World Cargo Symposium picks innovation winners
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) concluded the 9th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Shanghai with the announcement of the winners of its inaugural Air Cargo Innovation Awards.
March 16, 2015
By Donald Urquhart
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) concluded the 9th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) in Shanghai with the announcement of the winners of its inaugural Air Cargo Innovation Awards. In a public vote on three finalists – all from the Netherlands coinicidently according to IATA – by WCS delegates, Floris Kleijn from CHEP Aerospace Solutions, was declared the winner for his CanTrack idea to bring smart technology to the ULD environment, harnessing solar energy and implementing smart tracking and tracing tools. Kleijn was presented with US$20,000 of funding to further develop his idea. Two runners-up, Niall van de Wouw from CLIVE and Kiona van de Burg from Cargo Hub, were each awarded funding of $8,000.
“We are delighted with the response to our first Air Cargo Innovation Awards. The jury was impressed with the range and originality of proposals submitted. Congratulations to Floris Kleijn for his winning idea. Innovation is the key to business improvement and air cargo is at its best when at its boldest. We hope the funding IATA is putting forward will enable them to achieve further success,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of Cargo.
The Symposium also contained some other key announcements including trucking company Jan de Rijk and ground handler Swissport receiving their CEIV Pharma certifications, ensuring that their staff training, internal procedures and facilities for handling pharmaceutical goods meet regulatory requirements and industry standards.