Reed Expositions predicts bumper year for Intralogistics Europe 2014

Aurore Bernard - 06-mars-2014 15:52:27

Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of the SITL Europe 2014 trade fair, reveals his expectations for Intralogistics Europe 2014. This leading transport-and-logistics trade show, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, is being held concurrently with SITL from 1 to 4 April 2014, in the Paris region (France).   Intralogistics Europe 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 April of this year in conjunction with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. The trade shows will be held in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital).   A lain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Global Transport Group (a division of Reed Expositions), organisers of SITL, gives his thoughts on the upcoming events as well as on current trends in the transport sector and logistics industry.   Interest in Intralogistics 2014 started to pick up pace back in November 2013. Is this still the case, with one month to go before the opening?   The enthusiasm has grown and accelerated. In November 2013, taking into account the number of reservations made and [the number of] brands expressing an interest in the Intralogistics 2014 trade show, we were forecasting 15% growth in exhibitor numbers. Today, that figure is in excess of 30% and the initial objective of 150 exhibitors has been well and truly surpassed.   Consequently, we have had to expand the exhibition’s surface area to 10,000m². Given that the trade show is only in its second year, this confirms the need for an exhibition dedicated to handling equipment and automated systems.   How has this growth reflected the three areas of interest at the exhibition?   The progression in numbers of exhibitors is even across the three areas of interest, with a strong presence of the leaders in each Intralogistics sector: Automation, Mobile (industrial trucks, lifting and handling equipment, etc.), and the Static sector (racking and shelving, storage solutions and packing). With regard to the last one of the three, several specialist providers in the field of warehouse construction and door supply have confirmed their attendance. Many exhibitors are involved in two, or even three, of the areas covered by the trade show.   For all these businesses, the Intralogistics trade show has become a central, professional event that allows them to present their innovations, products and services. The event responds to a clear market need that goes beyond its original target, which was to promote the handling equipment and automated systems that process, streamline and optimise the physical flow of supply, production and distribution.   What are the results so far of initiatives set up by Reed Expositions with regard to future visitors?   In the build-up to this year’s event, Reed Expositions has been identifying project planners, basing its search on visitors from the 2013 event; on a database of decision makers, specifiers and buyers of intralogistics solutions; and on pre-registered visitors. At this stage, the majority of these qualified visitors are interested in the fields of handling and automation, and more than 30% of the projects involve an evolution or significant changes to current handling systems.   This initiative seeks to ensure that projects are well planned in terms of agreed investment and will enable the project planners at Intralogistics 2014 to identify suppliers to partner them with in order to implement the project.   How do you ensure that the connections made at the exhibition respond to this demand?   There are several ways in which we look to establish connections with the exhibitors. In the first instance, visitors that have completed the pre-registration process are directed to the suppliers that are capable of responding to their search in handling equipment and automation.   Secondly, our teams work with the visitor to better define their project. This can be done on arrival, or can be organised by Reed at the event itself. Reed also offers this customer service on an ongoing basis, both before and after the event.   Lastly, visitors are invited to make use of a Project Planners Space, in which they can present their projects and arrange meetings with exhibitors.   