Reed Global Transport Group’s CEO maps out future with SITL

By: BUSINESS FRANCE UK  06/02/2013
Keywords: international business development

Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group, organisers of SITL, gives his viewpoint on the transport-and-logistics sector. The major players in transport and logistics will meet in March 2013 for four key events: SITL 2013, Eco Transport & Logistics, the RFID Show, and the first Intralogistics Paris trade show. These events will take place from 26 to 28 March at the Parc des Expositions in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital).  

SITL 2013, the logistics solutions trade show, will take place from 26 to 28 March 2013 in the Paris region (France) in conjunction with the first Intralogistics Paris trade event, as well as Eco Transport & Logistics and the RFID Show for the radio-frequency-identification industry. The trade shows will be held in Hall 3 and Hall 4 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte.  

This convergence between materials handling and transport and logistics, as well as products, solutions and sustainable services provision, responds to the needs of an evolving market.  

Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group, organisers of SITL, gives his thoughts on March’s events and on the industry, which is set to have an exceptional year in 2013.  

Why will 2013 be such a pivotal year for the transport-and-logistics sector?  

Adaptation, innovation and internationalisation are the three pillars that have made SITL one of the leading transport-and-logistics events in Europe. However, 2013 is exceptional because it is the first time, in France, that we are presenting a start-to-finish solution by simultaneously staging Intralogistics Paris, the new exhibition for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, and SITL Logistics Solutions, which will be enhanced by ECO Transport & Logistics and the RFID Show.  

All the products and services involved in the supply chain will be presented in one location and at the same time, which underlines our commitment to providing the most in-depth trade-show offering for the sector. This is a formula already proven internationally with the success of our services in India and Brazil.  

Who is reached by this global offer and why, in your opinion, has this evolution occurred?  

Over 30 years, SITL has welcomed, occasionally anticipated, and always been in line with transformations in logistics. The trade show has therefore become a strategic tool serving the sustained growth of business. True to this purpose, SITL 2013, along with its accompanying events, will reflect the proximity and convergence of logistics and materials handling. This convergence is a global trend which is mirrored in the consolidation of what the logistics market offers and in the markets’ increasing opening to international trade.  

The evolution in materials handling, in automation, in the management of stock and [in the management of] the flow of goods demonstrates this opening. Additionally, the partnership recently formed between Fives Cinetic, specialising in automated logistics solutions, and KLS, a specialist in logistics software, along with the purchase of software publisher ISA by forklift-truck manufacturer Jungheinrich, are also examples of this evolution.  

Regarding suppliers of transport-and-logistics services, the development within emerging markets and the international growth of freight-forwarding underline the trend [that there is] towards a global offering.   

The economic environment demands continuous improvement in productivity, competitiveness and customer satisfaction. It is also a source of opportunities for innovative companies looking for solutions and partners. Holding SITL jointly with Eco Transport & Logistics and Intralogistics Paris supplies answers to these issues. Major support for the Intralogistics Paris event by sector professionals confirms the relevance of this decision.  

This movement towards globalisation takes place at the same time that we see increased complexity across the entire supply chain. What is your response to this vertical requirement?

The performance of an extended supply chain assumes robust and competitive links with individual specificities and specialised offerings. Intralogistics Paris and SITL 2013 respond to this requirement by focusing on four themes: transport-and-logistics services, regions and infrastructures, technology and information systems, and logistics real estate.  

Over time, SITL has highlighted these themes by creating the European Rail Freight Days, which will be organised over two days during SITL 2013.  

As part of SITL 2013, the Industrial & Logistics Real Estate Show will offer a conference programme that is totally dedicated to logistics-related property.  

The trade show will also use the varied pavilions that provide a complete and diversified offer on the key issues in the sector to underline these themes. The pavilions devoted to E-commerce & Cross-Channel [trade and transport], Safety & Security, and Forecasting & Planning will also be centres of exchanges and convergence of offer and demand.  

The first Maritime Days, conceived along the same principles as the Rail Freight Days, represent another example of SITL 2013’s thematic approach. All are unique events, created to provide information and unveil innovations in the company of experts, facilitating both the renewal and foundation of business partnerships.  

About SITL  

SITL 2013, Eco Transport & Logistics, the RFID Show and the first Intralogistics Paris trade event will take place from 26 to 28 March 2013. The Parc des Expositions in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital) will host these trade events in Hall 3 and Hall 4.  

For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: http://www.reedexpo.fr  

For further information about SITL, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu/  

For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3818 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 [email protected]  View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

Keywords: international business development

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