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Vanderlande acquired by TICO

Vanderlande has been bought by Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), a Japanese manufacturer of forklift trucks and the parent company of Toyota Motors.

The acquisition has been fully approved and supported by Vanderlande’s supervisory and management boards. 

Vanderlande will retain its name and corporate identity, and continue to operate as a standalone entity from the same locations worldwide.

The transaction signifies TICO’s strategic ambition to increase its presence in automated material handling. It follows the recently announced expansion in North America with the acquisition of Bastian Solutions LLC and further cements TICO’s global leading position for total solutions within material handling.

Vanderlande’s CEO, Remo Brunschwiler, commented: “Vanderlande is pleased to be acquired by such a successful, strategic partner. The financial strength behind TICO and its global presence will help our company to continue with its strategy of sustainable profitable growth.”

Vanderlande recently announced that its revenues soared by 15% in 2016 to an all time high of €1.1 billion. Its strategy of sustainable, profitable growth was boosted by a record order book of €1.7 billion (+11%) during the calendar year.

Brunschwiler noted: “There is a high level of interest for the type of solutions and services that Vanderlande provides, and revenue is expected to increase again from CY2016.” 

New Sharjah role for Parsons

Parsons is to provide project management services for the Sharjah International Airport expansion in the United  Arab Emirates. 

Its project/construction management role will include oversight of the planning, design, construction and commissioning of the airport’s expansion.

The project, which includes raising the terminal’s capacity to 25mppa and improving road access to the gateway, is expected to make Sharjah International Airport one of the most architecturally distinctive landmarks in the Emirate.

“The Sharjah International Airport expansion programme will dramatically improve travel options to and from Sharjah, as well as promote economic growth and job creation,” says Gary Adams, president of the Parsons Group. 

Parsons has been working in the Middle East Africa region for more than 60 years and has offices in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain.  


“Satisfying results” for Gebr Heinemann

Gebr Heinemann has announced that it achieved corporate balance and growth in the global duty free market in 2016, managing to largely offset the strong impact of global political developments on the international travel retail business.

As a result, it reports a controlled group turnover of €3.8 billion, which equates to growth of 5.6% on the previous year.

Heinemann remains the market leader in Europe, enjoying a 30% share of the airport duty free market. Allocated into the top three categories, LTC (Liquor, Tobacco, Confectionery) accounted for 58% of total sales, followed by Perfume & Cosmetics (31%) and Fashion & Accessories (8%). 

The company insists that it will continue “investing intensively in the travel retail market” in 2017. A significant portion of the total investment of €100 million will be spent on Istanbul New Airport, the further development of the “retail experience” in Scandinavia and digital development. 

A welcome BLIP

BLIP Systems is confident that the implementation of its queue and flow management solution at Bristol Airport will help enhance the passenger experience and improve operational efficiency at the UK gateway.

Its BlipTrack solution measures passenger flow and dwell times, which are designed to enable the airport to understand how travellers move through and use the airport.  

And with passenger numbers exceeding the seven million milestone for the first time in Bristol Airport’s history in 2016, arguably the installation of its BlipTrack kerb-to-gate solution by software specialists Gentrack couldn’t be better timed.

Airport operations director, Paul Davies, says: “We had very high expectations prior to the introduction of the system, and I am very happy to say that the outcome has proved very successful. The system has capabilities for further enhancements which will provide other long-term solutions in the future.” 


The X-factor

Smiths Detection claims that the regulatory certification of its new passenger screening equipment will mean the end to random searches of travellers’ cabin luggage at airports.

Its HI-SCAN 6040aTiX advanced checkpoint screening solution is the first in the industry to be awarded the new European Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) certification EDS CB C1 for its automated explosives detection capability.

The move, it says, means that airports using the system can dispense with random searches using additional explosive trace detectors or dogs, thanks to its advanced detection system, which it claims “significantly enhances airport security while also speeding up the inspection process and boosting throughput”.

Additional benefits for airports, says Smiths Detection, include cost savings for administration and maintenance, as there is no need to use threat image projection to review operator performance. 

It adds that the new equipment helps maintain high levels of operator performance as the complexity of X-ray images remain consistently the same, aiding threat detection.

“We are delighted to be the first in the industry to receive EDS CB C1 certification,” comments Cameron Mann, Smiths Detection’s global market director for aviation.

“Regulators are looking to next-generation detection technology to handle ever-evolving threats and we are proud that they have recognised our ability to keep passengers safe. 

“We’re continuously working to meet the highest industry standards with our security solutions, ensuring passengers can travel safely and securely, while also helping lighten the load for airport operators.” 

WBP Profiles

ADK International

Location: Dubai, UAE

Contact: Jacob Hoekstra, CEO


W: www.adk.one

ADK International has been a recognised player in helping airport management search internationally for the best executives for almost 20 years. In the battle for talent you need to be able to speak to people who know your business or industry; there’s no time to educate search consultants. All of our senior consultants have held executive positions or managerial roles before joining ADK, so they understand your concerns and are aware of the global challenges of your business. Many times they are already connected to the talent you need!


Easy Fast Track

Location: Nice, France

Contact: Eric Trichot, managing partner


W: www.easyfastrack.com

During Q3 2017, Easy Fast Track will launch a new app for Android and Apple devices that will allow passengers to access the fast track services of all partner airports. There will be an annual quota of members per airport, as this will be a key element to controlling the development of the service.


MK Illumination Handels GmbH

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Contact: Titina Probst, head of sales and communication 


W: www.mk-illumination.com

MK Illumination provides a comprehensive service in three main areas – retail real estate, leisure and public spaces. Main product areas include lighting, decorations, grottos and animation. MK Illumination maintains independently run subsidiaries in 30 countries, allowing each business to benefit from a global approach linked with local knowledge. 

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