Visitors descend on Amsterdam for successful Intermodal Europe 2010
|January 7, 2011||Posted by Overseas Sharing Communication China under Shipping News||
Much evidence that the intermodal industry is growing and beginning to thrive again was to be seen at Intermodal Europe 2010, as thousands of industry professionals from 80 countries across the world gathered to source new products and hear from leading figures in the container transport and maritime logistics sector.
Hosted by the Port of Amsterdam at Amsterdam RAI, and supported by the European Intermodal Association (EIA), the three-day event brought together a mix of high-quality speakers and key exhibitors, providing visitors with an invaluable industry forum.
Shaping the Industry
There was a great buzz surrounding the free-to-attend conference streams as speakers and visitors thrashed out the issues shaping the future of intermodalism. During the Strategy, Operations and Special Focus conference streams, speakers including global shippers such as Unilever and P&G, captivated delegates with their highly informative sessions.
The packed presentations included talks from Søren Toft, Vice President at Maersk Line, who looked at where and how intermodal complements the service offering, and Jacques Poulet, Head of Logistics at Nestlé Waters provided the shipper’s perspective on how intermodal can assist with key logistics challenges. Mats Nyblom of Hector Rail said of his well-attended session: “It was a great opportunity to meet industry colleagues who were interested in how rail services are changing and becoming more streamlined, which in turn makes intermodality easier for shippers.”
During the second day, a panel of experts gave delegates a unique look into Eastern Europe, while discussing the current market situations, overcoming access difficulties of inland terminals and the railway as part of the logistics chain in countries including Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Furthermore, the annual EIA Intermodal Award was awarded on day two to FrieslandCampina Hellas, for the best integration of intermodalism into a shipper’s supply chain.
Also on day two, Frank Arendt, Associate Director of Western European Logistics Purchases at Procter & Gamble said he felt inspired after responding to an enthusiastic audience who quizzed him on the drivers and challenges logistics purchasers currently face. “Intermodal Europe has offered me a fantastic opportunity to engage with the very people who can help us overcome our challenges,” he stated.
Intermodal Europe was brought to a close on 2 December with a number of discussions surrounding sustainability. Delegates filled the conference rooms to hear companies such as Van Dieren Maritime BV, National Instruments and Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council) discuss this essential issue. Several economic and pricing topics were also addressed by influential speakers such as Stephen Carr, Head of Business Development at Peel Ports and Dr Michele Acciaro of the Centre of Maritime Economics and Logistics.
Showcasing the latest industry products
A wide range of leading suppliers from across the intermodal industry presented their latest innovations at this key event, which allowed visitors to source equipment, operation and security systems, new technology and services. Phil Hunter, Event Director of Intermodal Europe, commented: “With over 3,345 attendees, Intermodal Europe 2010 recorded the highest visitor numbers in over 10 years. 41% of the visitors re-visited on more than one day giving the show an astonishing total attendee number, including other day re-visits, of over 4,730.”
We have been delighted with the response to this year’s event, which was a truly global affair with visitors from over 80 countries. The success of the show is a clear indication that trade is now picking up and I look forward to welcoming our visitors back next year.”
A host of new products were launched at the show including Lang Ship’s Hard Open Bulk Cradle Container whilst in the Container Park, visitors could see how well Valspar’s Aquaguard™ functions. The corrosion protection coating experts chose to showcase a 40-foot high cube, coated in its low-emission technology product, which has been in heavy service around the world for the past year. Global transport refrigeration developer, Carrier Transicold, launched its latest technological breakthrough – the world’s first natural refrigerant technology, NaturaLINE, at the show. The launch presentation at Carrier’s stand was well attended with over 70 visitors lining up to hear more about the unique technology.
There was a great interest surrounding the Italy-Europe showcase hosted by major European inland intermodal hub Interporto Campano and its partners Interporto Bologna and Port of Naples. “There’s a wide variety of operators here at the show from road, rail and shipping, looking for intermodality, so this is the right place for us to be,” said Chiara Virgilio of Interporto Campano.
The perfect place to network
With a spread of attendees from across the sector and the range of networking cafes and bars to hand, such as the Networking Bar sponsored by Unit 45, the event gave visitors a chance to catch up with old colleagues and develop new business partnerships.
Elgin Bolt from Canada said about Intermodal Europe 2010: “I came here looking for opportunities to do business with Europe, but what I didn’t realise is that there would be such good quality exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. I have met many excellent contacts already and I will definitely be in Hamburg in 2011!”
Sanjeev Bose of Seabreeze Marine in India echoed Mr Bolt’s words by saying: “The event is really well organised and has offered good insights, plus opportunity to make quality contacts.”
Plans are already underway for Intermodal Europe 2011, as Phil Hunter, Event Director of Intermodal Europe explained: “We really look forward to building on this year’s quality event and are already making plans to ensure that next year’s event in Hamburg, Germany, is an even greater success for exhibitors and visitors alike. A wide range of exhibitors from across the industry have already booked stands for 2011 and we have already begun sourcing valuable speakers for next year’s conference.”