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The webinar will gather industry experts to discuss the growing role of technology in rail, road and transit operations. (Image source: Alain Charles Publishing)

Technical Review Middle East will be hosting a free-to-view leadership virtual panel on 11 June in association with Bentley, exploring how to maximise productivity and achieve better results in transportation management by integrating digital twin technology

The transport sector in the Middle East and Africa is undergoing a transformative journey in line with consumer pressures and international influences. The growing urgency to minimise environmental impact in all sectors, the importance of delivering safe operations and the pressure to ensure interoperability among new systems across the region are but a few of the demands stakeholders tasked with delivering the transport systems of tomorrow must deliver on.

In performing this duty and re-imagining rail, road and transit operations for the benefit of all, industry leaders are being ever-drawn to the advantages offered by modern technology such as digital twins. In the dedicated virtual panel session, speakers will:

• Explore present challenges and opportunities in the transport sector;
• Examine the role of digital technology as a catalyst for boosting productivity;
• Consider strategies for progressing towards a net-zero carbon future;
• Emphasise maintenance, asset management, and digital solutions.

Industry leaders in attendance

Between 2pm-4pm (UAE) on 11 June, Technical Review Middle East and Bentley will host the free-to-view virtual webinar that will investigate these exciting developments, bringing together leading minds from the industry in order to do so. Joining host Robert Daniels, Editor at Alain Charles Publishing, on the virtual platform:

Mark Coates: Vice President, Infrastructure Policy Advancement at Bentley Systems;
Khalil Al-Abbasi: Sustainability Consultant, The Department of Municipalities and Transport;
Dr. Hamad Al Jassmi: Director of Emirates Centre for Mobility Research, UAEU;
• Debabrata Chakraborty: Sr. Regional Director, MEA & Turkey, Bentley Systems;
• Prof. Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf: Infrastructure Lead Engineer MENA, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc;
• Johannes Neethling: Director: Design Services (Act.) & Chief Engineer: Road Systems, Chief Directorate Road Programme Management, Transport
Department of Infrastructure, Western Cape Government.

Together, this formidable line-up of industry experts will explore the growing role of technology in rail, road and transit operations; provide key insights into innovative strategies; investigate detailed case studies; and examine practical solutions that are helping to unlock a new era of safe and reliable transport systems.

Click here to register for the virtual session

And click here to learn more about Bentley Rail & Transit solutions

Magna Tyres latest releases have been delivered to push the boundaries of tyre technology. (Image source: Magna Tyres)

Magna Tyres, a global leader in tyre manufacturing, has launched five additions to its product portfolio

The development, that the company stated demonstrates its commitment to excellence and innovation in the industry, includes the expansion of the MB800 Series which will be available in a larger size: 355/65-15. This has been undertaken to enhance the versatility and efficiency of the product for a wide range of applications.

Elsewhere, the company has enhanced the M-STRADDLE tyre which is now available in size 450/95R25. Designed to withstand heavy loads and harsh working environments, the new release is catered to the specific needs of the material handling industry.

To meet the evolving demands of off-road and heavy-duty operators, Magna Tyres has introduced the M-TRACTION tyre that has been engineered with state-of-the-art technology. According to the company, the new product delivers superior traction, durability and stability to ensure optimal performance in the most challenging terrains and weather conditions.

For underground mining operations, the new MU26 tyre has been unveiled to deliver enhanced traction, durability and resistance to abrasions. Maximising both performance and longevity, it is being made available to ensure uninterrupted operations and reduce downtime.

The MA610 is the final addition to the new product line-up. Designed for short duration forklift shifts, the product is engineered with a strong base and wear-resistant tread compounds and is available in multiple sizes.

Hein de Wind, commercial director at Magna Tyres, explained, “We are thrilled to introduce these five new tyres, which represent the culmination of our tireless dedication to innovation and excellence. Each tyre has been meticulously engineered to exceed the expectations of our customers, offering unrivalled performance, durability, and value across diverse applications and industries."

The launch of these five new tyres underscores Magna Tyres' unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of tyre technology and delivering solutions that empower businesses to thrive in today's dynamic market landscape.

