HONG KONG/WARBURG–Lödige Industries, the world’s leading provider of air cargo terminal solutions, says it has completed an automated Cold Chain Pallet-Cargo System at Hong Kong International Airport.
Via its Hong Kong office, the German company, planned, manufactured and implemented the advanced system for AAT COOLPORT, which is the first on-airport cold chain facility in Hong Kong providing a complete temperature-controlled environment, operated by Asia Airfreight Terminal (AAT).
Supported by the tailor-made pallet moving solution, the operator can maintain strictly regulated cold chains seamlessly and respond to the increasing global demand for temperature-sensitive air transports.
The customised and automated material handling system is designed for fast and safe transport of temperature-sensitive goods inside the cold chain facility. Modern and climate-resistant sensors in combination with an enhanced maintenance and control system ensure an efficient and safe flow of fragile goods.
Lödige Industries was awarded the contract for the project because it met both the high-quality requirements for stringent cold chain regulations and was able to achieve short turnaround timelines.
The market for temperature-sensitive goods, like pharmaceuticals, and perishables, is currently the strongest growing market in air freight worldwide. Given the rapid planning and implementation of the automated ULD handling system, AAT is able to meet the rapidly growing demand of its customers for temperature-sensitive air cargo as well as strict cold chain regulations.
“The sector for temperature-sensitive goods is becoming a very important market for our customers”, says Yammie Sin, Chief Marketing Officer at Asia Airfreight Terminal. “Seamless compliance with cold chain regulations is enormously important, so we are investing in the most reliable and efficient equipment for our new cold storage facility COOLPORT. This also allows AAT to offer services that were previously unavailable in Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), such as temperature-controlled truck docks, the ability to screen, build up and break down cargo entirely within a temperature-controlled environment.”
The contract was awarded in June 2021 and AAT COOLPORT has been serving the industry since July 2022. Lödige Industries has a proven track record given its numerous material handling system projects in Asia (e.g., at the airports of Singapore or Chengdu).
The company, with regional offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, has a solid understanding of customer needs in the Asian region, and an established network of local partners.
Nicholas Tripptree, Managing Director, APAC at Lödige Industries, emphasizes the importance of innovation in the air cargo industry: “We look back on a long partnership with Asia Airfreight Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport, where we continue to service the system which was handed over in 2006 and modernised in 2018. We are proud that one of the largest airfreight companies at the airport,chooses to support its customers with our best-in-class solutions for moving pallets and ULDs.”
SWADLINCOTE, UK—British fitness community and apparel brand,Gymshark has chosen DSV as its global logistics and transport partner, with DSV agreeing to provide international multimodal transport solutions for Gymshark’s fitness wear,apparel and accessories to support its ambitious global growth strategy.
Established in the UK in 2012, Gymshark has seen rapid growth in recent years, with sales of around £480m in its most recent financial year in over 180 countries. In order to meet growing international sales, complex supply chain requirements and customer expectations, Gymshark has partnered with DSV.
This strategic partnership will provide consolidation of Gymshark’s shipments under oneforwarder from manufacturers in nine origins to distribution centres across the UK, Belgium, Australia,Canada and the USA.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Gymshark and entrusted with supporting it in the next phase of its exciting growth story. It became apparent early on that Gymshark and DSV shared severalsynergies and were aligned in drawing on our combined expertise to achieve the best possibleresults,” said Morten Landry, Managing Director, Air & Sea, DSV UK.
“As Gymshark’s business grows, its supply chain requirements have become increasinglycomplex,placing additional emphasis on the need for robust logistics services. DSV’s operationalexpertise, global capabilities, infrastructure and IT solutions will provide reliability and visibility acrossGymshark’s entire supply chain. I hope this marks the start of a long-standing partnership,” he added.
Zac Singh, Sourcing Director for Gymshark, explains: “Whenever we are looking for any partner, it’s always so important that they ‘get us’, our brand andour values. When it came to logistics, DSV not only have the credentials, but from the moment wemet it was clear they understood how we operate as a brand and were completely on the same page.We’re looking forward to an excellent working partnership with them as our global logistics andtransport supplier.”