How would you describe the projects that will be presented?   The projects will be wide-ranging and, in the main, come from the major players in their respective markets. The sectors that will be represented include automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, cosmetics, e-commerce, food processing, heavy industry, and multichannel distribution. Projects are led by senior-level managers that are seeking a return on investment and fast improvements in productivity. In that sense, many involve automation, with the objective of reducing production costs.   What are the other high points visitors can look forward to?   With the participation of exhibitors and qualified visitors, and led by a steering committee, a cycle of around 20 conferences and workshops is planned, with updates, testimonials, [focuses on] innovations and trends, together with actual case studies.   A particular highlight will be the first plenary conference, entitled Warehouse automation, how far?   It will be chaired by Jean-Michel Guarneri, Vice President of Supply Chain for Vente Privée (www.vente-privee.com) and member of the steering committee.   On the last day of the event, three Innovation Awards will be presented, one for each section of the Intralogistics trade show.   Exhibitors at Intralogistics Europe 2014   Below is the list of exhibitors due to take part in the trade show.   @VANCE TRANSPORT ITEMS-ACK FORANKRA-ACTEMIUM-ALSTEF AUTOMATION-ALVEY SAMOVIE-AMBAFLEX-APOLLO-APPLIED MATERIALS-A-SAFE-AUTOMATED PACKAGING SYSTEMS FRANCE-BA SYSTEMES-BAC-LAND PACK-BAK ORGANISATION-BALEA-BALYO-BAUER SUDLOHN-BMZ GMBH-BOA CONCEPT-BOPLAN-CABKA GMBH AND CO. KG-CINEO LOGISTICS-CIUCH SOLUTIONS-CRAEMER FRANCE-DOLAV FRANCE-DUPLEIX LOCASTOCK-DUWIC-EASYPACK SARL-EPALIA-ETIGO-FERALCO-FETRA-FGP-FHG IPP LOGIPAL-FIVES CINETIC-FLANDRE AUTOMATION-FRANCE FIL INTERNATIONAL-FROMM FRANCE-GEORG UTZ SARL-GETRA-HANGCHA FRANCE-HEXACOMB-HORMANN FRANCE-HU.CA CONSULTING-IMH-JUNGHEINRICH FRANCE-L-EX-LIFTEC-LIFTOP-LPR LA PALETTE ROUGE-MANITOU-MARCEAU-MARZIN SARL-MATRAFORM-MAVIFLEX-MDM-MECALUX FRANCE-MECANIC BINAIRE SERVICE-METTLER TOLEDO SAS-MOVOMECH-NERGECO-NETWORK EQUIPMENT RENTAL-NORCAN-OCS CHECKWEIGHERS GMBH-DS SMITH-PAKI LOGISTICS GMBH-PALET FACILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION-PROCARIST-PRODEX-QIMAROX B.V.-RAEDER VOGEL, RAEDER -U- ROLLENGEBRICK GMBH 1 CO.KG-RAJA-ROS FRANCE-SARL B-COM-SAVOYE SA-SCALLOG-SCHOELLER ALLIBERT-SDI GROUP-SMART-FLOW-SMURFIT KAPPA FRANCE-SNOX AUTOMATION BVBA-SOCO SYSTEM-SSI SCHAEFER-STOCK3P-STOW FRANCE-STRAPEX SA-SYCA SYSTEMS-SYLEPS-TENTE S A-TER SA - GROUPE YTHALES INVESTISSEMENT-TIANJIN ZERPO SUPPLY CO. LTD-TRANSITIC SYSTEMS SARL-ULMA HANDLING SYSTEMS FRANCE-VANDERLANDE INDUSTRIES FRANCE   About Reed Expositions   Reed Expositions is the French subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser. Reed Expositions organises over 50 trade shows per year in France across a range of sectors including the environment, marketing and communication, as well as transport and logistics.      Reed Expositions will be organising Instralogistics Europe 2014, a leading trade show on transport and logistics, which specializes in handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution. The trade show was launched in 2013.   Intralogistics Europe 2014 will run concurrently with SITL Europe 2014, as well as the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics Conference. These events will take place from 1 to 4 April 2014 in Hall 6, at the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of Paris, in France).   For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: www.reedexpo.fr   For further information about Intralogistics Europe, please go to: www.intralogistics-paris.com/site/GB   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3915 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/   Note to Editors   Copyright - The UBIFRANCE Press Office in London is waiving its copyright on the content included in this press release, which means that recipients are free to reproduce, modify and circulate it if they wish to do so and as far as copyright law is concerned. 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SITL Europe announces packed programme for April 2014

