This year’s LogiMAT in Stuttgart, Germany – the home of intralogistics – was a resounding success, bringing over 1,500 exhibitors to the event, a 13% increase from last year with representation across nearly 40 countries. The SHD Logistics team was at this year’s exhibition to see some of the key themes to come from the event.
With automation and lithium-ion some of the most pertinent topics in the industry, materials handling suppliers across the logistics market spent their efforts last week showcasing the latest products and software tools to help transform big shed operations across various industry lines in Germany and beyond.
From Combilift’s multidirectional steering C-Series fork lift truck range, Jungheinrich’s premiere launch of the first ever reach truck that is lithium-ion integrated, and Hyster’s efficient designs of its forklifts including its rider stacker, to exciting software and robotics tools from Magazino, Manhattan Associates and TGW Logistics, efficient design and intelligent product innovation seemed to be the key emphasis.
Robotics and conveyor systems start-up Magazino, along with wearables company Proglove, were names on everyone’s lips, mainly as a result of their Product Awards glory during the show, along with stacker crane software experts Berger Engineering.
Yale proudly exhibited a 90-year old truck (which still works) alongside its fuel cell offering which provides continuous power – no tailing off. JLT Mobile Computer showed its new hardware for vibrating environments, the JLT 6012, whilst Picavi put some Smart glasses on our heads which use google enterprise glass and only weigh 42 grams – they called this ‘assisted reality’ for pickers. Linde told us it’s ‘transforming’ alongside partner company Dematic and Transnorm told us about its many retail projects (expect to see one in an upcoming issue).
There was much to see at show, emphasised by opening a new Hall 10 – expanding the exhibition space by another 14,000sq m – and saw the launch of 122 exclusive product launches or worldwide premieres. LogiMAT Product Manager Peter Kazander said the trade fair represented an opportunity for companies of all sizes to establish a strong foothold in the intralogistics market.
“LogiMAT represents a strong platform for large and small companies to unveil big products and big solutions,” he said.
Product showcases wasn’t the only theme from the event, there were big announcements of company restructuring, including at storage solutions company Dexion, who announced at LogiMAT it was acquired by Gonvarri Steel Services. The company told SHD Logistics that its operational activities would remain unchanged.
There was much to admire about LogiMAT 2018, including the German beer and sausages, with the event acting as a strong networking vehicle to stimulate the dealer market and promote healthy competition amongst the product suppliers, particularly in the increasingly competitive lithium-ion fork lift truck market.
The events roadshow continues on, with prominent events such as CeMAT, Modex, EDX and MACH looming ahead, not least IMHX 2019, with more food for thought for suppliers and buyers. However, this year’s LogiMAT has cemented itself as one of the key events in the intralogistics industry calendar.