strategically located to transport links, borders, and within only two hours’ drive of 80% of Oman’s population. Shaikh Abdullah Bin Fahad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, Chairman, GWC Group, stated: “The launch of FLAG Logistics at in the Sultanate of Oman marks a key milestone for GWC as the Group continue to grow its operations across the GCC.” FLAG Oman will become a vital hub, connecting powerhouse locations across the region, including Muscat, Doha, Bahrain, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dubai. It will provide a platform, uniting Oman with the GCC, and the GCC with the rest of the world.

Ranjeev Menon, GWC Group CEO, GWC, said: “FLAG will leverage GWC’s 20 years of knowledge and expertise as creates new benchmark in the logistics industry – enabling the Sultanate of Oman to achieve its strategic goals.” FLAG will operate from a modern 50,000m² infrastructure in Khazaen Economic City, which is segmented into specialist areas, each tailored to address distinct logistical needs including dry, ambient, chilled and frozen warehousing, bulk storage, records management and marshalling areas. The warehouse and distribution centre measure 27,500m².

Menon continued: “We see FLAG as a bridge, connecting businesses to markets, producers to consumers, and Oman to the global economy. Through innovative logistics solutions, FLAG aims to facilitate seamless trade, contributing to the economic prosperity of Oman and aligning with the goals of Oman National Vision 2040.” Eng. Salim Al Thuhli, CEO, Khazaen Economic City, stated: “The presence of FLAG in Khazaen Economic City will contribute to strengthening dry and cold supply chains, and will also provide logistics solutions for international investors, companies in the private sector and government agencies.

This project comes in line with Oman’s logistics strategy, which aims to position the Sultanate as a global logistics hub. The logistics sector will contribute about 14% of the GDP by 2040. FLAG Oman chose Khazaen Economic City for its strategic location, which connects it to a robust logistics infrastructure and network such as Muscat International Airport, sea ports, and land borders with neighboring countries.” FLAG will prioritize a skilled Omani talent, investing in training and mentorship to navigate the complexities of the logistics industry. The company is committed to building collaborative, long-term partnerships, creating a robust ecosystem that fosters growth and prosperity.

IVECO partners with Saudi Arabia’s RWG

IVECO partners with Saudi Arabia’s RWG Community for the Riyadh Marathon to encourage women inclusivity in Saudi Arabia sport events

Following its DE&I vision, IVECO as main sponsor, in collaboration with its official dealer Arabian Auto Agency, supports Riyadh Women GettingFit (RWG), the largest all women’s fitness community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for the third edition of Riyadh International Marathon.

VECO, energetically active in the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion programs, is the RWG Community official partner for the 2024 Riyadh Marathon, which will take place on February 10th. This initiative, hosted by the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) and supported by the Ministry of Sport, Quality of Life Program, and the Saudi Arabian Athletic Federation, aims to promote a more active and healthier lifestyle.

Thanks to the participation of IVECO and the RWG Community at the marathon, more women than ever will take part in the third edition of the race, making this sport event a cornerstone of personal empowerment for many women in their daily life: thanks to the initiative, 38.3% of women now participate in different types of workouts every week, an estimated increase of 150% between 2015 and 2023 of female involvement in sports.

Riyadh Marathon 2024 will in fact include the largest number of participants, especially women, compared to 2022 with 10,000 participants and 15,000 in 2023. This is also because the race will offer multiple race distances, organized as follows: full marathon (42.2km), half-marathon (21.1km), 10km race and a 4km run specifically designed for kids, families, and beginners, allowing everyone to take part, regardless of age or athletic ability.

IVECO and the RWG Community will provide a welcoming and professional female fitness team to prepare women for the 2024 Riyadh Marathon with in-person training sessions across the city of Riyadh as well as online strength and conditioning training sessions.

Elvira Ferrara, Network Development & Marketing Manager, commented: “IVECO’s decision to support the RWG Community, in collaboration with AAA, our official dealer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is a great example of IVECO vision in terms of Diversity & Inclusion. We are not alone in our Diversity & Inclusion journey and embracing diversity, equity, inclusion, representation, and an overall sense of belonging can significantly change perceptions of the world around us. We go beyond.

Zuzana Kalousfounder of the RWG Community, said: “I am proud to participate in the Riyadh Marathon 2024 with my community and I am glad of IVECO’s presence. Events such as the Riyadh Marathon encourage women to become physically involved in sporting activities and create a healthy and vibrant society, and I am sure that this will strongly contribute to Saudi Vision 2030 Quality of Life Objectives“.

Air cargo industry relies on trilatec


Air cargo industry relies on squAIR-timber lightweight elements from trilatec

DHL in Frankfurt and Paris, Kühne + Nagel as well as Lufthansa Cargo, Cargolux and Emirates SkyCargo are just some of the leading air freight players that trilatec supplies with its unique squAIR-timber product. Wooden beams, which are required for the assembly of air freight pallets, can thus be replaced by 80 percent lighter elements made of cardboard fiber composite material. Today, squAIR-timber is an integral component in the assembly of many shipments and saves fuel costs and CO2 due to its lower weight.

The innovative lightweight construction elements from trilatec are made of 100 percent recyclable paper and cold-glued joints, manufactured according to the carbon principle. Despite considerable weight savings, there is no need to compromise on load-bearing capacity. When loaded, one meter of the weatherproof material can carry up to 5 tons with a dead weight of just 1.2 kilograms per meter. When using wood, the dead weight is 3 to 4 kilograms per meter. Once the squAIR-timber has been used, it can be reused or returned to the recycling cycle. The cardboard fiber composite skids are certified for use in air freight and can be placed under all containers and pallets.

