Transport Next Generation drives SITL 2015 to next level

Marine Juillard - 18-déc.-2014 16:03:43
This leading international event, focused on innovative transport equipment, will be held concurrently with SITL and Transport Logistics Europe from 31 March to 2 April 2015, in Paris (France). Transport Next Generation will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in conjunction with SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe. The trade shows will be held in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris. Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics, organisers of SITL Paris 2015, gives his thoughts on the launch of Transport Next Generation, the new event to be launched in conjunction with the trade fair, and his expectations as to what it will bring to the transport sector and the logistics industry. How would you describe the positioning of Transport Next Generation? What is distinctive about it, and what added value does it bring to the industry? The aim of Transport Next Generation is to be an international event that responds to the expectations of supply-chain directors in industry and retailing. This new exhibition brings together, in a single space, innovative multimodal transport equipment that works to achieve the most effective transport performance for industry and retailers. As such, Transport Next Generation addresses the link between shipper and transporter. Fundamentally multimodal, it touches the five main transport segments – maritime, rail, river, road, and combined transport (both urban and temperature controlled). The programme for Transport Next Generation is based around a Steering Committee which, besides SITL’s usual partners, also has the support of the Fédération Française de la Carrosserie (FFC), the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV) and the Industrial Vehicle Rental trade council, led by Transport et Logistique de France (TLF). What solutions does Transport Next Generation provide? The common element of all the equipment exhibited at Transport Next Generation is the changing organisation and planning of transportation, as well as the emergence of a link between the shipper and the transporter. This results in multiple new challenges and new transport requirements, including reduction in travel distances; improved productivity of equipment and personnel; safety and security of goods and personnel; evolving regulation; environmental protection; development of e-commerce and urban deliveries; and optimisation of loads, etc. How does Transport Next Generation integrate into SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe 2015? Transport Next Generation extends and completes our expertise across all transport, logistics and supply-chain activities. It is in complete synergy with SITL Paris 2015, which brings together all transport and logistics services, and Intralogistics Europe 2015, which covers handling equipment at all levels of the supply chain. For its part, Transport Next Generation provides innovative transport-equipment solutions. It will have its own dedicated space with unique signage and decoration to attract visitors. It will have its own programme of seven conferences and also its own Innovation Award which, reflecting the initial concept, is open to ‘equipment solutions that are immediately operational for shippers or transporters to add value and optimise the services of transporters in light of competition’. Therefore, between them, the three trade shows cover the full market range and expectations of purchasers. How do you see Transport Next Generation developing in the future? In 2015, Transport Next Generation will be located in a space that hosts around 30 exhibitors. Taking into account the real interest already expressed in this year’s event, as of 2016, Transport Next Generation will become a separate exhibition with its own area, its own community of exhibitors, and a specifically targeted visitor base. Our ambition is to attract transport buyers and shipping specifiers from all industry and retail sectors. In line with SITL and Intralogistics, this new event will, in due course, be rolled out internationally, as is the case with all the exhibitions we create and develop. 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 industries including the environment sector, marketing and communications, and transport and logistics.   Reed Expositions will be organising Transport Next Generation 2015, a new event that will run concurrently with SITL Paris 2015 as well as Intralogistics Europe 2015. All three events will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris (France). For further information about the various trade shows, please go to:   For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to:    For further information, please contact :   Ms Kate Riley - Press Officer - UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK - Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 -

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 ( 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:   For further information about Intralogistics Europe, please go to:   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3915 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 View other press releases at :   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:     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3914 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 View other press releases at :  

