NAFL UAE and Fives SAS collaborate to propel UAE's e-commerce and logistics growth

Partnership between country's leading freight and logistics association and industrial engineering group will drive sector-wide efficiencies and digitalisation

NAFL signes a landmark MOU with Fives Smart Automation Solutions

NAFL signes a landmark MOU with Fives Smart Automation Solutions

Dubai, UAE: The National Association of Freight and Logistics UAE (NAFL), one of the Arabian Gulf’s oldest and most active associations, has signed a landmark MOU with Fives Smart Automation Solutions (Fives SAS) to propel growth and automation across the UAE’s e-commerce and logistics sectors.

Conceived to explore sector-wide opportunities to improve and automate the logistics industry and support the UAE’s burgeoning e-commerce growth, the MOU was signed by Nadia Abdul Aziz, President of NAFL and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chair of the Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission UAE, and Umer Saleem, Business Development and Sales - MENA, SE Asia and Turkey for Fives SAS.  Massimiliano Fochetti, Global EVP Sales and Marketing for Fives SAS, was also in attendance.

“This MOU will foster mutual cooperation in various areas to support the logistics industry, capture opportunities, and work closer with government entities to further automate the logistics and e-commerce industry,” Aziz said. “By harnessing the global expertise of NAFL and Fives SAS, we look forward to productive progress and hastening widespread adoption of technologically advanced methods which will ensure the UAE’s competitive advantage in our focus sectors.”

Worth more than AED220bn, the UAE logistics market contributes more than 13 per cent of the country’s GDP. The development of the logistics ecosystem through digital and infrastructure investment is a key focus in current initiatives designed to sustain the nation’s economic growth, with conducive government policies paving the way for the UAE to be a truly global logistic hub.

“After successfully executing several smart projects in the region, Fives Smart Automation Solutions appreciates how local customers understand the importance and benefits of smart automation, a trend which has been fast-tracked due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Fochetti. “Aligned with our ambitious growth target, we are ready to cater to our local customers’ needs as a strategic partner for NAFL in the UAE.”

With more than two centuries of experience, Fives is an industrial engineering group which designs and manufactures machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest manufacturers. Operating across various sectors, from aerospace and automotive to oil and gas, Fives SAS will support NAFL’s 400-plus corporate members who include global conglomerates as well as large and medium national organisations. The cooperation will look to enhance and facilitate the work of NAFL members and support digitalisation processes.

“In addition to illustrating the UAE’s strength as a global logistics and humanitarian hub, the pandemic has re-emphasised the importance of capitalising on e-commerce growth, including significant opportunities for last mile delivery services which are in great demand,” Aziz added. “The UAE is an ideal logistic hub for both sectors due to its excellent connectivity by air, sea and land, as well as rail, which a priority for the country’s leaders.”

The MOU also outlines further collaboration designed to utilise Fives’ experience in automated sorting and intralogistics robotic solutions to improve NAFL members’ efficiencies, assist global market knowledge and robotic expertise, and aid Emiratisation and local recruitment initiatives.

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About NAFL

The National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) in the UAE is a on non-profit government organisation under the  honorary patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. As the largest and oldest association in the region, its main objective is to raise the freight and logistics industry standards by providing a networking platform, certified training courses, solving industry challenges and working on opportunities in the UAE and beyond. NAFL works closely with all the UAE organizations related to their industry to focus on opportunities and reduce industry challenges.

NAFL is a chapter of FIATA, the largest freight forwarding association in the world, head quartered in Geneva, Switzerland. FIATA has 150 global chapters and networks which also work closely with NAFL’s offices and its members in the UAE. It is recognised by global organisations such as WTC, WCO, ICC, the UN, and governments in 150 countries.

In the UAE NAFL hosts events, exhibitions, and conferences, and partners with private and governmental organisations to support the investors and members in the logistics industry. 

About Fives SAS

Fives Smart Automation Solutions (Fives SAS) is a division of Fives, the industrial engineering group founded more than 200 years ago and designs and manufactures machines, process equipment and production lines for the world’s largest manufacturers.

Fives SAS provides smart, scalable and sustainable solutions for advanced automation, handling and sorting. Its thorough understanding of its customers ‘logistics processes and objectives logistics processes and the objectives of its customers, combined with leading proprietary technologies, allow Fives to support industrial companies throughout the life cycle of their facilities, from design to dismantling. With its network of over 60 service centers worldwide, the Group offers a local service for customers when carrying out their projects.

Fives’ smart automation solutions serve a wide range of business sectors, from e-commerce to the manufacturing industry, from retail and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), or even airports.

For over 60 years, Fives has been developing innovative products and technologies, some of which have become market standards. Today, the Group continues to innovate to improve its customers' competitiveness, operators' working conditions and environmental protection.

At the heart of ‘industry 4.0’ plants and warehouses, Fives ’management and control software optimize logistics flows. Its digital services offer 360° monitoring for predictive maintenance; customer support becomes personalized and in real-time thanks to the Fives Connect platform.

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