AIR CARGO AFRICA 2017 ready for take off
Time:2017-02-12 11:20:16

The global air cargo community is set to come together in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the fourth edition of the biennial trade fair, AIR CARGO AFRICA (ACA) 2017, organised by STAT Media Group.

The exhibition and conference will take place at the Casino Convention Resort, Emperors Palace in the City of Ekurhuleni from February 21 to 23, with the theme of Airfreight in Africa C Building tomorrows market today. ACA 2017 will witness participation from the global air cargo community at large to explore and tap into the enormous potential within the emerging markets of the African continent.

The overall aim of ACA 2017 is to discuss ideas that will help the industry to deal with current challenges such as low yields and over capacity. The conference sessions will also bring to the fore a variety of trending topics, such as e-commerce and automation, alternate mode of transport and big data, that will potentially transform the future of this industry, says Priyo Patra, director of events at STAT Media Group, organiser of the event.

According to Patra, the key highlight of ACA 2017 is the air shippers forums. Air shippers forum is something that we have pioneered and we have seen its success in the previous editions of both AIR CARGO AFRICA and AIR CARGO INDIA. We have air shippers forums for pharma, automotive, perishables and humanitarian aid sectors during ACA 2017. Each of them being hosted by key airports and airlines of the world, adds Patra.

The air shippers forums are hosted by Brussels Airport, Saudia Cargo, Frankfurt Airport and Liege Airport.

The key theme for ACA 2017 is Air freight in Africa: building tomorrows market today. Besides, four air shippers forums, there are five other expert panel debates, spread across three days, discussing topics like Unlocking Africas civil aviation potential: the time is now to set the rules for tomorrow; Over capacity and declining yield in a very volatile market: what is industrys strategy to strike a balance?; Freight forwarders, the critical link in the air cargo supply chain: will the current model continue to work in the future?; Trade agreements: whats there in them to the African air cargo industry; and Innovations in cargo delivery: from drones to UAVs to airships.

The panel discussions will host some of the best known leaders of the global air cargo industry from around the world. They include Tewolde Gebremariam Tesfay, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Airlines; Musa Zwane, Acting CEO, South Africa Airways; Anke Giesen, COO, Fraport AG; Michael Steen, Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide; Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo, IATA; Barry Nassberg, Group Operating Officer, Worldwide Flight Services; Shahe Ouzounian, Chief Operating Officer, Chapman Freeborn Airchartering; Gareth Joyce, President, Delta Cargo, elta Air Lines; Jonathan Clark, Regional Director-Africa, Cargolux Airlines; Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer, Turkish Airlines; Jane Ngige, CEO, Kenya Flower Council; Sanjeev Gadhia, Founder & CEO, Astral Aviation; and Dirk Schusdziara, Senior Vice President, Frport AG

The AIR CARGO AFRICA exhibition is spread across 2750 square meters and will host more than 80 exhibitors. They include airports, airlines, ground handlers, air logistics service providers, and technology and IT service providers. ACA 2017 has already attracted registration of close to 600 delegates and the three-day event is expected to welcome more than 3000 trade visitors.

South African Airways Cargo is the key sponsor of the event for the third time. We are excited once again to enter into a partnership with STAT Trade Times after the success of the previous conferences and exhibitions. We look forward to making a contribution to discussions focusing on Africas economic prospects, says Tleli Makheta, general manager, South African Airways Cargo.

The event plays an important role in the development of airfreight in Africa. The interaction between the various role players helps to highlight opportunities that are available and how each one can make a contribution to the growth of the industry. As a major player in the region, we are duty bound to make sure that we make a significant contribution, adds Makheta.

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) and Africa Flight Services (AFS) will host the welcome reception on 20 February for the air cargo community.

ACA 2017 will also honour the best air cargo companies with The STAT Trade Times International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo, an integral part of the event. The awards will be given away on February 22 during a gala award night at the Barnyard Theatre.

Besides South African Airways Cargo, the event is supported by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), Africa Flight Services (AFS) and Swissport Cargo Services as the platinum partners. While Airports Company South Africa and National are gold partners, Liege Airport is the silver partner. Other partners include Etihad Cargo, Cologne Bonn Cargo and Frankfurt Hahn Airport.

ACA 2015 gathered a record number of 80 international exhibiting companies, 527 global industry decision makers as registered delegates, and brought in an impressive 2,915 trade visitors from 29 African countries and 32 countries from other continents to explore business prospects.

For more information and to register as a delegate, please visit: stattimes.com/aca2017/

AIR CARGO AFRICA 2017 Partners 
Diamond Sponsor: South African Airways Cargo(host airline)
Platinum Sponsors: Swissport / Worldwide Flight Services / Africa Flight Services
Gold Sponsors: Airports Company South Africa (host airport) / National Air Cargo
Silver Sponsor: Liege Airport 
Air Shippers Forum - Perishable: Saudi Airlines Cargo 
Air Shippers Forum - Pharma: Brussels airport 
Air Shippers Forum - Humanitarian aid: Liege Airport 
Air Shippers Forum - Automotive: Frankfurt Airport 
Other Sponsors: Etihad Cargo / Cologne Bonn Cargo / Frankfurt-Hahn airport

Exhibitors: South African Airways Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo, Saudi Airlines Cargo Company, Worldwide Flight Services/ Africa Flight Services, Vulkan Air, Airports Company SA (ACSA), Miami International Airport, Air France/ KLM &Martinair Cargo, TIACA, Turkish Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo, Kenya Airways Cargo, Frankfurt Airport, Luxair Cargo, Manchester Airports Group, ACS Advanced Cargo Handling Systems Co. Ltd, Sharjah Airport, Bahrain Airport Company, Kale Logistics, M&C Aviation, Hybrid Airships, Professional Aviation Services, Cairo Airport Cargo Company, Astral Aviation, Swissport, Ethiopian Cargo, DHL Aviation, Becon Projects, Airline Services International, Boeing, Magma Aviation, Etihad Cargo, Cologne Bonn Cargo, Delta Cargo, Sharaf Cargo, Cargolux Airlines, Chapman Freeborn, Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines, Air Charter Service Plc., Liege Airport, Network Airline Services, SACO Airport Equipment, Colson Europe, Cargo Composites, Easyclear, Express Air Cargo, Cargo Flash, Lufthansa Cargo, World Courier, Jettainer, Fujairah Airport, Air Djibouti, Chateauroux Airport, Air Cargo Handling Systems, ACUNIS, Ultimate Air, Air Menzies International, Menzies Aviation, Siginon Aviation, O.R. Tambo Airport, CHAMP Cargosystems, Zone 4 International, ATC Aviation, BidAir Cargo, Astra Aviation, CFR Freight, Aero-Link Consulting, etc. Media Partners: Air Cargo Week, Air Cargo News, Air Cargo Update, Payload Asia,Cargo Connections, Logistics Update Africa, The STAT Trade Times, ITJ, Freight Book, Cargo Airports and Airline Services,Universal Freight Organization, Project Cargo Network, etc. Supporters: South Africa Shippers Transport & Logistics Council, South African Assoc. of Freight Forwarders, World Freight Network, Specialist Freight Networks, etc.