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The Breakbulk, RoRo and Heavy Lift Industries Gear Up for AntwerpXL 2019

The Breakbulk, RoRo and Heavy Lift Industries Gear Up for AntwerpXL 2019

Thousands 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

Over 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.

WW 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

The 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 industry.  

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

Numerous networking opportunities will be on offer at AntwerpXL. Key industry figureheads will be amongst those keen to make new connections and learn from the brightest industry minds.

The 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 Antwerp Railhouse.

AntwerpXL’s 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.

As 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.

AntwerpXL 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.

The Networking Lounge, VIP Lounge and Antwerp Business Point, on the show floor, are also areas where visitors can congregate and meet with industry peers.

Fueling Innovation

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 the show.

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/    

About AntwerpXL

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.

www.antwerpxl.com  

About Easyfairs

Easyfairs enables communities to “visit the future” at must-attend events that anticipate their needs and present solutions in the ideal format.

The group currently organises over 218 events in 17 countries (Algeria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Emirates, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States). Easyfairs also manages 10 event venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen-Brussels North, Namur, Gorinchem, Hardenberg, Venray, Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm).

The group employs more than 750 people and generated revenues exceeding € 157 million for its financial year 2017-2018.

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. Visit the future with Easyfairs.

Find out more on www.easyfairs.com  

BYD to Unveil Unique Technology at ProMat

Build Your Dreams will be among the hundreds of leaders in logistics, supply chain, and management solutions leaders at this year’s ProMat Trade Show in Chicago from April 8-11 at McCormick Place.

Known for its “Forklifts Simplified” motto and approach, BYD’s lineup of forklifts boast a load capacity range from 3,500 to 10,700 pounds and include 80-volt battery technology, industry proven motors and controllers, LED lights (front-rear-strobe), LCD display, 4-Way Hydraulic Valve, rear grab-handle with horn, and rear-view mirrors. BYD’s forklifts also offer the added bonus of lowered costs for maintenance thanks to a reduction in overall parts used to build them.

“BYD’s material handling vehicles can operate across multiple shifts without the need to change or replace batteries,” said Terry Rains, BYD’s Director Forklift Division, North America. “Each forklift includes a leading-edge Battery Management System and — at 10 years — it is the longest battery warranty in the business.”

In addition to its impressive lineup of forklifts, the leading electric vehicle company with also unveil its one-of-a-kind 10-volt “plug and play” battery charger. This new technology eliminates the need for a 480 charging system as it’s compatible with standard sockets.

“This is rental re-invented,” Rains said. “The 110-volt charger creates a new charging solution for customers who may not use their forklift for an entire 8-hour shift.”

To learn more about BYD‘s innovative solutions portfolio, please visit: www.byd.com

Rigado and Kontakt.io Partner for Addressing IoT, AI Challenges

Intelligent analytics paired with innovative solutions will extend the IoT and AI networks of Rigado and Kontakt.io through their recently announced partnership.

“This partnership addresses the key challenges of commercial IoT by combining a robust, ready-to-deploy intelligence platform with secure and scalable edge infrastructure,” said Kevin Tate, Chief Revenue Officer at Rigado. “The Kontakt.io Simon AI is an impressive complement to our secure edge infrastructure, and it allows companies to immediately translate data from Rigado into the insights that apply to their business.”

By bringing together Rigado Cascade IoT Gateways’ edge connectivity, computing and security with Kontakt.io Simon AI’s abilities in location and sensor analytics software, the partnership aims to reduce complexities and costs associated with optimizing asset management, logistics and operations.

“The value of Simon AI relies on being able to receive rich, real-time data from the smart environment,” said Philipp von Gilsa, CEO at Kontakt.io. “The Rigado Cascade solution provides a secure, scalable and cost-effective way to receive that critical data, no matter the scale.”


Supply Chain Summit: Atlanta

The 10th Annual Supply Chain Summit will feature more than 100 educational sessions and four focused tracks including logistics strategy, ecommerce, supply chain, and technology. C-level executives and board members already confirmed to speak include Cisco, Radial, SEKO, Tire Hub, Transplace, Land O’Lakes and Expeditors.

From June 10-12, join the more than 800 attendees for an event packed with keynote speakers, networking opportunities with over 200 manufacturers and retailers, and pre-conference workshops.

This year’s event will take place at The Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia. Don’t miss the chance to attend the most influential supply chain and logistics movement of 2019 and register your spot here.

Employee Happiness Supported through Haltian and Tieto Partnership

Through a strategic approach with IoT, the Empathic Building service created by Nordic software and services company Tieto is now supported through the recently announced partnership with product development company Haltian. The aim of the Empathic Building is to provide employees an innovative workplace while improving the employee experience through a browser-based application. Through the partnership, Haltian will provide Tieto’s client facilities with sensor solutions.

”Tieto is a true pioneer in the digitalisation of workplaces, and we are extremely happy about having been chosen as a partner by such a major service company with international operations to smarten offices around the world. Our aim is to grow to be the world’s leading data collector in the Internet of Things in selected segments, and this newly-agreed contract is an excellent step forward in the most interesting growth market in the world,” added Pasi Leipälä, CEO of Haltian

This innovative application provides visibility in utilization rates, temperature, noise levels and the location of colleagues in facilities through sensors from real-time data.

