SITL Europe: "Clear success"
With 770 exhibitors and attended by 36.341 professionals, the International Week of Transport and Logistics held from the 22nd to the 25th March 2016 at Paris-Nord Villepinte was a clear success.
Opening in the dramatic context of the Brussels attacks, SITL Europe, Intralogistics Europe and Transport Next Generation suffered a slight fall in attendance, notably from international visitors. French transport and logistics decision makers however attended in force. Exhibitors expressed satisfaction and optimism about results from the many contacts made on their stands. The new business meetings and contact formulas introduced at the three events contributed to an increased number of meetings between visitors who arrived at the show with concrete projects and the exhibitors who were able to provide them with relevant solutions.
8 highlighted subjects and 9 specialised programmes
Content matched the level of the event with 112 conferences in 8 highlighted subjects (green logistics, urban logistics, cold chain, industrial logistics, e-commerce, mutualisation & digitalisation, distribution networks, future for logistics) and 9 specialised programmes (World Transport & Logistics Forum, European Rail Freight Day, Maritime Day, African Logistics Conference, Overseas Day, Dangerous Goods, Connecting Inland Waterways, Intralogistics, Innovative Transport Equipment). Developed in partnership with the Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics team, the 3rd World Transport & Logistics Forum brought together speakers from various countries to exchange views on the new competitive challenges of international logistics. In total, more than 350 speakers presented their expertise and 6000 participants attended the conferences.
Big social challenges
The Innovation Gallery was very competitive with 58 entries. 7 winners were recognised at the 16th Innovation Awards Ceremony and the new StartUp Contest. The latter illustrated the proliferation of new offerings coming out of the digital revolution, providing a fresh impulse to the sector. More than ever SITL is the largest international meeting providing information and exchanges for the industry. “The big social challenges are at the heart of this 33rd edition” underlined Hervé Juvin, essayist and President of the Eurogroup Observatory, a key speaker at the opening plenary conference of the event. The terrorist menace demands a rethink of network security. Preservation of the environment and well being at work are at the heart of issues in the sector. Technological progress contributes to a more fluid information exchange while reducing the drudgery of day-to-day tasks. The growth in numbers of connected and globalised consumers’ demands constant innovation from manufacturers, retailers and the transport and logistics providers looking for new growth areas. The French Government in the form of Alain Vidalies, the Secretary of State for Transport, Fisheries and the Sea, used the event to announce the national logistics strategy “France Logistique 2025”. At the same time Mohammed Najib Boulif, Morocco’s Deputy Minister in charge of Transport inaugurated the 1st African Logistics Conference underlining the development potential of the African continent. The week ended in an unprecedented way with a panel composed exclusively of female transport, logistics, supply chain and human resources who discussed the new profiles and skill sets for operational excellence.
Next meeting from the 14th to the 16th March 2017 for the 34th edition of SITL, the 5th edition of Intralogistics and the 3rd edition of Transport Next Generation, held for the first time in the Pavilion 1, Porte de Versailles, or at one of the 16 Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics events worldwide.