Haulage and Logistics Industry Events for 2016
Industry professionals doing haulage jobs or any other member of the transport and logistics industry should attend these important upcoming events.
The haulage and logistics industry encompasses a vast spectrum of sectors, including transport, engineering, supply chain management, technology, vehicle production and mechanics, marketing, PR, human resources, and many more. In order to stay relevant and competitive in the industry, anyone in the logistics business should stay abreast of what's going on locally, nationally and globally.
Here are a few important dates coming up in 2016 in the UK and Europe.
Billed as 'The UK's Essential Intralogistics Event', in September 2016 the Birmingham NEC will once again play host to the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX). Encompassing five halls of the massive NEC venue, and showcasing more than 400 exhibitors, IMHX 2016 is expected to draw tens of thousands of industry professionals from all over the UK and beyond, to network, connect and exchange information. Running from 13-16th September, the majority of exhibition space is already booked up, promising the latest in products, technology and services for the transport and logistics industry.
In an exciting addition for young people considering a career in haulage jobs, this year the event will include the presence of the inaugural Skills and Apprenticeships Zone. The zone will feature attendance by high profile industry trade bodies, as well as employers seeking apprentices for their programmes and exhibitors featuring a range of new apprentice-based schemes.
Entrance to IMHX is free for visitors.
The Commercial Vehicle Show
For anyone who works on the road doing haulage jobs, or in the administration and management side of the transport and logistics industry, the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show is your reward!
Showcasing new products and technology for all industry professionals, the Commercial Vehicle Show is Britain's largest and widest-ranging event of its kind and a true heaven for anyone interested in vans, lorries and any other commercial vehicles. Another event hosted by the giant NEC Birmingham, the CV Show attracts more than 20,000 visitors over the three-day event. An important opportunity for fleet buyers and sellers, the show is also renowned as a key networking event.
CV Show 2016 will run from 26-28th April.
SITL Europe 2016
Just a quick Eurostar ride away from the UK, in Paris, SITL Europe is described as 'the international meeting place for transport, freight forwarding and the logistics chain'. To be held over three days from 22-25th March, at Parc des Expositions, Paris Nord, the event encompasses a truly international flavour, with around 800 exhibitors showcasing the latest developments in information and technology, shipping, and transportation equipment. With an expected 40,000 visitors in 2016, SITL Europe focuses on the concept of 'tomorrow's supply chain', offering access to a vast range of innovations in distribution services and supply chain provision. The event is open to industry professionals only.
If your business depends on keeping your finger on the pulse of the latest industry trends and technology, pencil any or all of the above events into your diary. For SME owners they are invaluable, and even for sole operators making a living doing haulage jobs, it's well worth the investment in order to keep up with the big boys.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day haulage jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.