Coline BORDET - 19-févr.-2014 16:52:09

With six weeks to go before its official opening, SITL Europe, the international trade show for transport, logistics and freight forwarding, has announced that four new events will take place during the four-day event. The trade show will take place from 1 to 4 April 2014 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (north of Paris).   In addition to highlights such as the 14th annual Innovation Awards and half-day conference cycles organized around the key themes of the trade show, the four days of SITL Europe 2014 will be marked by four important new events.   On Tuesday 1 April, the World Transport & Logistics Forum will open the main international day. In association with UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and consultancy firm Transport Intelligence, a plenary conference will be held on the theme of Logistics strategies to take advantage of global growth and will present a preview of the World Bank’s 2014 study into logistics performance. This will be followed by a debate between shippers, service providers, economists and delegates from institutions.   In the afternoon, official delegations from six countries – Algeria, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand and the USA – in the presence of French government ministers, will debate logistics and transportation issues relevant to those markets. The World Transport & Logistics Forum will close with a conference focusing on key trends in the sector.   On Wednesday 2 April, SITL Europe will host Maritime Day, an event which has been developed in partnership with Eurogroup Consulting, with a focus on maritime and river transport. The aim of the day is to review the opportunities offered by new shipowner alliances and new innovative port/river services. The transport of containers and cereals over the waterways will also be discussed, with a presentation on developments in the Trans-European Transport Network (RTE-T). This will provide the stepping stone into Thursday’s European Rail Freight Day.   For the fifth time in a row at SITL, a European Rail Freight Day will take place during the trade show. On Thursday 3 April, in co-operation with Eurogroup Consulting, delegates will reveal the results of the 2014 barometer, which focuses on how shippers perceive the rail-services offering. The barometer is carried out amongst 100 European manufacturers and distributors and introduces a cycle of conferences on rates, rail corridors, network access and slots, which will be illustrated by concrete examples.   On Friday 4 April, which is the final day of the trade show, a new concept will be launched, whose aim is to help industry players anticipate the key trends in the supply-chain sector. Companies such as Branded Future for Logistics, Mines PariTech, consultancy firm Transport Intelligence, and ASLOG (the French logistics association) will assess many possible evolutions in the sector.   Another highlight on the Friday will be the conference dedicated to Humanitarian Logistics, an initiative of the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA), which is the only global association in this sector. The HLA, which has 2,300 members coming from international solidarity associations, the private sector, universities and research establishments, will, for the first time, hold its general assembly at the same time as SITL Europe.   "This global summit on humanitarian logistics will enable a comparison of logistics organisations between the NGOs and business – especially in terms of their shared stocks, information-systems design, or staff training,” says Jean-Christophe Crespel, co-founder of HLA.   Intralogistics Europe, the trade show for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution, is being held concurrently with SITL 2014 and has already exceeded its exhibitor target, with over 150 companies signed up to the event, as things stand.   Alain Bagnaud, director of Reed Exhibitions’ Global Transport and Logistics Group, says: “Of the Top 20 European logistics-services providers, 70% have already registered, including Geodis, Norbert Dentressangle and Kuehne+Nagel. To this, we can also add more than 200 transporters and logistics suppliers that are present either independently or as part of a group, such as Astre, Evolutrans, France Lots, France Benne, Pall-ex and Tred Union. This means that SITL Europe 2014 will present an exceptional offering of transport and logistics companies, proving that it can tackle the great international challenges of today.”   This strong uptake, the organisers of the trade show point out, is matched by new initiatives to assist visitors in finding projects that correspond to their activity. Assisted by a telemarketing programme, selected visitors are interviewed in order to identify projects that are under current or future development. Following analysis of the responses, the visitors are put in contact with exhibitors whose products and solutions match their needs.   For personalised programmes, visitors can go to the Project Space at the entrance to the exhibition, where they will be welcomed by a consultant who will suggest a tailor-made visit plan, including the possibility of arranging meetings with given exhibitors.   About SITL   SITL 2014 will take place from 1 to 4 April of this year in Hall 6 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte (north of the French capital). SITL stands for Semaine Internationale du Transport et de la Logistique, i.e. the International Week for Transport and Logistics.   Intralogistics Europe, the World Transport & Logistics Forum, Maritime Day, European Rail Freight Day and the Humanitarian Logistics conference will also take place over the course of the four-day event.   For further information, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu/     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3914 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

