Spanish company ESES and its modular container solution, Connectainer, has confirmed its part in the Port of Antwerp-led ePICenter project.
The ePICenter project is a consortium of 36 partners representing top ports, forwarders, cargo owners, logistics providers, knowledge institutions and technology firms.
“We are delighted to be part of this important project and to collaborate with leading companies and institutions to seek global solutions to current logistics problems. The support of the European Union through ePICenter represents a turning point for us in our project, and helps us to continue working, with more energy if possible, to achieve more efficient, social and environmentally friendly logistics,” said Jesus Garcia, General Manager, ESES.
Partners in the project will work together to provide innovative solutions to global supply chain challenges.
The goal is to optimize the efficiency and sustainability of the logistics chain, by focusing on the technological and operational opportunities that the use of disruptive technologies such as modular containers which is represented by the likes of Connectainer.
The Connectainer is a solution designed to transform 40’HC containers into 20´HC containers and vice versa, with a simple and quick operation, allowing the container to have in use a unique and not repeated container number by using displays and other technology in their units. As per their own company analysis, the 11% of global empty containers movements could be saved by using Connectainers
Other technologies that the project will explore include Industry 4.0, hyperloop and autonomous vehicles.
The project is funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme and has a timeframe of 42 months.