Both the Logistics Link South and Logistics Link Live events due to take place in 2015 have been cancelled.
As well as the loss of the two Logistics Link shows, the Port to Shelf stream of these events appears to have been 'shelved' following a stuttering launch a year ago. Instead, organisers Akabo Media have created an event in Coventry in an attempt to roll two regional shows into one.
But this doesn't spell bad news for exhibitions serving the UK logistics sector, as IMHX continues to go from strength to strength, and TCS&D reflects the growth of the chilled and frozen food sector.
IMHX 2016, the UK's largest event for the logistics sector, continues to gain in stature. Held every three years at Birmingham's NEC, over 70% of stand space has already been allocated. With over 160 exhibitors of the anticipated 400+ already contracted, the UK's appetite for landmark national events appears stronger than ever as small-scale regional events fail to strike a chord with exhibitors and visitors alike.
"IMHX has a great head of steam, and 2016 looks set to be another record-breaking event," says Rob Fisher, director of the materials handling group at Informa Exhibitions, the event's organiser and co-owner alongside the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA).
"For the first time, IMHX is taking place in the same year as CeMat [following the German event's decision to switch from a three-yearly cycle to two], and we are seeing no ill effects from that. In fact, if anything, the conversations we are having about 2016 are even more positive than in 2013, which was an extremely successful event."
Impact of IMHX
One indication of the impact IMHX will have is the recent decision by international bank Investec to sponsor the 2016 event through its newly-formed asset finance division. "Our association with such a prestigious brand as Investec has been a massive boost," says Fisher. "Investec wishes to show the market it is serious about the sector and has chosen IMHX as a vehicle with which to demonstrate its long-term commitment to the UK logistics and materials handling industry."
Those companies who have yet to reserve their space at IMHX 2016 are encouraged to start planning now, as prime stand locations are highly sought-after. IMHX 2013 delivered around 20,000 visitors across four days, and with the UK's logistics industry in buoyant mood, Fisher expects interest in the 2016 show to be vast, as the event gets nearer: "The economy in mainland Europe is, at best, flat right now, whereas in the UK the outlook is promising.
"The strength of the UK logistics sector - fuelled by a growing eCommerce sector, rises in UK manufacturing output and increased consumer confidence - makes doing business here an attractive proposition.
"The UK leads the way in eCommerce, and IMHX 2016 will reflect the implications this fast-moving and ever-changing aspect of consumer spending has on the shape of logistics in this country. It is a very exciting time to be in our industry, and IMHX is poised to capture this dynamism."
National event for food logistics
Whilst many industry sectors stalled and stuttered during the recession, the food and pharmaceutical industries - and therefore the logistics underpinning these sectors - felt the least pain. With the sectors firing on all cylinders to service the increasing demands for fresh, temperature controlled and frozen products, the timing of the 2015 Temperature Controlled Storage & Distribution (TCS&D) exhibition couldn't be more ideal.
Held every two years in the UK fresh and frozen food heartland in Peterborough, the UK's national event for cold chain professionals is again attracting considerable exhibitor support.
With just less than a year to go - TCS&D takes place on 16th and 17th September 2015 - TCS&D is set to attract an expected 130+ global suppliers to the industry. Now in its 3rd edition, TCS&D promotes innovation and technology in the perishable product supply chain and will once again provide suppliers a perfect opportunity to engage and sell to a focused audience.
"We understand the growing need to demonstrate clear return on investment," says event director Rob Fisher, "Which is why TCS&D is not just about networking – it’s about doing actual business. A presence at TCS&D will put you in front of people who matter to your business - your current and prospective customers."
For further information about IMHX 2016 and TCS&D 2015, contact Rob Fisher on +44 (0)207 017 6986, [email protected], or go to www.imhx.biz or www.tcsdshow.com.