“We use the lightweight squAIR-timber elements as a substructure for all pharmaceutical shipments and they are fully integrated into the processes. They have no disadvantages compared to wood, but their significantly lower weight brings many advantages and helps to save a considerable amount of CO2,” says Johannes Bruijs, Sr. Vice-President Global Logistics at Cargolux.

The use of squAIR-timber also saves a lot of time during handling. Only one person and no forklift truck is required for assembling.

“squAIR-timber offers added value to leading companies in the air cargo industry. Our product has proven to be a reliable alternative in their global networks. According to calculations, airlines such as Cargolux can save around 1,200 tons of fuel per year by using our solutions – the equivalent of three fully loaded jumbo jets,” explains Andreas Langemann, Managing Director of trilatec GmbH.

Saab appoints Heléne Bittmann as MD: UAE


The company’s footprint in the UAE is growing

Heléne Bittman has taken from Anna-Karin Rosén, who has played a pivotal role in strengthening Saab UAE’s position and operations since her appointment in 2018.

Previously, Bittman was the Head of Saab AB’s wholly owned production and development facility based in Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP), where she was responsible for overseeing the company’s operations, setting its strategic direction, as well as growing its market position and product portfolio.

Expansion plans

“We strongly believe that Heléne will accelerate progress of our expansion plans and reinforce our regional footprint,” remarked Carl-Johan Bergholm, head of Saab’s Business Area Surveillance.

“I look forward to deepening our ties with local partners and exploring further opportunities for collaboration, ensuring sustained success and growth of our operations in the country,” commented Bittman.

Saab’s footprint in the UAE is growing, currently comprising more than 150 employees. Saab’s development and production site based in TIP aims to leverage innovation, underpin industry knowledge, as well as nurture strong capabilities and world-class Emirati defence and security solutions, catering to national priorities as well as global needs, a press communique concluded.

Maersk & Hapag-Lloyd agree ‘operational cooperation’


The new cooperation arrangement will comprise a fleet pool of around 290 vessels

Hapag-Lloyd (Hapag-Lloyd) and Maersk, an entity under AP Moller – Maersk (Maersk), recently signed an agreement for a new long-term operational collaboration dubbed ‘Gemini Cooperation’, which will commence in February 2025. The ambition is to deliver a flexible and interconnected ocean network with industry-leading reliability, according to a joint press communique.

“Teaming up with Maersk will help us to further boost the quality we deliver to our customers. Additionally, we will benefit from efficiency gains in our operations and joint efforts to further accelerate the decarbonization of our industry,” stated Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO, Hapag-Lloyd.

The new cooperation between Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk will comprise a fleet pool of around 290 vessels with a combined capacity of 3.4mn containers (TEU); the ratio has also been decided Maersk will deploy 60% and Hapag-Lloyd 40%.

Ideal ocean partner

“We are pleased to enter this cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd, which is the ideal ocean partner on our strategic journey. By entering this cooperation, we will be offering our customers a flexible ocean network that will raise the bar for reliability in the industry. This will strengthen our integrated logistics offering and meet our customers’ needs,” commented Vincent Clerc, CEO, Maersk.

As a part of the agreement, the two companies have set the ambitious target of delivering schedule reliability of above 90% once the network is fully phased in. As well as improved service quality, customers will also benefit from improved transit times in many major port-to-port corridors and access to some of the world’s best connected ocean hubs.


Both companies are committed to the decarbonization of their fleets and have set the most ambitious decarbonization targets in the industry with Maersk aiming for net-zero in 2040 and Hapag-Lloyd in 2045.

As a consequence of joining this cooperation, Hapag-Lloyd will leave ‘The Alliance’ by the end of January 2025. In January 2023, Maersk and MSC announced that the 2M alliance will end in January 2025.

During 2024, Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd will carefully plan the transition from their current alliances to the new operational cooperation. Concurrently, service to customers will continue along existing agreements.

Al Masaood empowers drivers with training


New CSR campaign educates truck drivers about the importance of safety and health

The Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles and Equipment Division, in collaboration with UD Trucks recently launched a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign aimed at educating truck drivers about the significance of safety and health in alignment with the organizations’ joint commitment to promoting responsible business practices and fostering a culture of well-being within the transportation industry.

Through comprehensive training sessions, Al Masaood and UD Trucks aim to equip truck drivers with essential knowledge about safety measures and health awareness. They hosted a highly successful half-day training session for truck drivers at an Al Masaood CV&E facility aimed at enhancing driver safety by providing comprehensive theoretical and practical training, as well as health check services.

The event saw the participation of truck drivers, industry experts, and representatives from both Al Masaood and UD Trucks.

Fostering positivity

“At Al Masaood, we believe in fostering a positive and enjoyable learning environment to encourage drivers to actively participate in the training sessions. This event was part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing driver proficiency and well-being,” emphasized Mohamed El Zeftawi, General Manager, Al Masaood CV&E.

Following the classroom sessions, drivers were given the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice with practical training on Al Masaood’s Croner and Quester UD Trucks models. This hands-on experience allowed the drivers to familiarize themselves with the latest technology and safety features, ensuring they are well-equipped for the challenges they face on the road.

“UD Trucks strongly believes in the importance of driver training and engagement. Our partnership aims to create a positive impact by equipping truck drivers with essential skills and knowledge,” stressed Mourad Hedna, President, UD Trucks MENA.

McLaren helps Network Rail with 5G


McLaren Applied helps Network Rail maintain the railway with 5G connectivity and new Active Antenna

  • British engineering company McLaren Applied enhances connectivity and supports performance across Network Rail infrastructure monitoring trains with combined 5G connectivity software (Fleet Connect) and antenna solution (Active Antenna)
  • Fleet Connect and Active Antenna installed on 14 trains that check the condition of 20,000 miles of track to help run a safe and reliable railway
  • Upload data improvements of up to 1000x compared to previous systems (70MB/s versus 76kB/s), meaning faster, safer maintenance, reduced costs and improved rail operation

McLaren Applied is helping Network Rail maintain the railway following the installation of its F1-derived Fleet Connect software and 5G Edge Active Antenna hardware on 14 of the railway operator’s infrastructure monitoring trains. This first implementation of Active Antenna’ technology in the UK brings a new, simplified approach to on-train connectivity infrastructure and an advanced capability for data offload on the move.

