Containerchain has hired a former manager of Hamburg Süd to support the opening of its European operations and expand as an automation software solution provider for the container logistics industry.
The company has hired Patrick Mertens, formerly Area Manager – Transport, Logistics, and M&R for Hamburg Süd, to head up its commercial activities and expand into Hamburg, Antwerp and Rotterdam as a response to increasing demand for its cloud-based systems.
The company — with offices in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong — sees Europe as an important growth market for its rapid advancement across the container logistics sector.
Containerchain Europe is initially focusing its efforts on operators in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands, with an extensive roadshow of visits to port and inland terminals, road transporters, and container depots undertaken across recent months.
Long-time Containerchain business relationship manager, Theo Gialamatzis, will take up the role as General Manager of Operations for Containerchain’s German subsidiary, relocating to Hamburg from Australia.
Tony Paldano, CEO of Containerchain, has pointed to the growing conversation around the benefits of digitisation as a sign that the industry is ready to find new ways to improve productivity and unlock value.
Paldano commented: “There’s been a lot of talk about ‘visibility’ in the industry – the ability to see container movement both up and downstream from your facility or business.
“But digitisation should offer you much more than that: it should offer you the ability to re-tool your processes to achieve greater efficiency, and to unlock the profit potential that comes from being able to proactively manage because you have better information at your fingertips.
“We’re excited to be able to take this message to one of the largest shipping and transport markets in the world.”
Containerchain will also sponsor and exhibit at Intermodal Europe in Amsterdam in November, where it will showcase its synchronisation platform and industry-specific automation products like eGate, Notifications, CDMS, and Trip-TMS.