Coming Soon: LogiMAT 2012 (Germany)
From March 13 to 15, Stuttgart (Germany) welcomes the 10th edition of its annual “International trade fair for distribution, materials handling and information flow”. LogiMAT (http://www.logimat.de) has been hosted since 2003 by the New Trade Fair Center, which is conveniently located right by Stuttgart’s airport and easily reachable by train and highway. With 65,000 m² of space, over 900 exhibitors from 25 countries and an attendance of 25,000 visitors makes this a key event for logistics industry professionals.
LogiMAT 2012 exhibits a comprehensive show of innovative products, services and the latest solutions for rationalization and cost-optimization of intra-logistics. This term describes the design, implementation and management of internal material flows (and corresponding information) of an organization’s internal supply chain (1). A good example is the management of internal material flows from production to distribution centers. About the event’s success, Peter Kazender, Exhibition Director explains: “The exciting mix of latest product developments, valuable background information and the chance to make contact with all the key manufacturers and suppliers in intra-logistics in a single, compact forum is LogiMAT´s main strength”.
LogiMAT 2012 Program (2)
Top-ranked companies are going to make use of LogiMAT to showcase many new products and developments in an impressive number of fields, such as materials handling, storage technology, warehousing and operational equipment, warehouse and production controls, loading technology, order-picking systems, labeling and identification, software for storage system as well as logistics facilities. For instance, Joloda BV (based in the Limburg area, The Netherlands) will give a wide presentation of its delivery program (3), which varies from simple mechanical operated paper reel skates via the famous Hydraroll air cargo tracks (extensively used in air freight forwarding operations) to the professional and fully automated loading / unloading systems. Apart from the exhibition itself, a value-added accompanying program will enable visitors to increase their knowledge and debate with their peers. Several trade forums with experts from trade associations and training establishments will take place during the fair, with subjects such as “Saving Energy in the Warehouse” or “Assessment of Packaging Solutions seen from the Sustainability Angle”. In addition, four innovation forums will propose thematic live events about automation in order-picking and packaging, load securing, tracking and tracing and efficient warehousing. All of this is available to you for an entrance price of just €35, making this event definitely not to be missed!
Insights about the Materials Handling Industry
According to the European Federation of Materials Handling, this industry employs around 400,000 people in Europe, working for more than 17,000 companies and with a total production value of €65.5 billion (all figures for EU 27 in 2008). Materials handling is an enabling industry. Without it, logistics and transportation service costs and delays would never be met! Think about operating a distribution center without forklift trucks, it simply wouldn’t work. Material handling equipment is becoming more automated and integrated into complete systems. Special attention is given to system controls, information processing and telecommunication, like voice-picking systems for example. Thus, the materials handling industry is characterized by a high level of technology and innovation in order to provide tailor-made solutions for complex production, storage, and logistics requirements. Material handling products and systems are found in almost every manufacturing and distribution company and for an endless array of goods. They are also present throughout the entire supply and logistics chain and, more generally, during the entire life-cycle of a product, from manufacturing to distribution, to consumption and disposal.
LogiMAT: A Showcase for the Materials Handling Industry
LogiMAT 2012 is an unmissable event where logistics professionals, from Warehouse Managers to Process Engineers, can network with innovative and trend-setting companies. Logistics industry and materials handling specialists are unquestionably your best allies in making your supply chain work!
Image source: LogiMat
Text source (1): Logistics Journal
Text source (2): Event’s program Logimat
Text source (3): Jolada Company website
Text source (4): European Federation of Materials Handling
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