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

Amal Froidevaux - 06-févr.-2013 13:49:36
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. 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SITL Logistics Solutions 2013 to highlight supply-chain collaboration

Joanna Routaboul - 18-déc.-2012 18:45:23
SITL Logistics Solutions will bring together transport and logistics specialists from 26 to 28 March 2013 in Paris Nord Villepinte, near Paris (France). The trade show’s theme will be Working together to win over the markets of today, with conferences and award ceremonies focusing on a range of themes including real estate, the maritime industry, rail freight and innovation. Alain Bagnaud is the Managing Director of the Transport, Tourism & Communication Division at Reed Expositions France, which organises SITL Logistics Solutions. Alain Bagnaud explains, "The current, complex economic, social and environmental transformations require new approaches and solutions within logistics organisations. The changes encourage collaboration between the links in the logistics chain in order to optimise both competitiveness and operational flexibility." SITL Logistics Solutions 2013, the trade show for the transport and logistics industry, will take place in Hall 3 of the Parc des Expositions centre in Paris Nord Villepinte, north of the French capital, from 26 to 28 March 2013. The trade fair’s theme will be Working together to win over the markets of today . This theme reflects the convergence of interest between the various supply-chain players, including manufacturers, retailers, transport-and-logistics providers, local communities and public-sector bodies. The strong representation of such players at the 30 th SITL Logistics Solutions confirms the event’s position as a unifying force within the sector. The Industrial & Logistics Real Estate Show and the Maritime Days will both be new additions to SITL. The Industrial & Logistics Real Estate Show will present a conference programme completely focused on industrial property. Maritime Days is made up of a set of conferences focused on the maritime industry. Alain Bagnaud explains, "Conceived along the same principles as the European Rail Freight Days, Maritime Days aims to encourage dialogue between shippers and the maritime world, defining expectations for, trends in, and benefits of maritime transport. This new event has been created with the help of Eurogroup Consulting, in partnership with the AUTF [ Association des Utilisateurs de Transport de Fret , i.e. the French Association for Freight-Transport Users] and the French Maritime Cluster of Excellence.” For the first time, representatives of the International Logistics Expertise Centre (ILEC) and Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), which are both well known for initiatives in the field of shared services and collaboration, will take part in SITL’s debates. During SITL 2013, various studies and their conclusions will be unveiled: Eurogroup Consulting will present its 2013 Barometer during the European Rail Freight Days conferences, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will exclusively reveal the results of its Global Supply Chain Trends 2013 annual study. For several years, PwC has also been involved in SITL’s International Transport Logistics Forum. The Forum’s subjects for 2013 have been chosen with the assistance of a dozen supply-chain, transport-and-logistics directors from the manufacturing industry and the retail sector, together with representatives of other professional organisations and associations. The Innovation Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 26 March at the end of SITL’s inaugural conference and will be followed by a cocktail party. There will be five innovation prizes awarded to SITL exhibitors. Additionally, there will be an award for an exhibitor from Eco Transport & Logistics, the exhibition for environmental technologies in transport and logistics, and two awards for Intralogistics Paris , the new trade show for handling equipment in manufacturing and distribution. Based on previous years’ success, the E-commerce & Cross-Channel, Security-Safety, and Forecasting-Planning Pavilions will now be at the heart of SITL. The SME Club will also play a central part: as requested by manufacturers and distributors, it will group together SMEs and very small businesses in transport and logistics together with the sector’s leaders and transport groups. Additionally, SITL 2013 will provide spaces dedicated to Transport & Logistics Services, Logistics Sites and Information Technologies & Systems , offering information on all these topics. SITL 2013 will take place in conjunction with the first Intralogistics Paris trade event as well as Eco Transport & Logistics, together with the RFID Show , a trade fair of reference for radio-frequency identification.  SITL 2013 will, therefore, offer a comprehensive range of events in transport, logistics and handling. “SITL 2013 is a joint organisation responding to the proximity and convergence between handling and logistics, which can be seen not only in France but in Europe and globally, in the USA, or indeed in emerging markets such as Brazil, India and Mexico,” explains Alain Bagnaud. About SITL Logistics Solutions SITL Logistics Solutions is run by event organiser Reed Expositions France. In its 30 th year, the trade show for the transport-and-logistics industry will take place fro m 26 to 28 March 2013 in Hall 3 of the Parc des Expositions, in Paris Nord Villepinte, north of Paris (France). For further information about Intralogistics Paris, please go to: For further information about SITL, please go to:     For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3802 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640   View other press releases at : gives green credentials to haulage sector