Abu Dhabi, UAE—AD Ports Group delivered on its commitment to produce remarkable results and extend its international reach in its first year as a publicly traded company, with 2022 becoming one of the most important years in the company’s storied history so far.
Demonstrating the fruitfulness of AD Ports Group’s bold growth strategy, the group surpassed several key financial records in 2022. By 9M 2022, the Group’s revenue had grown 53% year-on-year to AED 1,466 million; EBITDA increased 52% to AED 594 million; and Net Profit soared 77% to reach AED 334 million.
The year started with the listing of AD Ports Group’s shares for the first time on Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADX) and continued with remarkable achievements through to December 2022, when it was honoured to welcome His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to inaugurate the expansion of Khalifa Port. The expansion works position Khalifa Port among the global elite of deep-water ports, with an estimated value of AED 20.4 billion.
Throughout 2022, AD Ports Group has continued to demonstrate its drive to position Abu Dhabi at the frontier of world trade, adding value to stakeholders through the expansion and improvement of services.
The Group has built new strategic relationships within the region and beyond, which has enabled the group to open new trade corridors. Through new partnerships and shipping routes, AD Ports Group is developing the highest levels of connectivity between the Arabian Gulf, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, East Africa, and Central Asia – vital trading partners that will help drive economic growth in the region and internationally.
Major acquisitions have played a key role in AD Ports Group’s growth story in 2022. The company completed its first international acquisition in September, acquiring a 70% stake in Egypt’s Transmar and TCI, and followed that with agreements to acquire an 80% stake in Global Feeder Shipping (GFS), which will see the group significantly expand its fleet and container capacity, and a 100% stake in Spain’s Noatum, a global logistics giant.
Upon completion, these transformational investments will consolidate AD Ports Group’s position as a market leader across multiple industries, operating ports and terminals around the world, with a fleet of 175 vessels, a feeder container capacity of around 100,000 TEUs, and a global logistics brand providing specialist services across multiple territories.
H.E. Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman, AD Ports Group, said: “Throughout 2022, AD Ports Group has demonstrated its consistent efforts to evolve the services we offer to customers, while supporting Abu Dhabi’s aims to be a leading global hub for trade and logistics. AD Ports Group is proud to have delivered a remarkable growth story in 2022, expanding our global connectivity through new trade corridors, and becoming a truly global company through organic growth and international acquisitions.
“As we work to further develop infrastructure across assets in the UAE and beyond, our objective is to position the company as a global enabler that supports industrial growth and contributes to our leaders’ strategic aims to diversify the UAE economy.”
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “2022 has been a strong and historic year for AD Ports Group and we are proud to have shown a consistent drive to advance our business model and operations. AD Ports Group has evolved from a key contributor to Abu Dhabi’s economy into a publicly listed entity with an expanding global reach that is actively transforming key industries worldwide.
We believe that there are major opportunities ahead for AD Ports Group in international markets, and we have used our time in 2022 to restructure our company into empowered business clusters that work together to achieve our strategic goals. As always, we thank the leadership of the UAE for their guidance and support, which has enabled us to move so far and so fast as a business.”
To further support its growth aspirations, the company announced several key acquisitions, such as Divetech and ASCL and joint ventures within the UAE including the launch of SAFEEN Invictus and SAFEEN Surveys and Subsea Services. These strategic initiatives opened new business segments and service offerings for its Maritime Cluster, which has emerged as one of the most dynamic in the sector.
Throughout 2022, AD Ports Group continued to build its global presence, signing agreements with port authorities and partners around the world, including contracts with the Red Sea Ports Authority for major port projects along Egypt’s coastline and with SEG, one of the largest oil and gas companies in Uzbekistan, to open new logistics and freight businesses in the Central Asian nation.
Work continued on the development of the Marsa Zayed mega-project in Aqaba, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the company closed the year with a number of key agreements in Africa, including one with the Africa Finance Corporation to address infrastructure gaps across the continent, and a Heads of Terms agreement with the Government of the Republic of Sudan providing a consortium led by AD Ports Group and Invictus Investment with rights to develop, manage, and operate port and economic zone assets in Sudan.
