INTERNATIONAL EVENTS. ‘transport logistic’ Confirmed Its Role as the World’s Largest Intermodal Logistics Hub

On 4–7 June 2019, Munich hosted the largest logistics fair in the world with new record-breaking numbers. The top topics featured the trade war between the USA and China and the shortage of drivers, but the New Silk Road was clearly noticeable as well and many areas put great hopes on artificial intelligence.

» 10 percent more exhibitors, 5 percent more visitors, one additional hall

» Goods find their way despite customs disputes

» Top topics: Driver Shortage, Silk Road, Artificial Intelligence

‘transport logistic has confirmed its role as the world’s largest intermodal logistics hub. There were 2,374 exhibitors (which was an increase of 10 percent) and around 64,000 visitors (an increase of 5 percent),’ reported Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München.

‘We saw a strong growth from China, where the number of exhibitors almost doubled by 30 new ones to 64,’ said Mr Rummel. ‘Chinese companies are increasingly looking for cooperation partners in Europe as part of the Silk Road Initiative.’ The driver shortage was also one of the dominant topics. In addition to more attractive working conditions, artificial intelligence could help in the long term; this should make logistics chains more transparent and efficient overall.

Is logistics in the driving seat?

The major challenges facing the industry were discussed at the opening of a high-profile round panel discussion. ‘We need to make the growing traffic flows more efficient and affordable, as well as environmentally and climate-friendly,’ stated Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer. In reference to the global economy, DHL head Dr Frank Appel expressed restrained optimism, ‘even though current relations between governments in the US and China are not conducive at the moment.’ However, ‘goods find their way despite customs disputes.’ The situation is also currently challenging in the field of air freight, ‘which is a very volatile business. We have to be open to options and think in the long term,’ stated Dorothea von Boxberg, Managing Director for Product and Sales at Lufthansa Cargo AG. Alexander Doll, Director of Finance, Freight Transport and Logistics at Deutsche Bahn AG, distinguished between global and intra-regional trade flows: ‘We still see a decent growth in the latter.’ While Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, explained that his company is well prepared: ‘We have been an active driver of consolidation in our industry over the past five years, enabling us to strengthen our overall market position significantly.’

The top ten exhibitor countries after Germany were: the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France, Poland, China, Austria, Spain, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. New exhibitors included Fercam, Neutral Air Cargo, Hong Kong COSCO Shipping Lines, China Asia Shipping and Yuxinou Logistics. DHL returned as an exhibitor as well. There was a total of twenty-five international joint pavilions, including Sri Lanka, Romania, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey.

Lithuanian companies and JŪRA MOPE SEA magazine participated at transport logistics exhibition

The joint stand of Lithuania presented the companies, operating at the state seaport of Klaipėda, and there were several individual stands, introducing Lithuanian Railways and other companies as well.

JŪRA MOPE SEA international business magazine with its partner TL NIKA Group, which is also the official representative of the magazine in Germany, has also been participating at this event, taking place in Munich or Shanghai every other year, with an individual stand for many years.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the magazine received a lot of attention from visitors.

Press conference at the Saxony-Anhalt stand in Munich

‘Growing traffic and goods flows, increased air and environmental pollution, changing demands on mobility and increasing scarcity of resources are major challenges that can only be met with innovative mobility solutions. And here Saxony-Anhalt plays a pioneering role in many fields. Business and research partners develop and test energy-efficient, emission-saving vehicles and manufacturing technologies, intelligent multimodal transport and traffic systems, digital mobility services in urban areas or smart transport and logistics solutions for passenger and goods traffic. And with great success. The mobility of the future in Saxony-Anhalt, is picking up speed.’ said Thomas Webel, Minister of State Development and Transport Saxony-Anhalt, at a press conference at transport logistic Munich.

Two more exhibitors from Saxony-Anhalt, who also took part at the press conference were Kai Ebert, the shareholder and authorized representative of the LWC Lappwaldbahn Cargo GmbH, and Hergen Hanke, the Managing Director of BCF - Börde Container Feeder GmbH. The rail transport company LWC specializes in transport solutions such as the carriage of bulk goods or the last-mile operation, services such as carriage investigations, training and testing of railway operating personnel through a subsidiary, the NEF, Norddeutsche Eisenbahnfachschule GmbH. The BCF handles shipments of containers and project cargo between German seaports and the hinterland of the port with company-owned ships, and also offers their customers pre-carriage and follow-up by truck transport between the approached inland terminals and their surrounding regions. The interview was moderated by Thomas Einsfelder, Managing Director of the Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt mbH, IMG.

