Monday, May 3, 2010

UK Shipping And Logistics Expo Multimodal 2010 A Great Success !

Exhibitors and Visitors Positive On Future of Industry
Shipping News Feature

UK – Once again this year’s Multimodal expo, held at the NEC in Birmingham last week, has proven a great success with both those attending as visitors and exhibitors, with many of the latter expressing their satisfaction at the numbers and interest they were receiving.

The exhibition has once again proved its credentials as one of the premier shows for the British and Irish freight and logistics industry with just short of four thousand visitors – attending the show –an increase of 26% from last year.

Doug French, Freight and Development Manager for Ewals Cargo Care, whose trailer mounted display was one of the dominant features of the exhibition, said that: “It’s been a good show, we’ve had a lot of people coming by and asking questions.”

DB Schenker’s Carl Hobbis said: “I’ve been impressed by both the quality and quantity of the visitors we had, with a number of companies showing interest in our multimodal capability.”

He added that he thought that the good turnout was a very positive sign for the future of the industry.

Gareth Walter of shipping operator Zim Lines agreed that that the quality of contacts was up on last year: “We met some old customers but also picked up a lot of good new business leads. The show gets better every year.”

“This has been our best Multimodal yet”, added Ken Hughes, Business Development Manager, Peel Ports.

“We’ve had some excellent enquiries from rail freight companies, shipping lines, freight forwarders and manufacturers wanting to use our barge facilities on the Manchester Ship Canal. We’ll be back again next year!”

There was also the opportunity for a bit of fun to be had, with all the usual innovation being displayed by the exhibitors to get the punters in.

Handy Shipping Guide’s runner up award for most innovative attention grabber was Corporate Solutions Logistics with a prize awarding butterfly(!), but they were pipped at the post by Samskip whose booth featured a sit in Formula One simulator.

One participant, Paul O’Neill of Danone Waters said that: “I’ve never driven a Formula One car, but I think this is pretty close. It’s certainly plenty of fun.”

Generally people attending were positive about the future for the British logistics market, commiserating on the hardships of the past year but with considerable innovation on show both in terms of hardware - such as Tamper Proof Container System’s box protection - or new routes like DFDS Suardiaz Line’s Spanish – UK routing and feeder services such as Unifeeder’s UK East coast links with Europe.

Overall it was refreshing to find that attending representatives who we interviewed from both exhibitors and visitors alike seemed upbeat about both the exhibition and prospects for the shipping world for the year to come.

For those interested in viewing pictures taken at the event, you can find them on the Handy Shipping Guide Facebook page here.