UBIFRANCE and DHL Express team up in export-promotion campaign for SMEs

Philip Jolly - 09-oct.-2013 18:16:57

DHL Express, the international express-delivery group, and UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, have teamed up to launch a worldwide campaign in order to support the export drive of French-based SMEs. This is the first such initiative of its kind. Starting in October 2013, the deliveries of parcels and other items by DHL Express from France will include a message by both DHL Express and UBIFRANCE, in order to promote the know-how of French companies and to support their efforts to export. The message that has been chosen is : Buy the French Touch ! As part of an unprecedented and original promotional campaign about what distinguishes French products and businesses, supported by the two partners’ networks, the message will initially feature on 300,000 packages shipped to over 220 countries and territories where DHL Express is present. The aim is to enhance, in a targeted way, French exports, with a promotional message that is directly addressed to international importers,  who may be interested in developing their business with France. Michel Akavi, CEO of DHL International Express France, explains, “We are very pleased to have concluded this public-private partnership with UBIFRANCE to encourage the promotion of the French Touch throughout the world. At DHL Express, we believe, just as UBIFRANCE does, that it is essential to support the French small-medium [-size] companies that export -- one of the keys to France’s economy. This is why our teams of international specialists are doing everything in their power to accompany companies by placing at their disposal the services and the infrastructures for dispatching and logistics [that are] adapted to their needs. And this works! Over the first five months of 2013, the volume of exports by our small-medium [-size] customers has increased by 12%, compared with the same period in 2012.” Through this initiative, DHL Express, world leader (with 32% market share) and Number One in France (with 28% market share) in international express deliveries, is stressing its commitment to export markets and to French enterprise. With over 270,000 customers, DHL Express France serves approximately 25,000 SMEs that have at least 250 employees each. These are small and medium-size companies that perform even better when they develop their business internationally, as shown by the exclusive study made by IHS for DHL. About DHL DHL is a logistics company working worldwide: as a world leader in logistics, DHL is proud to be called The Logistics Company for the entire world. DHL provides its customers with its expertise in international express deliveries, in air and maritime cargo, as well as ground and rail transport, focused on logistics solutions and international deliveries. DHL’s international network, connecting more than 220 countries and territories, with almost 285,000 employees across the world, gives customers an excellent quality of service and knowledge of local markets to satisfy their needs throughout an integrated supply chain. DHL assumes its social responsibility and supports programmes to protect the climate, intervening in case of natural disasters as well as in education programmes. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group had a turnover of more than 55 billion euros in 2012. For further information, please go to: www.dhl.fr About UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE, the French government agency for the international development of companies, is a public-sector entity dedicated to industry and commerce under the Ministry of Economy and Finance as well as the Ministry of Foreign Commerce and the Treasury Department of the French Government. UBIFRANCE has a network of over 1,400 multicultural agents in France and in the rest of the world, with 80 offices present in 70 countries. UBIFRANCE is dedicated to accompanying French-based small and medium-size companies that export. UBIFRANCE also manages the VIE Programme ( Volontariat International en Entreprise ) for the deployment of young graduates outside France. For further information, please go to: www.ubifrance.com    

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FIMEC Technologies’ U-Care Unloader follows on 3D robotised palletising solution

