It may be difficult to find a bigger word than pride

We are approaching the final month of 2020, what an unimaginable year has this been for all of us. The coronavirus has turned the lives of many of us upside down, everything that seemed normal is no langer obvious.

We aften work from home, we had no meetings and keep a distance from each other. Restaurants that closed, it is no langer allowed to receive more than a number of guests at home and we need to wear face masks; it seems to be a surreal world.

Despite this odd situation, we all accomplish it by putting our shoulders to the wheel and letting the work continue! We want to let you know that we appreciate this very much and it is good to see that everyone is taking their responsibility. We realize that it is not always easy, the col leagues who cannot see each other at the offices, the communication that aften takes place via Teams, mail or telephone. For a specific period we were not even allowed to visit certain countries.

From the beginning of the corona panda mie, we have let you know that we are proud of our approach and intensive cooperation within all divisions and countries. lt may be difficult to find a bigger word than pride, but it is unprecedented how we all get through this difficult period. Every week/ month there is a possibility that the taken measures have to be revised. The flexibility and adaptability within our company is an example for many.

We will not let this pandemie stop us from continuing our business, of course in a responsible manner. lt even gave us the strenght to open a new office in ltaly, the NCP building was renovated recently, KGN has built a new office, we have started building for VacQpack the first of the three experience centers in the USA and an office has been opened in Vietnam. The recruitment of new colleagues also has continued. This year alone we have welcomed more than 80 new colleagues. within the group.

We have noticed that many colleagues, who aften work from home, have a need for personal contact with their colleagues; unfortunately this still has to take place via Teams meetings for the time being. As soon as it will be safe to meet again, we will certainly arrange this.

The current situation will not al low us to carne togheter for closing the year by having a Christmas dinner. This is a pity, because we would have enough to discuss with each other. of course we will carne up with a creative solution to end this year in style, you will be informed about this.

We want to thank you for your flexibility and efforts, we can be proud of each other! Above all, stay healthy and if you have any problems, let us know, togheter wel will solve the issues.

A big thank you, we hope to see each other again as soon as possible and pick up our “old lifes” again.

Joren Nieuwenhuizen

Proud despite hard times!

Only 6 weeks ago – which feels like an eternity – it became clear what was in store for us regarding measures in case of Coronavirus.  The first notifications came from our Italian colleagues about quarantines, possible lockdown, hundreds of infected, and the first people who died from this virus. Then it escalated quickly. We also had to prepare ourselves, which risks and impact this pandemic would have for our companies in the other European countries, where we operate. We involved our customers to know their vision for the coming months. Also new forecasts have been made and we did some research into reducing work time. Various scenarios passed. Precautions have been taken; cars from the operational staff have all been supplied with soap and water, extra cleaning has been scheduled, all the office personnel were asked to work from home. We try to follow one clear policy as hard as we can. Of course, with specific exceptions in each Country.

 

 

The fact is that this situation is showing how strong our organisation is: there is more cooperation than ever on all fronts, we have daily team meetings, where we keep each other informed about developments by video conference.  HR, QHSE, Sales and Operations have never worked that close and intensively before. Everyone has a lot of creativity and is motivated to answer to all our customers issues. The most important thing is we remain self-motivated.

This situation reminds me of a Dutch quote: “alone you go faster, together you come further.” This sentence certainly applies to us. We really do this together!

We have divisions that are struggling, so we are blessed that we also work in branches that continue to run their business. Logistic never stands still, pests cannot be held back by coronavirus and the demand for our services has never been higher in the food industry. New services, such as disinfection, have been developed and time has been dedicated to knowledge transfer. Multidisciplinary training of our colleagues has always been a high priority on our agenda, but due to constant growth and tight labour markets, this has been difficult to achieve. Nowadays, colleagues between the different divisions are exchanged more than ever before.

It’s often said in the news: there is a world before coronavirus and a world after it, and it will never be like before. I must tell you honestly that I hope so, because this extraordinary situation brought significant changes. I am proud, extremely proud of our colleagues, our partners (customers and suppliers). We all stand together, with patience and understanding. This is inspiring and give us the drive to go for it every day.

Take care, enjoy the little things and try to stay healthy!

Joren Nieuwenhuizen

CEO

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Opening new drive through EQS in Barcelona a success!

Yesterday we celebrated the opening of the first container gas measurement drive through of Spain in Barcelona with a big event. After a presentation, we gave everyone a tour, showing our drive through and ventilation area. This day was a big success and we look forward to the future! We would like to thank everyone who attended.

New drive-through location Oosterhout

From today, our container gas measurement drive-through in Oosterhout moved from the Visserijweg 4a to the Koopvaardijweg 9a! On this location is also our new laboraty where our Expert Team safeguards the quality and performs additional research.

Port Quarantine Services SrL established today

EWS Group (Eco Worldwide Solutions Srl.) Italy and Spediporto / Spediservices join forces in PQS Group (Port Quarantine services Srl.).

PQS Group is a cooperation between EWS Group Italy and Spediservices, offering quarantine services in multiple port areas in Italy. Gas measurement, fumigation, BMSB-treatments and many more belong to the broad spectrum of services PQS Group provides.

