As the green shoots begin to appear in the UK economy, the warehouse and logistics sector is gearing up for its flagship exhibition, IMHX 2010, which opens for four days at the NEC in Birmingham from 16-19 November.

With the event taking place only once every three years, IMHX is a must-attend event for all professionals involved in the supply chain. The show will feature all the industry’s major players, with over 300 exhibitors expected to showcase their products and services.

The industry’s first carbon-neutral exhibition

IMHX 2010 will be the first logistics trade exhibition to offset the CO2 produced through staging the show and through visitor travel to the venue. The show will feature a special Environmental Zone, sponsored by Shell Gas (LPG), at which visitors will be able to record their show travel footprint – at no cost to themselves – using a web-based carbon calculator. The show’s organisers will then offset this CO2 by planting trees within the UK through an accredited carbon offset partner.

The Environmental Zone will also feature a number of green solutions offered by exhibitors that contribute to a cleaner environment, energy efficiency and reduced waste. As well as the Environmental Zone, IMHX will feature – for the first time ever – a special pavilion to promote the show’s many automated handling system exhibitors. Hosted by the Automated Material Handling Systems Association, the AMHSA Pavilion will feature a number of exhibitors in stands arranged around a central hospitality area. Recognising that IMHX has historically attracted large numbers of visitors from the food & drink sector, IMHX 2010 will also feature a special Food & Drink Logistics Suppliers’ Pavilion, sponsored by the Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF).

Quartz, joint organiser, with BITA, of IMHX, has chosen Help for Heroes as the show’s official charity for this year’s event.

It’s all under one roof at IMHX 2010!

Supported by main sponsor, Albury Asset Rentals – part of the BNP Paribas Lease Group and one of the UK’s leading providers of finance for forklift trucks – IMHX is the only exhibition at which visitors will find so many products and services from right across the industry. Besides materials handling equipment, exhibitors will be showcasing 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. As Tim Waples, BITA President, puts it, “With continued pressure on supply chains to become greener, leaner and more cost-effective, ‘joining up’ the links in those chains becomes the crucial activity. IMHX is the place to make that happen, thanks to the sheer breadth of its exhibitor base, the quality and purchasing intent of its visitors, and the highly positive atmosphere that makes it a pleasure, not a duty, to attend.”

Demonstrations, competitions and all that jazz!

As ever, exhibitors are going to great lengths to ensure that IMHX will be an exciting, enjoyable and educational experience for visitors. On stand 20F70 – the largest stand at the show – Toyota Material Handling UK will provide the first opportunity for visitors in the UK to see the full range of Toyota counterbalance forklifts and towing tractors and BT warehouse equipment together since the merger of Toyota Industrial Equipment and BT Rolatruc in 2007. With the theme ‘stronger together’, the stand will feature no less than three live demonstration areas, product displays and a seminar theatre featuring a series of master-class workshops.

Affiliated Irish manufacturers Aisle-Master Ltd and Combilift Ltd (stands 19K135 and 19K130) will be offering visitors traditional Irish hospitality – including a drop of Guinness – while the Combilift display team shows off its skill in manoeuvring trucks to a soundtrack of Irish music. Aisle-Master will be exhibiting AC electric and LPG powered models from its wide range of versatile articulated forklifts for both indoor and outdoor operation.

Visitors to stand 20D30 will see totes travelling at high speed, as warehouse automation specialist KNAPP runs a live demonstration of its OSR Shuttle™ sorter. This new type of dispatch buffer is a modular solution, installed in the goods-out area, and uses technology from the company’s proven OSR Shuttle™ system.

The UK and Ireland’s largest lift truck training accreditation body, RTITB Limited, will be running a competition on its stand 18N70 in which visitors can test their wits in an on-line hazard perception contest, with the chance to win prizes. RTITB will also be using IMHX as the platform to launch its new products and services – including new and updated training materials – and its National Operator of the Year Competition for 2011, for which Warehouse & Logisitcs News is the official Media Partner.

Jungheinrich – Europe’s leading manufacturer and supplier of warehouse trucks, accounting for one in three of all the warehouse trucks operating in Europe today – will be promoting the twin themes of high productivity and low cost of ownership on its stand 19L100.

Forklift manufacturer Narrow Aisle Ltd will have a live demonstration of its brand-new Flexi EURO VNA truck, stacking in aisles just 1.6 metres wide on stand 19J75. Recently nominated by the FLTA for an Innovation Design Award, the Flexi EURO VNA is a four wheel, articulated truck with twin front wheel drive, the company’s True Radius® chassis design for easy turning in narrow aisles and its HiVis Cantilever® operator overhead guard for easy and ultra safe stacking.

Major product launches at the industry’s premier show

Once again, IMHX will be the platform for a whole host of product and service launches, providing the ideal opportunity to reveal innovation to the UK handling industry.

Forklift manufacturer Translift Bendi Ltd will be launching no fewer than five new machines on its stand 19K100. The company’s MD, Simon Brown, says, “Without giving too much away, three of the new trucks will open up new sectors of market to us, including the food sector, retail sector and European markets – all of these sectors have great potential in terms of volume for Bendi.”

Thousands of innovative solutions

As well as product launches, there will be thousands of innovative materials handling solutions on display at IMHX.

Conveyor Systems Limited (CSL) will exhibit details of its range of bespoke conveying solutions and various recent installations on stand 19H 123.

Industrial door and loading bay experts Hörmann UK will put safety first by displaying a range of safety-related devices on its stand 20F80.

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