Joanna Routaboul - 18-juil.-2013 17:01:20

FIMEC Technologies, a specialist in automated loading/unloading solutions for logistics and express-delivery platforms, has unveiled the U-Care Unloader, a unique process for tipping pallets, thus reducing parcel damage. Previously, FIMEC released a 3D robotised palletising solution for multiple-size packages —  a patented technology that allows for the processing of up to 900 parcels per hour, while improving staff working conditions.   FIMEC Technologies’ most recent product, the U-Care Unloader, includes a unique and inventive process for gently tipping pallets, which reduces damage because the parcels are not subjected to any impact during unloading. This system can be used with pallets of all sizes without any additional modification, and can handle up to 120 pallets per hour.   This high processing rate is accompanied by reduced noise levels and the operator can work in complete safety thanks to the equipment’s well-designed ergonomics. An intuitive interface, which includes a display unit with integrated Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), ensures the solution is easy to use. This equipment can be supplemented with a device known as U-ASSIST, which holds the parcels in place during unwrapping.   The growing e-commerce sector presents a variety of challenges for logistics and parcel-delivery providers, including higher workloads, an increasingly diverse array of containers, and peak-load periods that are often difficult to predict.   FIMEC Technologies, a French-based company that specialises in automated loading/unloading solutions for logistics and express-delivery platforms, is helping companies to meet these challenges through innovations such as FIMEC’s new 3D robotised palletising technology, which can be used to process multiple-size packages. FIMEC Technologies’ unique system takes 3D measurements of each parcel and identifies its exact position within each container (or on each conveyor belt). A heuristic algorithm then informs a robot which parcel to select, providing all the relevant, precise information about the parcel’s position, as well as the desirable position and orientation of the parcel on the pallet.   As a result, parcels can be placed and oriented in order to ensure optimal loading density onto transport vehicles. This system also speeds up the loading of the parcels onto the pallets, resulting in up to 900 parcels being processed per hour. Additionally, the use of automation improves the staffs working conditions.   This innovation is the latest in a series of container-, carton- and pallet-unloading solutions developed over the past decade by FIMEC TECHNOLOGIES. With the company’s automatic unloaders, a single operator can handle from 3,000 to 5,000 parcels per hour.   FIMEC Technologies designs progressive solutions tailored to each customer. The company’s technical personnel can adapt the palletising equipment to new containers while ensuring safety and maintaining parcel integrity.   The company’s solutions, which put particular emphasis on ergonomics and operator safety, are designed to meet the specific requirements of the logistics and parcel-delivery sectors. FIMEC Technologies also pays special attention to energy efficiency and the reduction of equipment noise to below 68 decibels (dB).   The innovative solutions developed by FIMEC Technologies offer a way to keep pace with rising productivity needs while providing comfortable working conditions for operators. The company’s ongoing efforts to refine existing procedures and develop exclusive systems are yielding constant improvements in equipment performance and ergonomics.   About FIMEC Technologies FIMEC Technologies is a subsidiary of the MATERIALS Technologies Group. With a workforce of 170 employees, MATERIALS Technologies helps customers on five continents to fulfil their projects. The group has annual sales of €30 million.   FIMEC TECHNOLOGIES is committed to developing increasingly innovative solutions that combine ease of use with enhanced safety, improved ergonomics, and technological progress.   For more information on FIMEC’s 3D palletising system, please go to: http://youtu.be/GbiSY3PtIo4   For more information on U-Care, please go to: http://youtu.be/PJUftnfT5Rs   For more information on FIMEC, please go to: http://www.fimec-technologies.com/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3863 Philip JOLLY - Press Office Manager UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 364 philip.jolly@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Express-online optimizes freight-vehicles’ reloading across Europe

