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AIR SHIPPERS take center stage at AIR CARGO INDIA 2016

AIR CARGO INDIA, the most popular and the best networked global biennial trade exhibition cum conference of the air cargo industry in India, in its 6thedition, scheduled for 23- 25 Februaryat Grand Hyatt in Mumbai, will feature two special round table discussions specially focused on air shippers from India.

STAT Media Group, the organizer of AIR CARGO INDIA, pioneered the unique concept of placing shippers at the centre of conversations that matter air cargo industry because shippers matter the most for air cargo. It was the fifth edition of AIR CARGO INDIA in 2014 that featured the initiative for the first time. The same concept was introduced in AIR CARGO AFRICA, an air cargo industry event in and for Africa also organized by STAT Media Group, in its 3rdedition in 2015 at Johannesburg. The forum, one of its kind in the industry and unique in its format, provides an ideal platform for no holds barred discussion, debate and exchange of views and ideas.

The objective of the forum is to bring together the pharmaceutical exporters and offer them a platform to discuss and analyse various segments of the air logistics industry thereby addressing key areas of challenges and opportunities in the pharma export and supply chain.

At the 6thedition of AIR CARGO INDIA an exclusive air shipper’s forum dedicated only for pharma air shippers will be hosted by Brussels Airport on February 23 at 1500hrs. The Pharma Air Shippers Forum, themed around “India, the world’s pharma export hub: global perspectives”, will be attended by logistics and supply chain heads of Dr. Reddy's, Merck, Indoco Remedies, Sandoz, Sun Pharmaceuticals, Sanofi and Serum Institute of India among many others.

“For several years now, we are investing a lot of our time and energy in bridging the pharmaceutical industry and the air cargo industry. There is still not enough understanding between both, resulting in unhappy customers and suboptimal supply chains. In Europe we managed to take big steps forwards, together with the network and knowledge of STAT Media Group in India, we are convinced we can make this event in India a huge success for all shippers and players in the air cargo industry,” said Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo, Brussels Airport.

The round table discussion will also have representatives of airports and airlines from around the world besides freight forwarders specialized in pharma logistics. One of the key features of this forum is that the organizer ensures a representative from Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, the regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices, is invited to join the panel to discuss and deliberate on all regulatory concern of the pharma exporters.

The second air shipper specific round table discussion,the Air Shippers Forum, will be hosted by Frankfurt Airport and supported by the Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO). The forum, scheduled for February 24 at 1430hrs, is themed around “Air Cargo – adding value to the global economy”. The forum will bring together logistics and supply chain leaders of India’s top manufacturers from apparel, automotive, perishables, gem &jewelry and handicrafts industries. Raymond, Mercedes Benz, ARaymond Fasteners, Reliance Brands, Cummins, John Deere and Welspun are among the many companies that will be represented at the forum.

AIR CARGO INDIA 2016 is themed around “Make in India – Air Cargo Makes It Happen” inspired by the Government of India’s “Make in India” campaign.

The three-day event will feature the best of the global air cargo industry under one roof reiterating the fact of air cargo’s value proposition in the modern age of disruptive technology and innovation. The event will also demonstrate how different stakeholders are creating product and services to suit rapidly evolving customer demands.

The event has already attracted the attention of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Both of them have expressed their unequivocal support and reiterated the critical role of air cargo in ‘Make in India’ campaign and in the overall economic growth of any country.

The three-day is expected to be inaugurated by the Civil Aviation Minister on February 23.

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