Pierre Mancini - 14-mai-2012 15:42:35
With FretBay, a web platform specialising in online reverse auctions for the transportation and delivery of goods by road, users are able to benefit from high standards of service at the lowest possible price, while reducing their carbon footprint. Transporters, removal companies and haulage firms registered on the web portal are exclusively professional in nature, with a proven track record that is duly rated by the users themselves, as part of the FretBay offering. FretBay has now entered the British market. As a price-comparison and reverse-auction online platform, FretBay simplifies and speeds up the often tiresome process of shipping parcels and large, heavy or bulky items. connects individuals and transport companies so that consumers can get the best delivery service in total confidence, safety and at the best price — and simultaneously help protect the environment. can be used by the general public as well as companies, on the client side. FretBay combines reverse-auction features with grouping tools for transporters, providing benefits to both individual users as well as transport companies. FretBay helps transporters to be more efficient by using partially filled loads and loads that are empty on the return journey, while providing competitive quotes and cheap shipment rates to end users. Today, FretBay is used by thousands of professional and legitimate European transporters in order to increase their profits. FretBay is the only company that has chosen, on the service-provider side, to open its online platform exclusively to professional operators: this ensures the required quality of service, while assisting in the fight against rogue and unlicensed trucking and removal companies. Professional transporters can sign up without any fee (subscription or otherwise) and without any obligation. FretBay provides an economical, environmentally friendly and reliable solution to transportation problems. People have used FretBay to have furniture delivered and all manner of bulky goods (including pianos, for instance), but also works of art and a wide range of other items such as motorcycles, cars, boats, livestock, industrial machinery, and fragile articles. FretBay is employed in house removals as well as for moving offices. Road haulage, which is the most popular way of transporting goods, is also a major source of nitrogen-oxide and carbon-monoxide emissions. An aggravating factor lies in the fact that vehicles often return to their logistical base with an empty load, after they have carried out a delivery. FretBay helps transporters and removal firms to consolidate their deliveries, thus curtailing the number of empty return journeys that their lorries have to make. By reducing the number of kilometres wasted by lorries that are empty, FretBay contributes to reducing CO2 emissions. FretBay’s system of online reverse auction means that there is direct competition among contractors, which results in lower prices being charged to consumers. This is how it works in practice: after the sender (who wants some goods shipped out) has posted his (or her) proposal on FretBay, an offer is received from various transporters (who, in effect, bid for the contract). The sender is then able to choose the offer of service that constitutes the best value without any obligations. An important feature of FretBay is that, after the goods have been sent and delivered, the sender rates the service provided by the transporter. Users can then consult the ratings of the different carriers featured on the web portal in order to get an idea of how professional they are, which, in turn, helps them make the right choice from among the bids they receive.  The ratings and testimonials left on a transporter’s profile enable the haulage company to increase its presence and enhance its reputation on the web. Transporters receive serious and specific requests that help them to extend and develop their core business. All the transporters registered on the website are professional businesses that observe a quality charter, which encourages them to comply with a qualitative approach. A transporter falling short of the requirements that are expected, in terms of service, is removed from the site — a feature that enables users to hand over their bulky items with total peace of mind. Signing up to FretBay and accessing the offers posted on the platform is totally free and without commitment. Originally developed in France, FretBay now offers its services across many countries, including the UK and Spain. Following the launch of the FretBay internet site in Britain and Spain, it is now possible to use the services of transporters and removal firms that are members of FretBay outside France. The levels of user satisfaction achieved prove that FretBay has become a reliable solution to transportation problems, points out the company. About FretBay Founded in January 2008, FretBay is headquartered in Créteil, in the Paris region (France). The company has been operating in France for several years, and is now expanding into other markets, including Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK. FretBay provides online services for the transportation of goods by road. The company’s internet portal offers a price-comparison and reverse-auction service that enables users to benefit from a quality service at a low cost, while benefiting the environment. FretBay has developed advanced grouping tools that help transport companies to optimise their vehicles and decrease the number of empty returns. In March 2012, FretBay was nominated as the most innovative transport and logistics company at SITL Europe — one of Europe’s largest transport and logistics events. Hundreds of thousands of users have benefited from FretBay’s services, and thousands of transport companies are members of FretBay’s website. For further information, please go to:

