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  • The
    China-Netherlands-U.S.-South Korea airfreight charter is developed with the
    demands of the life science and healthcare sector in mind
  • The
    Covid-19 pandemic saw shippers leverage DHL Global Forwarding’s cold chain
    capabilities in life science and healthcare to transport test kits and
    pharmaceutical products

SINGAPORE
– Media OutReach – 15 September 2020 – DHL Global
Forwarding, the freight forwarding specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has
launched an air freight charter connecting Asia Pacific to Europe and the U.S.
to meet demand from customers in the technology, manufacturing and life science
and healthcare sectors. Managed by StarBroker,
DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house charter team, the twice-weekly charter
originates from Chongqing, China and flies to Amsterdam, Netherlands; Chicago,
United States; Incheon, South Korea before returning to China.

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Thomas Mack, Head of Global Air Freight DHL
Global Forwarding said, “While some passenger airlines have resumed operations,
the situation in the air freight market remains volatile — especially as belly
capacity is still tight As the leader in the air freight market, DHL Global
Forwarding’s top priority is to provide our customers with sufficient and reliable
air freight capacity. Not only are the resilient, agile and reliable supply
chains of highest importance for an economic recovery, but also in preparation
for the availability of vaccines and other essential medical supplies during
the pandemic.”

 

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South Korea has seen its export of
healthcare products
rise year-on-year by 26.7% in the first half of 2020,
with pharmaceutical goods in particular increasing by 52.5%. China has exported
28.5%
more
medical devices in the first five months of the year as compared to a
year ago. In 2019, China, the Netherlands and the United States were among the top ten
importers and exporters
of medical goods.

 

“Over the years, DHL has built up its expertise
from globally certified facilities and staff to technologies that track shipments
in real-time in addition to ensuring the integrity of such products throughout
their journey. Getting the much-needed air capacity is the last piece in the value
chain puzzle, so to speak, that ensures temperature sensitive products such as life-saving
vaccines reach the communities-in-need,” added Mack.

 

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In a recently published white paper DHL together
with McKinsey & Company as analytics partner explores the logistics
challenges for vaccines and medical goods during COVID-19. To provide global coverage
of COVID-19 vaccines, up to ~200,000 pallet shipments and ~15 million
deliveries in cooling boxes as well as ~15,000 flights will be required across
the various supply chain set-ups. The complete white paper can be downloaded
under https://www.dhl.com/pandemic-resilience.

 

DHL Global
Forwarding has a global network of facilities that meet the European Union’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines for life science and
healthcare supply chains. The leading
international provider of air, sea and road freight services has a suite of temperature-controlled
freight solutions such as DHL
Air Thermonet
and DHL LifeConEx that allows real-time visibility and active monitoring for
the movement of goods that could include medicines, supplements, vaccines,
medical devices and diagnostic equipment.

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To meet growing
demand for imports of temperature-controlled and high-technology goods into
Australia, DHL Global Forwarding will also launch a new airfreight charter on
September 23. Flying four times a week, the charter will consolidate goods from
Europe, China and Singapore in Hong Kong before transporting them to Sydney,
Australia.

 

In April 2020, DHL
Global Forwarding tapped on its network of life science and healthcare
facilities, temperature-controlled solutions and customs clearance expertise to
fly more than 1.3
million
Covid-19 test kits from South Korea
to Brazil, Ecuador, India, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Saudi Arabia. The
freight forwarder also launched a dedicated 100-ton
weekly air freight service
for organizations
and governments shipping health and medical-related items and other goods from
China to Middle East and Africa.

 

Note to editors:

For the life sciences and healthcare sector, sector
players needed to keep drugs and devices on the move to support healthcare
services worldwide, many of which were facing over-stretched capacities.

 

Unlike other industries, life science and healthcare
supply chains are complicated by strict quality and regulatory controls,
including temperature regulation and special handling requirements.
Find out on Logistics of Things how a
healthy supply of life-saving medical products kept moving through a global
health crisis.

 

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL
divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from
national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment
solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial
supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220
countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely
and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized
solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences
and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and
retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

 

DHL is
part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 63
billion euros in 2019. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to
society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the
world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by
2050.

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Hong Kong Productivity Council Theme of the Year 2021: “Make Smart Smarter”

  • Smarter Era of Intelligent Manufacturing Launch Ceremony
  • Witnesses New Milestone for Reindustrialisation in Hong Kong


HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 February 2021 - The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) launches a series of activities in 2021 themed "Make Smart Smarter". The campaign with "Smarter Era of Intelligent Manufacturing Launch Ceremony" was kicked off today, revolving around the theme of "reindustrialisation".


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The "Smarter Era of Intelligent Manufacturing Launch Ceremony" was officiated together by Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government (fourth from left); Mr Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong (third from right); Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government (second from right); Dr Daniel Yip, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (third from left); Mr Roberto Leone, Managing Director of NiRoTech Limited (first from right); Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC (fourth from right); Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC (second from left) and Mr Edmond Lai, Chief Digital Officer of HKPC (first from left).


Co-organised by the Federation of the Hong Kong Industries (FHKI), this spotlight event exhibited and introduced an excellent example of reindustrialisation whose research and development were undertaken by HKPC. Gaining support from the Innovation and Technology Bureau and funding support from the R&D Cash Rebate Scheme of the Innovation Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government, production has been successfully commenced in NiRoTech Limited (NiRoTech), a local intelligent security product manufacturer.

