By all accounts the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) 2010 was a great success. The 4 days were certainly busy enough at the FLTA stand and we had a good week. It was a bright and colourful show with stands representing a broad section of logistics systems – not just fork lift trucks.

Many of our members had stands at the exhibition. It was good to see them meeting potential new customers and to have the opportunity to catch up with them on their business generally and matters concerning the Association. Many other members just passed by the stand and stopped for a chat and a coffee before continuing to explore the exhibition. Others were able to use the stand as a meeting place, with colleagues or customers.

A considerable number of company representatives approached the stand to discuss membership. This included a broad range of dealers, suppliers and end users. Part of our success at the show will be an increase in membership.

A significant change from previous exhibitions was the number of visitors who made a point of coming to our stand to ask a specific question or to seek advice. This showed quite clearly how the Association is viewed as an independent authority on all matters concerning fork lift trucks. This is a vital role and we were pleased to be able to provide such an important service to businesses and individuals.

Never an organisation to stand still – the Association kept up the pace of innovation by holding the 2010 AGM at the NEC on the Wednesday of the show. Formal business, as important as it was, was kept to a minimum. This was followed by a buffet lunch and entertainment provided by Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen. After this unusual break members were able to return to the business of the exhibition suitably refreshed.

Having had such an interesting and fulfilling week we can honestly say that we are looking forward already to IMHX 2013.

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