Recent News Updates
An article about NEX-GEM workshop held at the
University of Hull(27 May, 2009) has been presented on the online
site for the "Containerisation International" magazine. The website
http://www.ci-online.co.uk/news/showNews.asp?News_ID=24915 , and
the full article is shown below.
utilisation versus infrastructure development
A UK workshop organised by the
'Next Generation Supply Chains' group (NEX-GEM) held at the
University of Hull yesterday (May 27), suggested the need to
focus on proper utilisation of available
infrastructure/assets rather than augmentation of capacity.
A workshop sub-group titled 'utilisation of infrastructure'
said: 'The authorities/industry talk very little bit about
proper utilisation of available infrastructure. But this is
the most important aspect rather than calling for additional
capacity. Also, this method is more environmentally
'For example: the M42 (motorway) is very busy and crowded
only for eight to nine hours during the day time, but it is
free for 15 hours a day. This is the situation as far as
most available infrastructure is concerned.
The group called for more concerted action by the
authorities/government to work with the private sector
organisations to optimise infrastructure utilisation within
The sub-group further commented: 'We think this is an
opportunity to minimise environmental constraints as well.
Instead of investing in developing/augmenting infrastructure
capacity, if this method is successfully adopted, we might
be able to channel more funds for environmental
The other main points discussed included:
* The need for investing in human resources and
offering the right vocational qualifications, training and
maintaining the right image of the profession.
* To focus innovation and creativity in using
assets view bank financing is still very difficult to
* Making rail and canal options more available for
About 40 academic and industry professional attended the
workshop. The main findings of the exercise are due to be
published towards the early part of 2010.