“We chose Haltian as our partner because they are able to provide us with a comprehensive solution and because Haltian’s Thingsee service includes options for different use case scenarios. Haltian provides Tieto with the devices, the connections and the system administration as a pre-integrated solution, thus streamlining the setup of new customer applications. The reliable data collection system allows us to focus on developing new functionalities that serve end users. Empathic Building is a fast-developing business, and flexible partners such as Haltian facilitate international scaling of our business”, says Reetta Ruusunen, Head of Ecosystems and Partners for Tieto Empathic Building.

To learn more about the way Tieto’s Empathic Building is changing workplace environments, please visit: tieto.com

Series C Attracts $44 Million Investment

Feature management platform, LaunchDarkly, announced they will invest big bucks along with Redpoint, Vertex Ventures, DFJ, and Uncork Capital. The company confirmed the investment will support company initiatives in risk management while increasing efficiencies.

“Our goal is to help product development teams worldwide, from small teams to huge enterprises, to keep up with the speed of innovation while reducing risk,” said Edith Harbaugh, CEO and co-founder of LaunchDarkly. “We believe the future is built on software, and the additional capital will allow us to further impact the world of feature management and meet the needs of our customers in delivering fast results and excellence to their own customers.”

“In the past year the LaunchDarkly platform has evolved both in scale (we now see over 200 billion feature flag requests per day) and capability– we’ve become a key piece of the puzzle for software teams practicing continuous delivery,” said John Kodumal, CTO and co-founder of LaunchDarkly. “This latest funding will help us scale the platform even further to meet the growing demand we’re seeing in the market and build new functionality to help our customers deliver better software experiences to their customers.”

This announcement closely  follows the company’s confirmation of the hosting of the upcoming April  Trajectory conference for software development professionals. The conference will be held in Oakland, California from April 8-9.

“The sheer speed of innovation today makes it more difficult than ever for enterprises to release product changes quickly and reliably,” said Ethan Kurzweil, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “Having invested in developer platform companies for nearly a decade, it was instantly clear that LaunchDarkly has the product and market vision to be the central platform for feature management. We are extremely excited to partner with Edith and the rest of the talented team at LaunchDarkly!”

“The LaunchDarkly platform enabled BMW to go from 0-60 in one Agile Release Cycle”,  said Chuck Medhurst, President & GM at BMW Technology. “The ability for BMW to test, develop and deploy variable feature sets across our premium brands, markets and platforms results in delivering the optimal value to our customers!”

For more information on the upcoming conference, visit:  https://trajectoryconf.com.

 

Source: LaunchDarkly

 

Second Innovation Award Earned for Lund Boats

Fishing boat innovation and manufacturing leader, Lund Boats, took home the second award for innovation, this time for its Lund Adventure 1675 and 1775 models. The Lund Adventure was recognized as the winner for the 2019 Innovation Award, spotlighting the versatility and variety offered to market consumers. This award carefully identifies and honors suppliers and manufacturers that bring substantial new consumer marine products, particularly those that provide innovation.

“We are extremely honored to be awarded with the 2019 Innovation Award,” said Jesse Hanish, Lund inside sales and dealer support manager. “It’s our employees’ passion for fishing that continues to drive our culture of innovation and pride in craftsmanship. This is a great honor to be recognized again in 2019.”

The two models offer options for a family-friendly or new fishing fuels experience. Both boats are loaded with interior layout options and offers additional amenities such as a boarding ladder, ski pylon, bow cushions, and an impressive storage capabilities.

“Versatility is extremely important to our anglers and their families, and the Adventure puts this versatility front and center,” says Rory Wiebe, product manager for Lund. “No matter the species you choose to pursue, who you choose to bring with you on the water, or how you choose to spend your time, the Adventure makes it happen.”

About Lund
Since 1948, Lund has been building boats from the heart of lakes country in New York Mills, Minn.  Built with professional grade materials to withstand a lifetime of use, Lund Boats are guide tested and wilderness proven and demanded by more camps, resorts, fishing guides and professionals throughout North America.  Whether the preference is aluminum or fiberglass, each boat is carefully designed with fishing features and optimal fishing layouts in mind.  They’re engineered for maximum performance and superior boat control to effortlessly stay on the breaks and catch more fish, delivering The Ultimate Fishing Experience.  Lund Boats – Built by Fishermen for Fishermen. For more information, visit www.lundboats.com.

Source: EIN Presswire

Build Your Dreams Amps Up Sales for Regional Growth Opportunities

In an effort to proactively leverage a growing market opportunity, Build Your Dreams, a global leader in battery-electric vehicles, confirmed the appointment of two additional sales associates to support the West Coast and Pacific Northwest Coach & Bus team.

