Riding on a wave of demand for automation, the Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA) reports that its members have been busy recruiting new staff and training existing employees to cope with the unprecedented level of demand for automation projects. “This year has been hugely successful for the vast majority of AMHSA members,” says Dave Berridge, AMHSA Secretary “and the high demand for intralogistics automation looks set to continue into 2019 and beyond.”
Throughout 2018 AMHSA has hosted a number of training seminars and member workshops at its headquarters in Market Harborough – covering topics such as GDPR and the legal aspects of MF/1 – as well as an informative round-table even entitled ‘Brexit – A Year On’. In addition, a record 22 AMHSA members exhibited at the IntraLogisteX show in February, and many also attended the Robotics & Automation exhibition in October.
A full programme for 2019
Next year AMHSA will continue to build on its ‘four pillars’ – training, quality, networking and promotion. “A key event will be IMHX, which takes place from 24th to 27th September at the NEC in Birmingham,” says Dave Berridge. “As the UK’s largest intralogistics exhibition, with over 400 exhibitors, it is a pivotal event in the industry and AMHSA will be actively involved once again.” AMHSA will stage its ‘Meet the Experts’ seminar programme at the AMHSA Pavilion in Hall 10 of IMHX, giving visitors the opportunity to attend informative presentations on a wide range of logistics automation topics.
The trade association’s role as an influencer of policy and standards will also continue next year. “As the voice of the automated material handling sector,” explains Dave Berridge. “AMHSA promotes the highest standards in terms of solutions, service, reliability and safety. This involves input to the European standards organisations, which are not EU bodies and so not affected by Brexit,” he adds.
Continued focus on apprenticeships
AMHSA’s highly successful apprenticeship scheme is now in its fourth year and goes from strength to strength. “Offered in partnership with automotive manufacturer, Toyota,” explains Dave Berridge, “the scheme enables AMHSA members to offer a highquality, four-year training programme to young people. The apprentices spend the first two years learning a range of hands-on, high-tech engineering skills at the state-of-the-art Toyota Academy in Burnaston, Derbyshire, and the remaining two years building on this with industry-specific skills and knowledge at the premises of the AMHSA member.”
For information on membership, please call Matthew Jones on 01858 414229 or visit the AMHSA website at www.amhsa.co.uk
Aims & Objectives:
Recognised as the UK’s leading authority on logistics automation, AMHSA is committed to promoting excellence in terms of solutions, reliability and safety.
Main Events in 2019
AMHSA Pavilion at IMHX 2019, 24th-27th September at the NEC Automated Logistics Training Workshop at the Harborough Innovation Centre – date to be confirmed AMHSA AGM – 10th April 2019 (venue to be confirmed)