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Economics, Diversity, and the Human-Automation Partnership

Inform has proven that the company is not shy to explore the future and what it might hold for our industry. From the original 2038: A Smart Port Story through to insightful presentations at both our Container Terminal Automation Conference and Smart Digital Ports events over the past years, they are always pushing the boundaries of today.

In this exclusive interview with Port Technology International, Dr. Eva Savelsberg, Senior Vice President, Inform, talks about the economic trends that will come to shape our industry over the coming decades, why diversity and data are at the heart of Inform’s strategy moving forward, and the role of humans in the automation equation.

Exclusive video Interviews with Dr. Eva Savelsberg:

Part One: Our Industry

Part Two: Data and Strategy

Part Three: Working in the Maritime Industry

In the interview Dr. Savelsberg speaks about the large economic trends that the maritime industry needs to be focusing on over the coming decade:

“The first trend is our focus on sustainability. As a society, we see we probably have to do a lot more to address sustainability in all its different facets. To be successful in the future. To hand over a functioning Earth to our kids and grandchildren. To tap into the potential of diversity.

“A further trend is also the shift of the global centre of economic gravity, which will shift to the East over the next few decades, and this will also bring decisive changes to us. Today, we are a very well-educated, affluent society, and I believe, especially within the European Union, our voice has a value. Perhaps this value might shrink over the next decades. I am not convinced we are prepared for this situation. In addition, how the Unites States positions itself globally will also impact us.

“Finally, the African youth bulge will play a part in shaping our industry. While many European and Asian societies are, or will, shrink, 60% of the African society is under 25 and will grow over the next decades. From an economic point of view, today trading routes are strong between China and Europe, China and the US. But, having all the young people in Africa, those routes will change undoubtedly in the future. Are we prepared for that? How do we want to participate in this shift of trade?”

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Interview with Dr. Eva Savelsberg, Senior Vice President, Inform