Joanna Routaboul - 17-juil.-2013 13:07:49

SESAME ACTIVE SYSTEM has developed the pan-European Express-online platform to optimize the loading rate of light commercial vehicles. The company’s multi-criteria search engine identifies matches between vehicle journeys and demand for express freight deliveries across 30 European countries in real time, and then puts the interested parties in touch with one another. Express-online represents a win-win innovative solution for both haulage companies and freight forwarders.   Following the development of international goods traffic across Europe and the integration of new member states into the European Union, the road transportation of goods has grown threefold in Europe  over the past 40 years (from 1970 to 2010). In light of rising energy and environmental costs, it is more important than ever to maximize load rates in utility vehicles.   Close to 60% of all light commercial vehicles carrying out urgent deliveries come back empty on the return leg of their long-distance journeys: this represents more than 200 million miles travelled in Europe every year.  In order to address this environmental and economic aberration, SESAME ACTIVE SYSTEM has developed the Express-online platform.   The platform offers an online matching service whereby its multi-criteria search engine identifies matches between vehicle journeys, on the one hand, and requests for express freight deliveries, on the other, across 30 European countries. The Express-online service is delivered in real time, putting the interested parties in contact with each other.  As SESAME ACTIVE SYSTEM points out, this represents a winning formula for both haulage contractors and freight forwarders.   Haulage companies often use light vehicles with limited loading capacity. This means that they are unable to find cargos at good rates on the standard freight exchanges for their return journeys. In turn, this results in the light vehicles having to go back to base empty.   The Express-online platform is particularly well-suited to the needs of haulage companies: it can help them get their reloading requirements met. The platform puts hauliers in contact with freight forwarders with urgent freight-transport needs — needs that, more often than not, only involve a few pallets, and which can be addressed easily, as soon as the haulage company’s vehicle arrives on site for collection.   Via the website, the express-freight haulage company gives details of the unladen journey that its light vehicle will be making; the haulage contractor must provide all the vehicle’s specifications. The haulage company can then quickly view any reloading opportunities that fit in with its spare capacity and with the route that the vehicle will be following.   When the Express-online system identifies a freight/vehicle match, it immediately alerts both the haulage company and the freight forwarder via their respective dashboards, as well as by email if required. Each player is then free to contact the other party or not.     Unlike traditional freight exchanges, the Express-online servers automatically calculate how far each vehicle has moved in terms of both time (i.e. the length of a journey) and space (i.e. the distance covered). The haulage company can also adjust this by itself, in the event of its vehicles being ahead (or behind), as compared with the initial estimates.   Because calculations are carried out dynamically, the haulier is able to find suitable reloading opportunities (i.e. requests for picking up freight items) in the middle of a journey.  Conversely, a warning system alerts freight forwarders of the passage of a suitable vehicle at the required time: then, ordering customers get directly in touch with the carriers.   By ensuring that the light commercial vehicles used for deliveries are loaded on their return journeys — and not only on their outward journeys — Express-online helps to reduce congestion on roads and to cut CO2 emissions. Furthermore, the freight forwarders and haulage companies negotiate the reloading tariffs between them, which represent another benefit for both parties. As a result, the light haulage firm can reload its vehicle (instead of the vehicle going back empty) and the express freight-forwarding company pays between 40% and 50% less than it otherwise would for a standard urgent delivery.   Express-online transportation exchange covers all of Europe and the platform interface has so far been made available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The www.express-online.com website is for freight forwarders as well as hauliers whose paperwork is fully up to date and who specialise in urgent long-distance transport. These specialist haulage companies are also rated for each of the journeys that they make. Their ratings are then posted up on their profile pages, assisting potential customers in their choice of haulage contractor.   Both the Centre Francilien de l’Innovation, i.e. the Paris Region’s centre for innovation, and OSEO Innovation, which supports innovative businesses and technologies in France, provided the Express-online website with their support during its development. A patent has been registered for the website by SESAME ACTIVE SYSTEM.   About SESAME ACTIVE SYSTEM   SESAME ACTIVE SYSTEM is headquartered in Nanterre, in the Paris Region. The company has launched the Express-online platform with a view to providing an innovative web-based service that can interconnect and serve transport professionals, more particularly in the express-transportation segment of the market.   Thanks to the Express-online service, light commercial vehicles used for express deliveries across Europe can optimize reloading rates, thus cutting the proportion of empty returns. This, in turn, reduces road traffic and cuts carbon emissions.   For further information, please go to:  http://www.express-online.com/en/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3867 Philip Jolly- Press Office Manager UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 philip.jolly@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

