Positive sentiments to drive 2020 air cargo market

January 14, 2020: Unisys, a worldwide information technology company that creates innovative digital logistics solutions for air cargo industry, joins Air Cargo India as the track sponsor for its eighth edition scheduled to take place from February 25 to 27 at Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. The theme of the three-day event is “state of digitalisation in the air cargo industry”.

Commenting on Unisys’ partnership and participation, Niranjan Navaratnarajah, Cargo Industry Director for Unisys Asia Pacific, said: “India is one of the largest consumer and manufacturer of goods and is a significant global player for air freight. Against this backdrop Air Cargo India provides a fantastic opportunity for global airlines, airports, ground handlers, forwarders, shippers and service providers to meet and discuss the key challenges, opportunities, innovations and disruptions in this dynamic industry including logistics management, emerging technologies, cyber and physical security, new business models, and new ways to collaborate. Thus we believe Air Cargo India is one of the key global conference for the industry to converge and address topics. We look forward participating in these important discussions and in particular draw on our experience in digital transformation for cargo and securing the supply chain for both data and physical items.”

Global air cargo markets have had an extremely tough time in 2019 as a result of the recent global trade disputes. Air freight demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), contracted by around 5 percent, the worst performance since the 2008-9 global financial crisis. Air Cargo India takes place against the backdrop of IATA’s forecast of slight improvements in air freight demand for 2020 after a particularly challenging 2019. It also comes at an opportune time to deliberate on the status of the industry that has taken a beating due to geopolitical conflicts and the US-China trade impasse, among other factors.

On February 26, Niranjan Navaratnarajah will represent Unisys in a panel discussing the topic of “trade tension drag on air cargo and building resilience”. Air freight is critical to global trade as 35 percent of goods (by value) traded globally is transported by air cargo. The industry plays a pivotal role in moving goods to meet consumer demand. As these consumer expectations rapidly increase and evolve, the air freight industry needs to adapt, change and explore new ways of doing business, simplify and be more efficient.

Talking about Unisys’ future plans to expand in India Navaratnarajah said: “Approximately 25 percent of our global workforce is based in India supporting clients globally as well as locally for the likes of Air India and the Bangalore International Airport Ltd. The industry centers of excellence based in India help us to drive and deliver innovation worldwide. India is a very important market for us from business growth and talent acquisition point of view. We plan to continue to grow our global capabilities as well as our client base within India.”

Unisys builds high-performance, security-centric solutions for the most demanding businesses and governments including security software and services, digital transformation and workplace services and industry applications for the travel & transportation, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Apart from exhibitions, panel discussions and air shipper forums Air Cargo India will offer a platform for exchange of opinions and ideas, along with meaningful networking opportunities.

Air Cargo India has onboard Zeal Global Group as the Platinum Sponsor, GMR Cargo as the Gold Partner, Atlas Air as the Exhibitor Lanyard Partner, Skyways Group as the Visitor Lanyard Partner, CargoFlash as the Delegate Bag sponsor and Cathay Pacific Cargo as the sponsor for Cafeteria & Visitor Bags. IBS Software is onboard as Track Sponsor. The air shipper forums are supported by Bangalore Airport, Pharma.aero, Frankfurt Airport and Miami International Airport.

The last edition of Air Cargo India in 2018 witnessed participation from 2,354 visitors, 74 exhibitors and 478 delegates.

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About Messe Muenchen India
As part of its international strategy, Messe München founded its own affiliated company in India with a registered office in Mumbai, in September 2007. Messe Muenchen India has been founded to provide Messe München with timely and competent organizational support for its increasing involvement in India. The trade fairs organized by Messe Muenchen India are analytica Anacon India, electronica India, productronica India, drink technology India, LASER World of PHOTONICS India, Intersolar India, India Lab Expo, IFAT India and Indian Ceramics. In the coming years Messe Muenchen India will include more verticals keeping in mind its international expansion strategy.

Messe Muenchen acquired air cargo India And Air Cargo Africa in 2018 to strengthen its global network. In China, India, Turkey and in the global leading trade fair in Munich, Air Cargo plays a major role in the transport logistic network.

For more information, kindly contact: Rovina Gomes at +91- 9892173583rovina.gomes@mm-india.in

About Emirates SkyCargo
Emirates SkyCargo is the freight division of Emirates. With an unrivalled route network, Emirates SkyCargo connects customers to over 155 cities across six continents and operates in many of the world’s fastest developing markets. Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity on Emirates’ fleet of over 270 aircraft, including 11 Boeing 777 freighters. During the last Financial Year (2018/19) Emirates SkyCargo carried 2.7 million tonnes of cargo. Emirates SkyCargo has developed transportation solutions for specific verticals including pharmaceuticals and perishables. More details at www.skycargo.com

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