GHAC to leverage StaTwig’s next-gen Blockchain tech for transparency, time-stamping at each level of the vaccine supply chain

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GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC), a division of GMR Air Cargo and Aerospace Engineering (GACAEL) announced a partnership with Singapore-based technology startup StaTwig to roll out a new technology-based solution for tracking and monitoring vaccine shipments handled at the airport’s cargo terminal.

The partnership brings together domain expertise of GMR Cargo and its time-tested relationships with vaccine exporters and air cargo trade with StaTwig’s proven Blockchain platform to strengthen the supply chain of vaccine exports from India.

The development assumes significance given Hyderabad’s position as one of the biggest vaccine manufacturers globally, with the region set to produce over 3.5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next couple of years to aid the global battle against the pandemic.

The MoU giving effect to the partnership was signed between Saurabh Kumar, CEO, GHAC and Sid Chakravarthy and Nrupul Ponugoti, Co-founders of StaTwig Hyderabad.

Saurabh Kumar, CEO, GHAC said, “This new technology product would enable us to deliver enhanced real-time visibility and status information on vaccine shipments to our customers. We are confident that the combination of GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo’s domain expertise in vaccine handling and StaTwig’s proven Blockchain technology-based Vaccine Ledger platform will further strengthen the vaccine supply chain at this critical juncture in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL) said, “With this strategic partnership with StaTwig, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo will further consolidate its position as one of the best gateways in India for vaccine shipment handling. GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo is expanding its capabilities both in infrastructure and technology to cater to the demand in vaccine shipments and is becoming a key facilitator in the fight against COVID.”

SGK Kishore, ED- South and Chief Innovation Officer at GMR Airports said, “Technology and temperature-controlled supply chain are crucial elements in the fight against COVID. GMR has always been a pioneer when it comes to leveraging the latest technology to deliver enhanced value and better experience to our customers and airport infrastructure users.”

“This partnership for ‘Vaccine Ledger’ is in line with the same focus on technological leadership and customer-centricity and we are hopeful that in these crucial times when every single vaccine counts, this strategic step will help ensure safe handling of vaccines,” he added.

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