The International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) – which takes place 19-22 March at the NEC – will showcase everything that is new in the intralogistics industry.

Sponsored by BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, IMHX 2013 will feature over 400 exhibitors, many of which will use the show as the launch pad for new products and services. The IMHX ‘Logistics Excellence’ Conference will have two streams: a themed series of seminars at strategic level delivered by renowned industry experts plus a variety of fascinating case study presentations at operational level to demonstrate examples of logistics best practice. The supersonic Bloodhound vehicle will be wowing visitors to the stand of its sponsor, Linde Material Handling, in the show’s first ever Skills & Apprenticeships Zone. Situated in Hall 17, the zone – spearheaded by the BITA Academy, a dedicated apprenticeship training facility operated in conjunction with City of Bristol College – will aim to bring together talented young people and companies needing new recruits. Also brand-new will be the UKWA 3PL Zone, hosted by the United Kingdom Warehousing Association, and the International Visitors’ Lounge, where visitors from overseas can relax in comfort.

Many features will be making a return. The Design 4 Safety Competition, recognising the importance of product design in improving safety throughout the materials handling industry. The winners will be celebrated in the Design 4 Safety Zone. The heats of another hotly contested RTITB Operator of the Year Competition will also take place. IMHX will once again feature the AMHSA Pavilion. The organisers of IMHX will again be teaming up with  OPS Logistics Consultancy, to offer an advice surgery. Finally, the exclusive VIP valet parking scheme will also operate, allowing top executives to drive straight up to the entrance, have their vehicle parked and enjoy access to the VIP Lounge.

Thousands of new products on display

Among the products to be unveiled will be the 7-Series, from Doosan. Crown Lift Trucks (19J90) will be launching a brand-new range of moving mast reach trucks. With the largest stand, Toyota Material Handling UK (20F70) will have an impressive demonstration area in which to showcase key models from its range. A new forklift brand to appear at the show will be Manitou (20B43), and HC Forklifts UK (18M160).

Mentor FLT Training, will be celebrating 25 years in business by inviting visitors to join them on 19J117. Visitors to GNB Industrial Power (19L120) will not only see Tensor, but also a Porsche GT3 Cup Car. Motorsport fans will be flocking to 20C30 where Pirtek will be hosting British Touring Car Independent Drivers’ Champion, Andrew Jordan, and his Honda Civic.

Amongst a whole host of accessories for forklifts will be on-board weighing systems from RDS Technology (19J85), a new product by Chaintec (20F85) that aims to revolutionise forklift chain inspection and the iTEch range of electronic systems from Transmon Engineering (19J115). Two new products will be launched by B&B Attachments, on 18M90. EnerSys Motive Power will be promoting its new Hawker XFC-Li Lithium-Ion battery, on 20F30. Fronius will be unveiling its new generation of chargers on 20G127. Visitors to 18M140 will be able to experience a dynamic and lively demonstration from Pyroban.

APEX Linvar (18N154) will be giving visitors a chance to win an iPad. BITO Storage Systems (18M102) will be showing PROflow. Sperrin Metal Storage Solutions, celebrating its 50th year, will exhibit its range on 19L127. Other storage solutions include the Cubio from Bott (20C130) and the Hänel automated storage from Industore (18M170).

The new CleanTrax system from Unisan Products (20B28) will also have its launch. Palletower (GB) Ltd (20G125) will introduce a first – a roll pallet with a plastic base, and Hart Door Systems (19H134) will be launching a new variant of its Speedor range. Goplasticpallets.com will unveil its HyRack pallet on 19K127. Other general handling equipment will include ‘Workgear’, from Redhill Manufacturing (20A16) and a variety of load-handling equipment from Penny Hydraulics (20B62). PHS Teacrate, will display its wide range of crates and packaging on 18M100. Another innovative product will be the BlackCurrent Power Pack from UK Powertech (20C140). Plastic Extruders Ltd (19H123) will be displaying its range of slip resistant floor coverings.

Cimcorp, will be launching its Cimcorp 3D Shuttle solution on 17Q127. On 18M125, SDI Group will have live demonstrations of two automated solutions. KNAPP, will be exhibiting with sister company, Dürkopp Fördertechnik, on 20D30. RediGroup will be demonstrating a fully working version of its RediTechniX solution on 20F82, while DistriSort, will have a working split tray sorter on 18N163. Conveyor Units will be launching its new aluminium range of conveyors. PSB Intralogistics (18M173) will feature a live demonstration of the MTR Micro Trolley System. Other automated materials handling solutions include AGVs from Egemin Automation on 18N153, storage and handling solutions from SSI Schaefer (18N100), order picking and logistics systems from Dematic (18N110) and laser-guided vehicles from OCME (19L117).

There will be a wide variety of software and hardware solutions. Proteus will be providing a free WMS Advice Centre on 18N161. Panasonic will demonstrate its range of rugged tablet computers – on 19H125 and Chess Logistics Technology will be promoting its range of integrated, real-time warehouse management systems on 19J120. Snapfulfil SaaS WMS (20C43) will be demonstrating its ‘Mobile Manager’ reporting tool app. Gemini Data Loggers will be on UK10 as part of the UKWA 3PL Zone. Mandata will be promoting its new in-cab scanning solution, on 17R88.

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