The agreement was signed at the Saudi Trade Attaché’s office in Sandton, Johannesburg. (Image source: Ajex Logistics)

AJEX Logistics Services, a specialist in express distribution and shipping solutions based in the Middle East, is collaborating with the Africa Union Trading and Africa Union Aviation, subsidiaries of Africa Union Holdings.

The agreement was signed at the Saudi Trade Attaché’s office in Sandton, Johannesburg.

This partnership supports the strategic expansion goals of both companies: Africa Union Holdings aims to extend its presence across the GCC, while AJEX plans to expand its footprint across Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the agreement, both parties will work together to streamline operations and maximise efficiencies in shipping, airfreight, trucking, rail freight, and last-mile delivery. As part of this framework, Africa Union Holdings Group will manage all AJEX cargo destined for Africa during the final leg of delivery. Conversely, AJEX will handle all Africa Union Holdings Group cargo destined for the Middle East during the final leg.

“This partnership between AJEX Logistics Services and Africa Union Holdings Group comes at a pivotal time when trade relations between Africa and the Middle East are poised for significant growth. With both regions seeking to diversify economic partnerships and reduce dependency on traditional trade corridors, this collaboration is a forward-looking initiative that aligns with the broader goals of increasing trade volumes and enhancing economic cooperation,” Mohammed AlBayati, Group CEO, AJEX Logistics Services.

“By leveraging each other’s strengths, AJEX and Africa Union Holdings are well-positioned to capitalise on emerging opportunities in sectors such as technology, agriculture, healthcare and energy, thereby contributing to the economic prosperity of both regions,” he added.

“We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with AJEX Logistics Services, marking a new chapter in our journey towards building stronger trade and logistics ties between Africa and the Middle East. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to enhancing our service offerings and expanding our reach, ultimately facilitating smoother, more efficient trade flows that benefit businesses and consumers alike,” said James Ndambo, CEO of Africa Union Holding.

The 415,000 sqm greenfield site will include 185,000 sqm of warehouse space. (Image source: DP World)

DP World and the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) have begun construction on a US$250mn (SAR900 million) logistics park at Jeddah Islamic Port.

The park is designed to offer cutting-edge storage and distribution facilities, aiming to boost trade in Saudi Arabia and the broader region.

The 415,000 sqm greenfield site will include 185,000 sqm of warehouse space and an expansive multi-purpose storage yard, making it the largest integrated logistics park in the kingdom, with capacity for over 390,000 pallet positions.

Solar energy

Established in 2022 under a 30-year concession, Jeddah Logistics Park will be developed in two phases, with the opening planned for Q2 2025. The facility will feature a rooftop solar plant on the warehouse, generating 20 MW of renewable energy, enhancing its sustainable design.

In addition, the collaboration between Mawani and DP World includes managing the South Container Terminal through a separate 30-year concession signed in 2020. The terminal is currently in the final phase of a comprehensive modernisation project, scheduled for completion in Q4 2024, which will increase its handling capacity to five million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Together, these two DP World projects represent a combined investment of nearly US$1bn.

His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of DP World, said, “Saudi Arabia has always been a deeply important market for DP World and this milestone represents our ongoing commitment to the Kingdom. Jeddah Logistics Park, strategically located on the vital Asia-Europe shipping route, will provide world-class multimodal connectivity and market access for our customers while supporting the ambitious aims of Saudi Vision 2030. This investment marks a significant step as we mark 25 years of operations in Jeddah and underscores our enduring commitment to facilitating the flow of trade.”

President of Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), Omar Bin Talal Hariri, said, “This new logistics area will be connected to DP World’s South Container Terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, facilitating growth and increasing the number of containers handled at the terminal. The project is part of Mawani’s broader efforts to expand the number of logistics centres in Saudi ports, in partnership with major national and international companies, and in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and Vision 2030.”

GWC’s existing countrywide infrastructure includes vaccine and sample transportation strategies that ensure temperature-controlled transportation. (Image source: GWC)

Qatari logistics group GWC showcases its solutions, which use advanced technology and better transportation

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