FM Logistic’s acquisition of McLane unit opens up Brazil market

Joanna Routaboul - 09-juil.-2013 13:30:40

FM Logistic and McLane Company Inc. have come to an agreement on the purchase of the logistics subsidiary of McLane in Brazil. The acquisition of Mc Lane’s Brazilian logistical division by FM Logistic marks a new stage in FM Logistic’s strategy for external growth, coming just one month after the acquisition of Univeg Logistics Russia by FM Logistic. The Brazilian subsidiary of FM Logistic is to be known as FM Logistic do Brasil, or FM Brazil.   Under the FM Logistic do Brasil name, FM Logistic will operate in the Latin American country out of four sites covering an area of over 200,000 square metres, with more than 1,150 employees and a turnover of €47 million (2012 figures). All the facilities are located close to the country’s largest consumer centres, i.e. the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, together with the southern regions of Brazil. For its part, further to the sale of its Brazilian logistics unit to FM Logistic, US-based McLane Company Inc. intends to focus on its core wholesale business within the USA.   FM Logistic is taking over a portfolio of major customers in Brazil across a range of sectors, from cosmetics and consumer electronics to consumer goods and automotive. Besides, the group intends to leverage its entry into the South American market in order to reinforce its transport and co-packing business within three years. A specific project for growth centred on Brazil’s North-East is also being considered.   FM Logistic explains that, thanks to the acquisition, it has acquired a foothold in a country that is experiencing strong growth. FM Logistic looks forward to serving a logistics market whose players are seeking reliable and lasting partnerships that can deliver faultless quality of service, a high-added-value range of services, optimised processes and, above all, solid support for sustained growth.   "Logistics is a major issue in the Brazilian market. Demand is high, and the ability to provide an effective response is a strategic requirement for the development of the country. Our customers tell us that, [and] that is what is behind our decision. We are beginning operations in Brazil because we want to address the needs of our international customers by offering them a large and secure range of options. We want to set the standards in the areas of operational excellence and service quality [and] offer our customers in Brazil a top-notch service that is comprehensive and is supported primarily by the quality of our staff and processes," explains Mr Jean-Christophe Machet, CEO of the group.   "Besides, we want our action to be supported by the key values of the group, and we will manage growth with a commitment to the people who make up FM Brazil [or FM Logistic do Brasil], and also to the environment, the community, and society at large. I would, therefore, like to welcome our new Brazilian colleagues to FM Logistic. They now make up a significant new base from which to develop our group," concludes Mr Jean-Christophe Machet.   FM Logistic do Brasil will be managed by Ms Michèle Cohonner, who previously spent four years as General Manager developing the FM Logistic group’s business in Russia. Ms M Cohonner, whose professional excellence is widely recognised, moved to Sao Paulo more than a year ago. "I am proud to represent FM Logistic, a French group, in this warm and talented country. We will combine our expertise with the skills of the people who now make up FM Brazil. One of our priorities will be to rapidly put in place a recruitment and training policy that will enable us to waste no time in preparing the managers of the future," says Ms M Cohonner.   With recognised expertise in warehousing, transport, packaging and supply-chain management, FM Logistic has over 45 years’ experience and operates in 12 countries, with 500 million parcels prepared in 2012, 50 million pallets received and dispatched, 550,000 vehicles loaded, and 900 million packs assembled in a total utilised area of 2.5 million square metres.   The acquisition of McLane’s Brazilian operation follows the announcement of the buy-out of Univeg Logistics Russia, a specialist in fresh produce, in early June of this year. Fresh-produce logistics is a key segment for FM Logistic, complementing its range of services for retailers.   These two consecutive acquisitions clearly demonstrate the group’s determination to take on the challenges of the global logistics market, and to secure the means to realise its strategic ambition under Ambition 2022, its 10-year plan.   "Ambition 2022 reflects our strong commitment to consolidate the existing core businesses of the group, further reinforce its operations in Europe, and increase its geographical cover as part of international development. And we want to achieve that through the continual improvement of our processes and management, so as to add to our operational excellence," explains Mr Jean-Christophe Machet, CEO of FM Logistic.   About Mc Lane Company Inc.   McLane Company Inc.’s head office is in Temple (Texas). The US-based company is a $44 billion supply-chain services group, providing grocery and foodservice supply-chain solutions for convenience stores, mass-market merchants, drugstores and chain restaurants throughout the United States.   McLane — through McLane Grocery, McLane Foodservice, and recent foodservice acquisition Meadowbrook Meat Company Inc. (MBM) — operates 80 distribution centres and one of the USA’s largest privately owned fleets of vehicles.   The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 90,000 locations across the USA. In addition, McLane provides alcoholic-beverage distribution services through McLane Beverage Distribution Inc. and Empire Distributors Inc., the latter being a company that has been acquired by McLane Company Inc.   McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK) and has 20,000 staff.   For more information, please go to: www.mclaneco.com   About FM Logistic   FM Logistic is the logistics partner of reference of manufacturers and retailers, responsible for optimising their global supply chains. FM Logistic’s customers include manufacturers of food, cosmetic, healthcare, high-tech and consumer products, as well as retailing giants.   FM Logistic’s head office is in Phalsbourg, in the département of Moselle, in Eastern France. The French-based company has been recognised for its expertise for 45 years and employs over 15,300 staff. Turnover rose by 10% to reach € 886 million on 31 March 2013, at the end of the group’s fiscal year.   For more information, please go to: www.fmlogistic.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3870 Philip JOLLY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 philip.jolly@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Locken offers smart key to secure UK Power Networks

