Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of the SITL Europe 2014 trade fair, reveals his expectations for Intralogistics Europe 2014. This leading transport-and-logistics trade show, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, is being held concurrently with SITL from 1 to 4 April 2014, in the Paris region (France).
Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions)
Intralogistics Europe 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 April of this year in conjunction with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. The trade shows will be held in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital). Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of SITL, gives his thoughts on the upcoming events as well as on current trends in the transport sector and logistics industry.
Interest in Intralogistics 2014 started to pick up pace back in November 2013. Is this still the case, with one month to go before the opening?
The enthusiasm has grown and accelerated. In November 2013, taking into account the number of reservations made and [the number of] brands expressing an interest in the Intralogistics 2014 trade show, we were forecasting 15% growth in exhibitor numbers. Today, that figure is in excess of 30% and the initial objective of 150 exhibitors has been well and truly surpassed. Consequently, we have had to expand the exhibition's surface area to 10,000m². Given that the trade show is only in its second year, this confirms the need for an exhibition dedicated to handling equipment and automated systems.
How has this growth reflected the three areas of interest at the exhibition?
The progression in numbers of exhibitors is even across the three areas of interest, with a strong presence of the leaders in each Intralogistics sector: Automation, Mobile (industrial trucks, lifting and handling equipment, etc.), and the Static sector (racking and shelving, storage solutions and packing). With regard to the last one of the three, several specialist providers in the field of warehouse construction and door supply have confirmed their attendance. Many exhibitors are involved in two, or even three, of the areas covered by the trade show. For all these businesses, the Intralogistics trade show has become a central, professional event that allows them to present their innovations, products and services. The event responds to a clear market need that goes beyond its original target, which was to promote the handling equipment and automated systems that process, streamline and optimise the physical flow of supply, production and distribution.
What are the results so far of initiatives set up by Reed Expositions with regard to future visitors?
In the build-up to this year’s event, Reed Expositions has been identifying project planners, basing its search on visitors from the 2013 event; on a database of decision makers, specifiers and buyers of intralogistics solutions; and on pre-registered visitors. At this stage, the majority of these qualified visitors are interested in the fields of handling and automation, and more than 30% of the projects involve an evolution or significant changes to current handling systems. This initiative seeks to ensure that projects are well planned in terms of agreed investment and will enable the project planners at Intralogistics 2014 to identify suppliers to partner them with in order to implement the project.
How do you ensure that the connections made at the exhibition respond to this demand?
There are several ways in which we look to establish connections with the exhibitors. In the first instance, visitors that have completed the pre-registration process are directed to the suppliers that are capable of responding to their search in handling equipment and automation. Secondly, our teams work with the visitor to better define their project. This can be done on arrival, or can be organised by Reed at the event itself. Reed also offers this customer service on an ongoing basis, both before and after the event. Lastly, visitors are invited to make use of a Project Planners Space, in which they can present their projects and arrange meetings with exhibitors.
How would you describe the projects that will be presented?
The projects will be wide-ranging and, in the main, come from the major players in their respective markets. The sectors that will be represented include automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, cosmetics, e-commerce, food processing, heavy industry, and multichannel distribution. Projects are led by senior-level managers that are seeking a return on investment and fast improvements in productivity. In that sense, many involve automation, with the objective of reducing production costs.
What are the other high points visitors can look forward to?
With the participation of exhibitors and qualified visitors, and led by a steering committee, a cycle of around 20 conferences and workshops is planned, with updates, testimonials, [focuses on] innovations and trends, together with actual case studies. A particular highlight will be the first plenary conference, entitled Warehouse automation, how far? It will be chaired by Jean-Michel Guarneri, Vice President of Supply Chain for Vente Privée (www.vente-privee.com) and member of the steering committee. On the last day of the event, three Innovation Awards will be presented, one for each section of the Intralogistics trade show.
Exhibitors at Intralogistics Europe 2014
Below is the list of exhibitors due to take part in the trade show. @VANCE TRANSPORT ITEMS-ACK FORANKRA-ACTEMIUM-ALSTEF AUTOMATION-ALVEY SAMOVIE-AMBAFLEX-APOLLO-APPLIED MATERIALS-A-SAFE-AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS FRANCE-BA SYSTEMES-BAC-LAND PACK-BAK ORGANISATION-BALEA-BALYO-BAUER SUDLOHN-BMZ GMBH-BOA CONCEPT-BOPLAN-CABKA GMBH AND CO. KG-CINEO LOGISTICS-CIUCH SOLUTIONS-CRAEMER FRANCE-DOLAV FRANCE-DUPLEIX LOCASTOCK-DUWIC-EASYPACK SARL-EPALIA-ETIGO-FERALCO-FETRA-FGP-FHG IPP LOGIPAL-FIVES CINETIC-FLANDRE AUTOMATION-FRANCE FIL INTERNATIONAL-FROMM FRANCE-GEORG UTZ SARL-GETRA-HANGCHA FRANCE-HEXACOMB-HORMANN FRANCE-HU.CA CONSULTING-IMH-JUNGHEINRICH FRANCE-L-EX-LIFTEC-LIFTOP-LPR LA PALETTE ROUGE-MANITOU-MARCEAU-MARZIN SARL-MATRAFORM-MAVIFLEX-MDM-MECALUX FRANCE-MECANIC BINAIRE SERVICE-METTLER TOLEDO SAS-MOVOMECH-NERGECO-NETWORK EQUIPMENT RENTAL-NORCAN-OCS CHECKWEIGHERS GMBH-DS SMITH-PAKI LOGISTICS GMBH-PALET FACILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION-PROCARIST-PRODEX-QIMAROX B.V.-RAEDER VOGEL, RAEDER -U- ROLLENGEBRICK GMBH 1 CO.KG-RAJA-ROS FRANCE-SARL B-COM-SAVOYE SA-SCALLOG-SCHOELLER ALLIBERT-SDI GROUP-SMART-FLOW-SMURFIT KAPPA FRANCE-SNOX AUTOMATION BVBA-SOCO SYSTEM-SSI SCHAEFER-STOCK3P-STOW FRANCE-STRAPEX SA-SYCA SYSTEMS-SYLEPS-TENTE S A-TER SA - GROUPE YTHALES INVESTISSEMENT-TIANJIN ZERPO SUPPLY CO. LTD-TRANSITIC SYSTEMS SARL-ULMA HANDLING SYSTEMS FRANCE-VANDERLANDE INDUSTRIES FRANCE
About Reed Expositions Reed Expositions is the French subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the world's leading event organiser. Reed Expositions organises over 50 trade shows per year in France across a range of sectors including the environment, marketing and communication, as well as transport and logistics. Reed Expositions will be organising Instralogistics Europe 2014, a leading trade show on transport and logistics, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution. The trade show was launched in 2013. Intralogistics Europe 2014 will run concurrently with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. These events will take place from 1 to 4 April 2014 in Hall 6, at the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of Paris, in France). For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: www.reedexpo.fr For further information about Intralogistics Europe, please go to: www.intralogistics-paris.com/site/GB
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