UBIFRANCE UK News - March 2012

Philippe Amann - 30-mars-2012 12:10:42
February and March tend to be busy for us, at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission in London, and this year has not been different overall, if only because there are many trade shows over the period, several of them international trade shows of reference taking place in London or Birmingham. Despite the serious uncertainties still clouding the economic horizon across Europe, the consensus view, among many businesses I have come across, both French and British, seems to be that the economy, in the UK and in France, has started picking up, and many observers appear to believe that a sustained recovery will be on the way in 2013 — barring any crisis of a financial or monetary nature in the next few months, that is, in the Eurozone or elsewhere… Certain sectors of activity have undeniably been affected very badly by the recession (fashion accessories, furniture and interior design, for instance), but others are showing strong growth. This is true, more particularly, of industries that are — or are perceived to be — built around the technologies of the future, such as biotechnology, IT, energy and the environment, security and defence, and a few more. Technologies and companies that enable client entities to cut costs and/or to enhance security seem to be doing rather well. They include software providers in the field of compliance, information security and the integrity of the critical IT infrastructure; specialists in alternative forms of energy; eco-building players, and so on. Beyond the gloomy macro-economic headlines that can dominate the front pages of national newspapers at times, there lies a more complex reality, at micro-economic level, which can come as a welcome relief. Certain niche sectors have been left unscathed, too. I was recently talking to BEABA , a French company specialising in quality products for very young children and babies (such as feeding bottles and high chairs), and their representative in the UK explained to me that they are doing well: parents are not prepared to cut spending on what they regard as essentials for their kids. An area that is experiencing growth is e-health projects, since applying advanced wireless-telecommunications technology to the management and provision of health-care services can help provide patients with a better service that is also cheaper. Typically, such services are used to monitor patients in their own home, thus freeing up hospital beds. It can also apply to elderly people, who can then be kept safely at home — a solution that suits everyone. This was the main topic covered by the press trip we organised at the end of January (26 to 27). We sent five journalists over to Paris for this press trip: three from the UK, one Swedish reporter, and one Danish editor. The press trip was a success and we are now liaising with the journalists with a view to retrieving the articles they said they would write, and send them over to our client, ParisRegion , the agency for the development of Paris and its region. We have another press trip in the pipeline — or, should I say, on the rails — for mid-June (11 to 15), which will take a delegation of journalists from various countries (including Britain) to Northern France, and will focus on railway transport and technology. If you write about this topic, do get in touch with Katherine Woods, Press Officer, who will be happy to give you further details as soon as we have them. This press trip is organised by Nord France Invest, the development agency for Lille and its region, with which we have worked extensively in the past already. Among the trade shows we have covered in the past couple of months, Hotelympia (26 February to 1 March) at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in Docklands (London), constituted a major event encompassing food & drink as well as interior design, furniture, etc in relation to the hotel sector. Another key industry event, in a completely different sector — this time, marine and sub-sea technology — was Oceanology , coupled with Interspill (13 to 15 March), also at EXCEL . There were two French Pavilions, one in each trade show. Among the French exhibitors at the trade fair, we worked closely with Ecoceane , a truly innovative company that has developed a unique range of anti-pollution vessels that are highly efficient when collecting floating waste (be it debris, litter or hydrocarbons). Ecoceane’s vessels are suited to all configurations, from the high seas to shallow harbours: they hoover up the waste in a highly effective way. The company’s ships were in action