“California, Washington, Oregon and Idaho are proactive, natural adopters of electric transit vehicles, and as such, we’ve added Bobby and Scott to help us keep ahead of the region’s growing needs,” West Coast Director of Business Development for  Coach & Bus practice, Justin Scalzi said. “They will help both public agencies and private entities from the planning stages through delivery, operation and maintenance of electric bus fleets.”

Robert “Bobby” Bafus and Scott Smith are the two new faces behind the sales efforts. Each will be responsible for specific regions. Bafus is assigned Washington, Oregon, and Idaho while Smith will cover the Northern California and northern Los Angeles County regions. Smith is a U.S. Navy veteran with an impressive background as an Aviation Electrician. Bafus brings an extensive background ensuring production, inspection, testing, quality assurance, and leading commissioning efforts meet and exceed client expectations as seen with his previous role as Commissioning Lead Inspector for a global engineering firm.

“BYD continues to set the curve for delivering the innovative and fast-advancing technology of battery-electric buses,” said Bobby Hill, Vice President of BYD Coach & Bus. “And decisions like the December 2018 California Air Resources Board (CARB) Innovative Clean Transit regulation, which requires state public agencies to transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2040, will continue to keep zero-emissions buses moving forward.”

Source: Build Your Dreams

TOP DOWN INNOVATIONS

BluJay Solutions, a leader in supply chain software and services, and Adelante SCM, a research firm and peer-to-peer community for supply chain and logistics professionals, on Aug. 15 released the report, “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation.”

The research, produced by Manchester, England-based Adelante SCM and presented by Holland, Michigan’s BluJay Solutions, was conducted to explore the links between supply chain management innovation, customer experience, technology adoption and company performance.

The findings provide supply chain and logistics decision-makers with benchmarks and insights to develop informed strategies with regard to innovation and improving customer experience. The research highlights leading factors driving supply chain technology adoption and the next wave of innovation, as well as the barriers to innovation and influence of a customer-centric approach over others.

“The most important lesson learned from companies that have been disrupted is the danger of becoming too complacent with the status quo,” observes Doug Surrett, chief product strategist at BluJay Solutions. “Our hope is this research will provide insights to help companies determine actions they can take to implement market-leading supply chain solutions. As we move into the next evolution of supply-chain logistics, it’s not just about getting goods from point A to point B at the lowest cost, it’s about innovating with a clear objective to optimize the overall customer experience. This requires an approach that considers the entire supply chain ecosystem.”

Supply chain executives from industries including manufacturing, retail and logistic service providers (LSPs) were surveyed, with 140 qualified respondents answering a series of questions about innovation, customer experience and technology. Participants self-identified their company’s effectiveness and maturity (Above Average Performers v. Average or Below Average Performers, Innovators/Early Adopters v. Laggards/Late Majority). Key findings follow.

Customer Experience is King

The report uncovers the close affinity between above-average performers and innovators, who both measure customer experience and rank it as the top factor in supply-chain innovation. Conversely, average or below performers and laggards measure customer experience much less and identify cost reduction as the driving factor in supply-chain innovation.

The data indicates that logistics service providers (LSPs) are champions of enhanced customer experience as they look for ways to differentiate themselves, focusing less on competing on cost, which often leads to commoditization. Cost is a top factor among shippers (manufacturer, retailers and distributors) where cost reduction or competitiveness is still a key indicator for success.

Stop Navel Gazing

Innovators/Early Adopters seem to have matured to the point where they are less concerned about their existing systems and are now focused on outwardly focused needs (i.e. flexibility/innovation of supply chain, working with other functional groups). Additionally, they have adopted an integrated solution for managing their supply chain.

In contrast, laggards are still focusing on updating their antiquated systems and are trailing on adopting integrated solutions. A majority of laggards are still relying on Excel spreadsheets to manage their supply chain.

These findings suggest that to drive faster and more efficient supply chain innovation, leaders need to find flexible, future-proof solutions (i.e. cloud infrastructure, open architecture) to continue to innovate, while laggards must leapfrog ahead by replacing their outdated IT systems with modern ones that eliminate the silos that still exist between their systems and processes.

Future Shock

In terms of the future, the five supply chain investment priorities that received the greatest percent of overall top rank votes were Transportation, Supply Chain Visibility, Warehousing, BI/Analytics, and Trading Partner Connectivity. The results are not too surprising considering that many of the respondents are involved with transportation, and that many of these investment areas, especially Supply Chain Visibility, will continue to be of key importance as more companies look to optimize their operations, decrease costs, and improve the overall customer experience.

Despite all the hype surrounding blockchain, drones and driverless trucks, those technologies ranked near the bottom of the list in terms of which technologies will deliver the most innovative benefits to the supply chain in the next five years. Instead, companies believe technologies such as Mobile Devices and Apps, Control Tower Visibility, and Warehouse Automation/Robots will lead the way.

In general, the top three technologies are all further along the maturity curve and have more established records of delivering benefits than the technologies lower on the list. The findings suggests that perhaps there’s still a level of skepticism or “wait and see” attitude among supply chain executives when it comes to some emerging technologies.

The Whole Enchilada 

“Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation” is available for free download at: www.supplychainresearch.info.