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CARGOTEC SEEKS PARTNERS TO ADDRESS CARGO HANDLING CHALLENGES

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 

Recently, Cargotec partnered with Rainmaking Ltd to establish a startup collaboration programme known as Trade and Transport Impact, which aims to connect leading corporations and innovative startups to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics.

Cargotec, which is the parent company of MacGregor among others, is now inviting startups worldwide to join it in the programme. "Maritime logistics is full of inefficiencies throughout the value chain, and we at Cargotec want to change that. However, we cannot do it by ourselves - to change the world you need collaboration. I am excited that we can now launch the concrete part of the programme to find potential partners," said Tero Hottinen (pictured), Director Emerging Digital Business, Cargotec.

The key themes related to solving the inefficiencies in cargo flow include intelligent on-board cargo and load handling; optimised terminal operations; and efficient and sustainable cargo flow. Startup solutions can be related to artificial intelligence, IoT, big data or drone applications, to name just some examples.

Cargotec is one of the key partners driving the programme. Through its businesses Kalmar, MacGregor and Navis, Cargotec connects to the whole cargo flow chain. Hence, the programme offers a unique opportunity for startups to gain market insights, access and relevant information from a global leader.

"MacGregor aims to be recognised as the leader in intelligent maritime cargo and load handling. I am delighted that we are participating, as part of Cargotec, in the Rainmaking programme and look forward to working with innovative startups around the world who can support and, through collaboration, accelerate our ability to make an impact in this vital area of vessel efficiency improvements and payload optimisation," said Dennis Mol, VP Digital and New Business Transformation, MacGregor.

"Rainmaking will leverage the experience built from having run over 60 similar programmes across industries. We're excited about the impact we can create with the industry leading partner Cargotec on real industry challenges," said Nicklas Viby Fursund, MD Rainmaking Transport.

The Rainmaking Trade and Transport Impact programme is the first of its kind in terms of scale and global scope to be launched within the maritime, cargo transport and logistics sectors. The programme was initiated by Rainmaking Ltd and is scheduled to last three years, of which this is the first wave. "I am pleased that we have now got the programme in motion and am eagerly waiting to start working with startups towards a better everyday for all of us," said Hottinen.

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