Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Asian Container Shipping Event Brings Freight Providers and Suppliers Together

Itinerary for Supply Chain Asia Event Announced
Shipping News Feature

HONG KONG – WORLDWIDE – Speakers for the forthcoming TOC Container Supply Chain Asia conference have now been announced, full details of which can be found via the links on our Events Page. This year’s conference and exhibition brings together shippers, logistics providers, ocean and land based freight transport providers, ports and terminals and other key players to explore challenges and responses for container trade and supply chains across Asia Pacific and globally.

Leading companies now confirmed to participate include shippers such as Diageo, Levi Straus, Li & Fung, Philips Electronics and Ralph Lauren; 3PLs Agility and Panalpina; ocean carriers CMA CGM, MCC Transport, NYK and Hapag-Lloyd; port and terminal operators Modern Terminals Ltd, DP World, APM Terminals, London Gateway, COSCO Pacific, Pusan Newport, Patrick Container Terminals, Cai Lan International Container Terminal (CICT) and Port of Tanjung Pelapas and many others.

One of the key speakers, Mark Holloway, APAC & GTME Customer Service & Logistics Director for Diageo, the leading premium drinks business which trades in 180 separate global markets and has over 30% of Asian Pacific market share, commented:

“We need to focus on cost control to mitigate inflation and price volatility, while maintaining quality and a superior level of customer service across a large and diverse geography in Asia. More and more of us are thinking of more dynamic and flexible supply chains to accommodate the uncertainties and to give us more options when the unforeseen happens.

“We will deliver innovative solutions as a way to stimulate growth, while maintaining a focus on the welfare of our staff and reducing the impact of our activities on the environment, we will be looking for our service providers to focus on cost, quality, safety and partnership.”

The event kicks off on 12 March with a tour to Shekou Container Terminals and Quanhaiwan Free Trade Port Area. Hosted by China’s largest public port operator, China Merchants Holding International, the tour will provide a first-hand view of the sophisticated infrastructure developed to support manufacturing activity in the Pearl River Delta (PRD), including container terminal, barge and distribution centre operations.

The conference opens early on 13 March with keynote addresses from Eva Cheng, Hong Kong Secretary for Transport and Housing, Tommy Lui, Executive Vice President Hubbing & Freight Solutions for Li & Fung, and Mark McCalla, Partner – Infrastructure & Transportation Services at Accenture.