autotech-bentleyThe International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX), which takes place at the NEC from 16-19 November, is the UK’s leading logistics event. Here we preview exhibitors’ solutions for the automotive and engineering sectors, as well as racking systems and materials handling training.

With the recession renewing the focus of UK industry on cost reduction, many material handling suppliers are marketing innovative solutions to minimise logistics costs for production plants and distribution centres. A number of exhibitors at IMHX 2010 will be promoting products and systems designed to improve materials handling in the automotive, aerospace and general engineering sectors.

Exhibitor Narrow Aisle Ltd (stand 19J75), for example, has recently supplied its Flexi EURO articulated forklift trucks to the Leipzig factory of the leading automotive components supplier, Magna Intier. The Leipzig facility provides the complete interior trim for the newly launched Porsche Panamera four-door sports car. Magna Intier is using the Flexi trucks to deliver components from an on-site warehouse directly to the assembly line.

Automated control systems specialist Autotech Controls Ltd (stand 19L133) has considerable experience in the automotive sector. Recently implemented projects for the Luton-based company include the body shop for the new Jaguar XJ in Castle Bromwich and an automated small box store for Bentley in Crewe.

The Versatile Flooring Company Ltd (stand number 20G25) will be demonstrating its wide range of flooring products, including its Ecotile interlocking and anti-slip industrial flooring. This tough and flexible flooring solution is manufactured from hard-wearing, oil- and chemical-resistant PVC and is ideal for production environments. The tiles – which can be laid quickly and with minimal disruption over any hard surface – come in 6mm, 7mm and 10mm thicknesses, various levels of hardness, seven colours and four surface textures. There is also a full range of accessories including ramps, skirting, floor signs and marking tapes.

Racking and shelving systems

IMHX will feature a number of companies supplying racking and shelving solutions to provide cost- and space-effective storage. Exhibitors include Dexion Comino, Flowstore, Hirack, Jungheinrich, Link 51, Palletower, QMP, Storax and The Rack Group.

Although best known for its forklift trucks, Jungheinrich (stand 19L100) has offered racking and storage systems for over 20 years. From initial project design using CAD technology right through to installation, Jungheinrich supplies a complete range of storage systems including adjustable pallet racking, drive-in and drive-through systems, mobile racking, cantilever racking, high-bay racking, pallet and carton live storage, long span shelving and small parts shelving.

Exhibitor Dexion Comino Ltd (stand 20D90) is part of the Norwegian Constructor Group AS, a leading pan-European manufacturer and supplier of industrial and commercial storage solutions. Dexion markets a comprehensive range of racking products – as well as office and archive storage solutions, which have been sold to organisations including the BBC, The British Library, and The National Archive.

Everything under one roof

When it comes to handling and storage, a visit to IMHX 2010 really does cover it all. Held only once every three years, the exhibition is a showcase for thousands of products and services and the 2010 event is set to feature once again the very best in logistics from around the globe. Over 160 exhibitors are already committed to the show, which will feature not only materials handling equipment but also health and safety systems; software solutions; racking and shelving; storage systems; pallets and palletising equipment; property; recruitment and training services; third party logistics; transport and distribution; flooring; packaging; handling system design; financial services; and warehousing.

For further information on exhibiting at IMHX 2010, contact Rob Fisher on 01895 454600 or visit

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