The combined tech solution delivers far greater connectivity and performance, with Network Rail registering upload data improvements of up to one thousand times faster than previous systems, meaning upload speeds of up to 70MB/s per train versus 76kB/s previously.

The UK’s infrastructure monitoring trains travel up and down the country, checking the condition of bridges, tunnels, and viaducts, as well as 20,000 miles of track including signals and level crossings. The New Measurement Train – the most recognisable of Network Rail’s infrastructure monitoring trains – records 60,000 miles of data a year, which can now be easily offloaded via the McLaren Applied solution.

Access to better and more stable connectivity is supporting maintenance, with the monitoring trains reporting back using live data streams, including sensor readings on the track, foliage, and network monitoring. The remote and automated monitoring helps to target maintenance work and run a safe and reliable railway for passengers and goods.

Originally developed for the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1, McLaren Applied’s patented Fleet Connect software splits data across networks in real time and reassembles it in the cloud en route to its destination, reducing blackspots and providing a consistent connectivity stream for any moving vehicle in any environment.

Pablo Garcia Lopez, Director, Connected Intelligence Business Unit at McLaren Applied, said: “The roll out of Fleet Connect software and cutting-edge Active Antenna hardware is a great example of how British ingenuity and engineering, along with cross industry knowledge, can solve prominent challenges in the transport sector. The combined technology ensures that infrastructure monitoring trains can quickly and reliably transmit data throughout their journeys up and down the UK.

“Network Rail has demonstrated an open, collaborative mindset in bringing Formula 1-derived software to the rail industry, and we expect further gains over five-year partnership,” Garcia Lopez added.

Serco to Elevate Fire Fighting Capabilities

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Serco to Elevate Regional Fire Fighting Capabilities Through Partnership with International Training Platform, Qual-eFire™

The immersive, cloud-based training integrates global best practices, aligned with the requirements of multiple aviation authorities including the GACA and GCAA, setting a new benchmark in FRS training for the region.

International public services company, Serco Middle East has signed a partnership with the internationally renowned aircraft rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF) training providers Qual-eFire™ to bring their cloud-based training and assessment platform to the Middle East in a multi-year agreement. 

Built by experienced firefighters for firefighters, the Qual-eFire training and assessment framework, which Serco will initially launch into the UAE and KSA, has been designed specifically for the region and is fully aligned with the regulatory requirements of both the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and KSA’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), in addition to international bodies including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), amongst others.

The partnership between Serco Middle East, who currently employ more than 200 firefighters and support staff across the Middle East, and Qual-eFire means firefighters will have access to international resources and be trained in best practices from multiple countries including the US, UK and Australia, where Qual-eFire originates.

The new training programme, authored by world leading ARFF experts, will be rolled out in the coming weeks across operations where Serco provides Fire and Rescue services, including Red Sea International Airport in KSA and MELABS in the UAE, in addition to future new clients in the region. The programme’s regularly updated content is based on real-time investigations taken from across the world and is designed using the latest immersive technologies and learning sciences, to be both engaging and easily accessible, with content also provided in Arabic.

The partnership contributes to the national visions of both the UAE and KSA Governments, supporting them in providing world-class services and further ensuring high levels of safety for all those travelling through and operating in regional airports. 

Teren Tan, Head of Emergency Services in Serco’s Middle East Division, said: “Our partnership with Qual-eFire is a transformative moment for FRS here in the region, where Serco has provided services to airports for many years. We constantly seek to introduce the best global tools and standards, adapted for local requirements. The capabilities and thoroughness of the Qual-eFire training programme means we can offer the best possible training to our firefighters here in the region, using the latest technologies, which in turn supports government visions for high levels of both customer and employee service and safety.”

Tim Dean, CEO of Qual-eFire said: “Our partnership with Serco will elevate standards of fire safety and emergency response across the region. This partnership harnesses the strengths of Serco’s regional and global expertise, Qual-eFire’s established training and assessment framework and global best practices to ensure that firefighters and FRS support staff in the Middle East have access to the most advanced and effective training available. Together, we are setting a new benchmark for safety and preparedness in the aviation sector.”

Hellmann: Bora Argac becomes new CCO


Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has appointed Bora Argac as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Germany. He succeeds Kai Hasenpusch, who took over the position of Sales Director Roadfreight West Europe at the beginning of 2024.

With around 25 years of professional experience, Bora Argac has relevant expertise in the areas of sales management and customer service and has been in charge of sales at Hellmann Germany since January 1, 2024. In recent years, he has successfully worked for Expeditors, Hermes and most recently Kühne + Nagel as a sales manager across all modes of transport. With his extensive industry knowledge, Bora Argac will strategically develop sales in Hellmann’s largest national organization across all product areas. 

“We are delighted to have found in Bora Argac an experienced and at the same time highly committed driving force as CCO for Hellmann in Germany. With his ideas and his eye for customer needs, we will continue to drive forward the growth of our German country organization,” says Sven Eisfeld, Managing Director Germany, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

“In Bora Argac, we have found an outstanding personality for the position, both personally and professionally. Germany will always be the engine that drives our global network and together with his German sales organization, Bora will be a very important component,” adds Martin Wehner, Chief Commercial Officer West Europe, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Alstom appoints Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna


As Managing Director & CEO, will spearhead company’s operations in GCC

Alstom has announced the appointment of Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna as the new Managing Director & CEO in Gulf (UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain).