Most recently, AD Ports Group began strategic expansion of its services in the Caspian Sea and Black Sea regions, as it entered a shareholder agreement with KMTF (Kazmortransflot), a fully- owned offshore logistics and services subsidiary of the Kazakh National Oil Company (KazMunayGas). The agreement will lead to the development of a new joint venture, under which the two companies will provide broad range of services including offshore support vessels, integrated offshore logistics and subsea solutions and container feedering, ro-ro and crude oil transportation in the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea regions.
AD Ports Group also transformed its offering in the Economic Cities and Free Zones (EC&FZ) space, launching ‘KEZAD Group’ to integrate its existing trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping into one consolidated entity comprising 12 economic zones with a total area of 550 square kilometres.
The Group’s digital subsidiary, Maqta Gateway, played a key role in supporting AD Ports Group’s international expansion in multiple areas. The Advanced Trade and Logistics Platform “ATLP”, the official single window for trade in Abu Dhabi, surpassed the milestone of facilitating more than 100 million digital transactions, and Maqta Gateway also collaborated with Emirates Post Group and SkyGo to launch aerial drone trials for a flying postal delivery service.
KUWAIT—Agility, a supply chain services, infrastructure and innovation company, has finalized its acquisition of UK-based John Menzies PLC for £763 million and will combine the business with its National Aviation Services (NAS) business to create a world leader in aviation services in 58 countries.
Once integrated, the combined companies will operate as Menzies Aviation and will be the world’s largest aviation services company by number of countries and second largest by number of airports served.
Menzies Aviation will provide air cargo services, fuel services and ground services at airports on six continents. Combined revenues of Menzies and NAS exceeded $1.5 billion in 2021. The new company will have approximately 35,000 employees and operations at 254 airports in 58 countries, handling 600k aircraft turns, 2 million tons of air cargo and 2.5 million fueling turns per year.
“Menzies and NAS will create the world leader in aviation services,” said Hassan El-Houry, who becomes Chairman of the combined company, having previously held the role of NAS CEO. “We will have the scale and resources to expand and grow as the industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial aviation is a key engine of global economic growth, and our customers need partners they can count on as flight volumes return.”
The company’s customers will include Air Canada, Air China, Air France-KLM, America Airlines,
British Airways, Cathay Pacific, EasyJet, Emirates, Ethiopian, flyDubai, Frontier Airlines, IAG,
Jazeera, Qantas Group, Qatar Airways, Southwest, Turkish, United Airlines, WestJet and Wizz
“With the combination of Menzies and NAS, our customers will receive world-class service, expanded product offerings, and the industry’s best safety practices at airports on six continents,” said Menzies Aviation CEO Philipp Joeinig, who will be CEO of the combined company. “Agility’s backing gives us the resources to provide innovative solutions for growing and forward-thinking customers, and to develop our talent, technology, and sustainability; critical factors for our future success. It also means we are well-positioned to support our customers in tackling supply chain challenges and labor shortages.”
Agility Vice Chairman Tarek Sultan described the deal between Agility, Menzies and NAS, as “new chapter, saying, “For Agility, this deal creates the largest owned and operated – “controlled” – business in Agility’s portfolio by revenue, headcount, and global presence. We’re looking forward to seeing the new Menzies soar with Agility’s backing.”
The boards of Agility and Menzies reached agreement March 30 on Agility’s cash offer to acquire 100% of Menzies ordinary shares, which traded on the London Stock Exchange, for 608 pence a share. The deal values Menzies at approximately £571 million on a fully diluted basis and approximately £763 million on an enterprise value basis.
Abu Dhabi, UAE – 14 September 2022: AD Ports Group says it has completed the acquisition of a 70 percent equity stake worth AED 514 million (about USD 140 million) in Transmar International Shipping Company (“Transmar”) and Transcargo International S.A.E. (“TCI”).
