Intermodal Asia is set to return to Shanghai from 24-26 March 2015. Successfully launched in 2014, following in the footsteps of the world’s leading container, transport and logistics exhibition, Intermodal Europe, the inaugural Intermodal Asia saw thousands of visitors and exhibitors flock to the Shanghai World Exhibition and Convention Centre for valuable business opportunities, presentations and networking.
“Intermodal Asia 2014 exceeded expectations in the amount of visitors it received” says Sophie Ahmed, Event Director. “Nearly 100% of 2014’s exhibitors said they were planning to attend again in 2015 and 84% of visitors stated that Intermodal was the best exhibition of its kind in Asia. This supports the huge rise in shipping traffic and business in the transport and logistics industry in Asia”.
A growth of 5.5% was seen in global container throughput during the second quarter of 2014, the fastest growth seen in over 11 quarters. In July 2014, the world’s cellular fleet counted 5,080 vessels with a total capacity of 17.6 million teu (twenty-foot equivalent unit).
“One of the reasons that Intermodal Asia is so popular is that it enables companies to arm themselves with the information and connections necessary to move with new trends,” adds Sophie Ahmed.
Intermodal Asia is organised by Informa Exhibitions, in partnership with CCIA (China Container Industry Associates) and the Integrated Transport Federation of the China Communications and Transportation Association (CCTA), as well as benefitting from the full support of the world’s largest container manufacturer, CIMC (China International Marine Containers).
The Intermodal Asia 2015 conference programme will explore current trends and changes within the industry. An additional Conference Theatre has been added to the event, so there will be three free-to-attend Conference Theatres this year, all within the exhibition hall. Confirmed speakers include Tim Power, Director of Drewry Maritime Advisors, who will discuss economic perspectives for the container industry, and Clement Ng, Vice President of Kalmar Greater China, who will speak about SmartPort development, amongst many others.
Joost Sitskoorn, the Acting Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council, will chair an Asian Shippers Panel on Day 2 that will address the key issues faced by shippers now and in the future -topics that will be very interesting for shipping lines. There will also be a Forum held by BIC on Day 2, focusing on ISO standards for the Container Industry.
Intermodal Asia has followed in the successful footsteps of Intermodal Europe, which has already sold over 80% of its exhibition space for the 2015 event, to be held at the Hamburg Messe in Germany on 17-19 November.