With a track record of customer-oriented success in the Gulf, Dr. Dalya earlier held the position of President at GE in the UAE and global Chief of Strategy & Operations for GE International Markets, as well as previously holding the position of President & CEO, GE in the Gulf region.

Her educational background includes a Ph.D. from Imperial College London and an MBA from the American University in Dubai, according to a press communique.

Local presence

“With Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna on board, Alstom is poised to elevate and further localize its presence in the Middle East’s dynamic mobility sector. Her role is crucial as we align with each country’s drive towards net-zero carbon emissions,” stated Andrew DeLeone, President, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia Region, Alstom.

In her role at Alstom, Dr. Dalya will be instrumental in steering the company’s growth and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders.

“I’m excited to join Alstom and lead a dynamic team dedicated to pioneering sustainable mobility solutions. Alstom has been an integral part of the region’s growth in rail transportation, and I’m honoured to contribute to this legacy,” remarked Dr. Dalya.

Alstom, a global leader in rail transport and mobility, has a long-standing presence in Qatar and UAE. The company has delivered major successful projects in the region, the press note concluded.

Best-in-class for FUSO BA in GCC


This extension reinforces FUSO’s unwavering commitment to reliability

Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA, the regional arm of Daimler Truck AG, has announced the extension of the standard warranty for its FUSO BA Bus, setting a new industry benchmark for customer assurance.

This warranty extension, distinct from the ‘Extended warranty,’ offers comprehensive OEM offered bumper-to-bumper coverage, ensuring unparalleled confidence for FUSO BA Bus customers.

The extended warranty spans an impressive 240,000kms or up to four years, reaffirming FUSO’s commitment to reliability and customer satisfaction, according to a press communique.

The FUSO BA Bus, available exclusively in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, and Qatar, stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of two Daimler Truck AG entities – MFTBC (Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation) & DICV (Daimler India Commercial Vehicles).

Prime choice

Introduced in response to the growing demand for high-capacity passenger transport, the FUSO BA Bus boasts a seating capacity of 36 passengers, making it a prime choice for student and employee transportation in the region, the press note continued.

The vehicle is equipped with a fuel-efficient 3.9-litre 4D37 4-cylinder engine, complying with both Euro III & Euro V emission norms, and ensuring a reliable and eco-friendly solution for urban development and industrialization.

“The extension of the standard warranty for the FUSO BA Bus reflects our dedication to providing comprehensive support and peace of mind to our valued customers,” assured Olaf Petersen, General Manager, Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA FZE.

Hamriyah secures deal with Ikigai


New facility to bolster steel production to 30,000 tonnes annually

Ikigai Steel FZE has announced it will establish a new factory in Hamriyah Free Zone in Sharjah stretching over an area of 548,000sqft and boasting an annual production capacity of 30,000 tonnes.

The factory will be equipped with state-of-the-art plant and equipment, providing cutting edge technologies and high-end solutions for the iron and steel industry, backed by an estimated initial investment of AED 30mn.

An agreement sealing this venture has been signed by HE Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA), and Rajendran, Chairman, Ikigai Steel, in the presence of officials from both sides.

Quality Addition

“We will spare no effort to support the Emirate’s economic diversification plans and attract high-quality investments in order to consolidate Sharjah’s reputation as a global investment destination,” commented Al Mazrouei.

“The ‘Operation 300bn’ and the ‘Make it in the Emirates’ initiatives not only provide investors with competitive advantages and extensive opportunities but also an ideal business environment, supporting the continuous growth and empowerment of the industrial sector,” Al Mazrouei added.

Steel and steel products

“We look forward to manufacturing high-quality steel and steel products for the local and regional markets, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Initially, the company plans to employ approximately 500 people, focusing on producing top tier steel and steel products,” remarked Rajendran.

The Hamriyah Free Zone is renowned globally as a leading hub for the iron and steel industry, making it one of the most critical sectors within the zone, the press communique concluded.

Saudi logistics Nawel raises US$ 1mn

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LSP aims will use the proceeds of the funding to accelerate the expansion of its network

Riyadh headquartered Nawel, a Saudi tech startup Logistics Services Provider (LSP), has closed a US$ 1mn pre-seed funding round led by NOMD Holding, a privately owned Saudi Arabian company and part of Future Horizons Group according to a press release.

Nawel aims will use the proceeds of the funding to accelerate the expansion of its network and develop its technological infrastructure. It also plans to widen its warehouse management system, enabling businesses to streamline their operations.

The tech startup has rapidly emerged as a frontrunner in optimizing supply chain operations through its approach to repurposing underutilized spaces within warehouses and retail establishments.

“The support from NOMD Holding validates our mission to redefine how businesses approach storage, fulfillment, and delivery, ultimately enhancing customer experiences across the board,” commented Mohammad Balsharaf, Co-Founder and CEO, Nawel.

Delivery hubs

Nawel’s offerings include the establishment of delivery hubs that serve as sorting centres for bulk parcels, which secures faster and more cost-effective last-mile delivery.

The startup’s micro-fulfillment solutions bolster the quick commerce sector by providing fast-moving and unlocking new avenues for growth for e-commerce businesses.

“Their innovative approach to optimizing logistics aligns perfectly with our investment strategy, and we believe Nawel has the potential to make a significant impact on the future of supply chain management in the region,” remarked Mohammad Al Khushil, Chairman, NOMD Holding.


Scan Global Logistics expands further in Europe with a new office in Marseille, France – its fourth location in the country since 2021

Scan Global Logistics continues to expand its presence in Europe by opening a new office in Marseille, marking its fourth establishment in France since its initial opening in Lille in 2021. This new office provides direct access to France’s second-largest commercial port area, and trade routes to Asia, particularly China and the USA, will be of primary importance initially. However, the port’s direct connectivity to Africa and the Middle East presents significant business prospects in these regions.