The value-accretive acquisitions of the two Egypt-based maritime companies – the first international acquisitions by the company – provide AD Ports Group with a market-leading platform for further growth in container, cargo and port operations in Egypt, North Africa and Gulf regions, and along the entire Red Sea.
AD Ports Group has expanded its global footprint significantly over the past year, announcing a series of new investments and partnerships in markets on key trade routes for the UAE including Jordan, Uzbekistan, Tanzania and Egypt.
Transmar is a regional container shipping company that operates across the Middle East, Red Sea, Arabian Gulf and Eastern Coast of Africa. Ports along its routes include Adabiya and Sokhna in Egypt; Jeddah, Jubail and Dammam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Aqaba in Jordan; Port Sudan in Sudan; and Djibouti in Djibouti, Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali in the UAE. It has special capabilities for handling petrochemical products, which make up a significant proportion of trade along these routes.
TCI is a terminal operator and stevedoring company that specializes in project cargo handling, heavy lift, breakbulk, industrial breakbulk, general cargo and container handling, as well as warehousing and storage facilities. It owns and operates a fleet of modern stevedoring equipment and has a strong focus on terminal operations in Adabiya Port, which is one of the main ports serving the Egyptian Red Sea region. TCI is the largest operator and sole container operator in Adabiya Port, holding a significant market share of handling and stevedoring services.
Together, Transmar and TCI are on track to deliver revenue and EBITDA of around USD 137 million and USD 65 million, respectively, for full-year 2022. The El Ahwal family and the executive team will remain in management of the companies and deliver the strategic growth plans under the guidance and support of the Board and in conjunction with AD Ports Group.
“The successful completion of this international acquisition is another important step in our journey of global growth and market expansion in line with the vision of our wise leadership. AD Ports Group prides itself on its proven ability to invest in value-adding partnerships and acquisitions that enhance our portfolio of services and provide new trade connections for our global customers,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Managing Director and Group CEO, AD Ports Group.
“This acquisition provides us with a controlling position in two regional market leaders and enhances our presence along key trade lanes. We see significant opportunity for leveraging the expertise and experience of Transmar and TCI to enhance our commercial offering across the Gulf region and North Africa,” he added.
KPMG LG acted as the financial advisor, PwC as the commercial advisor and Matouk Bassiouny and Hennawy as the legal advisor to AD Ports Group in these transactions. EFG-Hermes acted as the exclusive financial advisor and White & Case acted as the legal advisor to Transmar and TCI on this acquisition.
Following the success of the Innovation Journey held during the Executive Summit in March 2022, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Messe München are pleased to announce the launch of the start.hub logistics in Miami during the air cargo forum (ACF) and transport logistic Americas 2022.
“The Innovation Journey showed how vital it is for the industry to connect and explore innovations that can be applied into our businesses. We knew then that this could not be a one off and innovation needed to be incorporated into our events going forward. The launch of the start.hub logistics in Miami is yet another step toward our vision for air cargo and we are excited that Edmonton International Airport, which has such a focus on supporting innovative start-up businesses will be the first host.” Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair
The start.hub logistics has been developed to encourage new and innovative Start-Up’s to exhibit and network with the air cargo and logistics industries at the air cargo forum & transport logistic Americas this November.
Individual businesses that want to boost their exposure can take advantage of this low-cost entry into the world’s largest air cargo trade show of 2022. The start.hub offers an all-inclusive exhibitor package and is open to companies that:
1 – Present a logistics-related product or solution
2 – Employ 75 people or less
3 – Company younger than 8 years (founded on/or after 01/01/2014) no restriction on sales and earnings.
Edmonton International Airport, through its Innovation Expansion Strategy, has become a leading supporter of innovative businesses looking at alternative energy, carbon reduction, technical advancements, unmanned operations and a host of other unique programs and is a natural fit to host the start.hub.