in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010: they succeed in collecting the waterborne waste in an emulsion-free manner. Ecoceane’s WORKGLOP® 128 vessel, which was moored alongside the exhibition centre, demonstrated what it can do at EXCEL . The Ecobuild trade show (20 to 22 March), also at EXCEL , is another important trade fair on our calendar, and the French Pavilion showcased close to 20 companies specialising in environmentally friendly construction. You can access our press release about MATHIS , a leader in glued, laminated timber frames, below: they had a stand at Ecobuild . Last but not least, the Cercle Rive Droite wine tasting organised by our colleagues of the Food & Drink Department on 15 March at Le Méridien , in Central London, proved a great success. It enabled representatives of the wine trade and specialist wine writers to discover for themselves the 2011 vintage of the Cercle syndicate of winegrowers. Those growers, whose estates are located on the right bank of the River Garonne (i.e. north of the river and north of Bordeaux), include big names such as Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac . The tasting attracted many journalists, including Jancis Robinson of the Financial Times , Jane Mac Quitty of The Times , and Oz Clarke. The Cercle unveils its new vintage in three different places successively, each year: the USA, then London, and finally Hong Kong. I can confirm that the appellations of Cercle Rive Droite are second to none, having done my best to try as many of the wines on offer as was possible. We remain eclectic at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, as you will see from our selection of stories below, which range from mobile communications and aircraft interiors to specialist hoses for thermal-solar-energy installations, and from fruit & vegetables to the clouds (i.e. Cloud computing, to be precise). And let us not forget YOUPIG — the name of a pre-starter feed for porkers, in case you were wondering what was meant here. We are told the pigs love it: survey upon survey of international porkers, voting with their eager snouts, has proved it, from Spain and Greece to Hungary and Romania. YOUPIG will soon be available in the UK, to the wild cheers of live, mobile tubs of British bacon on four legs. The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out towards the end of May. Till then, you can follow us on Twitter in real time (   at @UBIFRANCE_UK). Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London   Building and Design   French Fashion Day puts contract-manufacturing on the map   On 18 April 2012, the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will hold a French Fashion Day in Central London for well-established contract-clothing manufacturers from France. These companies are actively seeking to develop business links with British-based designers. To get the full story click here   French interiors cater to Hotelympia’s needs   The French Trade Commission accompanied seven French companies at Hotelympia 2012 in the Interiors and Technology, Table Top, and Catering Equipment halls. The trade show took place in London from 26 February to 1 March. To get the full story click here   French players EXCEL at Ecobuild in March             The French Trade Commission presented 18 companies on the French Pavilion at Ecobuild, the world’s leading event for construction, sustainable design and the built-environment sector. The trade show took place in London, from 20 to 22 March. To get the full story click here   MATHIS puts Ecobuild in the timber frame   MATHIS, a specialist in glued laminated timber-frames, took part in Ecobuild from 20 to 22 March. The trade show focuses on environmentally friendly construction.   To get the full story click here   IFT takes hose innovation to the sun   With the Sunnyflex, IFT has diversified further its range of hoses, this time coming up with a product specifically tailored to the needs of the thermal-solar-energy sector. IFT, part of Omerin Group, is a specialist in hose manufacturing. To get the full story click here   IT and Telecommunications     French IT innovators in Infosecurity limelight   The French Trade Commission will present 12 innovative companies on the French Pavilion at the Infosecurity trade show, which will take place in London from 24 to 26 April. These companies will showcase their proven expertise in IT security. To get the full story click here   UBIFRANCE is largest of nationals at MWC 2012   For the sixth year running, UBIFRANCE ran a French Pavilion at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (Spain). The trade show, devoted to mobile telecoms, took place from 27 February to 1 March. The French Pavilion hosted close to 130 companies — the largest national pavilion at the event. To get the full story click here   UBIFRANCE does its CeBIT for French innovation             UBIFRANCE presented 20 companies at CeBIT, where they showcased their innovative digital products on the French Pavilion. The trade show, the digital-industry’s biggest event, took place in Hanover (Germany), from 6 to 10 March. To get the full story click here   CARTES in Vegas leads the field when the chips are down   The first CARTES in North America trade show brought companies specialising in smart technologies and m-commerce, digital-security authorities, as well as leading technology providers to Las Vegas (USA), from 5 to 7 March. To get the full story click here   Natural Security goes from Vegas to Hong