of industry professionals will gather at the Antwerp Expo in the Port of
Antwerp next week when AntwerpXL 2019, the highly-anticipated inaugural event for the
breakbulk, RoRo and heavy lift industries, opens its doors. The
event, which takes place from 7-9 May 2019, will attract the sector’s top
industry names, who recognise the unrivalled business, networking and knowledge
sharing opportunities the show has to offer.
Exhibitors on Show
100 companies, including major names such as Boeckmans, Wallenius Wilhelmsen
(WW), Fast Lines Belgium and MSC Belgium, will use the event’s platform to
showcase market-leading products and services, launch new technologies and make
major announcements to a captive international audience.
Solutions will highlight its global terminal network and demonstrate
its terminal handling capacities for breakbulk cargo, including storage,
loading and discharge capabilities via rail, barge, RoRo and LoLo. Also on
show, WW Ocean will highlight its deep-sea solutions for breakbulk and project
cargo; a fleet of 120 vessels, all able to accommodate cargo stretching up to
6.5 metres tall and weighing up to 400 tonnes.
Both Central Oceans and Rollit
CARGO will demonstrate a complete range of services offered to facilitate the
transport of oversized, complicated and project related cargoes. Atlas Shipping
Services is also exhibiting at the event, along with its three business
partners, United Cargo Management, Vision Log – Centaurea Group and Peter
Rathmann & Co. GmbH. All four organisations will demonstrate how they
handle projects, heavy lift shipments, breakbulk and full charters in different
types of machineries. In addition, Caribbean Line & Soreidom will showcase its
expertise in logistics and the transport of dry-bulk products, project cargo,
heavy-lift and transports for exporters and industrial companies.
Furthermore, MSC Belgium will
showcase the results of its recent investment into project cargo and RoRo
shipments. The world leading container shipping company now owns two large
ConRo vessels as part of its fleet. At AntwerpXL, it will discuss how these
vessels, which are more environmentally friendly than others operating between
Antwerp and West Africa, have a ramp capacity of 350 tonnes and a deck height
of up to six metres.
AntwerpXL will also host a
range of entirely service-led industry organisations, including a new legal
flat monthly service from LMA Legal, whereby clients can obtain legal advice on
any matter related to their daily breakbulk business.
An Engaging Conference Programme
highly-anticipated conference programme will provide a cutting-edge educational
agenda. Over 40 major names will deliver in-depth presentations, Q&A
sessions and debates on the Main Deck Stage, covering innovation, digitisation
and lessons from disruptors in the breakbulk, maritime and project cargo
Bob Delbecque, an
internationally-renowned company energiser and business coach, will open the
conference with his keynote, ‘A vision of
the future’. The presentation will investigate the main drivers of the
breakbulk industry, their likely impacts, and what changes the sector could be
looking at across international markets.
Day two begins with a keynote
session from Paul Birch, Owner of Visionjuice and former Head of Business
Planning at British Airways, on developing an adaptable business which thrives
on innovation. On the same day, Stephanie Hare, an analyst, strategist and
broadcaster in technology, politics and world business, will chair a panel discussion
about the impact of trade wars on different parts of the supply chain, and on
the challenges and opportunities presented to the industry by Brexit.
AntwerpXL will also focus on
NextGen when it hosts a discussion on how the industry will adapt to new market
conditions and new technologies. Chaired by Sue Terpilowski OBE, Managing
Director, Image Line Communications, and President, WISTA UK, and Chair, Maritime UK’s Women’s Taskforce, the working
lunch session will explore new ways of thinking, working and collaborating for
those starting a career in the industry, the conclusions of which will be
presented in a session afterwards.
The conference will gather the
most innovative and forward-thinking minds in the breakbulk industry, all of
whom will be sharing knowledge, best practices and ideas.
A Gathering of Thought-Leaders
opportunities will be on offer at AntwerpXL. Key industry figureheads will be
amongst those keen to make new connections and learn from the brightest
event kicks off with a port tour starting at 1pm on Tuesday 7 May. Attendees of
this free-to-join experience will see and learn about the port’s multipurpose
terminals, Kieldrecht Lock, Deurganckdok, Zuidnatie, Churchill Dock and the
Welcome Reception at the Antwerp Expo marks the official launch of the show and
gives guests the opportunity to meet the industry-leading organisations
exhibiting their latest innovations and developments at the event.
On Wednesday 8 May, Bart Timperman, the Chief Editor at Flows Magazine, will moderate a breakfast seminar, where thought-leaders will discuss the question, ‘Breakbulk in Flanders: Crucial or Marginal?.’ Invaluable industry insights from those who believe breakbulk remains an important engine of volumes and employment, and those who believe it is doomed to become a marginal activity on the fringes of the shipping landscape, will be shared.
the sun goes down, guests can enjoy the official AntwerpXL Networking Party,
hosted at the historic Felix Archive. Visitors will raise a toast
to the event and enjoy an evening relaxing with colleagues before heading to Den
Engels in the Square to continue the party.
Connect is the official one-to-one networking platform for this year’s event.
The online service provides users with the opportunity to set up meetings with
suppliers and prospects and manage their schedule during the event. Meetings
will take place onsite in the AntwerpXL Connect Lounge.
Networking Lounge, VIP Lounge and Antwerp Business Point, on the show floor,
are also areas where visitors can congregate and meet with industry peers.
Sponsored by Bulkchain by NxtPort,
the Innovation Start-up Zone will feature some of the industry most
groundbreaking new companies and showcase the innovative new technologies and
products they have developed.
Along with a range of demos,
two panel debates exploring the future of the industry will be delivered by
leading industry experts. Cees-Willem Koorneef, Director at Port XL Antwerp,
and Dominic Sun, Director of Trade Development, Port of Houston, will host each
session on bringing a new customer experience to the industry on each day of
Mark Rimmer, StocExpo & Tank Storage Portfolio Divisional Director, comments: “We are thrilled to see so many industry leading organisations recognising the opportunities available at AntwerpXL. There is no better place for companies to exhibit their products and services in front of industry peers, discuss the latest industry trends and demonstrate the value they can provide in order to support the future needs of customers and their global commitments.”
AntwerpXL takes place on 7-9 May 2019 at the Antwerp Expo in the Port of Antwerp in Belgium. For more information on visiting the exhibition, booking as a delegate for the conference or exhibiting, please visit https://www.easyfairs.com/antwerp-xl-2019/
AntwerpXL is a new three-day exhibition and conference for the breakbulk, maritime, and project cargo industry, hosted by the Port of Antwerp. Industry leaders from across the supply chain will meet to discover, innovate, and connect at Antwerp Expo, Belgium, from the 7th to the 9th of May 2019.
Freight forwarders, cargo owners, and equipment handlers, as well as terminal operators, EPCs, manufacturers, and project owners will attend to network and learn from the experts.
AntwerpXL – shaping the future of breakbulk.
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