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Are you a Future Industry Leader? XL 40 Under 40 Returns!

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Are you a Future Industry Leader? XL 40 Under 40 Returns!

AntwerpXL is once again looking for the top forty breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift professionals under the age of 40.

XL 40 Under 40 celebrates the young professionals who have either achieved greatness already or have the potential to become the next generation of industry leaders. 

Breakbulk and heavy lift pros are encouraged to nominate themselves, their colleagues and their peers if they are under the age of 40 and have made, or will make, significant contributions to the sector. 

Nominations will be open throughout the summer, then a panel of industry experts will decide who will make AntwerpXL’s official 40 Under 40. Winners will receive VIP status at AntwerpXL in November where a special drinks reception and networking event will be held in their honor. 

The competition is open to any breakbulk or heavy lift professional who is under the age of 40 on 28 November 2023. AntwerpXL returns to the Antwerp Expo from 28 – 30 November.

To find out more about Antwerp XL or to nominate yourself or a colleague, visit


AntwerpXL Postponed to December 2021

The award-winning breakbulk and heavy-lift event, has been postponed from March 2021 to 7 – 9 December 2021 in a decision made in consultation with the community due to the continuing circumstances surrounding the pandemic. The live event, which during its incredible first edition attracted key visitors and exhibitors from across the industry’s biggest, best, and most innovative players will be held at the Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium.

As well as networking opportunities and an award-winning exhibition, the breakbulk and heavy-lift communities will benefit from the insights of some of the industry’s leading experts on a wide range of trends and issues impacting the industry and shaping the future of breakbulk in the conference.

Also at the show will be a brand new XL Industry Trends focus, a next-gen roundtable debate, with input from AntwerpXL’s  40 Under 40 winners, as well as a critical post-COVID-19 market analysis.

Sophie McKimm, Event Manager of AntwerpXL, says: “We’re thrilled to be able to announce the return of AntwerpXL; after the success of the inaugural event, we know how valuable holding an event in person is to the industry. In a recent industry survey, over 82% of respondents choose a live exhibition similarly to previous years as their preferred format for a future event, once safe to do so.

“Virtual events can offer a certain level of content, but we understand how important it still is for us to connect and continue to foster key relationships face to face. We are confident that, with the positive global vaccine roll-out program providing the ability for international visitors, which are key to the success of the show, and a December date we will achieve great success!”

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp, says: “We are very happy that Easyfairs will organize a new edition of Antwerp XL in 2021. More than any other sector, breakbulk is a people’s business and the breakbulk community is looking forward to meeting live again. Together with the City of Antwerp, we are therefore very excited to welcome visitors in Antwerp, your breakbulk home port, in the magical spirit of Christmas.”

This decision has been made in close consultation with the industry and due to the ongoing unforeseeable, unavoidable, and unprecedented global scope of the Coronavirus pandemic. This has led to the Government implementing ongoing measures to maintain social distancing, further continuing the Force Majeure situation.

During the lead up to the December 2021 event, AntwerpXL will launch a series of regular content initiatives, putting the focus on the key issues that the industry currently faces and its solutions. The new ‘XL Trends…’ series will connect innovative brands with forward-thinking specifiers to cover innovation, sustainability, and digitalization trends. This new series will provide the knowledge, resources, and tools those working in breakbulk logistic need to prepare for 2021 and beyond.

AntwerpXL provides all-year-round knowledge and resources, feeding into a platform for the industry to come together, networking with people from across the industry and find the products and solutions needed for their businesses. For more information about the event, visit


About AntwerpXL

AntwerpXL is a three-day exhibition and conference for the breakbulk and heavy-lift industry. Industry leaders will meet to stay ahead of the competition, network, and gain new business at the Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium on 7 – 9 December 2021. Find out more at

About Easyfairs

Easyfairs organizes and hosts live events, bringing communities together to visit the future. The company currently organizes 200 events in 14 countries (Algeria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and manages 10 event venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen-Brussels North, Namur, Gorinchem, Hardenberg, Venray, Gothenburg, Malmö, and Stockholm).

Easyfairs employs more than 750 people and generated revenues exceeding €166 million for its financial year 2018-2019.
Easyfairs strives to be the most adaptable, agile, and effective player in the events industry by employing committed individuals, deploying the best marketing and technology tools, and developing strong brands.

In 2018 Easyfairs was named Belgium’s “Entrepreneur of the Year®” and earned recognition as a Deloitte “Best Managed Company” and a “Great Place to Work”. For the second year running, Deloitte has conferred “Best Managed Company” status on Easyfairs in 2020 and also saw AntwerpXL win “Best Event Launch” at the AEO Awards.
The company is ranked 17th on the list of the world’s leading exhibition companies.

Visit the future with Easyfairs and find out more on

For further information, please contact:

Rikki Bhachu, Head of Marketing, Easyfairs:, +44 (0)20 3196 4282

Stacey Van Vliet, Marketing Assistant,, +44 (0)20 3196 4396