SR Technics expands Middle East partnership with Kuehne + Nagel
At the MRO Middle East Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, SR Technics and Kuehne + Nagel announced that their successful partnership to provide customers of SR Technics with warehousing, spare parts logistics and distribution services would continue to develop.
The aerospace industry in the Middle East is rapidly expanding. According to SR Technics, its Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) in Dubai is already handling 65,000 annual transactions and it plans to almost double the transactions to 120,000 over the next five years. In line with the increasing volume, SR Technics is also further developing its customer support services. To underpin such growth, the decision was taken to extend the partnership with Kuehne + Nagel in this region.
The RDC service that SR Technics delivers with Kuehne + Nagel’s assistance includes 24/7 global management of inbound and outbound logistics for serviceable and unserviceable aircraft parts. Furthermore parts inspection, warehouse storage, brokerage, inventory control and a range of other supply chain services are provided.
Within the scope of its ‘Supply the Sky’ program, Kuehne + Nagel offers an integrated range of logistics services for the aerospace industry. The company develops and delivers customised aerospace solutions for manufacturers, leasing companies, airlines and service providers in the field of maintenance, repair, overhaul, ground handling and in-flight services. In Dubai these services are provided by the Kuehne + Nagel hub near Al Maktoum International Airport, which offers frequent and short connections to the Middle East region as well as other areas of the world.
Felix Amman, Senior Vice President Components of SR Technics said: ’’We have been working with Kuehne + Nagel for many years to serve our global customers. The Middle East region has huge potential for the future and as such we are pleased that Kuehne + Nagel will serve us and our customers from their Dubai hub.’’
SR Technics is one of the world’s leading independent providers of technical services for the civil aviation sector. The SR Technics Group offers its customers solutions for the technical support and management of their aircraft fleets, engines and components.
Erik Goedhart, Senior Vice President Aerospace of Kuehne + Nagel, said: “We welcome the decision by SR Technics to extend our cooperation and we look forward to supporting their expansion in this very dynamic area of the world”
With its head office at Zurich Airport, SR Technics provides its services to about 500 airline customers through an extensive network of international operations and sales offices in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. SR Technics is wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company. For further information, please visit www.srtechnics.com and www.kuehne-nagel.com
DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.