From June 4 to 7, 2019, the largest logistics fair in the world took place in Munich with new record values. The top issues were the trade war between the USA and China and the lack of drivers, at the same time the New Silk Road made itself felt – and artificial intelligence was the great hope in many areas.
“With the air cargo forum Miami we enrich our theme clusters of the international transport logistic and air cargo exhibitions – and our customers receive more planning security and can leverage synergies in our global network”, explains Gerhard Gerritzen, member of the management board of Messe München. The network currently includes air cargo events in Munich, Shanghai, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Istanbul and now Miami.
“With Messe München we have won a leading international trade fair partner. Combined with TIACA’s content expertise, we are creating a basis for strong development in the future for the air cargo forum Miami, ”said Steven Polmans, Vice-Chairman TIACA. “We also see great potential in a multimodal expansion. Miami is the North American gateway to the world and the ACF is a must for anyone who wants to benefit from this international connectivity. ”
The next air cargo forum Miami will take place from November 10 to 12, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Together with The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), Messe München is setting an important example for the global logistics industry. For three days, exhibitors from all over the world will meet in the Miami Beach Convention Center in Florida (USA) on 6,700 square meters. As a supply chain forum, they map intercontinental supply chains with their diverse services.
“The trade fair at the hub for North and South America is of great interest. Despite times of crisis, inquiries are constantly coming from the USA, North and South America and we are currently designing a top-class conference program with our partners, ”reports Gerhard Gerritzen, member of the management board of Messe München.
A good six months before the start of the fair, over 70 exhibition stands have been booked. Among the exhibitors around the established Air Cargo Forum are international airlines and ports as well as air freight-specific system providers and service providers. The first international logistics service providers and local providers of intermodal services on land, water and in the air have registered in the exhibition area of the transport logistics Americas.
Steven Polmans, TIACA Chairman: “We cannot predict how long the crisis will continue. One thing is certain, the need for intercontinental supply chains remains unbroken. Despite all digital opportunities, personal exchange at international trade fairs remains a success factor for global logistics chains. “
“Transport logistic has confirmed its role as the world’s largest intermodal logistics hub: with 2,374 exhibitors, we achieved an increase of 10 percent, with visitors around 64,000, an increase of 5 percent,” reports Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München . The trade fair has grown by one to ten halls and has become even more international once again, by exhibitors by 3 percentage points to 56 percent, and by visitors also by 3 percentage points to 47 percent.
“We saw strong growth from China, where the number of exhibitors almost doubled from 30 to 64,” says Rummel: “Chinese companies are increasingly looking for cooperation partners in Europe as part of the Silk Road Initiative.” One of the dominant topics was also the lack of drivers. In addition to more attractive working conditions, artificial intelligence could help in the long term – this should make logistics chains overall more transparent and efficient.
Logistics as a designer or driven?
At the opening, a top-class panel discussion discussed the major challenges facing industry: “We want to make the growing traffic flows even more efficient, affordable, digital, environmentally and climate-friendly,” said Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. With regard to the global economy, DHL CEO Dr. Frank Appel is cautiously optimistic, “even if the current relations between the governments in the United States and China are not currently conducive to this.” But: “Goods find their way despite customs disputes”. The situation is currently also challenging for airfreight, “a very volatile business, we have to be able to choose and think long term,” said Dorothea von Boxberg, Member of the Product and Sales Management Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG. Alexander Doll, Chief Financial Officer, Freight transport and logistics at Deutsche Bahn AG, differentiating between global and intra-regional trade flows, “we still see decent growth in the latter”. And Rolf Habben Jansen, Chairman of the Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, was well prepared: “In the past five years we have been an active driver of consolidation in our industry and have thus been able to significantly strengthen our overall market position.”
At transport logistic 2019, 2,374 exhibitors from 63 countries presented themselves, an increase of 10 percent (2017: 2,162). Around 64,000 visitors came from 125 countries, an increase of 5 percent (2017: 60,726). Around 30,000 visitors came from abroad. The fair extended to ten halls and an open area, a total of 125,000 square meters of exhibition space.
The top ten exhibitor countries after Germany were: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France, Poland, China, Austria, Spain, Great Britain, Czech Republic. New exhibitors included Fercam, Neutral Air Cargo, Hong Kong COSCO Shipping Lines, China Asia Shipping and Yuxinou Logistics. DHL has returned as an exhibitor. 25 international joint stands were on site, including Sri Lanka, Romania, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey.
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