The expansion aligns with the global freight forwarder’s rapid growth strategy, which includes a network of more than 160 offices across 50 countries worldwide and a presence in most of the world’s most robust economies, following the recent opening in South Korea.

Successful French market with further growth potential
Expanding SGL’s service offerings in South France introduces solid expertise to the company’s strong network. Furthermore, it enhances the commercial and operational closeness to the company’s customers in the Mediterranean region, especially within ocean shipments and airfreight from Marseille and Nice airports.

Managing Director in SGL France, Olivier Sainterent, explains: ‘We are eager to serve our customers best and utilise our local connections and market integrity. We provide a complete range of transport solutions that cater to all needs, simplifying operations for our customers while nurturing our global approach and perspective. With access to the Marseille port systems, we can also manage customs declarations and controls, ensuring a smoother process for our customers.’

Meeting the varied needs of the customers
Initially, the office is staffed with three experienced people specialising in freight forwarding, ocean procurement, and air operations. However, the ambition is to expand the team further.

‘Initially, we are concentrating on strengthening our market positioning in the region. It is imperative for us to establish a seamless collaboration with major industrial enterprises while retaining our agility and flexibility, says Olivier Sainterent, and is supported by Lars Syberg, Regional CEO in SGL:‘This is essential when we uncomplicate our customers’ world while ensuring that our tailor-made solutions are readily available when required. We must always be capable of meeting our customers’ diverse needs,’ finishes Lars Syberg, while highlighting SGL’s dedication to upholding a local physical presence near major ports and airports to remain closely connected to the customers.

Daimler delivers ‘eEconic’ Truck


The zero-emission vehicle is specifically designed for urban waste management

Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA (DCV MENA) has delivered the region’s first Mercedes-Benz eEconic collection truck to BEEAH Group, the Middle East’s sustainability and digitalisation pioneer, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the BEEAH Headquarters in Sharjah.

The official handover of the eEconic was completed by Emirates Motor Company Commercial Vehicles (EMC CV), DCV MENA’s authorized General Distributor in Abu Dhabi, according to a press communique.

As a zero-emission vehicle specifically designed for urban waste management, the eEconic will be added to BEEAH’s fleet of over 2,000 waste collection vehicles, offering unparalleled efficiency, safety, and environmental performance.

The addition of the vehicle underscores BEEAH’s commitment to decarbonising its growing fleet operations in the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, while aligning with the organization’s ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions across its range of operations by 2040.


The delivery of the eEconic is part of a larger collaboration between DCV MENA and BEEAH, which will leverage the strengths and expertise of both organisations to create innovative solutions that will benefit societies and the environment alike.

“This MoU represents our unwavering commitment to drive innovation, foster environmental responsibility, and shape the future of mobility. By combining our expertise in commercial vehicles with BEEAH’s visionary approach to waste management and sustainable solutions, we are confident in our ability to create a greener, smarter, and more efficient tomorrow,” commented Kay-Wolf Ahlden, President & CEO, DCV MENA FZE.

“The hand over the first Mercedes-Benz eEconic in the region to BEEAH, marks a significant milestone in our partnership. We would like to thank BEEAH for their trust and partnership, and we look forward to working together to create innovative solutions that will benefit our customers and the environment alike,” remarked Bilal Al Ribi, General Manager, EMC CV.

Advanced features

The eEconic’s advanced features, including the DirectVision cab with panoramic glazing and safety assistance systems, prioritize the safety of its drivers and the community, enabling BEEAH to further enhance its services as it scales operations.

“We are excited to partner with Daimler Commercial Vehicles MENA and receive the first Mercedes-Benz eEconic collection truck in the MENA region. This addition to BEEAH’s fleet

perfectly aligns with our objective of shaping zero-waste societies through an advanced, digitally enabled fleet,” stated Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO, BEEAH.

Odys & Aramex develop cargo operations


The partnership will allow the two companies to explore UAV cargo deliveries

Odys Aviation, a sustainable aviation company building hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and Aramex recently announced a partnership to develop cargo operations and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) cargo deliveries in the UAE, Oman and further afield in the region.

Odys Aviation’s state-of-the-art aircraft, designed in multiple configurations for cargo, will be capable of delivering all-electric propulsion for distances up to 320 kilometers and will offer a hybrid-electric range of more than 1,200 kilometers. As a result, flights operated via these aircraft have the potential to reduce carbon emissions on pan-GCC flights by up to 76 per cent and provide a zero-carbon air cargo alternative for routes across the UAE, Oman and beyond.


Under the terms of the partnership, Odys Aviation and Aramex intend to collaborate on the development of autonomous logistics programs which will ultimately introduce cargo flights leveraging Odys Aviation’ cargo aircraft and Aramex’s fleet management capabilities.

“Our partnership with Aramex signals a steadfast commitment to launching a new generation of VTOL aircraft and we are grateful to be working with the future-focused team at Aramex to bring our vision to reality,” affirmed James Dorris, Co-Founder and CEO, Odys Aviation.

Logistics solutions

“This collaboration aligns perfectly with Aramex’s commitment to delivering innovative and environmentally friendly logistics solutions, along with our net-zero commitments,” remarked Alaa Saoudi, Chief Operating Officer–Express, Aramex.

“We look forward to partnering with Odys Aviation and deploying long range VTOL crafts, which shall drive us further towards our sustainability and Innovation targets,” remarked Angad Singh, Global Director-Innovation, Aramex.

Dubai Customs renews ISO 26000 Certification


Reaffirms commitment to global sustainability and excellence

The German registration body “TÜV” has reissued the ISO 26000 certification to Dubai Customs.

This renewal follows the government department’s successful completion of audit procedures and international recommendations associated with the standard, solidifying global trust in Dubai Customs, according to a press communique.

