Tell us a little about Cordstrap:
Cordstrap is the world leader in the protection of cargo in transit. Our mission is to keep cargo safe – by providing solutions that ensure our customers’ products are secure on rail, sea, road and air.
With international manufacturing locations and operations in over 50 countries worldwide, Cordstrap combines an innovative product suite tailored to the needs of our customers across Chemical, Food & Beverage, & Building & Construction industries with a collaborative approach and the best quality training, application expertise and legislative insights.
Many of the world’s leading multi-national companies trust Cordstrap to secure their cargo, with CTU code compliant and AAR approved solutions for all global shipping challenges.
Check out this neat video of our proud history in cargo securing.
How long have Cordstrap been operating in the US market and how does it differ from Europe?
Our US operations opened in 2002 with facilities in Racine - our home base for our customer success and tool repair teams, along with seven distribution centers throughout North America.
We also recently established our new regional HQ in Rosemont, IL, under the leadership of our North American President – Donna McPherson.
Under Donna’s leadership, we will base every decision around one question – “why is this good for the customer?” In North America the focus will be on building a strong, consultative approach, with the customer at the center of everything that we do– and a strong infrastructure of support around them. Ensuring we deliver precisely tailored solutions, both now and in the future.
Donna has a straightforward, energetic approach. Her first question is usually “What customer problem are you solving, and how can I help?”. This focus – along with Cordstrap’s evolving products and solutions – will build ever-stronger partnerships with our North American customers.
What are the greatest challenges facing the industry over the next few years?
As the world leader in cargo securing, Cordstrap are in constant dialogue with surveyors, insurance companies and port authorities. When questioned regarding container security, the answers were shocking. They revealed that only 2% of containers are being checked in ports – and that 25% of controlled containers are poorly secured. 60% of import containers were found to be insufficiently secured – a very worrying statistic when 65% of all container accidents are known to relate to poor securing or stuffing.
Cargo securing needs to be taken more seriously than it currently is worldwide – and with bigger ships bringing increasing container weights, stack heights and higher accelerator forces into play, securing inside containers becomes a key area of focus
Cargo securing needs to be an integral business topic from a perspective of
- Damage Reduction & control
- Efficiency in Cargo Handling and loading
- Regulatory Compliance
- Supply Chain Optimization
Customers are looking for cargo and environmental safety and ease of use when loading and unloading containers. CTU Code compliance or AAR approval is essential as well. Ultimately, cost is also a critical factor.
Cordstrap are positioned to provide customers with a certified product solution to address the need for optimal security, compliance & efficiency by our customers.
What innovations can you site as being particularly effective?
We have a great innovation in container cargo securing, a technological break-through – solution called Cornerlash®. This is a solution developed by Cordstrap for the transport of various (non) hazardous chemicals packed in containers. The system is unique in using the strongest part of the container – the corner posts - to secure the cargo.
The development of CornerLash® was prompted by examining issues which customers face when transporting hazardous and non-hazardous products across the globe.
Suitable for many types of loads, from drums, big bags, IBCs, 50lb bags and other soft packaging, Conerlash® solution ensures cargo is secured in the safest and most efficient way possible.
Key features are:
· Fast & Easy application – securing a container with Cornerlash® takes only 10 minutes, with lashing that is cut to length and requires no excessive preparation.
· Optimal security – Cornerlash® uses the strongest part of the container – the corner posts- to provide optimal security for heavy loads of up to 30 tons in transit.
You have celebrated your 50th birthday and operate in over 50 locations, what is next for Cordstrap?
We are a healthy and fast-growing business. We are very positive about the future because we believe we have considerable growth opportunities within our core market. The future for Cordstrap is a continuation of the past, a continuation of our mission to convert the world’s cargo securing to better, safer, more effective solutions. It’s a continuation of direct customer relationships, which provides tailored solutions to meet customer needs and help pave the way for future innovation. And it’s about leadership. We believe very strongly in the need for safety in cargo securing, keeping the world’s cargo safe, and making sure that the workers who are securing cargo or transporting cargo are safe. As a result, we believe Cordstrap is well positioned to continue to lead the industry globally.