Spectainer, a provider of container-related products, has announced the appointment of Simon Aynsley to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Mr Aynsley has been serving as a Non-Executive Director with Spectainer since February 2020.
“Spectainer is thrilled to announce Simon’s appointment to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer,” said the company’s Managing Director, Nicholas Press, adding, “Simon brings with him decades of shipping and logistics experience. He also brings extensive executive leadership from his many years holding senior management positions”.
Mr Aynsley has worked for a number of global firms including DHL International (in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait and Bahrain), Nedlloyd Swire, P&O Nedlloyd, Japanese conglomerate NYK before joining the CMA CGM Group in 1998. Graduating in Business Management from Melbourne University, Mr Aynsley has 30 years of shipping, global maritime, trade, logistics and transport experience.
Mr Aynsley was the former Managing Director Australia / New Zealand for the CMA CGM Group. Mr Aynsley was also a Director of Shipping Australia from 2010 to 2019.
Mr Aynsley commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining Spectainer as the new Chief Commercial Officer. The global supply chain is committed to and investing substantial sums into sustainable solutions to reduce CO2 emissions. Investment in vessel efficiency, new fuel types, wind, hydro and solar power throughout the supply chain are all making a contribution but to date, no one has re-imagined the shipping container and its full impact on the environment, until now. As an advocate for sustainable solutions, I’m excited to join founder and CEO, Nicholas Press, in taking the Spectainer product offering to the world.”
Spectainer was created following the experiences of Mr Press who was deployed as a logistics officer in Afghanistan with the Australian Army. He noted that the Army had a net import / export imbalance as it brought in supplies but had little to send back. Reasoning that there would be a comparable civilian problem, Mr Press founded Spectainer and offered the “Collapsecon” shipping container – a horizontally-folding intermodal shipping container that enables four empty boxes to be flat-packed into one.
Spectainer estimates that empty containers account for about 20% of container assets and about 24% of port handling globally. Repositioning empties is estimated to cost the industry over USD$30 billion (AUD$41.16 billion at the time of writing) each year.
Spectainer also provides a variety of customised shipping containers for use in the power, water, military and mining sectors along with other commonly encountered containers such as reefers, open tops, flat-racks and tanktainers. The company also provides GPS-enabled container-tracking devices.
Disclosure: as noted in the story above, Mr Aynsley is a former director of Shipping Australia.