“We’re excited to partner with TIACA and Messe München in launching the inaugural start.hub in Miami, creating a new space for entrepreneurs committed to sustainable innovation to connect with logistics leaders from around the world. Exploring new and innovative ideas is inherent to who we are. Whether it`s launching the first scheduled commercial drone logistics route at an airport, hosting the world’s largest solar farm at an airport or partnering with some of the world’s best clean fuel technology companies for transport, YEG is home to more than 250 businesses and countless partnerships. Not only do we support the movement of people and goods, we also appreciate the critical role that cargo plays in our economy and social landscape, and we are proud to support others as they do the same.” Mammen Tharakan, director of e-commerce, cargo & aviation real estate at Edmonton International Airport, said.
“We feel that it is important to be inclusive and offer a wide array of solutions for the logistics industry and start.hub logistics will allow us again to put the spotlight on new innovations and companies that are typically not seen this openly at industry events. After a first run in Munich in 2019 we are now excited to add this new addition to the air cargo forum in November and look forward to it being just as successful as the Innovation Journey in San Francisco,” Robert Schönberger, head of transport logistic exhibitions at Messe München, said.
Egypt’s systems integrator and global provider of industry-specific technology solutions, Giza Systems won a tender recently to provide smart transportation and traffic solutions for the New Administrative Capital (NAC).
The Smart Transport and Traffic Systems project aims to address the challenges facing new cities, by integrating elements of transport and traffic to boost traffic efficiency and achieve global standard mobility rates.
The Head of the Technology and Systems Sector at the Administrative Capital for Urban Development, Engineer Mohamed Khalil said that Giza Systems will establish an integrated model for transportation systems and smart traffic, developed for urban communities for the first time in Egypt.
The model will then be standardized and used in new cities, to develop communities, facilitate economic growth and protect the environment.
The systems also provide several benefits including improved response time to traffic accidents, reduced traffic congestion, optimal application of traffic laws, improved traffic, as well as advanced analytics to enable data-driven planning and decisions.
On his part, the sales manager of Transportation at Giza Systems, Ahmed Abdel Azim noted that the new model will feature several integrated smart systems and functions under a unified platform, turn the traffic experience more adaptive and dynamic, adding that smart cities are a key pillar of sustainable development, as they utilize technology, digital solutions, and integration to drive efficiency, growth and sustainability.
Tbilisi/Almaty/Lauterach—Gebrüder Weiss says it is expanding its transport links on the New Silk Road to quickly move goods between Europe, Turkey and China amid increasing demand for trade between the continents.
The company said it’s focusing on routes along the Middle Corridor of the historic trade route that run through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to China. This route is geographically shorter and links up directly with services that Gebrüder Weiss operates every day between West and South-East Europe, Turkey and Tbilisi (Georgia).
The Gebrüder Weiss logistics centers in Tbilisi and Almaty (Kazakhstan) will in future serve as hubs for the transport of goods, where they will then be transported by road, sea or rail along the New Silk Road, among other routes, to countries in Central Asia or even as far as China.
The company said it is preparing for a sharp rise in demand for transport capacity and will offer more truck transports along this route from now on. “We expect demand for road transports to increase as China re-opens its borders, having closed them as a result of the coronavirus. The fact that we have long-term contracts with reliable regional partners means that we can offer our customers sufficient cargo space, regular services and acceptable transport times,” said Thomas Moser, Director and Regional Manager Black Sea/CIS at Gebrüder Weiss.
Gebrüder Weiss has been supporting industrial and trading operations in the growing markets along the traditional trade route with transport and logistics solutions for more than 20 years, using its own branches in Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China as a basis.
From there, it organizes direct connections between Europe and Asia, and also provides services within and between the countries of Central Asia. These services include truck and rail transports, air and sea freight, customs clearance, warehouse logistics and e-fulfillment.
HONG KONG—The largest independent air cargo handler in Hong Kong–Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl)—became the first cargo terminal and logistics corporation to have its own training courses accredited under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework (HKQF).
The four courses which are now recognized under HKQF are Hactl’s Certificate in Special and Temperature Controlled Cargo Handling for Supervisors (QF Level 3); Certificate in Dangerous Goods Awareness Training for Handlers (QF Level 2); Certificate in Conflict Resolution (QF Level 3); and Certificate in Service Excellence (QF Level 3). The accreditations are valid for two years and subject to re-accreditation.
