As a partner of the Deutsche Messe AG and Messe München trade fair companies, BVL uses international fairs in Germany and around the world to build and extend its network. The association also organises special-topic forums during the fairs.
CeMAT, the leading fair for supply chain management and intralogistics, took place in Hannover from May 31 to June 3, 2016 under the heading "Smart Supply Chain Solutions". BVL not only had its own stand at the fair but, as a partner of Deutsche Messe, also staged special-topic and career forums as part of the accompanying programme at CeMAT. The three moderated special-topic forums each featured exciting presentations. The first was about "Solution Technology: Smart Concepts for the Real World", the second was entitled "Search for Solutions: Smart Strategies for Innovations in SMEs", and the third forum looked at "Solutions for People: Smart Workplaces in Logistics".
CeMAT 2016 showed that the demands on intralogistics are still growing all the time – the expectation is that intralogistics should be intelligent, interconnected, highly flexible, transparent, fast and efficient. "Batch size of one" is a phrase that is heard with increasing frequency in modern production, in the same way as every order via online portals is "individualised". In both cases, customers expect one thing above all, namely speed, combined with lower costs. This is only possible with new concepts within the overall context of Industry 4.0 and calls for the close and intelligent interconnection of production and logistics. In order to underline and underpin this process, CeMAT will run parallel to the Hannover Fair from 2018 onwards.
transport logistic China
In mid-June, over 20,000 visitors and more than 600 exhibitors came together at the transport logistic China fair in Shanghai. As a partner of the Messe München trade fair company in Munich, who organise transport logistic China, BVL staged two well-attended special-topic forums – "Truck and Trailer China" and "Perilog – Fresh Logistics Asia". The first forum focused on trends and challenges in the Chinese utility vehicle market as well as CO2 reduction, giga-trucks and trailers, improving the transport infrastructure, and digitisation, in particular with regard to Internet platforms. The forum was moderated by Professor Dianjun Fang from the Shanghai Chapter. The speakers included fellow Chapter Chairperson Dominik Bühring, Zhi Xiong Yin from Siemens in Beijing and Hu Ding from G7 in Shanghai.
The second forum was about temperature-controlled logistics for perishable goods. The focal points of the forum were the first mile, Internet solutions for the cold chain, monitoring, tracking and tracing solutions, and standards. Prof. Thomas Wimmer, Chairman of the Executive Board, moderated the forum. The speakers were logistics experts Thomas Lau from Metro Cash & Carry in Shanghai, Jianyun Zhu from Sinopharm Logistics in Beijing and Luc Kremers from Ortec in Shanghai. BVL was also part of a joint stand during the exhibition.