Transpak Overseas Removals Ltd becomes the first forwarding company to be CSQM Certified.

Reputations are not built overnight and Transpak Overseas Removals Ltd has been in the business of overseas removals for the last two generations. The Vellas took personal pride in the operation of the business with strict supervision of the service to each and every client they dealt with over the years. The company was the first forwarding company to be CSQM Certified, thus their sterling service now comes with additional comfort that the service is independently assessed and certified plus the 24 operational hours response time is further supported by CSQM International Ltd.

“We never let a client down in our business – each task is unique and despite having to deal with myriads of authorities, observes various regulations and overseas counterparts whose level of service is beyond our control we did our best to offer a smooth experience to hundreds of clients of ours who over time used our services either when bringing to Malta or Gozo their personal belongings or when it was time for them to go back to another destination. We never have a dull day and each day is a challenge to meet and in some instances exceed our client expectations. Our secret formula is a scrupulous attention to detail systematically anytime whatever the job. We have been entrusted with more then one prestigious assignment both from local and overseas clients especially in the transport of fine art objects.” Commented Mr William Vella, Managing Director of Transpak Overseas Removals Ltd, when presented with the CSQM Certification.

Certifying one of Malta’s oldest service operations was a pretty straight forward one as evidence of sound customer service function was evident, hence the reputation of the company which mellowed over two generations of Vella managing the operation. Client testimonials and tasks delegated to the company are impressive and confirmed that good customer service pays both in the short and long term, especially the long term when reputation matters.

Transpak Overseas Removals Ltd are situated in Fgura and more information about their services can be obtained from their website at www.transpakmalta.com, whilst information about CSQM International Ltd can be obtained from www.csqm.net

Transpak brings the exhibition 'Silent Warriors - The Chinese Terracotta Soldiers to Malta'

Two Chinese archaeologists yesterday started supervising the unpacking of artefacts from the world famous Terracotta Army brought all the way from China to be exhibited at the Museum of Archaeology, in Valletta.

The exhibits, over 80 of them, include 10 terracotta soldiers, two horses, a bronze miniature chariot, bronze and pottery cooking utensils, personal ornaments, weapons, coins and terracotta animals. The life-size warriors and horses formed part of an army meant to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who lived over 2,000 years ago, in the afterlife.

Archaeologists say the army, first unearthed in the 1920s near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, could consist of anything up to 7,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with horses and 110 cavalry horses.

The exhibition, organised by Heritage Malta and the China Cultural Centre, in Valletta, will run between March 1 and July 31.

Picture shows a Chinese archaeologist putting the harnesses on the horses of the miniature chariot - a bronze copy of the one used by the emperor - with the help of Heritage Malta staff

Tapestries from a priceless set of 29 on display at the museum of St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, will be taken to Belgium next week. Transpak handles Packing and Moving of these Fine Arts.

Two of a set of 29 tapestries at St John's Co-Cathedral are to be restored. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier.

Two tapestries, from a priceless set of 29 on display at the museum of St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, will be taken to Belgium next week for much-needed restoration at the world renowned De Wit Laboratories.

The rest are expected to be sent to Belgium gradually over the next eight to 10 years, in a project estimated to cost around Lm300,000.

The Belgian Ministry of Defence is providing transportation for the two tapestries on a cargo plane.

The tapestries had been commissioned by Aragonese Grandmaster Ramon Perellos y Roccaful in the late 17th century. They were woven at the Flemish atelier of Judecos de Vos, which was famous for being the court weaver of Louis XIV. They arrived in Malta in 1701 and museum curator Cynthia de Giorgio said the Grandmaster had sent his personal assistant to bring them to Malta, a process that took six months.

At the time the full set had cost the equivalent of Lm10,000. Insurance companies now consider them priceless. Dr de Giorgio said the restoration would start with the removal of dust particles, followed by cleaning of the tapestries, consolidation of lost parts, filling in of missing parts and stitching of open seams.

She explained that the tapestries were made of wool and silk with some of them having lost up to 35 per cent of their silk. They were made specifically to line the nave of the co-cathedral. Once the restoration works are complete towards the end of next year the two tapestries - a portrait of the Aragonese Grandmaster and one depicting the Triumph of the Catholic Church - will be exhibited in Brussels as part of the Europalia exhibition.

Belgian Ambassador Thomas Baecklandt said the set is one of the largest in the world and also one of the few that remains complete.

"There are enough Belgian links for us to do a little effort and help with the restoration," he said during a press conference yesterday. He said 80 per cent of Belgian tourists visit the co-cathedral to see the tapestries. Despite their prestige the tapestries were not well taken care of, Mgr Philip Calleja, the president of the St John's Co-Cathedral Foundation, said.

Farewell, Terracotta Warriors

Branded as the Silent Warriors, the terracotta soldiers that have mesmerised thousands of visitors at the Museum of Archaeology, in Valletta, are on their way to their "regimental barracks" in Xian, China.

Over the past four months - the exhibition closed on July 31 - about 72,000 people viewed this grandiose show of earthly power from the netherworld.

The 10 life-size warriors and two horses formed part of an army that Emperor Qin (259 BC-210 BC) could use in the afterlife.

According to archaeologists, the army, first unearthed in the 1920s near Xian, Shaanxi province, could include anything up to 7,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with horses and 110 cavalry horses.

Excavations at the Qin Shi Huang necropolis have been going on for over 30 years and, so far, only 1,000 soldiers and 21 chariots have seen the light of day.

Ying Zheng, who became emperor aged 13 and renamed himself Qin Shi Huang, managed to unite China, practically building a new empire.

Emirates Airlines are sponsoring the transport of the artefacts to Beijing and Shanghai as the items arrive in China in two consignments.

Being the first display of this calibre on this island, the showcase involved a host of logistical problems for Heritage Malta, apart from the financial backing the national cultural agency required.

"Such exhibitions were not possible in the past 20 years, mainly because of financial problems," Pierre Bonello, Heritage Malta's exhibitions executive, said.

The terracotta items - 80 in all - including farm animals and cooking utensils, among others, were packed by a team from Transpak, the overseas removals firm with the assistance of conservators from Heritage Malta and two Chinese archaeologists who came purposely to oversee the operation.

"From our side, conservators Ninette Sammut, Robert Cassar and James Licari assisted in this delicate operation.

"On their side, one of the Chinese archaeologists checked each piece to ensure that every item has not suffered any damage since it arrived here," Mr Bonello explained.

Four executives from Heritage Malta will accompany the collection to Xian and unpack it there because the agency is responsible for the items until that stage of the journey.

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, sponsored and supported this prestigious exhibition.

Emirates' manager for Malta and Cyprus, Paul Fleri Soler, said: "The impressive collection was a unique opportunity for the Maltese people to view such a rare find".

Emirates has been entrusted to carry this valuable cargo from Malta to China, via Larnaca and Dubai.

"Apart from being equipped to carry such a heavy load, as a leading airline we are also honoured to transport such prestigious world class and unique cargo," Mr Fleri Soler said.