Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Multimodal Exhibition Has Repeat Appeal for Freight and Logistics Groups

Seminars, Games and Demonstrations Make This a Must Visit Event
Shipping News Feature

UK – The relevance of the Multimodal Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC next week to the freight and logistics sector is reinforced by the number of relative newcomers to the seven year old event which continue to rebook stand space. Visitors to Stand 432 in Hall 8 will no doubt be quizzing Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) staff about the new P3 Alliance and how the joint management with Maersk Line and CMA CGM, hitherto the Swiss group’s closest rivals, is going to operate and how it will affect them.

This year the three day show runs between 29 April and 1 May and looks to be a sell out as far as stand space is concerned. MSC are back after receiving an upsurge of interest at the 2013 show, the company’s first appearance at the annual event.  The company’s Joe Cook explained the reason for the reappearance, saying:

“We’re exhibiting at Multimodal for a second year as not only is it a great opportunity for us to spend time with existing customers but it’s also a chance for us to meet new businesses. We’re a company which puts customer relationships at the forefront of what we do and we value being able to meet new people in the relaxed, face-to-face environment that Multimodal presents.”

Another company coming back to Multimodal is intermodal brokerage and tracking service specialist FreightArranger which makes its third consecutive visit. Sited conveniently close to the main restaurant on Stand 805 the successful completion of software trials means FreightArranger's online intermodal brokerage platform will be available on the stand for visitors to try out. In addition, the company will be unveiling some innovative UK rail routes, and updates to its rail freight tracking software.

The award-winning FreightArranger system is designed to make best use of the UK's transport network, reducing congestion and producing less carbon by letting users quickly and easily book rail freight through its user-friendly online enquiry and booking pages. Nick Radcliffe, Managing Director at FreightArranger, commented:

"We are at a very exciting time in the business. We have further developed our online tools and are expecting a high degree of interest in the platform, particularly from rail freight operators who want to increase profitability, and freight forwarders interested in learning more about rail freight."

This year’s event will have an even larger portfolio of seminars and discussions ranging between specialist markets such as China to material handling solutions and Customs procedures far too many and varied in fact to list but a full timetable can be seen HERE. With the Commercial Vehicle Show being held within adjacent halls in the NEC also between the 29th April and 1st of May many shippers and trade interests will have double the reason for a trip to Birmingham next week.

Photo: Transaid will again be present at both exhibitions, even the transport charity’s Patron HRH the Princess Royal will be making an appearance. Trailers like this one and even rail cars are a familiar sight in the giant halls.