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Joloda launches air cargo business

12 May 2024

THE MOVE to create Joloda Air Cargo Equipment includes a strategic partnership with AirTech Innovations, and will see Joloda Hydraroll design, manufacture, install, and service a complete range of equipment for air cargo handling operations, both airside and landside.

AirTech Innovations is a leading specialist in air cargo handling systems, with a particular focus on airside operations. Since 2016, it has served hundreds of companies with a wide range of products and services for airside trucks and warehouses, from heavy-duty automated systems and sortation solutions to complete turnkey operations built to requirements, including specialist software.

Joloda Hydraroll is known in the industry for its landside loading and unloading solutions. The company works with many global air cargo handling operators throughout the supply chain, supporting them with the handling of air freight in the Road Feeder Service (RFS) and in the loose parcel-shipping market via its sister company, Joloda Conveyor Services.

The combined offering will mean that global suppliers can now rely on Joloda Hydraroll for every aspect of their air cargo operations. Companies can benefit from an extensive portfolio of trailer, warehouse, and conveyor solutions for loading and unloading air cargo, as well as services and expertise, from a single provider.

Air cargo upturn

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for January 2024 global air cargo markets indicating a significant upturn in demand compared to January 2023 (up 18.4 per cent). International belly capacity also rose 25.8 per cent year-on-year on the strength of passenger markets. This air cargo growth is predicted to continue in 2024 across all regions by an average of 4.5 per cent, highlighting the need for faster and more efficient air cargo handling solutions.

The strategic partnership with AirTech Innovations will bolster the Joloda Hydraroll Group’s capabilities to support customers’ growth strategies. As of April 2024, Joloda Hydraroll will focus on customers in European and Asian markets, while AirTech Innovations will service those in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Joloda Hydrarol lCEO Michele Dematteis, says: “With the launch of our new business unit and strategic partnership with AirTech Innovations, we are excited to expand our solutions and help our air cargo customers unlock even greater value and efficiency from an increasingly complex global supply chain.

“Our powered rollerbed loading and unloading systems for trucks and trailers are already used in cargo hubs around the globe, so the move into airside truck and warehouse solutions was the logical next step. Now, equipped with a complete range of air cargo handling systems, we look forward to leveraging our combined expertise to offer them an unparalleled service. Our combination of global knowledge and local services makes us the best partner to meet our customers’ needs.”

Steve Hamilton, managing director at AirTech Innovations, adds: “With Joloda Hydraroll's growth history, growth projections, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and project installation professionalism, we are pleased to set up this alliance and contribute to a one-stop-shop that will support the growth of air cargo handling operators around the world.” 

Continuity is at the heart of the alliance, with both companies utilising AirTech Innovation's designs. Spare parts will continue to be available for all existing products. AirTech Innovation’s service department will integrate with Joloda Conveyor Services.

For more information, visit www.joloda.com