Joanna Routaboul - 28-juin-2013 10:53:30

Locken UK Ltd, a specialist in cable-free access-control systems, has been chosen by UK Power Networks to help secure the electricity-supply infrastructure belonging to this major distribution network operator. This secure access-control solution is based on a digital smart key and will be installed in approximately 1,500 power-distribution facilities across London as well as the East and South-East of England.   Locken UK Ltd, a subsidiary of the Locken Group, provides a digital access-control solution that is based on a smart key, complete with power-free electronic cylinders, flexible access authorisation, and a simple management-software suite.   Nick Dooley, MD at Locken UK Ltd, explains, "The unique, all-digital concept with the energy supplied by the key interested UK Power Networks because it allows simple, flexible, efficient access management. Also, it is supported by proven software, giving improved operational efficiency, which results in enhanced profitability."   The company has been chosen by power-distribution operator UK Power Networks to deploy the Locken access-control solution. After deployment across London, the South-East and the East of England, tight security measures will be in place, enabling the power-supply network to deliver maximum performance to its customers. The solution will also improve health-and-safety procedures for the power group’s employees and subcontractors.   Locken UK Ltd will eventually equip more than 1,500 power-distribution facilities across England with its digital access-control system. This solution allows UK Power Networks to move away from mechanical key-locking systems and to make the transition over to a solution built around smart keys and electronic cylinders.   The solution deployed by Locken includes the company’s LPCB4 electronic high-security padlocks, which are the most secure in the range. Only registered and accredited personnel are able to access work locations. Every lock opening or attempted opening can be tracked on the system for subsequent analysis.   The three networks operated by UK Power Networks use more than 100,000 miles of underground cables and overhead power lines — a distance approximately equivalent to four times the circumference of the Earth.   Reliable power supplies, especially for the critical infrastructure, are essential for the UK. The decision by UK Power Networks to continue investing in the security of its network and infrastructure is a key part of achieving this reliability.   Locken UK Ltd also secured NEC, Birmingham (UK)   Locken UK Ltd has many other clients across Britain, including other very well-known players. Indeed, Locken was not only an exhibitor at the IFSEC International trade show, since the specialist company’s products were actually chosen to secure access points at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham (in central England) before IFSEC International took place. IFSEC is the trade show of reference for the security sector in Britain.   Nick Dooley, MD at Locken UK Ltd, says, about the company’s presence at IFSEC International, "Many security and facilities managers were keen to understand the best solution to secure and manage access. They were then pleasantly surprised to learn of the potential for improved efficiency and short return on investment in other company departmental areas. Here, at Locken, we specialise in catering for both existing requirements and also future expectations."   Locken UK Ltd has already installed its solution to secure 100,000 sites across Europe, including for major clients in the electricity, water and public-space sectors. The interest in Locken UK Ltd’s products displayed at IFSEC International confirmed the company’s technology’s strong potential for further development in the British market.   About Locken Established in 2003, Locken is now a leader in cable-free digital access-control solutions. The company has already installed one million electronic cylinders at 100,000 sites across Europe. There are approximately 75,000 daily users of these access-control systems.   Locken works with both large single-site and multi-site companies across a range of sectors, including telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and retail.   For further information about UK Power Networks, please go to: http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/   For further information about Locken, please go to: www.locken.eu   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3860 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

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