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Brussels Airport, a key European airport with a consistent and impressive rate of growth in passenger and cargo traffic in recent years, will host Pharma Air Shippers Forum at AIR CARGO INDIA 2016, the 6th edition of the international biennial air cargo exhibition and networking conference, organised by The STAT Trade Times, the flagship publication from the global multimodal transport media specialist the STAT Media Group.

AIR CARGO INDIA 2016 is scheduled to take place from 23 to 25 of February next year at Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. The Pharma Air Shippers Forum, scheduled for the inaugural day, is the highlight of the three-day event that will bring leading professionals of the air cargo industry from around the world.

The Pharma Air Shippers Forum, themed around “India, the world’s pharma export hub: global perspectives”, will be attended by logistics and supply chain heads of leading pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, pharma exporters, specialist forwarders, airports, airlines, handlers, truckers, cold chain experts, pharma logisticians, drug controllers and government regulators. The objective of the forum is to bring together the Indian pharmaceutical exporters and offer them a platform to discuss and analyse various segments of the air logistics industry thereby addressing key areas of challenges and opportunities in the pharma export and supply chain. The forum, one of its kind in the industry and unique in its format, provides an ideal platform for no holds barred discussion, debate and exchange of views and ideas.

Commenting on the partnership Steven Polmans, head of cargo, Brussels Airport, said: “for several years now, we are investing a lot of our time and energry in bridging the pharmaceutical industry and the air cargo industry. There is still not enough understanding between both, resulting in unhappy customers and suboptimal supply chains. In Europe we managed to take big steps forwards, together with the network and knowledge of STAT Media Group in India, we are convinced we can make this event in India a huge success for all shippers and players in the air cargo industry.”

Nathan De Valck, business and product development Manager, Brussels Airport said: “In all our contacts with pharma shippers, both in Europe and India, we have learned they are not happy with the services provided by our industry. Very often this is linked to lack of communication, intransparancy and differences in quality throughout the supply chain. By bringing all togheter, you can make a difference if we leave aside all marketing stories and discuss as partners how we can grow this segment to the benefit of the shippers and the air cargo industry.

India is fast emerging as a global pharma production and export hub. The Indian pharmaceutical market, projected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 14-17 percent over 2012-16, is now among the top five pharmaceutical or ‘pharmerging’ markets. The pharma industry in India is estimated to grow at 20 per cent compound annual growth rate to reach $85 billion by 2020. Realising the potential in this segment of the industry in contributing to the Indian trade, the Government of India has unveiled ‘Pharma Vision 2020’ aimed at making India a global leader in the end-to-end drug manufacture. The Indian state of Telangana has set up India’s largest integrated pharmaceutical city spread over 11,000 acres in Hyderabad which has acquired the epithet, the bulk drug capital of India.

Attendance at Pharma Air Shippers Forum is free to the shippers, but there are limited seats. To reserve your place or to find more details about the forum or AIR CARGO INDIA 2016, please visithttp://www.stattimes.com/aci2016/ 


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