FRANCE – The CMA CGM Group, a major player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions, has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Pasqal, a French leader in neutral atom quantum computing.

CMA CGM’s collaboration with Pasqal aims to introduce advanced quantum computing technologies into its operations.

An official release states, “As part of this collaboration, CMA CGM also announces an investment in Pasqal.” This partnership is expected to significantly improve the efficiency, responsiveness, and adaptability of the Group’s logistics services in response to market fluctuations.

The focus of this partnership will be on optimizing container management, including their loading on ships. This optimization will potentially reduce operational costs and improve the overall efficiency of maritime transport.

In conjunction with this collaboration, CMA CGM and Pasqal will establish a Quantum Computing Centre of Excellence at Tangram. Tangram, CMA CGM’s excellence centre, is dedicated to training and innovation.

This new centre will have access to a quantum processor developed by Pasqal, allowing for real-world applications of quantum computing in logistics and transportation.

Hadi Zablit, Executive Vice President of Information & Technology at CMA CGM Group, emphasized the significance of this partnership.

“This partnership with Pasqal will allow CMA CGM to apply quantum computing technologies to maritime transport and logistics, reinforcing our Group’s position as a leader in the digital transformation of our industry,” he said.

“With Pasqal, we aim to unlock the full potential of quantum computing for greater operational efficiency, serving our customers.”

Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of Pasqal, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration. “All of Pasqal’s priorities are reflected in this partnership with CMA CGM: developing concrete use cases with leading industrial players, accelerating the understanding of quantum computing, and continuing cutting-edge research to serve the quantum ecosystem. Everyone at Pasqal is eager to start collaborating with the teams of this historic French company.”

This initiative aligns with CMA CGM Group’s broader strategy to transform its activities through innovation.

The Group has already made investments in various technology companies and artificial intelligence initiatives, including Kyutai and Mistral AI.

This announcement comes shortly after the inauguration of Tangram, CMA CGM’s global centre dedicated to training and innovation. French President Emmanuel Macron attended the inauguration ceremony.

An official release described Tangram as a place designed to create a rich ecosystem and develop synergies between experts from all backgrounds in the supply chain world. “In this centre of excellence, both employees of the CMA CGM Group and clients and partners, large companies, startups, universities, and research centres will come together,” the release stated.

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