The Intermodal Europe exhibition and conference returns to Amsterdam with a revitalised new programme that will ensure a balanced focus on all areas of container logistics and transport across road, rail and sea. Supported by the European Intermodal Association (EIA) and hosted by the Port of Amsterdam, the 2010 event takes place from 30 November – 2 December providing a buying, education and discussion forum for the industry
Philip Hunter, Event Director of Intermodal Europe 2010, commented: "Since the last Intermodal Europe event, the economy has changed significantly. As we begin to see signs that trade is picking up, I believe that now is the perfect time to offer industry executives a meeting place to re-build and grow business again and Intermodal Europe 2010 will offer such a platform."
Intermodal Europe is the only forum which plays host to thousands of professionals from the intermodal industry, and this year is no different with the exhibition floor featuring leading exhibitors from around the globe.
Peter Wolters, Deputy Secretary General of the EIA, said: "We are delighted that Intermodal Europe is returning this year. The event is the last opportunity of the year to find solutions for running more efficient and profitable operations and explore new opportunities.
There are numerous untapped resources which could be released via co-operation with other transport modes, new collaborative partnerships, bundling of freight flows, innovative loading units, neutral data sharing single windows, even new intermodal e-learning platforms. I will be recommending Intermodal Europe 2010 to our members as it provides the perfect platform to learn and meet while sharing experiences regarding freight best practices."
Intermodal Europe will take place at the Amsterdam RAI, undoubtedly the most significant conference and exhibition centre in the Netherlands. The Port of Amsterdam, as host port, is one of the world’s key logistical hubs and one of Europe’s five biggest ports handling over 86 million metric tons of cargo annually.
Intermodal Conference: new decade, new world?
This year’s event will feature a series of free-to-attend conference sessions that will explore a wide range of issues affecting the container, road, rail and maritime logistics industries. During these exhibition-floor sessions, a host of high profile and respected speakers will offer visitors a unique insight into the industry and allow them to take part in debates shaping the future of intermodalism.
Philip Hunter added: "We are dedicated to providing the highest quality editorial content possible and this year’s conference will feature presentations from some of the most respected people from across the logistics sectors. The sessions will be free for visitors to attend and will provide essential market information to allow executives to develop their operations."
Already confirmed for the Amsterdam show are some of the world’s leading shippers including Chris Broadbent (European Logistics Development Director, Unilever Supply Chain Company), Jacques Poulet (Head of Logistics, Nestlé Waters) and Frank Arendt (Associate Director Western European Logistics Purchases, Procter & Gamble) debating the real drivers and challenges for purchasers of transportation today and how container logistics fit into that.
Wim Blomme (Intermodal Division Director, P&O Ferrymasters) will be discussing sustainable and reliable intermodal and multimodal solutions throughout Europe; Søren Toft (Vice President Maersk Line/Terminals Intermodal and Equipment) will look at the role that shipping lines and container operators play in intermodalism and the vision for the future.
In addition, many speakers from all aspects of the intermodal industry are confirmed to take part including Mats Nyblom (CEO, Hector Rail), Lord Berkley (President, European Rail Freight Association) and Radu Marcovici (Transport and Integration Director, International Rail Systems Romania). Representatives from the Ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Koper and Göteborg will also be giving their expert insight into the future of the industry.
The conference sessions over the three-day show will be split into various streams including the ‘Strategic Stream’ which will highlight the role of each sector within the industry and how they can work together in order to maximise productivity as growth continues out of the recession. The second area of study at this year’s show will be the ‘Operations Stream’, highlighting how business models are changing to become more innovative and service led and discussing the latest feedback from The European Commission’s Review , Consultations on Sustainable Transport Initiatives and The Future of Intermodalism. The ‘Special Focus Stream’ taking place will have a clear international outlook, studying developments within Eastern Europe and Northern Africa. The spotlight will fall upon how these areas are developing and how receptive the supply chain is to these new intermodal gateways. In addition the European Intermodal Association (EIA) and International Tank Container Organisation (ITCO) will be hosting a series of educational sessions for all visitors to enjoy.
Intermodal Exhibition: show, see, discuss one-to-one
Alongside the conference, leading suppliers from across the intermodal industries will be showcasing their latest innovations at the Intermodal Europe Exhibition. Dedicated shipping container transport and logistics products and services, the exhibition is the perfect place to source equipment, systems, technology and services. The exhibition will feature companies operating in a range of sectors including container leasing, manufacturing and equipment, container terminal operations, freight forwarders, inland waterway operations, rail freight terminals, shipping lines, ports, logistics companies, IT software and systems and short sea operations. New innovations that will be on show range from management solution software through to hardware solutions for carriers such as Valspar’s new Aquaguardä, an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional, solvent-based coating systems.
Langh Ship Cargo Solutions will also be presenting their new Hard Open Top Bulk Cradle Container and the newly merged TydenBrooks Security Products Group will be on hand to talk visitors though their comprehensive range of security seal solutions, including their C TPAT compliant high security seal, which will all be presented in Europe for the first time.
Making its international debut at Intermodal Europe 2010, the new PrimeLINE container refrigeration unit by Carrier Transicold will be on show so visitors can learn how it functions to reduce environmental impact and how it can provide a lifecycle cost of up to 30 percent lower than competitive units. Unique features of the PrimeLINE unit include design enhancements that simultaneously boost cooling capacity and energy efficiency.
Additionally, iInterchange Systems Pvt will be on hand to launch their new iTrade and iTrade Win container trading management solutions, which allow businesses to adapt easily to local requirements and conditions as well as ensuring low cost of ownership per user. iTrade is a web-based solution developed on the Microsoft.NET platform, which addresses the functionalities of both larger offices and smaller traders.
As well as giving visitors the opportunity to view the latest product innovations, the exhibition at Intermodal Europe will also provide invaluable opportunities to gather market information and develop strategic partnerships.
Other visitor attractions at Intermodal Europe include a Container Park with some of the latest containers and reefers on the market from Cetem, Langh Ship, Daikin, Crane Composites, Maersk and Hempel, plus a networking bar for exhibitors to meet customers and make new connections in a business-friendly environment.
EIA: Awards and Yearbook
In addition to the exhibition, Intermodal Europe will host the EIA’s 10th annual awards ceremony on 1 December 2010. The awards, to be held during the exhibition, reward innovative intermodal transport solutions providers and recognise best practice in intermodal transport and freight logistics, and are officially supported by both the European Commission and European Parliament.
What’s more, during the three-day event in Amsterdam, the EIA will be launching the industry’s very first ‘Intermodal Yearbook 2010; Strategies, Statistics, Terminals and Players’ document. This first edition will offer a combination of EU and national port-hinterland statistics, colourful maps of networks of important players, modal splits, freight flows, capacities, bottlenecks, location terminals, (future) logistic hubs, and much more in an Atlas format.
Philip Hunter concluded: "This year’s exhibition is backed by key organisations such as BIC, EIM, Transport & Logistics Netherlands, Rail Freight Netherlands, and Short Sea Promotion Centre to name but a few and will feature all of the major players in the intermodal sector. We look forward to welcoming industry executives from across Europe to Amsterdam in November."