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Siemens to better cargo handling at delhi airport

Business Standard:  June, 2011

New Delhi: Delhi Cargo Services Center (DCSC) has signed up Siemens Ltd to set up a state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment for the integrated cargo complex at the Delhi International Airport.

“The contract is worth Rs 165 crore, which is till date India’s largest cargo handling system contract, and Siemens will also maintain the system initially for a period of two years,” said a release from the company.

DCSC is a special-purpose vehicle formed between Delhi International Airport Ltd and Cargo Service Center India Ltd.

Siemens Ltd, in which Siemens AG holds 75 per cent of the capital, is the flagship listed company of Siemens AG in India. In India, Siemens is a leading provider of industry and infrastructure solutions with a business volume aggregating about Rs 12,000 crore and operates in the core business areas of Industry, Energy and Healthcare.

Siemens will outfit the main terminal with air cargo handling solution (MHS), which will include automatic storage and retrieval system, cargo workstation, pallet and container storage and handling system, all managed and controlled by high-level IT systems.

“The company will also supply high-end automation, Elevating Transfer Vehicles (ETV), Transfer Vehicles (TV), shuttles and hoists for fast movement of unit loading devices. High-end software that interfaces with other IT systems will ensure faster clearance of cargo,” said the release.

In a span of four years, T1 will be largely automated in its operations with a capacity to handle more than 600,000 million tonnes of cargo annually.

“DCSC is focused on providing seamless and enhanced quality of cargo services to our customers, and we found the right partner in Siemens,” DCSC MD Radharamanan Panicker was quoted as saying.