Air Cargo Europe
Munich hosted the largest logistics fair in the world with new record values from June 4 to 7, 2019. The top topics were the trade war between the USA and China and the shortage of drivers, but the New Silk Road was clearly noticeable at the same time and great hopes were pinned on artificial intelligence in many areas.
air cargo Europe, the international industry gathering for the global air freight industry is taking place in Munich since 2003. The exhibition is part of transport logistic, the world’s leading trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT, and supply chain management.
“Transport logistic has confirmed its role as the world’s largest intermodal logistics hub. There were 2,374 exhibitors, an increase of 10 percent, and around 64,000 visitors, an increase of 5 percent,” Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, reported. The trade fair has grown by one hall to ten halls and has once again become significantly more international, an increase of 3 percent points to 56 percent for exhibitors and also by 3 percent points to 47 percent for visitors.
“We saw strong growth from China, where the number of exhibitors almost doubled by 30 new ones to 64,” Mr. Rummel stated. “Chinese companies are increasingly looking for cooperation partners in Europe as part of the Silk Road Initiative.” The driver shortage was also one of the dominant topics. In addition to more attractive working conditions, artificial intelligence could help in the long term; this should make logistics chains more transparent and efficient overall.
The major challenges facing the industry were discussed at the opening of a high-profile round panel discussion. “We need to make the growing traffic flows more efficient and affordable as well as environmentally and climate-friendly,” Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer stated. In reference to the global economy, DHL head Dr. Frank Appel expressed restrained optimism, “even though current relations between governments in the US and China are not conducive at the moment.” But: “Goods find their way despite customs disputes.” The situation is currently also challenging for air freight, “which is a very volatile business. We have to be open to options and think in the long term,” Dorothea von Boxberg stated, Managing Director Product and Sales at Lufthansa Cargo AG. Alexander Doll, Director of Finance, Freight Transport and Logistics at Deutsche Bahn AG, distinguished between global and intra-regional trade flows: “We still see decent growth in the latter.” And Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, explained that his company is well prepared: “We have been an active driver of consolidation in our industry over the past five years, enabling us to strengthen our overall market position significantly.”
At transport logistic 2019, 2,374 exhibitors from 63 countries were present, an increase of 10 percent (2017: 2,162). Around 64,000 visitors from 125 countries attended, an increase of 5 percent (2017: 60,726). Around 30.000 visitors came from abroad. The exhibition covered ten halls and an outdoor area, totaling 125,000 square meters of exhibition space.
The top ten exhibitor countries after Germany were: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France, Poland, China, Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. New exhibitors included Fercam, Neutral Air Cargo, Hong Kong COSCO Shipping Lines, China Asia Shipping and Yuxinou Logistics. DHL returned as an exhibitor. There will be twenty-five international joint pavilions, including Sri Lanka, Romania, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey.
“With the Air Cargo trade shows in India and South Africa, we are complementing our international logistics network of successful events in important markets,” Gerhard Gerritzen explained, member of the Management Board of Messe München. “With Priyo Patra on board, we can rely on a strong partner anchored in these markets and industries, a successful strategy that we are pursuing in all our foreign trade fairs.”
“We are delighted that Air Cargo India and Air Cargo Africa, which have over the year grown to become the ‘go-to events’ for air freight industry in their respective markets, are going to be part of transport logistic exhibitions. I am looking forward to be associated with them actively in the years ahead”, Priyo Patra stated. He will bring his international network into play in the areas of sales and conference programs. “The partnership will create tremendous synergies, and I am sure that the air freight industry will benefit in many ways from it.”
Air Cargo is an important and growing area at all transport logistic trade fairs. This is above all the case at the leading international trade fair in Munich, which will take place in June 2019. “We have planned more space here for Air Cargo than in 2017, which is already fully booked, and it will certainly continue to grow,” according to Mr. Gerritzen. Air cargo Europe in Munich is the largest air freight trade fair in the world. Its development reflects an industry on the upswing. Following strong global growth of 10 percent in 2017, the international aviation organization IATA predicts an increase of 4 percent for 2018. Significant further growth is basically predicted for air cargo in the coming years.
The next Air Cargo Africa will take place in Johannesburg from February 19 to 21 and is the largest air cargo trade fair in Africa. Eighty exhibitors and 2126 visitors were on site at its fourth edition in 2017. Air Cargo India takes place in Mumbai every two years; a total of 74 exhibitors and 2534 visitors were at the most recent, 7th edition of Air Cargo India in February this year. In India, transport logistic already holds transport logistic India @ CTL in collaboration with Exim India, which takes place in Mumbai every two years. There is no air cargo area there, and consequently, “we are planning closer integration with it,” Mr. Gerritzen said. “You can see clearly that the acquisitions complement our transport logistic portfolio optimally.”
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