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[post_content] => The tank container industry is a global business. Operators and lessors are located around the world, even if the manufacturing of new tanks is increasingly dominated by China. The tanks themselves traverse the world’s seas, rail tracks, roads and rivers, seemingly unaffected by national boundaries or language barriers.
But, like any service industry, the relationship between tank operators and their clients remains very much a person-to-person business. And with those people scattered around the globe, getting everyone together to do business and to talk about pressing issues is not an easy task, despite the best efforts of the International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO).
For many years now, ITCO has used the biennial Transport Logistic show in Munich as a forum where tank operators and lessors, as well as equipment and service providers, can get together, show off their wares, and discuss industry topics. The ‘ITCO Village’ has become a mainstay of the Munich event, concentrating everything tank-related into one handy hall so that those who want to see what’s on offer do not have to wear out shoe leather to excess.
The event’s organiser has since 2004 held an Asia-focused show in Shanghai in the intervening years between Munich events; the eighth biennial Transport Logistic China opens its doors this coming 16 May at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre and the ITCO Village will be once more making an impressive appearance – all the 28 available stands have been filled by ITCO members. The event is also increasingly attractive to visitors: the 2016 event pulled 23,350 people through its doors, up from some 16,800 in 2014.
This will be the first major event for ITCO since its merger with the Asian Tank Container Organisation (@tco) at the start of this year. The merged organisation will, says president Reg Lee, continue to develop the programme of work that both bodies were engaged in but much of the focus for 2018 will be on Asia. Apart from the ITCO Village in Shanghai, ITCO is planning an Asian regional meeting in Singapore in November, following the European meeting in Antwerp scheduled for September; both events will celebrate ITCO’s 20th anniversary year.
ITCO will certainly be continuing with the @tco depot audit scheme, which has already seen more than 25 tank cleaning and repair depots passing strict inspection and audit procedures. Lee believes that such a quality assurance scheme is vital to support the increasing use of tank containers in Asia.
While at the Transport Logistic event, Lee will also be stopping by the Shanghai Maritime University, where Professor Bingliang Song has been an enthusiastic supporter of @tco’s work and has put together ITCO’s annual tank container survey for the past two years. One topic for discussion will be the translation of the ITCO Tank Container E-Learning Course, which has recently been updated, into Mandarin.
The opportunities offered by the magnet of Transport Logistic China and the ITCO Village have not gone unnoticed by local tank container manufacturers. Both CIMC and NTtank will be holding events at their own facilities and will be inviting visitors and ITCO exhibitors to attend.
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ITCO: Right place, right time
This month's Transport Logistic China show offers a place for the tank container industry to meet, talk and plan for regional growth ahead