Joint organisers of the International Materials Handling Exhibition – Quartz Publishing and Exhibitions Ltd and the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) – are delighted that almost 100 exhibitors have already signed up for the next show, now two years away. “It’s a great way to kick off the 2013 show,” commented Paul Michael, Managing Director of Quartz, “and is testament to how successful IMHX is in delivering large volumes of high-quality leads to ensure return on investment.” James Clark, Secretary-General of BITA, added, “Our members and other exhibitors seemed very pleased with the 2010 show and the Design 4 Safety competition was a real highlight, with many of the winners now capitalizing on their success. The number of bookings already confirmed for IMHX 2013 demonstrates both the high level of confidence in the exhibition and current market sentiment.”
Over 8,000m2 of space already sold
Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 19-22 March, IMHX 2013 is once again expected to attract all the major players in the supply chain and logistics industry. Over 8,000m2 of space has already been allocated within the event, with a number of companies taking larger stands than at the last show. One such company is Crown Lift Trucks UK Ltd; said Simon Emery, Managing Director, “The enquiries we received at IMHX 2010 far exceeded our expectations and we currently have live quotations with new customers as a direct result of our attendance. We are delighted to announce that we have not only booked space at IMHX 2013, but have doubled the size of our stand.”
The show received another major boost with the decision of Toyota Material Handling UK to rebook. Explained Tony Wallis, Operations Director, “IMHX 2010 was a great success for Toyota and is the showcase for the materials handling industry in the UK.” He continued, “Despite the harsh reality of the economy, we enjoyed our best show ever for the number of leads and opportunities presented post show. We have achieved some notable success since the show as a direct result of our attendance.”
Many first-time exhibitors at the show in November were so impressed with the high calibre of visitors that they have also rebooked. Said Richard Short, Sales Director for goods lift manufacturer, Penny Hydraulics Ltd, “IMHX proved to be an excellent showcase event and we were extremely pleased with the number and quality of enquiries that we received. Although leads can often take 6-12 months to come to fruition, we have already received orders for close on £100,000 as a result of the show.” Martin Smith, Area Manager (UK) for first-time exhibitor, Packsize Limited, agreed: “IMHX 2010 was used as a launchpad for Packsize Limited, the new UK arm of Packsize, to demonstrate our technology to help businesses reduce their packaging consumption. The quality of the visitors and the contacts made meant that the event was highly successful for us and we had no hesitation in rebooking for IMHX 2013.”
Equally, many long-standing exhibitors have reserved stands for 2013. “We believe that it is the only show that reflects and supports the entire breadth of the warehousing and logistics market,” commented Alan Jenkins, Commercial Director of industrial door specialist, Hörmann UK Ltd. “The show allowed us to finalise details for a new loading bay order with a major high street retailer worth £1.2 million for their new distribution centre,” he added. Advanced Handling, supplier of bespoke materials handling solutions, also had a great show. “The level of enquiries received far exceeded our expectations,” said Louisa Wallace, Marketing Executive, “and the large volume of interest in our products – particularly our Mezzanine Lift which we had on display – has resulted in several sales.”
The industry’s premier event
Taking place only once every three years, IMHX is a must-attend event in the logistics and supply chain sector for exhibitors and visitors alike. BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, one of the UK’s leading providers of finance for forklift trucks, will once again be the show’s main sponsor. Commented Nigel Samson, Head of Partner Sales at BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, “Within our business, the whole team is focused on providing excellent service to our customers throughout the supply chain. This pursuit of excellence is very evident within IMHX, and therefore we are delighted to make the decision to continue our sponsorship.”
IMHX 2013 will retain all the innovative features that have helped to make the exhibition so successful. As in 2007, it will be co-located with The Cleaning Show, ensuring a high flow of visitors between the two shows. IMHX is one of only two events in the UK to offer a VIP valet parking scheme, which will once again allow top executives a totally hassle-free visitor experience and access to the Premier Club Lounge with complimentary refreshments and Internet facilities.
The popular Design 4 Safety competition will take place again, allowing exhibitors to showcase products and services that improve health & safety and operational efficiency. In addition, the show will feature an area for automation specialists – the AMHSA Zone, hosted by the Automated Material Handling Systems Association – which will be even larger than at the 2010 event. Plus, IMHX will once again present a series of free, informative seminars for visitors on a range of hot industry topics.
The show’s organisers will again be teaming up with leading independent supply chain consultants, OPS Logistics Consultancy, to offer an advice surgery at the show. Visitors will be able to take advantage of a free, 30-minute consultation with one of the industry experts from OPS to explore ways of increasing revenue, reducing costs, optimizing operational performance and improving customer experience.
With incentives for ‘early bird’ exhibitors and phased increases in stand rates as the show approaches, it pays to sign up early. Explained Rob Fisher, Publishing and Exhibitions Director for Quartz, “We’re offering time-limited entry to our Premier Exhibitor Club, whose members enjoy a range of benefits including access for their VIP clients to the valet parking scheme, designated inner zone parking, access to the Premier Club Lounge and preferential marketing opportunities. The deadline for joining is August 31. By reserving their stand now,” added Rob Fisher, “exhibitors can also enjoy a 15% discount on the final-phase show rates – prices now are actually lower than the final show rates the 2010 show.” Companies interested in exhibiting can find out more by visiting www.imhx.biz. Follow IMHX on Twitter.