SCATA awards return to honour logistics industry
The leading players from the Middle East logistics industry will once again converge in Dubai for the second annual Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA).
The prestigious ceremony, which is organised by magazine publisher ITP Business, was inaugurated last year to honour the contributions of individuals and companies within the regional logistics industry.
"The market opportunity in the Arabian Peninsula, together with the fierce competition to succeed in the lucrative supply chain and transportation sector, means the Middle East is producing some of the most impressive players in the global logistics industry," commented Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Publishing Group.
"The SCATA awards will make a welcome return in 2008 to recognise those companies that stand out from this exalted crowd. The nominees will once again include a combination of regional and international players that have gone above and beyond in terms of their industry contribution," he added.
The event takes place at a five-star Dubai hotel in May and will include 16 categories in total, covering the logistics, sea freight and air cargo sectors. These include 'express logistics provider of the year' and '3PL service provider of the year', which are awarded to companies that have consistently delivered worldclass services and facilities across the Middle East in the past 12 months.
In addition, the 'logistics manager of the year' category will honour the logistician that has made a significant difference in managing the supply chain of a non-logistics company.
Nominations are being invited online (www.itp.net/events/scata) and each application will be assessed by a prestigious panel of experts, selected from within the industry.
The judges will once again include Michael Proffitt (CEO of Dubai Logistics City), Issa Baluch (CEO of Swift Freight International), Captain Mansoor Ghafoor (CEO of STALCO Group and president of the National Association of Freight and Logistics), Dr Kanak Madrecha (senior manager of Dubai World and founding member of the Supply Chain & Logistics Group) and Professor Cedwyn Fernandes (chair of the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Wollongong in Dubai).
A new addition to the judging panel in 2008 is Sebastian Thomas, logistics manager of Al-Futtaim's retail division and winner of last year's SCATA award for logistics manager of the year.
"The transportation magazines published by ITP Business are considered a leading voice for the logistics industry in the Middle East. Now, with the second annual SCATA awards, the biggest achievers from our industry will once again receive the recognition they deserve," said Michael Proffitt, CEO of Dubai Logistics City.
"Last year, I found the level of submission to be very professional and highlighted the continuous development of the Middle East logistics industry. I look forward to joining other members of the esteemed judging panel in reviewing another set of excellent submissions, which actually make the judging process very difficult," he added.
Express Logistics Provider of the Year: DHL Middle East
3PL Service Provider of the Year: Agility
Logistics Manager of the Year: Sebastian Thomas (Al-Futtaim Retail Division)
AIR CARGO CATEGORIES
Cargo Operator of the Year (Commercial Airline): Emirates SkyCargo
Cargo Operator of the Year (Cargo Airline): ACT Airlines
Air Cargo Hub of the Year: Dubai Cargo Village
SEA FREIGHT CATEGORIES
Port Authority & Terminal Operator of the Year: DP World
Shipping Agent of the Year: GAC
Shipping Company of the Year: Maersk
Shipyard of the Year: Dubai Drydocks World
Technology Provider of the Year: Psion Teklogix
Material Handling Provider of the Year: FAMCO
Contribution to Employee Care: ASRY - Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard
Outstanding Contribution to Training: GAC
Industrial Area of the Year: Jebel Ali Free Zone
Outstanding Achievement Award: DP World