Platform UCA welcomes new member Tokiomarine Kiln
About Tokiomarine Kiln
Tokio Marine Kiln is a leading international insurer with a reputation for underwriting excellence, great people and innovative products.
We are part of the Tokio Marine Group, one of the world’s largest insurance companies. We empower more than 900 employees in 20 cities around the world to protect customers against complex and ever changing risks.
Our offices and connections enable us to operate globally, making full use of our combined talents within TMK and the skills and resources available to us through the Tokio Marine Group.
In the sections here you can find out about our leadership team, how we are structured, key facts about our business and our financial performance.
About Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft
The Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft was founded by the University of Twente (Netherlands) in 2011.
The Platform for Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (PUCA) aims to facilitate the development of unmanned cargo aircraft (UCA) and to let its members play a meaningful and profitable role in this development. PUCA aims to capitalize on the strengths of its members: logistics, systems integration, sensors and development of subsystems.
UCA can be both cheaper to operate and more productive than manned cargo aircraft. Cheaper because less personnel is required; one controller on the ground can handle a number of UCA and on long flights there is no need for an extra crew. Furthermore, a UCA can be built more cheaply than a manned aircraft (there is no need for life support systems etc.) and fuel consumption can be reduced by opting for a relatively low cruising speed. A higher productivity is possible because, for example, crew flight time limitations and the need to return crews to their operating base are absent.
The advantages of UCA manifest themselves in particular with small planes (where, for example, crew salary expenses constitute a relative large percentage of operating cost). This means that UCA potentially do not merely compete with existing air transport assets, but can also open new markets. Worldwide there are still many areas that are deprived of high-quality transport because demand is uneconomically low or because geographical barriers limit the efficiency of ground infrastructure.