Siemens enhances presence in Myanmar with strong partnership in the ports sector
4 May 2017
Siemens has partnered with Myanmar Mahar Htun Co. Ltd. (MMH) to provide technology and solutions for Myanmar’s busy ports with ever-increasing requirements. Through this collaboration, MMH will equip ports with cranes that feature Siemens’ technology, which would enable them to upgrade their services, enhance safety features and improve productivity. This is in alignment with the focus of Myanmar Port Authority (MPA) to increase capabilities of the country’s port facilities.
Myanmar, with its strategic location that is connected to key regional markets China and India, and bordering three other Asian countries, Bangladesh, Thailand and Laos, currently is able to handle around 20 small tankers with around a total of 220,000 deadweight tonnes (DWT). This number is set to further rise with the expansion of its ports. In particular, its Yangon port is expected to handle ships with maximum of 50,000 DWT, putting it in front of ports in other Southeast Asian markets.
Christian Beckers, Head of Business Development, Digital Factory and Process Industry and Drives, Siemens Myanmar and Cambodia, said: “Growing demand for quality goods plus increase in trade and investments will create new opportunities for expansion of Myanmar’s port and logistics sector. Hence, it is important for the terminals to be equipped with the ability to handle the surging amount of imports and exports expected in the coming years.”
“Siemens’ innovative technologies can enhance productivity, energy efficiency and flexibility while at the same time fulfil the highest international safety standards and increased competitiveness in the market. Along with MMH and the MPA, we aim to enhance port optimization to reliably handle increased traffic and trade volumes,” he continued.
Yamon Win, Executive Director, Myanmar Mahar Htun Co., Ltd said: “Through our solid joint partnership, Siemens and Myanmar Mahar Htun Co. Ltd are able to provide a value-added product range which comprise of a combination of totally integrated and complete range of technologies and tailor-made solutions as well as local contact support for our customers in Myanmar. Our aim is to make Myanmar’s ports more efficient as they expand, and this will in turn make the country more competitive on a regional level, and all the more attractive to investors and operators.”
Cranes are indispensable for transporting loads in terminals, industrial operations and shipyards. Wherever they are used, they must operate with the greatest performance and safety, as well as optimal availability, reliability, maintainability and cost-effectiveness.
To underline their commitment to the industry in Myanmar, Siemens and MMH have also recently organized a seminar for their customers to discuss challenges faced by different terminals and identify potential solutions to address these challenges.The seminar, which was also organized with thesupport of MPA, enabled Siemens to showcase how its technology would enable the companies to enhance their offerings to meet with current and future industry demands.
As a close partner of the industry with more than 100 years of experience, Siemens has extensive knowledge concerning control and automation applications for cranes. Whether for shipyards, terminals, steelworks or power plants, its solutions provide a holistic support to customers, ensuring reliable and energy-efficient crane operations around the world. For instance, Siemens’ Simocrane technology platform considers the ever-shorter load handling times together with reduced energy requirements. The Simocrane technology platform covers both the crane requirements arising in harbor applications (container loading and unloading, batch and gripper mode) and in the industrial sector of the steel and paper industry (ladle cranes, coil handling crane or paper roll handling crane), in shipbuilding (goliath cranes) and in numerous other industrial applications.
Siemens has been operating in Myanmar since 1993. Late last year, the company expanded its local office in Yangon, Myanmar, to establish a broader partner network, signifying the growing importance of the market to its operations in Southeast Asia.
The company looks forward to increasing its presence in Myanmar by providing state-of-the-art technology and solutions for local businesses across all industrial sectors including manufacturing, power and port and logistics.
“In order to become competitive and maintain the edge over others in the industry, companies have to look at their current infrastructure and assess ways to improve business operations. The key is to identify new and innovative technologies that are suitable for their growth,” said Christian Beckers. “As a reliable partner of the industry, we are committed to providing our customers with the knowledge and expertise required to improve efficiency, productivity, flexibility, quality, throughput time and time-to-market. We aim to continue this momentum and focus on contributing to Myanmar’s economic development.”
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