As 2013 draws to a close, Dave Berridge, Secretary of the Automated Material Handling Systems Association, reflects on an active year for AMHSA and the opportunities that 2014 holds.
It’s been another busy year for AMHSA – as a body and for our individual members – because the automated material handling sector has been quite buoyant in 2013. Building on the association’s high profile at IMHX back in March, AMHSA members have been actively bidding for and, in many cases, winning new orders. Some of these projects are absolutely huge and represent exciting advances in warehouse technology.
Buzz at IMHX
With a number of members exhibiting in the AMHSA Pavilion, IMHX proved a great event for doing business and networking. The popularity of our ‘Meet the Expert’ seminars provided a real buzz in the pavilion and gave visitors an insightful overview of some key automation topics.
AMHSA’s new headquarters in Market Harborough have proved to be an ideal and central base, at which we have held a number of training courses for members – on topics ranging from European Directives to Social Media. Over the last couple of years, we have been focusing on adding value to AMHSA membership and this has not gone unnoticed, with several new members coming on board this year.
With rising demand for logistics automation – especially in the e-commerce sector – the future looks promising for AMHSA members. A number of them will be tapping into this potential by participating in two key European exhibitions this coming year: CeMAT in Hannover from 19-23 May and Manutention in Paris from 17-20 November. In addition, AMHSA is planning another informative symposium, which will take place in the autumn of next year.
If you are considering investment in an automated handling solution – however large or small – please get in touch for a free copy of the AMHSA guide entitled ‘Your automated handling system: a 12-point plan to get it right’.