Aidex Voices

Some missions or tasks are too important, or even dangerous, to be compromised by a vehicle standing still. TSS International's core business is to keep vehicles moving in the most difficult circumstances. AidEx spoke to TSS’s General Manager Louis Huijzen all about how the company partners with NGOs to deliver what is needed for the aid and development sector.

Tell us about your role and what your company does?

We are a family business that supplies several high-grade products which keep vehicles moving, particularly those that cannot afford to stand still. We do this by supplying among others: runflat inserts, special heavy duty brake upgrades, fuel tanks protected against leakage, vehicle intercoms and central tyre inflation systems.

Which NGOs does your organisation work with and how?

We mostly work with the vendors of the NGOs, but we do have a UNGM registration and have done some business with, for example UNAMA in the past. Indirectly, we see our products used on many armoured vehicles used by several UN agencies and missions over the world. For example, we saw many of our heavy duty wheels, runflat inserts and brake upgrades being used when OPCW was inspecting the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

What do you think the role of the private sector is in international aid and development?

Innovation is largely driven by the needs often set by international aid and development by offering a great opportunity for the private sector to develop products which can make an impact.

What is the importance of cross-sector partnerships?

Without partnerships, it is very difficult for the private sector to know what solutions are necessary for the aid and development sector. This can mean that there are no products or services which meet the field requirements and you end up with two frustrated parties. More importantly, those who are in need will not be helped as well as they could be.

Why do you think it is important to attend AidEx?

For us it is a good opportunity to show our product to potential end users and people from procurement departments. As our products are technical and discretely built into and on the vehicles which the agencies use, AidEx provides a good platform for these people to have a closer look at what they are buying and using. It allows for open discussions about the applications and the end-use of the products.

The fact it brings the commercial organisations and aid and development together; users, purchasers, suppliers and subcontractors all get the opportunity to exchange ideas.