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Exhibiting company: Spectainer
Stand numbers: L38 & M42
Company website: www.spectainer.com
Company spokesperson’s name: Nicholas Press
Company spokesperson’s job title: CEO
1. How do you view the outlook for the intermodal industry?
The intermodal industry has been so important. With world trade impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and then the war in Ukraine, disruptions to the global supply chain have continued to place significant pressure on the industry. As the trade and flows are beginning to normalise, I see the outlook as extremely positive. Shipping lines are moving towards an integrated model, while shippers are seeking greater transparency and reduced environmental impact. These factors, while significant in their own rights, all demonstrate that the industry is in a state of positive change.
2. How well do you feel the intermodal industry as a whole has adapted to COVID?
The industry has adapted exceptionally well to the pandemic. Despite restrictions placed on the industry outside of its control, such as crews being placed into isolation or vessels delayed due to port shutdowns, the industry has continued to keep the flow of goods moving. There are delays and bottlenecks, but these are to be expected. The focus on driving efficiency to resolve these bottlenecks has been a great example of the industry’s adaptability.
3. What do you see as the major risks to the industry as it recovers from the effects of COVID-19?
I see the biggest risk to the industry to be not maintaining a customer focused approach.The industry has done financially well over the past 18-24 months, however as rates normalise the industry will need to focus on supporting their customers as they too start to recover.
4. What new products, services and solutions are you launching in 2022?
In 2022, Spectainer will be launching our holistic solution to tackle the US$34b problem of empty containers. By combining our innovative horizontally collapsing containers, COLLAPSECON, working in tandem with the world’s first fully automated collapsing station (COLLAPSECON Operating Station), and our SEACON IoT devices as well as our suite of 24/7 support services, we believe our holistic offering will significantly improve operational efficiencies as well as disproportionately contribute to long-term sustainability across shipping and logistics, without fundamentally changing the way the industry operates.
5. What key trends do you see shaping the industry over the next few years?
Global trade will only continue to grow, that’s a given. Carriers have been wise to invest ‘pandemic profits’ into expanded their integrated supply chains and grow their order book of new vessels to be delivered between 2023 and 2025, totalling some 7.5m TEU. The container shipping industry’s role in reducing its carbon emissions is also coming under an increasing spotlight with tangible Emissions Trading Scheme initiatives from the European Union being introduced that will inevitably berolled out by other key trading regions. Data analytics and AI sees the need for increased digitalisation in optimising asset management, reducing archaic manual practices/duplication, while providing real time supply chain transparency is also vital for the industry.
6. Why is exhibiting at Intermodal Europe important for your business in 2022?
Spectainer is pioneering better trade to finally address the wasteful problem of empty container repositioning on an industrial scale. Compelling economic savings, improved operational efficiency/productivity and full automation combined with a reduced carbon footprint now provide industry the solutions they have sought for decades. As one of the major intermodal events on the global calendar, Intermodal Europe is attended by senior industry leaders from around the world. This is the perfect launching pad for showcasing Spectainer’s new holistic solutions on the world stage.
7. How have Spectainer embraced sustainability?
Empty re-positioning is a US$ 34b problem, every year Carriers move approx 60 million empty containers and contribute an un-necessary 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions created by the maritime industry and we need to do better. Spectainer’s pioneering technology cut’s wasteful emissions by up to 37% simply by loading more containers onboard vessels re-positioning containers. Collapsing containers 4:1 is not new, but when you do it on an automated basis and on an industrial scale, the contribution to the environment becomes significant.