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RUSCON, a leading transport company in Russia, has installed an automated system for loading mineral fertilisers at its terminal close to the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea.

The bulk cargoes are delivered by trains arriving from all over Russia and then loaded into sea containers or packaged in big-bags before being taken to the port for export.

“This automated system, which is much faster and more efficient than traditional methods, ensures that exactly the specified quantities are loaded into each sea container or big-bag,” says Igor Stolovitskiy, deputy director of the Ruscon terminal.

The system loads 200 MT (metric tonnes) per hour into the containers or 60 MT per hour into the big-bags. It can handle all types of mineral fertilisers including urea, nitroammophos, ammonium sulphate, potassium chloride and calcined coke electrode.

Hopper wagons of all types and open cars with bottom discharging are suitable for this automated system and the railway ramp adjoining the complex where it is housed can hold 10 wagons.

The complex is equipped with dust extraction, vibro-download and wagon shifting capability and it is certificated to handle granulated sulphur and ammonium nitrate.

The installation of the new loading system is part of RUSCON’s commitment to continue to improve its services to customers. It already has a strong demand for its expert container stuffing services at the off-dock terminal.

RUSCON handled almost 120,000 containers through the port of Novorossiysk in 2015, an increase of 11%, despite a significant fall in the country’s overall container traffic.

The GEFCO group, now a global player in industrial logistics and a European leader in automotive logistics, generated a turnover of € 4.2 billion in 2015, up 3% compared to 2014. Luc Nadal, Chairman of the Management Board of GEFCO Group, said: “GEFCO achieved good results in 2015 in an unsteady global economic context and succeeded in further enhancing its position of global logistics solutions provider. The Group expanded its international footprint by opening new countries and acquiring the Dutch company IJS Global, whilst broadening its offering in freight forwarding and customer portfolio. I see the Group’s performance as a tangible proof of our customers trust in GEFCO’s expertise: they know how much GEFCO’s teams are committed to adding value at every stage of their logistics chain.”

In 2015, the GEFCO group achieved a turnover of € 4.2 billion, up 3% compared to 2014. The Group produced a free cash flow of € 173 million over three years, with very little debt, which demonstrates its sound financial situation. The performance plan initiated mid-2014 to increase its cost flexibility, alongside with the Group’s “asset-light” business model, contributed to an efficient cost management by the company. In the meantime, the Group kept on expanding its customer portfolio and achieved an increase by 9.5% of its revenue with international industrial customers.

The EBITDA is lower than in the previous year (-18%). A decline in oil prices, the economic crisis hitting hard countries such as Russia and Brazil, and difficulties experienced by car makers in Latin America and Russia are the key reasons of this setback.

Finally, unrelenting efforts of GEFCO’s teams have laid solid foundation for the future and enabled the GEFCO group to maintain its position among the top ten European logistic integrators, and its number one status in Europe for Finished Vehicle Logistics.

The Group’s activity growth demonstrates the relevance of its diversification strategy and its successful implementation.

Created in 1949 to meet the logistical challenges of the automotive industry, GEFCO partners with main car makers and automotive suppliers in the world to manage and optimize their complex supply chains. The fruitful collaboration with DACIA – leading to 600,000 vehicles delivered in 10 years – and the 7-year contract signed with PSA Peugeot Citroën to manage their car compound in France – constitute as many prove, gained in 2015, of the quality and the recognition of such expertise.

In the meantime, GEFCO has been successfully rolling out a diversification strategy to enhance its future and profitable growth, supporting the development of its industrial customers worldwide with global logistics solutions. Among 2015 highlights we can mention successful multimodal transport plans designed and operated by GEFCO for Schneider Electric in Europe and the Balkans, for Alstom Transport between France and Kazakhstan, as well as for Eska Graphic Board, a Dutch manufacturer and exporter of high-end graphic cardboard, from the Netherlands to the rest of the world.

Alexey Isaykin, President of Volga-Dnepr Group, has been inducted to the TIACA Hall of Fame.

Isaykin has been President of Volga-Dnepr since 2002, during which time the organization has grown to a global group of more than 20 companies.

“Alexey is an inspiring individual who has made many great contributions to the air cargo industry, and we are pleased to be able to celebrate his work with this very deserving recognition,” said Doug Brittin, Secretary General, TIACA.

Isaykin graduated from the Irkutsk Institute of National Economy in 1976 before joining the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant as an Air Force economist with responsibility over aviation equipment.

During the late 1980s, Isaykin worked at the Ulyanovsk Aircraft Manufacturing Complex as an executive officer, managing the USSR Military Air Transportation Department contracts for AN-124 aircraft delivery.

In 1989, after having finished his military career, Isaykin headed a group of entrepreneurs and enthusiasts whose aim was to establish a new private air cargo company – Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

The company was the first private cargo airline in Russia and the first joint stock company in the Ulyanovsk region.

Between 1990 and 2002, Isaykin acted as the Chairman of the Board, Executive Director, and General Director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, before becoming President.

Isaykin is actively involved in public work to strengthen the prestige of the Russian civil aviation industry both inside the country and globally, with his work having been honoured by international, national government and industry awards and medals.

The TIACA Hall of Fame honours air cargo professionals who have played a role in the progress of aviation and have helped to shape and grow the industry.

Past winners have included James ‘Jim’ Jackson, a driving force behind the standardization of Aircraft Unit Load Devices (ULD), and Sir Peter Masefield, the former Managing Director of British European Airways and Chairman of the British Airports Authority and London Transport.

“This is a great honour and I am very pleased to be recognised alongside so many outstanding individuals who have played a key role in shaping the aviation industry, like Oleg Antonov, the truly visionary of the industry, whose aircraft is the essential part of the global market and help customers from all over the world to deliver any kind of cargo in due time and place,” said Isaykin.

“Our industry plays a crucial role in the world today and being a part of the air cargo community has been a privilege.”

Isaykin will be formally inducted to the Hall of Fame at TIACA’s Executive Summit, taking place from 24th to 26th May in Hollywood Beach, Florida, USA at the Margaritaville Resort.