Khalil Saqer Bin Gharib, Director, Corporate Communication Department, Dubai Customs, emphasized the department’s renewed dedication to meeting ISO 26000 standards through a comprehensive approach and an ambitious strategy.

This strategy aims to establish an integrated system for social responsibility, supporting the department’s excellence in alignment with global best practices. He highlighted that Dubai customs’ development plan in social responsibility and volunteering, includes numerous innovative initiatives within an institutional framework and an integrated system.

Quality Assurance

Samira Abdel Razzaq, Senior Manager, Quality Assurance and Corporate Governance at the Strategy and Corporate Excellence Department confirmed Dubai Customs’ commitment to sustaining a path of excellence and success.

The government department consistently works towards implementing its ambitious strategy to cultivate a culture of quality and enhance employee capabilities, ultimately aiming for excellence and sustainable development. This ongoing effort is crucial for Dubai Customs to meet customer and partner needs, the press note concluded.

Slimstock: Pioneering a dependable, sustainable and resilient supply chain


Industry may be burdened with challenges and hurdles, but the future looks bright thanks to technology and technological breakthroughs. Supply chain is the enabler of business strategies and can be a competitive advantage if managed well and can surely transform into a growth engine, asserts Rachid Labrik, Vice President MEA, Slimstock.

Supply chains are stressed today with many disruptions that can come in any shape or form. These are attributable to customer expectations and the rapid emergence of disruptive technologies. Businesses in the Middle East, like its peers elsewhere in the world, have some significant hurdles to overcome. In this exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Global Supply Chain, Rachid Labrik reveals
among several other observations, why supply chain leaders must be proactive and prioritise eliminating waste and superfluousness to tap into the vast positive and remedial potential available.

(GSC) You’re no stranger to the region. What drew you to finally make the move to the Middle East? (RL) I have been working with different customers in the region before coming to settle down here. I love the hospitality and the warm relationships you can establish here. I wanted to get closer to my Arabic roots and experience more of these values. But there is also tremendous potential and growth opportunity in the Middle East. Coming here and being a part of it was a huge draw. It’s a massively exciting time for the region. I’m hopeful that my 14 years of experience helping businesses throughout Europe to create more effective and profitable supply chains can help me make a significant impact.

(GSC) What are the biggest supply chain priorities in the Middle East? (RL) The Middle East is a region with a distinct geographical advantage. It is a global crossroads. Not only is it an international supply chain hub, but businesses in the region also play a pivotal role in other global supply chains. Growth is very much on the cards throughout the region, and the supply chain is right at the heart of what the kingdom is building. However, business leaders must set the right foundations to unlock its full potential.

Long-term growth and prosperity should be the aim, but to realise both of those ambitious goals, businesses need to focus on sustainability. If you can build a future without waste and better optimisation of resources, your success will stand the test of time, and future uncertainties lie in wait around the corner.

(GSC) You come from a technology background, with a degree in Machine Learning and AI. To what extent do you think technology is the key to businesses succeeding in the Middle East? (RL) Technology can be a massive differentiator – something that will only become more and more crucial for companies in the region who are looking to succeed. And make no mistake, leveraging AI and Machine Learning can unlock enormous opportunities for growth.

Big four consulting and auditing corporations, and industry experts agree that technological transformation is necessary to stay competitive within the existing operational models. It should work hand in hand with your strategic vision and commercial expertise. Let’s look at e-grocery businesses as an example. AI powers the e-grocery industry.

Not so long ago, it was near impossible to maintain a profitable operation. Life was very different in the days before dynamic replenishment and automated fulfilment were made possible through the rise of sophisticated technologies. Today, grocery businesses are embracing AI and Machine Learning to achieve stronger margins. But more importantly, these businesses are doing this while delivering a better customer experience with less waste, less working capital locked up in stock, and less wasted talent.

Many companies are experimenting with AI-powered chatbots, personalized recommendations, and other applications. More recently, ChatGPT and Open AI initiatives have opened up new possibilities of applications of LLM (Large Language Models) in a number of areas – for both internal purposes and customer facing applications.However, I am a firm believer in the notion that silver bullets don’t exist. AI is no different. Indeed, AI can only bring value if the conditions in your business are optimised. You must first have quality data as a priority. And following that, you need a good level of maturity.

Only when you have both of these in place can you begin to focus on value-added tasks. So many companies look at automation as a way to level up. And rightly so, but without accurate, high-quality data, you could be making mistakes you don’t become aware of until it’s too late.

However, if you have the right foundations, you should look to automate everything you can. Augment planner’s intelligence with strategic automation, and a waste-free supply chain is a credible goal you can strive to achieve.

(GSC) How else can businesses leverage technology to create a waste-free supply chain? (RL) In my opinion, technology exists to help us make better decisions faster. I believe supply chain technologies can act as a co-pilot for your supply chain operations.

Imagine a tool which can help you: Collaboratively align plans, budgets and forecasts with business strategy; streamline sales and operations planning; automate financial consolidation for joined-up planning; strategically close talent gaps for an empowered workforce; gain a comprehensive view of cash flow dynamics and provide instant access to highly accurate demand insights through advanced predictive analytics.

That is a tremendous amount of power to have at your fingertips. It might have sounded like a pipe dream not so long ago, but it’s now fully achievable with the right technology partner.

(GSC) What tips do you have for businesses to accelerate the adoption of innovative supply chain technology? (RL) To exploit the full potential of any technology or tool, we must have the right pillars to ensure its success.

The supply chain is no different. And your success will hinge on two critical factors: your people and your processes. The processes should be designed to run efficiently and effectively, with correct inputs and outputs. They should be designed using the best practices. To make this all successful, there should be clear governance, clear RACI and RAPID. A plan for learning & and development and change management.

