Trade visitors at InnoTrans can look forward to more world innovations than ever before. Exhibitors at the thirteenth edition of the leading trade fair for transport technology in Berlin will present around 250 world innovations. Guided tours, the InnoTrans website and the World Innovation Guide provide an overview.
More than 150 millions of containers (20‑foot equivalent units) are transported on the world’s oceans each year (UNCTAD 2019). Due to overall market imbalances, empty container transports, e.g. from Europe (Import region) to Asia (Export region), occur on the transport on sea as well as land. Empty container runs provide an urgent issue in Maritime Logistics as they create high costs at no revenue. In the port hinterland, for example, containers have to be transported to customers and often go back empty to the next destination (port, other destination) where an empty container is required. As 60% to 80% of the costs in container transportation occur in the port hinterland (Tran et al. 2017; Notteboom et al. 2005), focusing on this part of the transport chain is critical.
The topic of sustainability is gaining significance in the transport and logistics industry every year. On the one hand, the sector is experiencing great growth. On the other hand, the expectations to reduce emissions and develop climate friendly and socially acceptable transport solutions are also increasing. From May 4 to 6, 2021 the digital symposium for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management will offer an overview of the current topics and challenges in the industry.
The coronavirus also presents the logistics industry with challenges. Airplanes grounded, containers backed up in Europe’s ports, global supply chains interrupted: Questions like how the industry will handle this and what solutions there are will be answered at transport logistic Online. From May 4 to 6, 2021 the digital symposium for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management offers a unique overview of the current topics and challenges in the industry.
The manufacturer-independent networking of automated guided vehicles has taken a major step forward. Six companies tested the VDA 5050 interface together with their vehicles at the AGV Mesh-Up. The event was part of this year's TEST CAMP Intralogistics of the IFOY AWARD.
LogiMAT—the International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management scheduled for June 22–24, 2021, in Stuttgart, Germany—has to be postponed due to the difficult ongoing situation with Covid-19. The organizer, EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH, has decided to push back the upcoming trade show to March 8–10, 2022, to give exhibitors the certainty they need for long-term planning. The organizer is working on a digital concept so that visitors and exhibitors can still meet virtually in 2021.
LogiMAT, International Trade Fair for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, is being postponed until early summer 2021 as a precaution amid the ongoing coronavirus. Event organizer EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH is responding proactively to give exhibitors and partners the certainty they need for long-term planning. LogiMAT 2021 will now take place at Messe Stuttgart June 22–24, 2021, to ensure the accustomed internationality of the trade fair.
Trucks will remain essential to cargo transport in the upcoming decades. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and their partners have developed a concept for the truck of the future, including Europe-wide approval for the use of LHV trucks (Longer Heavier Vehicles), diesel hybrid drives and a multifunctional driver’s cab.
EUROEXPO and Landesmesse Stuttgart are pushing forth the development of Thailand as the hub of the Southeast Asian market, together with Expolink Global Network. LogiMAT, Intelligent Warehouse jointly organized by international and local organizers in Thailand in 2020.
Messe München will organize the air cargo forum for The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). It will take place every two years at the Miami Beach Convention Center (USA) and will continue to be supported by TIACA with industry expertise.