Presence at trade fairs

Kuno Neumeier (left), one of the chairs of the Logistics Properties focus group, moderated one of the BVL forums at CeMAT.

Kuno Neumeier (left), one of the chairs of the Logistics Properties focus group, moderated one of the BVL forums at CeMAT.

BVL showcased logistics content and presented the work of the association to trade visitors at CeMAT in Hannover, the transport logistic China in Shanghai, Breakbulk Europe in Bremen and ACHEMA in Frankfurt.

As a partner of the Deutsche Messe AG trade fair organiser, BVL once again had a stand at CeMAT, the world’s leading fair for intralogistics held in Hannover in April, and also staged three special-topic forums as part of the accompanying programme for the event. The first forum was entitled “Logistics Properties in Urban Spaces” and was moderated by Uwe Veres-Homm, Business Field Coordinator Logistics, Transport & Mobility at the Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCS in Nuremberg. The second forum, moderated by Ralph Schneider-Maul, Vice President, Head of Supply Chain Management at Capgemini Deutschland, focused on “Digitalization in Warehouse Logistics”. Led by moderator Daniel Terner, Marketing Director at AEB, the third forum was about “Start-Ups in Logistics”. In addition, the BVL “Image of Logistics” focus group staged a forum profiling lighthouse projects for successful brand activities. The trade fair stand was a point of contact for many visitors and the meeting place for members of BVL.

Enthusiastic visitors filled the halls at the opening of the transport logistic China in Shanghai.

Enthusiastic visitors filled the halls at the opening of the transport logistic China in Shanghai.

The transport logistic China took place in Shanghai from May 16 to 18. The event was held for the eighth time and, with 667 exhibitors from 45 countries and roughly 26,000 visitors, is now the leading fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management in Asia. As a partner of the Messe München trade fair company, BVL staged two special-topic forums as part of the accompanying conference programme. The forum “Best Practice in Industry and Retail SCM between China and Europe” was moderated by Jean Wang from Redox Logistics in Beijing and also Chair of the China-Beijing Chapter of BVL. Prof. Thomas Wimmer, Chairman of the Executive Board of BVL, moderated the second forum on “Best Practice in Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 in China and Europe”.

Premiere at Break Bulk Europe

BVL entered new territory with its presence at Breakbulk Europe, which took place for the first time at the end of May 2018 in Bremen. The trade fair is one of the biggest network hubs for international breakbulk and heavy cargo logistics. As a partner of the trade fair company, BVL supplied content for multiple sessions, including the “Blockchain Supersession” and the session entitled “New Tech on the Docks: The Digital Port”.

Another first was BVL’s involvement in the ACHEMA fair in June in Frankfurt, where 3,737 exhibitors from 55 countries showcased the latest equipment and innovative techniques for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industry at the world’s leading fair for the process industry. The exhibition section for pharma, packaging and storage technology recorded by far the highest growth, and it was also in this field that BVL supplied content in the form of forums. The first forum moderated by Dr. Klaus-Peter Jung, Partner at Miebach Consulting and Chair of the BVL Rhine/Main Chapter, was entitled “Changes in Production Logistics and Intralogistics”, while the second forum, presented by Prof. Thomas Krupp from Cologne University of Applied Sciences, focused on “The Potential for Digitalization”.