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Accutronics guideLONDON: March 22, 2016. UK battery specialist Accutronics has released a new one-page guide to the safe transport of lithium-ion batteries.

Targeted at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the medical, defense and instrumentation sectors, the guide offers five quick steps to ensuring that batteries meet international standards of design, assembly and testing before being packed for shipment.

As well as new changes coming into force from April 01 in relation to the State of Charge (SoC) of batteries transported by aircraft, the guide also highlights IEC standards, UN testing regulations and special provisions required before batteries can be shipped by plane.

The rise in demand for smaller, more portable devices that require a lot of battery power has resulted in more compact and energy-dense batteries.

"It can be a challenge to navigate the maze of regulations," explained Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager at Accutronics. "We've released this one-page guide to give OEMs a starting point on the journey to safely transporting lithium-ion batteries by plane."

Accutronics is a battery and charger development and manufacturing company with over 40 years' experience serving OEMs worldwide. The company says it has a customizable range of modular and credit card batteries and charger solutions to suit transportation requirements.

South Africa's growing perishables

LONDON/MADRID: March 24, 2016. IAG Cargo is to begin a three times a week service from London Gatwick to Cape Town from November 24 with a B777-200.

This adds to an A330-300 Madrid-Johannesburg service due to start August 01 and the existing London Heathrow-Cape Town and Johannesburg services already operated by IAG Cargo.

The new route brings total flights to the country from both IAG's London and Madrid hubs to 27 per week and 440 tonnes of capacity by the end of the year.

Over the past 12 months IAG Cargo says it has seen volumes of mangoes, avocadoes and pineapples, as well as floriculture, "continue to perform extremely well out of South Africa".

Figures from the country's Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) show that the Middle East, the European Union and the U.S. were major importers last year. In total, 55 percent of South Africa's subtropical fruit including avocados, mangoes, pineapples and passion fruit was exported to the EU last year in 2015.

David Shepherd, IAG Cargo head of Commercial commented: "We now offer an outstanding proposition into and out of South Africa, providing businesses with enhanced flexibility over where and when they ship their goods."

Ekol Logistics opens in Bulgaria

Ekol BGSOFIA: March 20, 2016. Ekol Logistics, one of Turkey's leading logistics companies, has opened an office near Sofia airport, Bulgaria to provide international and domestic FTL and groupage transport.

Nikolay Stoyanov, Ekol Bulgaria's country manager estimates the company will turnover €4.5 million in the next two years. Ekol operates five Ro-Ro vessels and 80 block trains per month and says it wants to use its environment-friendly services to strengthen its presence in Europe. " As the next step of our development, most probably in 2017, we may open offices in Plovdiv and Varna," added Stoyanov.

Ekol began investing in Europe in 1996 with the opening of its first office in Germany followed by facilities in Romania, Italy, France, Ukraine, Greece, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2013 it started Ekol Hungary; in 2014 Ekol Spain was added to company's transport network, and last year it opened a branch in Poland.

Wojciech Brzuska, general manager Ekol Europe and executive board member said: "In the next few months Ekol will keep the pace of its growth in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Iran.

"We are rolling out our strategy in hope that Ekol's services will help expand the business of our customers in Bulgaria as well. Ekol develops really fast, our turnover is bigger by around 25 percent every year thanks to [our] organic growth," he added.


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