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This smart production line, named the "OWL" intelligent production line, gives into full play the characteristics of an owl's wisdom, piercing eyes, flexible body, soft neck (360o vision) and agile movement. These perfectly echo the key features of this intelligent production line which has high flexibility, excellent agility to cater for different production needs, stringent and precise production capacity, as well as non-stop operation. Five key "S.M.A.R.T" elements: Speed, Multi-function, Accuracy, Reliability and Traceability, can be seen in this production line offering edges of intelligence and efficiency enhancement.


In order to effectively respond to Hong Kong manufacturers' demands on production space, the "OWL" production line adopts a U-shape compact layout design and incorporates the beauty of the "Industry 4.0" (i4.0) lean manufacturing "vision", significantly reducing the factory area to meet the unique land constraints of Hong Kong. NiRoTech's smart factory only occupies 10,000 square feet, saving 50% of the land. It is also equipped with 12 robots and large amount of customised intelligent automation systems and digital technologies. Compared with traditional manual production, the overall production capacity increases by 1.5 times.


Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, and Dr Daniel Yip, Chairman of FHKI, were joined by Mr Clemente Contestabile, Consul General of Italy in Hong Kong; Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Ms Rebecca Pun, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology; Mr Roberto Leone, Managing Director of NiRoTech; as well as Mr Mohamed Butt, Executive Director of HKPC and Mr Edmond Lai, Chief Digital Officer of HKPC, for the launch of the ceremony.


In his welcoming address, Mr Willy Lin, Chairman of HKPC, said, "HKPC is committed to offering staunch support for Hong Kong SMEs in technology R&D and technical aspects, with the aim of creating value for the industrial development of enterprises with state-of-the-art technologies. The 'OWL' intelligent production line is an excellent example of applying innovative technologies that also fits perfectly with HKPC's theme of this year 'Make Smart Smarter'. As owl represents wisdom, by being smarter and using innovative technologies such as IoT, AI, big data, intelligent robots and smart production processes to unleash production opportunities of i4.0, it will certainly scale up productivity and contribute to successful reindustrialisation in Hong Kong, thus achieving the goal of 'Make Smart Smarter'".


He continued, "It is really encouraging to see this 'reindustrialisation' example witnessing the concerted efforts of the Government, industries, business chambers and HKPC to promote reindustrialisation in Hong Kong! HKPC sincerely urges various sectors to work together to accelerate reindustrialisation for the swift recovery of Hong Kong economy and to ensure the "Made-in-Hong Kong" brand to continue to shine bright in the international arena -- Make Smart Smarter".


Dr David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, said, "the Government has been actively promoting 'reindustrialisation' in recent years by providing support in infrastructure, finance, technology and talents in order to create new area of growth and great job opportunities which would help alleviate Hong Kong's competitiveness. I wish to see more enterprises 'Make Smart Smarter', and make good use of these opportunities provided by I&T, as well as the support from the Government, to work and contribute together in turning Hong Kong into an international I&T hub".


Dr Daniel Yip, Chairman of FHKI said, "This collaboration of HKPC and NiRoTech serves as a valuable reference for industrialists on how to integrate i4.0 into production lines to enhance efficiency, elevating their confidence to set up high value-added manufacturing facilities in Hong Kong. With comprehensive policy support and HKPC's professional consultative service, FHKI believes that more Hong Kong manufacturers will join the force of 'reindustrialisation' by pursuing technological advancement and setting up smart manufacturing plants locally, taking the Hong Kong industries into a new era".


The "OWL" intelligent production line integrates the smart adoption of advanced robots with machine vision, smart electrical and mechanical devices, laser processing and sensor technologies. Also, by incorporating AI, IoT, human machine interface, real-time data collection and data analytic technologies, it ensures the full automation and digitalisation of production, assembly and monitoring to achieve big data analytics. Apart from three technologies whose patents are soon to be applied, the project also assists NiRoTech's business planning in exploring the emerging markets and grasping new opportunities.


Mr Roberto Leone, Managing Director of NiRoTech, said, "Mechatronic Manufacturing in Hong Kong: our strategy was clear from the start when we sought HKPC's assistance for help to realise intelligent production. For some, this goal was still immature and very difficult to achieve, especially with Hong Kong being chosen as our operation hub. Today we can proudly say we have achieved it with the system in Hong Kong operating satisfactorily as schedule. Despite there are challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting all in 2020, the result is now vividly in front of us, and we can touch it. Yet this is only the first step of a long journey".


For more details about "Make Smart Smarter", please visit the dedicated website: https://smarter.hkpc.org/en/index.html


About Hong Kong Productivity Council

The Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) is a multi-disciplinary organisation established by statute in 1967, to promote productivity excellence through integrated advanced technologies and innovative service offerings to support Hong Kong enterprises. HKPC is the champion and expert in facilitating Hong Kong's reindustrialisation empowered by i4.0 and e4.0 -- focusing on R&D, IoT, big data analytics, AI and Robotic technology development, digital manufacturing, etc., to help enterprises and industries upgrade their business performance, lower operating costs, increase productivity and enhance competitiveness.


The Council is a trusted partner with comprehensive innovative solutions for Hong Kong industries and enterprises, enabling them to achieve resources and productivity utilisation, effectiveness and cost reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in both local and international marketplace. It offers SMEs and startups immediate and timely assistance in coping with the ever-changing business environment, accompanying them on their innovation and transformation journey.


In addition, HKPC partners and collaborates with local industries and enterprises to develop applied technology solutions for value creation. It also benefits a variety of sectors through product innovation and technology transfer, with commercialisation of multiple market-driven patents and technologies, bringing enormous opportunities abound for licensing and technology transfer, both locally and internationally.

For more information, please visit HKPC's website: www.hkpc.org.


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