To celebrate the launch, PQS Group is starting with a special promotion in the port of Genua! Do you have containers arriving in this port? Then you’re in luck. From the 6th to the 10th of may PQS Group is doing free gas measurement demonstrations! Interested? Contact Marta Mottin on +39 348 26 84 121 or send an email to info@pqs-group.it

EWS Group is an IMFO member!

We are proud to announce that EWS Group is now a member of the International Maritime Fumigation Organization (IMFO)! IMFO is an organisation that aims at:

  • World-wide standards for in-transit fumigation of stored product insects in all life-stages.
  • World-wide coordinated service of results in accordance with United Nations International Maritime Organisations (IMO) recommendations.

We are glad that we can help to reach these goals with our high quality services!

EWS & Mainhub: New logistic approach for container fumigation

Fumigation is a type of insecticide treatment, using toxic gasses. On yearly base thousands of containers are fumigated in the Port of Antwerp Containers with wood logs for export to China all need fumigation as a quarantine treatment. Since this is a volume business with relatively low value cargo, the logistics of these containers is a great challenge.

EWS & LINEAS INTERMODAL joined forces and opened a new fumigation area at the MAINHUB rail terminal in Antwerp. EWS is an international company, specialized in fumigation. LINEAS Intermodal offers a complete terminal-to-terminal intermodal rail solution and has an extensive pan-European network spanning 50 terminals in 10 countries.

“We believe this is a very strong logistic concept”, says Michiel Verwerft, Int. Fumigation manager at EWS. “We have to deal with growing congestion problems at different terminals and the planned road works at Antwerp Linkeroever in 2018 will also be a bottleneck for mobility in the Port of Antwerp. MAINHUB is strategically located at Antwerp Rechteroever and containers can be delivered by truck or by rail”.

Sam Bruynseels, Managing Director Lineas Intermodal: “By extending our services we are able to keep our service level high for our intermodal clients. The creation of this fumigation area of the Maintub terminals responds to the needs of a large number of our customers.”

At the MAINHUB terminal a fumigation area is created for 40x 40ft containers. After fumigation the containers can be transported directly to international destinations by the Green Xpress Network or by the LORO rail-service. This dedicated ‘fast lane’ connects MAINHUB with the major container terminals at Antwerp Linkeroever (Q1700 + 1742). This results in saving time and money, and less trucks on the road.

At the moment, Mainhub is connected with:

  • Germany (Ludwigshafen & Schkopau)
  • Austria (Vienna & Wels)
  • Czech Republic (Lovosice)
  • Sweden (Malmö)
  • Switzerland (Basel)
  • Italy (Milan)
  • Spain (Granollers, Taragona & Madrid)
  • Luxemburg via CFL
  • Metz via LIS
  • Dourges via Shuttlewise

With the SOLAS-option, fumigation on the terminal and the fast delivery by rail to the export terminals, we can offer you a full service package and a great logistic solution!

For more information, you can contact us on: info@ews-group.be

 

Fumigation and gas free services at sea

The fumigation of various cargo during sea transport (“In-Transit Fumigations”) is a common treatment in the international trade of grain products.
Millions of tons of cargo are fumigated during sea voyage from their country of origin to the final destination.

Gas measurements on board of ships
Fumigation inside the vessel’s hold is often carried out during the voyage.
As the used fumigants are highly toxic gasses, gas control must be done to ensure safe working conditions at the port of discharge.
A gas-free certificate must be present before discharge can start.

EWS is specialized in these gas measurements. Our experienced fumigation experts can do these measurements at sea or in the port throughout Europe. After our measurement we issue a gas-free certificate.

EWS is also able to remove fumigant residues in multiple European ports. The ship can continue the journey towards its final destination while being properly ventilated.

For more information please contact us on: info.fumigation@ews-group.com

 

   

Visit our booth at the ECE!

The most important international meeting point for the cereal, agrifood and feed business in 2017, is coming to Brussels! The European Commodities Exchange unites 38 national Exchanges from 12 European countries and has its head office at the Commodities Exchange in Strasbourg. The ECE is the most important annual event for international agri-food commodities with more than 3 000 operators from 56 countries and approximately 120 booths.

Eco Worldwide Solutions is attending the ECE as an exhibitor. Visit booth F6 for more information about EWS and its services. We will be sharing our booth with our sister company VacQPack. VacQPack is specialized in packing dry food, using its combination of a measurable MAP allied with vacuum technique. More information about VacQPack? Visit https://www.vacqpack.com.

Visit our booth at the ECE!

The most important international meeting point for the cereal, agrifood and feed business in 2017, is coming to Brussels! The European Commodities Exchange unites 38 national Exchanges from 12 European countries and has its head office at the Commodities Exchange in Strasbourg. The ECE is the most important annual event for international agri-food commodities with more than 3 000 operators from 56 countries and approximately 120 booths.

Eco Worldwide Solutions is attending the ECE as an exhibitor. Visit booth F6 for more information about EWS and its services. We will be sharing our booth with our sister company VacQPack. VacQPack is specialized in packing dry food, using its combination of a measurable MAP allied with vacuum technique. More information about VacQPack? Visit https://www.vacqpack.com.