In 1981, the first rail borne container was moved from the port of Cochin to a makeshift ICD at Bangalore. By 1989, there were seven ICDs in operation, and the Indian Railways felt the need for creation of a separate entity for marketing and promotion of the Container Rail Business. This led to the creation of Container Corporation of India (CONCOR). By the turn of the century in around 2000, the container sector had seen considerable growth, and CONCOR and the Indian Railways were facing difficulties in providing efficient and adequate capacity for handling of this cargo. Trade perception of lack of service quality, lack of capacity and high cost of inland haulage led to increasing demand for de-regulation of the sector and introduction of competing forces to address these issues.
In 2005 February, the Government of India announced that “in order to meet the growing demand for container trains, organizations other than CONCOR would also be considered for movement of container traffic”
This led to the announcement of a new Container train policy and the introduction of private container train operations in 2006. The stated objectives of this policy initiative were:
- To increase rail share by increasing capacity
- To bring down costs
- To improve service level by inducing competition
India Infrastructure and Logistics Private Limited (IILPL) was setup as a joint venture between APL, the container transportation arm of the NOL Group, and HIPE (Hindustan Infrastructure Projects & Engineering Private Limited) in order to provide rail-based container transportation and related logistics in India. The service was initially marketed under the brand: APL IndiaLinx
In January 2007, APL IndiaLinx signed a 20-year ‘Concession Agreement’ with the Ministry of Railways, Government of India. The Agreement enables IILPL to operate container trains across the entire Indian Railways network.
Operations commenced in May 2007 when the first train was operated between ICD Loni (20 Kms north – east of Delhi) to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port at Nhava Sheva (Mumbai). Over the years, APL-IndiaLinx has established efficient connectivity between Indian ports, and various hinterland ICDs, providing the crucial land coverage for EXIM cargo in India. IILPL currently operates 18 rakes with an annual capacity of around 200,000 TEU’s providing regular services from 9 ICD’s in NCR, Ludhiana, Kanpur and Hyderabad to the ports of Nhava Sheva, Mundra and Pipavav.
In December 2014, APL-IndiaLinx became a wholly owned subsidiary of APL Logistics after buying out the minority shareholding of HIPE. Subsequently, In February 2015 APL Logistics itself was taken over by Kintetsu World Express (KWE) from Japan, and the erstwhile APL-IndiaLinx service commenced an independent journey under the brand name of IndiaLinx.
About APL Logistics
Officially incorporated in 2000, APL Logistics is a US$1.6 billion global supply chain services provider. APL Logistics designs and operates smart globally integrated supply chains, combining origin and destination logistics solutions with transportation services across all modes and regions of the world.
APL Logistics is a global Logistics specialist in Retail, Consumer, Industrial and Auto Verticals operating in more than 110 locations in 60 countries. APL logistics manages over 200 logistics facilities and 20 million square feet of space, with 5600 employees worldwide who bring local and global logistics expertise to the table.
In 2015 APL Logistics entered into sale and purchase agreement with Kintetsu World Express (KWE) which is a top three 3PL company in Japan with more than 10,000 employees in over 30 countries and a market capitalization of USD 1.5B specializing in Air and Ocean Freight especially in Asia.
Besides in global bouquet of services, in India, APL Logistics also offers rail services provided by IndiaLinx as well as AutoLinx, which is a specialized car carrier service.
Manish Puri, Managing Director
Manish began his career as a lecturer of economics at Delhi University, and then joined the Government of India in 1989 as member of the Indian Railway Traffic Service. Manish joined the private sector in 2003, and subsequently worked in senior management roles with international companies before taking on an entrepreneurial role as Managing Partner with PiVOT Consultants, a niche management consulting firm he helped to establish. He took over as Managing director of IILPL in September 2013.
Manish is a recognized expert in the area of Railways, Ports, and planning for Infrastructure investments. He has worked with the Planning Commission, Indian Railways, State Governments, Port Authorities, and individual companies on matters of strategy, operations and market assessment.
Senior Management Team
The senior management team at IndiaLinx consists of Poroma Munshi Rebello who is currently Commercial Director, Sujay Goswami – Sr. GM Business Development, and Aseem Dar –Sr. GM Operations. They are supported by Prateek Joshi as Head of IT and Manish Gupta as Head of Finance. Each of the managers who form the senior management team bring in key expertise in their specific areas and have helped shape the company’s culture of customer focus and operational excellence.