39-40/2018 From pole to pole
This issue of the ITJ once again draws an arc from Asia across to the Americas. The two poles thereof are the Fiata World Congress 2018 in New Delhi at one end, which is being staged in the Indian capital from 26 – 29 September, and the Breakbulk Americas 2018 trade fair in Houston TX (USA) at the other, where the breakbulk, project and heavylift specialists will once again congregate.
In the eastern hemisphere India, the No. 2 behind China, the region’s most dynamic emerging economy, is currently setting the pace. After a downturn in 2016 its 1.3 billion inhabitants have once again generated a record trade volume in 2017, with imports growing by 13% and exports by almost 24%. Besides ambitious projects to improve its inland waterway and rail connections to and from the hinterlands (see pages 40 ff.), there is also a strong commitment abroad. Iran is one prime example – after the renewed withdrawal of many a European player from the country. The project for the port of Chabahar, on the Gulf of Oman, is expected to be continued with Indian investments, with India Ports Global having taken over two terminals. India is pushing beyond its frontiers.
Project logisticians look to the future slightly more moderately, but not pessimistically. A conversation with Joerg Roehl, Trans Global Projects’ CEO for Europe (on page 14 in our Heavylift Special), shows that the segment’s strong basis is moving forward again, for example in the Caspian Sea region, thanks also to the oil and gas industry.
We’re looking forward to meeting up in New Delhi and Houston.