LWC authorized officer Ebert said: ‘This fair is so important to us because we are currently engaged in the purchase of hybrid locomotives to reposition our company for the future.’ BCF Managing Director Hanke said: ‘We bring the inland navigation and environmentally friendly transport. We will become an important support for the growing transport market with our alternative transport concept.’ IMG Managing Director of Einsfelder emphasized the great importance of transport logistic Munich for the trimodal logistics hub of Saxony-Anhalt. ‘The Saxony-Anhalt exhibitors here in Munich exemplify the high performance and innovative power of our logistics and transport services industry. At the same time, we are using the fair to promote the Leipzig-Halle Airport region as a business destination for Saxony-Anhalt and to inform about the good conditions that companies expect from Saxony-Anhalt to bring new mobility solutions onto the streets. Settlement plans by the battery manufacturer Farasis, which had been actively promoted by IMG, was a milestone for the further and successful development of the Leipzig / Halle Airport region,’ said Einfelder.

Thomas Webel: ‘The mobility of tomorrow is being conceived and tested in Saxony-Anhalt’

With the central location of Saxony-Anhalt in the European economic area, more than 11,000 kilometres of roads, around 3,100 kilometres of railway tracks, Germany’s second-largest cargo airport Leipzig/Halle, and almost 600 kilometres of navigable inland waterways, not to mention the excellent connections between these transport routes, the state offers optimal conditions for the logistics and traffic service-providing industry. By 2023, Saxony-Anhalt will also be providing around 30.5 million euros for the researching, introduction and use of intelligent traffic systems, which will build up a green mobility chain. The state will also receive assistance in this from the European Union.

An ideal opportunity to introduce this performance and innovation capability came on at transport logistic, the leading international fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management.

The exhibitors were accompanied by Thomas Webel, Minister of Regional Development and Transport of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Before the beginning of the fair, the minister said: ‘Being a modern, well-networked multi-modal infrastructure, Saxony-Anhalt offers the logistics industry an excellent research landscape. Universities and research organisations work together with innovative companies on research and development of intelligent transport and traffic systems, modern logistics processes and systems. With great success, they have together been researching sustainable drive concepts, lightweight construction, and new forms of mobility. The mobility of tomorrow is being conceived and tested in Saxony-Anhalt.’

One example of this is collaborations like the MAHREG Automotive cluster, where renowned companies from Saxony-Anhalt develop the lightweight motor together with the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. The minister emphasised that there were numerous examples of this extensive expertise in Saxony-Anhalt in the field of digital mobility. These included, for example, the Workplace Warning System Saxony-Anhalt (AWSA), the Copilot 2.0 as an emergency call mechanism for more safety and the upgrading of emergency phones for V2I communication on autobahns (ANIKA).

Another example could be found at the joint stand of the state of Saxony-Anhalt: Transportwerk Magdeburger Hafen GmbH. It is an important medium-sized company that is broadly based in Central Germany’s largest inland harbour with transhipment and storage, transport and logistics, as well as settlement and infrastructure. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF Magdeburg, the company is developing digital solutions which are particularly focused on warehousing and logistics on the harbour premises. In this, the partners utilise the interplay of different technologies, such as e.g. sensors, cameras and mobile GPS units for HGVs.

Flughafen Leipzig/Halle GmbH was also represented at the Saxony-Anhalt joint stand. This is a subsidiary company of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, which operates Leipzig/Halle Airport. The airport is the second-largest cargo airport in Germany and the fifth largest in Europe. In the past year, 1.22 million tonnes of air cargo and around 2.57 million air passengers were registered here. The first quarter of 2019 showed growth in both cargo and passenger figures. The airport has an ideal connection to the federal autobahns A 9 and A 14, and possesses a railway incorporated into the central terminal.

New mobility in Saxony-Anhalt will also be given a further boost by the major investment of the globally leading battery manufacturer Farasis Energy Inc. in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. There, the US company will be manufacturing batteries for electrical vehicles via its subsidiary company Farasis Energy Europe GmbH. The state is thus developing into one of the leading sites for electrical mobility components.

Information from JŪRA MOPE SEA, transport logistic, Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt

 

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