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Air cargo can emerge from the global economic crisis in a stronger position than other transport modes as manufacturers rethink their production and supply chain strategies, says Ulrich Ogiermann, Chairman of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).
Manufacturers and other businesses will be more reluctant than ever to tie up vast investment in stock, taking them back to the principle of "just-in-time" production which, he adds, "subsequently, demands the speed, security and reliability of transportation that only air cargo can provide."
"One of the few positives to come from the recession is that companies everywhere are now ready to consider and discuss any changes within their business if it benefits their bottom line," he says. Previously there were too many taboos that left no room to manoeuvre. These have disappeared. There are no more "kingdoms" in companies that are protected at all costs. This is a positive shift in change management because companies will leave anything behind that does not add value."
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