ATG Rail Group wins contract to deliver 600,000 tonnes of freight to Russia
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VTG Rail Logistics has been commissioned by Linde Group to transport some 600,000 tonnes of freight across Russia for a large-scale project.
One of the world’s largest natural gas processing plants is currently under construction in the Amur region of Russia. The Linde Group is responsible for engineering and procuring the NGL, NRU and HE units for ethane and nitrogen extraction, as well as for purifying and liquefying helium.
VTG will transport the large-scale Asian and European-built plant components, which are needed to construct the new units, to the construction site in the Amur region.
By 2023, VTG will have organized the transportation of altogether 600,000 freight tonnes of general cargo and taken on the logistics services worldwide. The contract is being performed by VTG Rail Logistics’ Project Logistics department.
“This is one of the largest and most comprehensive projects in the history of our company,” said Günther J. Ferk, Managing Director of VTG Rail Logistics.
“Everything goes through us – from consulting, to transport planning, right through to coordinating and monitoring the global rail, truck and ship transportation.
“In addition, VTG is developing its own IT platform for this project, which will monitor the transportation via GPS. It will also be able to call up client and supplier orders, waybills and tracking and tracing data at any time.”
As the individual components are produced in different countries, they are transported to Russia in different ways.
Those coming from Italy, China and Korea, for example, are taken by ship to the Russian port of Vladivostok, where they are then loaded into trucks and transported to the construction site.
Other plant systems produced in Europe are transported by rail, covering around 10,000km, to the Russian loading terminal in Mihajlo-Chesnokovskaja and then by truck to the site. The first shipments have already been carried out successfully.
Gartner: Women in supply chain at five-year high
Women now represent a greater percentage of the supply chain workforce than at any other point in at least the past five years, according to a recent Gartner survey.
The Women in Supply Chain Survey 2021, conducted by Gartner and Awesome, surveyed 223 supply chain organisations with more than $100m in annual revenue from February through to the end of March 2021.
- Women represent 2% more of supply chain workforce than in 2020
- Women now account for 42% of the workforce
- Number of women in exec-level positions declined by 2%
- Just 15% of top leadership are women (17% in 2020)
- 84% of organisations say COVID-19 did not impact efforts to advance women
It found that women now represent two per cent more of the supply chain workforce than in 2020, accounting for 42%, compared with 39% last year. Dana Stiffler, Vice President Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, says the impact of COVID-19 on supply chain was significant, though different to other sectors.
"Contrary to other industries, supply chain’s mission-criticality during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many sectors did not reduce their workforce, but rather continued to hire and even faced talent shortages, especially in the product supply chains," she said. "This resulted in many women not only standing their ground in supply chain organisations but increasing their representation in organisations. We also recorded a record number of specific commitments and supply chain-led actions and saw existing programs starting to pay off."
Supply chain still lacks women in executive leadership
But the elephant in the boardroom remains. Though the figures present a positive step towards greater diversity and gender equality at all levels, the number of women in executive level positions declined by two per cent in the past year. Women represent just 15% of the upper echelons of supply chain leadership. Gartner did however record a rise in women at all other levels of leadership.
The vast majority (84%) of organisations surveyed said the outbreak had no discernible impact on their ability to retain and advance women. But more than half (54%) admitted that retaining mid-career women was becoming increasingly difficult. A lack of career opportunities was cited as the biggest challenge to this, while other blamed a lack of development opportunities.
Despite these challenges, companies of all sizes are becoming broadly better at gender diversity. Around a third more said they had a targeted initiative focused on attracting women and advancing their careers.
Stiffler said a push towards measurable and formal initiatives is at least pointing in the right direction: “It's encouraging to see that the larger share of this jump was for more formal targets and specific goals on management scorecards. For these respondents, there is greater accountability for results — and we see the correlation with stronger representation and inclusion showing up in pipelines.”