Issue 17 | November 2019

In Focus

Going global: Allcargo plots international expansion for its projects logistics business

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For Allcargo, the project handled with ECU Worldwide Philippines is yet another notch in the company’s burgeoning international foray. Backed by its services and expertise and growing global network—covering the Far-East, East Africa and Middle East—the company has ambitious plans to become a truly global provider of logistics solutions for this massive worldwide infrastructure build out.

Pagbilao Quezon in The Philippines, some 150 km south-east of the capital Manila, is a region in the middle of a transformation. Previously best known for its idyllic coconut, rice and poultry farms, this municipality of over 75,000 is slowly morphing into an industrial hub. Backed by the establishment of multiple new infrastructure initiatives to drive this growth, including a 735 megawatt (MW) power plant, this region is an example of how investment in infrastructure can drive the growth of a developing country’s economy.

Sensing the opportunity to play a pivotal role in this development, ECU Worldwide Philippines, part of the global business of Allcargo Logistics, recently transported a 247T / 495MVA Transformer from the Manila Port to the Team Energy plant in Pagbilao Quezon. After spending two decades in building its domestic projects and equipment logistics business, Allcargo now sees an opportunity to take its industry-leading offerings overseas.

Port calling

The company perfectly showcased its capabilities when the team in India collaborated with ECU Worldwide Philippines to seamlessly orchestrate the transfer of the Team Energy power transformer. From 20th August 2019 to 5th September 2019, Allcargo’s Projects and Engineering division in India offered complete support to ECU Worldwide Philippines in terms of planning, technical assessment, expertise and working on an optimal solution.

From roll-on operations at Harbour Centre, in Manila to receiving the transformer shipside at South Harbour Manila, to proper lashing and securing of the transformer at LCT, the team handled each task with utmost care. The team showcased its end-to-end capabilities when the shipment which arrived at Team Energy was successfully transferred to its final location. It was unloaded by rigging, using hydraulic jacking systems, and skidding. The entire operation was carried out keeping in mind the importance of technical survey, timelines and safety.

Infrastructure investments are at a significant point in the global economy. While infrastructure in developed markets is in the middle of a refresh, in emerging economies, capacity is being built from the ground up. According to one estimate from management consultancy McKinsey, these emerging economies will need annual investments of USD 2 trillion for the next 15 years to keep pace with forecasted GDP growth.

Headroom for growth

According to another estimate from The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), overall investments of up to USD 3.7 trillion will be required in physical infrastructure until 2035 to keep pace with projected GDP growth. Emerging markets will account for two-thirds of this investment—and could go up if United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)need to be met—as infrastructure expansion becomes pivotal to economic development.

For Allcargo, the project handled with ECU Worldwide Philippines is yet another notch in the company’s burgeoning international foray. Backed by its services and expertise and growing global network—covering the Far-East, East Africa and Middle East—the company has ambitious plans to become a truly global provider of logistics solutions for this massive worldwide infrastructure build out.

Built in India, for the world

In India, Allcargo has been devising project and engineering solutions for many large companies and has strong abilities to provide lifting, shifting, construction, and erection services on projects. It is set apart by its approach, ability to provide an end-to-end solution; its equipment, expertise and people.The company is now taking these capabilities overseas. Its equipment, services and unwavering commitment to safety are all hallmarks of a company that wants to compete on the world stage.

“We are keen to build on our experience in managing the logistics requirements of India's top businesses and expand our presence overseas. Backed by best-in-class equipment and industry-leading processes and safety certifications, we are ideally placed to expand our footprint first into other emerging markets, and eventually become a truly global end-to-end logistics provider,” says Mr. Rahul Rai, Head – Business Development and Key Account Management, Project Forwarding and Heavy Engineering Division, Allcargo Logistics.

The Allcargo edge

Allcargo owns a large fleet of world-class equipment to back its ambitious global expansion. Be it remote project sites or seemingly inaccessible locations, the company is adept and well-equipped to offer time and cost efficient solutions to move bulk and break bulk goods as well as heavy infrastructure.With an ingenious and innovative approach, the expert team can design and procure special transport equipment, portable bridges, pontoon ferries, motorised and hydraulic jacking equipment, as per a project’s requirement. Where equipment is not available, Allcargo can provide design certification and supervision of fabrication in addition to undertaking route improvement including support of weak bridges, construction of riverbed bypasses, jetty construction and other civil work.

The company is ideally placed to take its business global, having already served customers in the petrochemicals, oil and gas, power, engineering and infrastructure sectors through owned and controlled equipment. In turn, this equipment is backed by the expertise of trained professionals experienced in the execution of large and/or difficult cargo forwarding projects.

Allcargo’s capabilities cover the entire spectrum right from heavy lift transport and feasibility studies to route surveys, applications for Government permissions and follow-ups for these permissions. Last, but not least, safety is a non-negotiable and top priority. Being OHSAS certified, the company ensures that all safety, security and environment guidelines are met. In addition, Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (UK) certifies compliance with high technical and safety standards and is a testimony to being well-equipped, qualified and technically competent.

Backed by an experience of successful project wins, in-house capabilities and certifications, a global network of 300+ offices in 160+ countries, Allcargo is all set to expand its global footprint in the projects and engineering space.

Quick Bytes

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Infrastructure investments are at a significant point in the global economy. According to management consultancy McKinsey emerging economies will need annual investments of USD 2 trillion in their infrastructure for the next 15 years to keep pace with forecasted GDP growth.
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McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) estimates overall investments of up to USD 3.7 trillion will be required in physical infrastructure until 2035 to keep pace with projected GDP growth. Emerging markets will account for at least two-thirds of this investment.
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With an ingenious and innovative approach, Allcargo’s expert teams can design and procure special transport equipment, portable bridges, pontoon ferries, motorised and hydraulic jacking equipment, as per a project’s requirement, around the world.
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Backed by best-in-class equipment and industry-leading processes and safety certifications, Allcargo is ideally placed to expand its footprint first into other emerging markets, and eventually become a truly global end-to-end logistics provider.

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