Kong   Natural Security, a specialist in authentication technology, unveiled the first payment and ID application it has developed at CARTES North America in Las Vegas and CARTES Asia in Hong Kong, in March 2012. Natural Security’s solution is based on biometric recognition and a secure-technology element. To get the full story click here   France’s computing market heads for the Cloud     Cloud computing has been growing fast in France — a sector that has been given the backing of the government’s National Investment Program. The market is expected to have surpassed the €2 billion mark in France in 2011, and may make up over 6% of the domestic software and IT-services industry in 2012. To get the full story click here   Food & Drinks and Farming     Cercle Rive Droite puts in 2011 vintage performance   Le Cercle Rive Droite de Grands Vins de Bordeaux, an association of winegrowers from the Right Bank, in Bordeaux, presented an exclusive preview of the 2011 vintage in London, on 15 March. The event gave a unique opportunity to sample wines from 33 châteaux from South-Western France. To get the full story click here     UBIFRANCE occupies the Zone at Hotelympia   The French Trade Commission accompanied six French companies in the Food & Drink Zone at Hotelympia, the trade show devoted to foodservice and hospitality. The trade show took place in London from 26 February to 1 March. To get the full story click here   ARIANE is apple of Fruit Logistica’s eyes   ARIANE is a unique variety of apple that is resistant to apple scab, which enables growers to reduce considerably the use of chemicals needed to grow the apples. The ARIANE apple, developed by Pomalia, was available for tasting at Fruit Logistica 2012, in Berlin (Germany), from 8 to 10 February. To get the full story click here   VEGEPOLYS rewards Melkior of Fleuron d’Anjou The VEGEPOLYS competitiveness cluster, the organisers of the SIVAL trade show, and fresh-produce magazine Réussir Fruits et Légumes of France have launched a major Europe-wide competition to encourage varietal innovation in fresh produce. The 2012 competition has rewarded Fleuron d’Anjou with the Gold Prize for its Melkior organically certified shallot seedlings. To get the full story click here   YOUPIG seduces international porkers   YOUPIG, the piglet pre-starter feed made by InVivo NSA, is moving further into the international arena. The product has already gained strong market positions in France, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain. YOUPIG will be showcased at Eurotier 2012 and Space 2012. To get the full story click here   Logistics and packaging     UBIFRANCE beats the jams on way to Intertraffic Amsterdam   UBIFRANCE is organising the first French Pavilion of its kind at Intertraffic Amsterdam. The trade show, in the road-transport sector, is taking place in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from 27 to 30 March 2012. To get the full story click here   SITL Europe transported to Paris     SITL Europe, the trade show devoted to transport and logistics in Europe, is taking place at Paris Nord Villepinte, north of Paris, from 27 to 30 March. The event was due to host over 100 conferences and workshops run by PricewaterhouseCoopers. To get the full story click here   UBIFRANCE is Packaging Innovations in Birmingham   The French Trade Commission presented six innovative packaging-technology companies on the French Pavilion at Packaging Innovations 2012. The trade show took place in Birmingham (England) from 29 February to 1 March. To get the full story click here   Transport and Engineering   Ecoceane’s WORKGLOP® 128 hoovers up at Interspill   Ecoceane, which makes vessels that collect floating debris and hydrocarbons, presented its new ship at Interspill 2012 — the WORKGLOP® 128. This unique anti-pollution vessel was moored alongside the EXCEL exhibition centre in London (UK) from 13 to 15 March. To get the full story click here   PNA sails successfully close to the wind in 2011-2012   The Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which owns and manages the ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has released encouraging 2011 results. Various projects in 2012 — including Alstom and EDF’s use of PNA facilities as a hub for assembling wind turbines — are set to strengthen PNA’s place in cross-Channel trade. To get the full story click here   France’s aircraft flair flies into Hamburg   UBIFRANCE, Centréco and the Chamber of Commerce of the Midi-Pyrénées region are jointly organising the French Pavilion at Aircraft Interiors Expo. The 23 companies present on the pavilion are showcasing their products and technologies at the trade show, being held in Hamburg (Germany) from 27 to 29 March.   To get the full story click here   AÉROCENTRE airs expertise at Aircraft Interiors Expo   AÉROCENTRE is a cluster of aerospace excellence in the Centre region of France and specialises in cabin interiors: it is exhibiting at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. The cluster is seeking new customers and partners. To get the full story click here   Nanolane’s Sarfus Mapping Lite leads the optical revolution   Nanolane, a specialist in the development of optical solutions for characterising nanomaterial systems, has launched Sarfus Mapping Lite — an innovative measurement solution that fits with any optical microscope set-up functioning with reflected light. To get the full story click here  
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