(GSC) Can you elaborate on that? How can you empower your people to deliver better business outcomes? (RL) You must empower your people throughout your supply chain and create resilient processes. For the people part of the puzzle, you must be talent driven as a business.

That means that a focus on reinforcing technical and functional skills is critical. Train your staff, develop them, challenge them, and help them succeed beyond even their own expectations. It also means hiring the right talent. Skill gaps in your business can mean a limitation to your immediate and long-term success. Highlighting where these gaps exist and taking tangible steps to address them will be a cost-saving exercise that pays dividends down the road.

You also need to think about automation. Automation can become an asset for the business to help people. Automation can become an asset for the business to help people. Can you automate routine supply chain tasks so that your team can invest their time where it counts most? Can you automate your routine replenishment workflows without losing control? Can you autonomously consider anticipated demand, promotions, events, and product scarcity?

If so, you will create unrivalled agility throughout your end-to-end network while delivering the service your customers deserve.

(GSC) What role can Slimstock play in helping businesses sharpen their competitive advantage? (RL) I take great pride in the work we do both across the Middle East and further afield. As a global business, we support 1,500 customers across every discipline. That’s a huge responsibility and something which we take very seriously.

From helping businesses leverage the power of AI, to supporting supply chain teams to analyse and improve their operations, I’m lucky to work for a company at the cutting edge of supply chain technology. Our mission in the Middle East is simple: to ensure rapid adoption and seamless integration to help businesses unlock a return on their investment as fast as possible. We provide supply chain leaders with the knowledge, the robust insight, and the intelligent tools they need to enhance performance and enable continuous improvement.

Finally, we help our customers to stay at the top of their game by continuously enhancing our award-winning supply chain planning platform, Slim4, with the latest innovations.

(GSC) Slimstock is already trusted by some of the biggest brands in the region. How will you help these businesses to move forward? (RL) We have established a fantastic customer community in the Middle East region. But to help our ever-growing network of customers deliver long-term performance improvements, we are here to support every step of their customer journey.

That is why our customers play such a crucial role in shaping our product development roadmap.

From helping our customers to advance the maturity of their S&OP and IBP processes, to developing new and improved capabilities in areas like network balancing, consensus forecasting, rough-cut capacity planning and workflow management, we work with our customers to build the tools they need to unlock sustainable growth.

But we also understand that the best lessons come from your peers. The Middle East is a melting pot of some of the brightest minds in the supply chain business. By bringing these people together to share ideas and solve supply chain hurdles via our academy or industry events, we can make a real difference.

(GSC) How does Slimstock look at Sustainability? (RL) The goal is to enable businesses to make environmentally conscious decisions in their supply chain processes, contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach to supply chain.

Our solutions optimize demand forecasting, minimize waste with precision, and cut transport waste through consolidated orders. Our aim is to drive profitability, efficiency, and sustainability at the same time!

Leschaco appointed David & Maximilian


Leschaco appointed David Williams as Global Head of Tank Container and Maximilian Nause as Global Head of Sales

Leschaco, a leading player in the logistics sector, is happy to announce the appointment of David Williams as the new Global Head of Tank Container. His predecessor, Maximilian Nause is taking over responsibility as Global Head of Sales as of January 01, 2024.

David Williams brings a wealth of experience to his new role, demonstrated in a wide range of various previous positions. With a strong track record in Shipping and Logistics & Services he is a business leader with extensive experience proven in various senior management roles since 1991 in AP Møller – Maersk Group. Prior to joining Leschaco Group, David was Vice President, Africa Region Managing Director (Maersk).

As Global Head of Tank Container, David Williams will be responsible for overseeing and driving the strategic initiatives of Leschaco’s tank container operations worldwide. His role will involve collaborating with key stakeholders, managing global teams, and further driving innovative solutions to enhance operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Leschaco’s CEO, Constantin Conrad, expressed his excitement about David’s appointment, stating, “We are delighted to welcome David Williams to our leadership team. With him at the helm, we are setting the stage for the successful continuation of our Tank Container story. His global vision, interpersonal skills, and dedication to excellence align perfectly with our values and goals. We believe that this new and complementary addition to our Group is an exciting step forward in our journey toward ambitious growth, sustainable success and operational excellence.”

David Williams commented, “I am honored to join the Leschaco Group at such an exciting time. The global tank container industry is dynamic and full of potential. I look forward to working with the talented teams at Leschaco to capitalize on opportunities, drive innovation, and deliver exceptional value to our customers.”

Maximilian Nause, former Global Head of Tank Container, is taking over responsibility as Global Head of Sales as of January 01, 2024. In this new role, he will not only lead the global sales organisation of the Leschaco Group but will also drive the global implementation and investments of the new sales strategy aimed at enhancing the sales structure further for the benefit of their valued customers worldwide. Maximilian Nause, coming from within the Leschaco Group, brings a deep understanding of products, services and customer needs. By fine-tuning the sales approach, the globally active logistics service provider will be able to respond even better to the evolving customer needs and preferences as well as regional specificities, ensuring a more personalized customer experience.

“Our robust and powerful sales organization is the driving force behind our success, consistently exceeding targets and setting new standards for customer satisfaction. We are excited to see Maximilian Nause take on this pivotal role. His in-depth knowledge of our business and unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction makes him the ideal person to lead our global sales efforts and drive positive change,” concluded Constantin Conrad.

Maximilian Nause commented: “I am thrilled and deeply privileged to assume the role of Global Head of Sales, a position that holds both significance and promise as we chart our course towards achieving the corporate strategy goals set for 2030. Our shared commitment to excellence, customer satisfaction, and ethical business practices will be the guiding principles as we forge ahead.”

