The New Logistics Hub Of United Nations In Spain, Key For Shipping Humanitarian Aid To Africa

The logistics hub of the World Food Program (WFP) at the Port of La Luz in Las Palmas, is part of the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot network (UNHRD), a network for global aid that can respond to any humanitarian crisis around the world in less than 48 hours. The Spanish Cooperation has funded the creation of this logistics hub to respond primarily to populations affected by humanitarian crises in West Africa.

Madrid, 8 July 2014. The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations Ertharin Cousin and the ministers of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, Public Works, Ana Pastor, Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo, and the Secretary General for International Development Cooperation Gonzalo Robles, officially inaugurated today the Humanitarian Logistics Hub of the World Food Progamme (WFP) at the Port of Las Palmas.
The inauguration was attended by a wide group of African ambassadors in Spain.
The logistics hub, funded by Spain, seeks to provide immediate response to any humanitarian emergency, particularly those happening in Africa.
Prior to inaugurating the facilities, the authorities signed the Administrative Agreement linking the logistics hub at Las Palmas to the network of United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD).

The network, managed by the WFP, comprises another five hubs in Dubai, Italy, Ghana, Malaysia and Panama. With Las Palmas, the network will be able to assist populations affected by humanitarian crises anywhere in the world in a maximum of 48 hours.


In 2008 the Spanish Cooperation and the World Food Programme started negotiations to make Spain one of the hubs for strategic logistics support and therefore improve the efficiency of operations, particularly in West Africa, but also in support to Central Africa.

After this inauguration in Las Palmas the WFP will be able to operate from Spain on food aid with transport and conditioning of food products, and on emergency aid with non-food items: emergency logistics, medical, hygiene and shelter supplies in case of sudden emergencies.

 WFP manages the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot network that comprises other five humanitarian hubs around the world, all of them in geo-strategic locations that allow for an immediate response to any crisis, anywhere, in less than 48 hours.
UNHRD logistic hubs stock mainly emergency materials including hygienic and sanitary kits, tents, mobile offices, blankets and up to 1,500 additional references, needed to respond to the most vulnerable populations in crises situations.
The UNHRD network is mandated by a United Nations resolution and it is an inter-agency tool servicing all United Nations agencies, NGOs and governments that adhere to the system through a technical agreement.


The hub has two warehouses at the Port of La Luz (Las Palmas) with 1,300 square meters of indoor surface and 5.200 square metres outdoors, a space prepared to store medicines and an office from which to coordinate aid operations.
The selection of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by the WFP for the second European location of its logistics hub reflects a strategic choice to have a regional logistics hub with maximized capacity, efficiency and connectivity with the main African ports, with the firm target of responding more quickly to the humanitarian needs in that continent.

Frost & Sullivan: Optimistic Growth in Indonesia’s Machine Tools Market

JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Frost & Sullivan is optimistic on growth in Indonesia’s machine tools and cutting tools market due to the individual growth of the mining, power generation, automobile, aerospace & defense industry.

Mr. K Vinod Cartic, Consultant at Frost & Sullivan said that as the use of composite materials in automobile industry increases, diamond tipped tools will also grow faster vis-a-vis cemented carbide tools. Cement carbide tools are heavily used in the mining and power generation industry and steel and steel alloys are mostly used in fabrication of various components.

He also said that the use of intricate components in aerospace & defense industry is expected to promote use of high precision tools.

Mr. Cartic predicts that the machine tools and cutting tools market in Asia Pacific is likely to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 9.1 per cent (2012-2017), to reach revenues worth US$6.36 billion in 2017.

“Developments in infrastructure in China and India have increased the demand for machine tools and cutting tools. China became the world’s largest consumer of machine tools and cutting tools in 2002. In 2012 China also led in production. Rapid development across various industries and investments in infrastructure are the key reason for this growth,” he added.

He also said that many countries depend on China’s consumption to increase their export sales. He added that the growth of the Indian’s economy and its related industries also create a huge potential for investments in the Asia Pacific’s machine and cutting tools market.

Mr. Cartic said that in Indonesia, machine tools import in the automotive sector contributed 45 percent of the country’s total imports, while the remaining came from several other sectors such as oil and gas, or transportation. He said that the majority of imported machine tools are from Japan and China.

He added that the heavy industry market account for the major share in terms of consumption of machine tools and cutting tools, estimated at 57.3 percent globally in 2012. The heavy industry primarily consists of equipment and vehicles used in mining and power generation, he said.

Mr. Cartic also said that nuclear power generates 12.3 percent of the electricity produced worldwide and this is expected to increase in the long term. South East Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam are expected to account for 29 nuclear reactors by 2025, he added.

He said that the two most commonly used tools used in the automobile industry are cemented carbide and diamond cutting tools. “Diamond tools are used in the machining of lightweight non-ferrous materials such as aluminum, copper, tin and composite materials. The growing demand for these materials in the fabrication of automobile components is likely to increase the demand for diamond tipped cutting tools,” he added.

“Machine tools and cutting tools manufacturers are likely to benefit from sales boost with production of automobiles likely to increase tenfold in Indonesia, India and China in the next five years,” he said.

He added that the growth of the machine tools and cutting tools market in the Oil &Gas (O&G) industry during the forecast period can be attributed to the increasing oil exploration activity in various regions across the world. Shell, Petrobras, and other major O&G companies are likely to invest in production platforms in countries such as Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Mr. Cartic noted said that the global machine tools industry is in the growth stage. The estimated revenue is over US$15 billion and the CAGR between 2014-2017 is expected to be 6.2 per cent. “It is a highly price sensitive market and the market is controlled largely by the top few market participants,” he added.

He also noted that Indonesia became Taiwan’s 6th biggest market for machine tools in the first 10 months of 2012. Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) statistics showed that Taiwan’s exports of machine tools to the Southeast Asia surged 23.5 percent year on year in the Jan.-Oct. period of 2012, during which the island’s total machine tool exports increased 9.2 percent from the same period of last year to US$3.50 billion.