Thursday, April 13, 2017

Weekly Freight and Logistics News Roundup

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WORLDWIDE – In a break from the norm our usual Friday freight round up is moved to today as it’s Good Friday tomorrow. So here is the weekly round-up of the stories that didn’t make the front pages.

TAIWAN – AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has launched its twelfth online destination in the Asia Pacific with twice-weekly Boeing 747 freighter services to Taipei. The addition of Taipei means ABC has doubled its route network for customers in the region in the last two years. AirBridgeCargo also offers 747F services to and from Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Hanoi, Phnom Penh, Hong Kong and the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing and Zhengzhou.

The new service to Taipei will operate from Moscow Sheremetyevo every Wednesday and Saturday, returning via Hanoi in Vietnam, and enables AirBridgeCargo to link Taipei with its network of destinations in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. for imports and exports. Sergey Lazarev, General Director ABC, said:

“Taipei is a mature and stable air cargo market generating volumes close to 500,000 tonnes per annum so it is a major origin, destination and transit point for freight. This includes exports of electronic components, machinery, textiles as well as a diverse range of import cargoes. We know from listening to customers in Taipei and those in other countries with traffic to and from Taiwan that there is demand for the quality of service and network opportunities AirBridgeCargo is able to offer. This is why we are supporting our customers once again with our services and additional capacity in a prime market where they want to work with us.”

ARGENTINA – Liebherr-Argentina S.A. has opened a new office in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. From the subsidiary Liebherr is expanding activities in Argentina and Uruguay, primarily in the product areas of mining, mobile cranes and port and harbour cranes.

"My greatest wish is that this new office becomes too small very quickly", stated Daniel Haag, Managing Director of Liebherr-Argentina S.A., during the opening ceremony. "We are optimistic about the future and are expecting further growth in Argentina and the neighbouring countries we look after from here."

UK – Gideon Hillman Consulting have achieved an ISO 9001: 2015 certification. In a statement the company said:

“Gideon Hillman Consulting pride themselves on being the best they can be. Being ISO registered and a recognised member practice of the Institute of Consulting and a corporate member of UKWA (UK Warehousing Association) enables the GH team to ensure their products and services, consistently meet their clients’ requirements.”

UK – Mentor, a national provider of fork lift truck training, has expanded its Bromsgrove training facility. Now doubled in size, the training facility offers accommodation for a large number of training courses – with greater classroom capacity, increased practical spaces and additional on-site parking.

Mentor has upgraded its equipment, alongside its facilities. The company recently took delivery of a new mobile boom, scissor lift, and scaffold tower. Specifically used for training, all of the new trucks will remain permanently on site allowing the company to run more IPAF and PASMA courses. Stuart Taylor, managing director at Mentor Training, said:

“The new expansion is going to open up a lot of course possibilities. And for operators, with all of the new equipment and capabilities, it is going to be really beneficial for delegates.”