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SOVEX supplies machinery to pioneering Indian Skill Development Centre

SOVEX is supplying machinery to a pioneering new skill development and experience centre in India which is embarking on a bold initiative to revolutionise vocational skills for the nation’s logistics sector.

The Prenton-based materials handling specialist, and the fastest growing company on Merseyside, is throwing its weight behind the Praguna initiative which launched a training base in April this year, in Dharuhera, near the Indian capital New Delhi in the state of Haryana.

The initiative is being led by ThinkLink which is India’s sole provider of skills development for the supply chain, logistics and transport sector.

SOVEX Business Development Manager Rachel Price said the Praguna centre is being modelled along the same lines as the renowned UK Logistics Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) in Middleton, Manchester, run by Mantra Learning and housing equipment from the Warehouse Technology Group (WTG).

The Warehouse Technology Group (WTG) is a unique collaboration of 20 companies involved in the manufacture and supply of specialist equipment to the warehousing and logistics industry. The LRIC is fitted out with the partner’s equipment allowing visitors to see the technology in a working environment.

Industry partners from across the world have supported the Praguna initiative whole heartedly and now SOVEX is also joining this team.

“SOVEX is thrilled to be involved in the Praguna initiative," said Mrs Price. "This exciting international project will help create high performance supply chains across India’s logistics sector. It will deliver training in a 25,000 square foot facility in specialist roles that drive higher productivity, increased service levels and safety, better product quality, cost reduction and lower maintenance and lifecycle cost for machinery.

“The idea for the Praguna centre has been building up for the past year and was further developed during a recent visit to the UK by ThinkLink representatives, who also act as our distributors in India. They learnt about SOVEX’s broader operation, the WTG and its logistics training site where SOVEX also supplies products. We are now delighted to be supporting ThinkLink and its ambitious plans to help build high performance supply chains in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Saurabh Goyal, Managing Director of ThinkLink said, “We are excited to be working with SOVEX in building up the Praguna initiative as a cross industry platform for supply chain development. SOVEX are a great partner and the Bendy Boom is an excellent innovation in the Logistics industry, especially given the growth of parcel handling on the back of e-commerce. We hope to continue to build Praguna into a destination for vocational skills in Logistics as also an experience centre for Logistics and Material Handling design and innovation.”

“SOVEX will be supplying a compact version of its award-winning Bendy Boom conveyor. It will be installed permanently at the Praguna site and will provide a world-class product to support various forms of training.

"The Bendy Boom is one of SOVEX’s flagship products offering extreme flexibility. It’s front extending section can bend to -25 degrees offering height adjustment, with an extendable length of 12 metres, making it suitable for loading vans, lorries and containers up to 45 foot. It also retracts into its casing saving space and time.

"The Indian and South Asia territory presents significant opportunities for growth due to rapidly expanding economies, infrastructure and industry. However, it is vital that rigorous, high-impact training is provided to support the rocketing development. SOVEX is passionate about promoting education and awareness of the logistics, transport and supply chain sectors. In this instance we are keen to help ThinkLink improve training in roles where supply chains are being affected by lack of appropriate skills."

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