HKQF was launched in 2008 by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government), covering qualifications in the academic, vocational and professional as well as continuing education sectors. It aims to promote lifelong learning to enhance the quality, professionalism and competitiveness of Hong Kong’s workforce. QF qualifications are quality-assured, and rated against defined standards.
“Although we have been following the standards of IATA and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department for many years, the Specification of Competency Standards, which we applied in designing these courses, has been drawn up by members of the local logistics industry – so it better meets our business needs. Two of our QF-accredited courses include soft skills training, providing a more comprehensive education for our employees,” said Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong.
“Overall, QF accreditation should help to standardize local industry competencies and lead to improved standards, enhancing Hong Kong’s image in the logistics sector. Wider adoption of QF courses will also make it easier to evaluate the competency level of candidates when recruiting, which will be of great benefit to Hactl and the air cargo industry,” he added.
To achieve QF recognition for its courses, Hactl underwent Initial Evaluation to verify its capacity and resources to run the courses on a sustainable basis. Each course was then evaluated to determine whether its planning and management, syllabuses, delivery arrangements and assessment methods could achieve its claimed objectives and learning outcomes.
The entire process took around one year and was complicated by the need for Hactl to adjust the syllabuses of the original program to meet the competency standards of QF.
Steve Lai, General Manager of Qualifications Framework Secretariat, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Hactl as a new QF-recognized training provider. Providing quality-assured QF-recognized training to colleagues will definitely enhance the professionalism of Hactl’s workforce and the air cargo industry at large in the long run.”
Caption: Hactl Chief Executive Wilson Kwong, right, with Steve Lai, General Manager of Qualifications Framework Secretariat. Image Credit: Hactl
LUXEMBOURG/PUTEAUX–Cargolux and long-term partner Bolloré Logistics have signed an agreement for the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in joint operations covering 800,000 liters of SAF.
This initiative will enable Bolloré Logistics to reduce its Scope 3 Greenhous Gas Emissions by at least 2,200 tonnes of CO2e, a reflection of both parties’ commitment to sustainable operations.
“Cargolux is strongly committed to the development and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel and has foreseen investment in SAF-related projects over the coming years. The agreement we signed with our long-term partner Bolloré Logistics is a significant achievement, one we hope to build on in the future. Taking this step with a trusted customer is important for Cargolux and it highlights both our companies’ engagement for environmentally-sound operations,” said Domenico Ceci, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Cargolux.
Pierre Houé, Deputy COO of Bolloré Logistics, noted, “Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a key solution for Bolloré Logistics to decarbonize transportation and reach our carbon reduction targets set up in our CSR Program “Powering Sustainable Logistics”. Building a strong partnership with a crucial partner like Cargolux is critical to enable the aviation industry to operate a transition towards a more sustainable future. We are very glad to engage in this journey together.”
Agreements such as this one, build on the foundations for cleaner operations and Cargolux is proud of embarking on this journey with Bolloré Logistics, the airline said. It added, “sustainability is a crucial focus for air cargo and Cargolux is engaged in the industry’s commitment to more environmentally sound operations.”
The development and availability of SAF rank high on Cargolux’ agenda. The airline has a dedicated SAF program securing the acquisition of current and next generation sustainable fuels. These initiatives, aimed at reducing both parties’ emissions, position Cargolux as an advocate for sustainability within the air cargo industry and hence global supply chains.
In line with its “Powering Sustainable Logistics” CSR program, Bolloré Logistics committed to cut 30% by 2030, compared to 2019, of its Scope 3 CO2 emissions generated by the execution of transport. The ambitious goal, well-below the 2°C trajectory, involves making a sustainable offering central to its operations.
Since then, the company launched AIRsaf, an offer based on the use of SAF that also incorporates an end-to-end approach, with low-carbon pre-carriage and post-carriage transportation, as well as management of reusable packaging. It also made various partnerships with airlines to promote the use of SAF to decarbonize air freight and enable its customers to meet their emission reduction targets.