Company information: The Leschaco Group is a traditional, owner-managed logistics service provider and offers intercontinental logistics solutions for sea and air freight as well as contract logistics and tank container operation. As proven partner for leading companies in plant construction and mechanical engineering, automotive, chemical and related industries, producers of consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Leschaco offers comprehensive logistics solutions from one single source. Our globally standardised IT–environment guarantees the required high process transparency. The company was founded under the name of Lexzau, Scharbau by Wilhelm Lexzau and Julius Scharbau in Hamburg in 1879. Today, the group is represented in 24 countries worldwide. This network is supported by a carefully selected network of agents. The company insists on a sustainable business development and its headquarters are in Bremen.

Weleda bolsters German region with LFS


Weleda AG is a leading manufacturer of anthroposophical medicine and holistic natural beauty products. The company has achieved a significant milestone with successful integration of the LFS warehouse management system supplied by EPG (Ehrhardt Partner Group) at its production location in Switzerland. Introducing the system signifies a crucial step in transitioning all manufacturing sites in the German-speaking region to LFS.

The Swiss pharmaceutical and natural beauty product group operates in a challenging sector defined by strict regulatory requirements and complex supply chains. It was faced with the increasingly necessary task of improving efficiency in its warehouse management processes at its production sites in Germany and Switzerland without losing the required flexibility in its warehouses.

Weleda was looking for a flexible warehouse management system which would provide administration for its entire logistics materials and information flow to meet its specific requirements as a medicine and natural beauty product manufacturer.

It settled on the LFS warehouse management system. Weleda now uses LFS at its Arlesheim production location to ensure that more than 8,000 downstream clients such as pharmacies, drug stores, hospitals, retail companies and mail order firms are reliably supplied with around 250 orders daily. LFS’s introduction in Switzerland is a pilot project which ultimately aims to allow all logistics processes to be mapped in LFS throughout the German-speaking region in the future.

Flexible, scalable, transparent

LFS collects and visualises all process data for intra-company logistics. Its well-organised logistics cockpit offers transparency in displaying future logistics processes such as goods receipts, order statuses and picking. This ensures early identification of process optimisations and warehouse potentials. Employees at control points receive proactive notifications of potential bottlenecks.

LFS seamlessly integrates into the existing Weleda infrastructure, enabling the use of standard processes and regular updates and allowing key users to configure and parametrise the system effortlessly. Client-specific adjustments have been made during installation to ensure optimal mapping of processes and perfect integration of hardware such as printers, scanners and workstations. The natural beauty experts are also obliged to take into account numerous GMP/GDP regulations. All WMS requirements needed to be documented, tested and validated in advance according to stringent criteria.

Partnership into the future

In addition to successfully completing the introduction of LFS, the partnership-based cooperation between all project participants merits special attention regarding further progress of the project. “The partnership between Weleda and EPG is defined by a dynamic in which all involved parties work closely together on a cooperative basis,” explain Eugen Risto and Salvatore Trovato, LVS Project Managers at Weleda. “It’s a partnership where every voice is heard and all members work consistently towards a common goal. Their professionalism and constructive approach mean we can look forward to the forthcoming launch at the German location confidently.”

Following successful incorporation at Arlesheim, the partners now aim to apply the experience they gained there to the logistics campus in the German city of SchwäbischGmünd with its high-bay warehouse for 17,200 pallets. Plans are in place to introduce EPG’s International Shipping System (ISS), a multi-carrier shipping software that already handles shipping logistics at Weleda’s headquarters effectively. The WCS material flow system is also to be integrated to control the automated storage units and conveyor systems efficiently.

Emirates Post and RAK DED to Provide Licensing Services


Emirates Post, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Ras Al-Khaimah Department of Economic Development that will enable the provision of the Department’s services through Emirates Post’s offices in the emirate. This partnership aims to simplify business processes and enhance the economic appeal of the emirate.

H.E. Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post Group, and H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al Shayeb Al Naqbi, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development, signed the agreement during a ceremony held at Ras Al Khaimah’s Department of Economic Development headquarters. The event was attended by key officials and employees from both sides.

Commenting on the new agreement, H.E. Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post Group stated: “We are proud to announce this agreement with the Ras Al Khaimah Department of Economic Development. The extensive network of our postal business, Emirates Post, goes beyond mail services and delivery. Emirates Post Customer Happiness Centres serve as a dynamic hub for essential services and information that fosters community engagement and socio-economic development. This partnership not only reinforces our commitment to enhancing accessibility and convenience but also solidifies Emirates Post’s role as a vital cornerstone in community connectivity through smart and reliable solutions”.

Further elaborating on the partnership, H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Al Shayeb Al Naqbi said: “This new partnership with Emirates Post marks a key development in our ongoing efforts to support the business sector in Ras Al Khaimah. By integrating and offering our digital services at Emirates Post’s offices, we are not just introducing new service channels, but also significantly enhancing the efficiency and flexibility of our processes. Our aim is to handle a greater volume of daily transactions swiftly, ultimately leading to increased client satisfaction and contributing positively to their experience”.

This agreement between Emirates Post and the Economic Development Department represents a strategic move to expand the Department’s services, including trade licenses, permit services, trade name registration, and certificate requests, through Emirates Post’s Customer Happiness Centres in Ras Al Khaimah. This initiative not only facilitates easier access for investors and businessmen to vital documents, saving time and costs, but also strengthens Emirates Post’s role as the country’s official postal operator and community facilitator. The partnership contributes to an improved investment environment in the emirate, enhancing customer satisfaction and fostering growth and profitability through potential collaborations with other local service providers in the UAE.

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Advantage Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery

The lithium iron phosphate battery or LFP battery (lithium ferro-phosphate) is a type of lithium-iron battery using lithium iron phosphate as the cathode material, and a graphitic carbon electrode with a metallic backing as the anode.