Guardfreight joins MAN to launch new container lock

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Birmingham-based Guardfreight International has signed a deal with the Midlands Assembly Network (MAN) to bring a new locking mechanism to market, which hopes to prevent $80 billion (£52.5 bn) of cargo going missing every year.

The E-Containerlock will be fitted to shipping containers to provide location updates as well as immediate alerts if entry is forced, thanks to an in-built GRPS tracking system.

Guardfreight says it is ideal for preventing theft of goods and for insurance purposes, as you can prove the exact location of a tampering or break-in.

Designed by industry expert Andrew Harrison, a working prototype of the product has already been developed, a small batch of which is now to be trialled by worldwide freight monitoring agencies.

Harrison said: “It’s early days, but we’re confident that this solution will change the way cargo is transported, with our business plan showing a £16m turnover by 2018 and the possibility of creating up to 50 jobs directly and in the supply chain.”

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