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“Thanks to outstanding technical performance and reliability, the freighter is entering new dimensions,” said Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, Board Member Operations Lufthansa Cargo AG. “This marks a milestone on our ambitious path to lowering specific emissions by 25 percent until 2020.”

At a price tag of $270 million, the Boeing 777F can travel over 9,000 kilometers non-stop and remain in the air for up to ten-and-a-half hours with a payload of 103 tons. The new aircraft also meets the strictest noise protection standards in international civil aviation, allowing Lufthansa Cargo access to airports with noise regulations and legislation.

 

Archer Daniels Midland Opens Intermodal Port in Illinois

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn held a ceremony on September 19 to commemorate the opening of ADM’s new intermodal container facility at its processing complex in Decatur.

The 250-acre Midwest Inland Port intermodal facility, which will be served by CN, CSX Transportation and Norkolk Southern Railway, is designed to initially handle 50,000 containers per year, a number ADM plans to eventually expand to 150,000 units annually in the future. The intermodal ramp also offers direct access to several major highways and was funded in part by an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant.

“ADM is one of the key reasons Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest, and this new facility will help even more businesses get their goods to domestic and foreign markets more easily and cost effectively,” said Quinn in a press release.

The facility will enable businesses to tap ADM’s grain transportation and logistics expertise, Quinn added. It is also ADM’s hopes that businesses of every type will be able to “access markets anywhere, at any time, and do so quickly and cost-effectively,” said ADM Transportation President Scott Fredericksen.

 

Isoform Insulated Pallet and Roll Covers Offer a Low-Tech Solution to a Hi-Temp Problem

Using a relatively simply idea to try and solve a complex cold storage and cold chain issue, Italian company Formula Snc has launched a line of reusable and disposable insulated pallet and roll covers designed to help preserve the optimal temperature of food and other perishable products throughout the supply chain.

Isoform covers use alternating layers of insulation to create separate internal chambers, and the use of microfiber wool inside the central chamber also reduces residual heat exchange to ensure optimal insulation and reduce food loss and damages due to exposure to high or low temperatures during the production, loading/unloading, transit and storage phases of the food supply chain.

Isoform’s pallet covers are designed for use during transporting, loading and unloading, while the roll covers are designed for internal handling inside the facility. All Isoform covers have been tested and certified by the Tuv-Italia certification body, and can be customized to any size or level of thermal insulation.

 

Windsor Airport Gets C$19.9 Million Cargo Upgrade

The Canadian government recently announced a C$19.9 million (US$19.2 million) federal grant to upgrade cargo facilities at the Windsor International Airport, which includes the construction of a multi-modal cargo terminal and two collaborative projects at the airport and the University of Windsor.

As part of the project, officials also announced they would establish the Institute for Border Logistics and Security, which will include a facility at the university used for research and a facility at the airport for testing new technologies in the logistics sector. To give the project some extra support, the Windsor airport also signed a lease agreement with FedEx.

“By investing in research for faster, safer ways to move goods and people across international borders, our government is not only helping to create high-quality jobs in Windsor, but we are also positioning this region to be a leader in the increasingly important field of border logistics and security,” said Gary Goodyear, minister of state for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario at the announcement.

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