Our Mission

The mission of TIC 4.0 is to promote, define and adopt standards that will enable cargo handling industry to embrace the 4th industrial revolution.

The cargo handling industry is under pressure to perform and to run its operations in an efficient way. In the last decade, development and innovation regarding cargo handling equipment has responded to local requirements and specifications set by port operators.

Efficiency of cargo handling operations is largely dependent on business intelligence, analytics and data related to operations.

At present, interfacing various equipment and systems is complex, costly and risky due to the absence of a common data language. The few automated container terminals operating today are closed systems that have been custom-designed with high costs.

Rapid advances in information technology and in particular digitization, have created new possibilities for the cargo handling industry, that could improve processes by connecting all equipment and systems in real time, thus enabling seamless data exchanges.

Under these new conditions, future advanced solutions could be achieved with less risk, at a lower cost and with a shorter lead time. Any type of equipment will have the ability to connect to universal open platforms.

The key enabling factor for the cargo handling industry to take full advantage of these technological advances is to rapidly develop and adopt commonly agreed industry standards that will allow objective comparisons of equipment/systems specifications and define the format and protocols for electronic data exchanges.

The Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC 4.0) initiative aims to bring together representative companies from both the Terminal Operators industry and Port Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers to collectively work on the elaboration of such standards.

The TIC 4.0 initiative has been endorsed by the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) and of the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA).


1. Define and agree common Process Semantics, Language and Operational Definitions among the agents involved in the cargo handling industry

2. Make technical publications available to facilitate the standards adoption by industry players for seamless data communication

3. Promote operational Proof of Concepts to facilitate the inter-operability of different information sub-systems of cargo handling facilities

4. Foster the deployment and adoption of selected existing standards and those developed by TIC4.0 by the sector

Embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution in the Port Industry

TIC4.0 Structure

TIC4.0 Members

TIC4.0 Leadership Team

José Giménez FVP

Jose Andres Gimenez

TIC4.0 Secretary General



Port Logistics Director

Boris Wenzel

TIC4.0 President


Norbert Klettner

TIC4.0 Vice-president



Managing Director RBS EMEA Office

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