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Munich will host the show of shows


Since opening in 1978, the Transport Logistic event, which this year runs in Munich from 12 to 15 June, has established itself as one of the most important exhibitions in Europe for transport, logistics and telematics and now attracts more than 40,000 visitors.

This year more than 1,500 exhibitors from 59 countries will be taking part, a 15% increase on the previous event in 2005.

The largest group of exhibitors, around 600, define themselves as logistics services companies. In the exhibition halls and on the adjoining open-air site, around 70 companies will present the latest vehicles for road and rail transport.

Around 200 exhibitors from the air cargo sector will occupy an entire hall. Elsewhere, up to 100 European ports, including Antwerp, Bremen, Hamburg, Le Havre, Rotterdam and Europe's largest inland port, Duisburg, will be present, as well as a similar number of state and private rail companies. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) is also putting on a forum in the accompanying programme on challenges and trends in rail transport.

New technologies to optimise the global flow of goods will be a key theme. RFID, for example, promises a revolution in large areas of the economy. Its use could prompt a complete redesign of business processes in industry, trade and logistics.

No fewer than 350 firms from the IT sector will be presenting their innovations at the fair, and 80 providers of support services will showcase supply technical systems to help other companies manage their in-house materials-handling requirements.

Thirty forums and workshops featuring industry and government experts will have a practical bias, giving participants insight on current thinking in logistics that they can apply in their day-to-day business environment.

Bavarian finance minister Erwin Huber will be attending the show and conference, and will take the opportunity to present the government's plans and future projects for the region. He said: "I will be using this platform to present the Bayern Innovativ Alliance, and in particular the Logistics Cluster, which will also be featured at the stand of Bayern Innovativ. Our office for location marketing, Invest in Bavaria, will also be taking its own stand."

Focus on Russia Each Transport Logistic event incorporates a "national day" that recognises a particular country's role in the international transport and logistics business – and this time, 12 June has been designated as Russia Day for the first time.

A special event in the forum programme outlines the importance of the country as an east-west corridor and strategic logistics centre.

Areas for discussion include:

investment in Russian transport infrastructure the future development of trans-Siberian rail as the shortest route for cargo from Asia the integration of Russia into the World Trade Organisation and what Russian and international business can expect international airports and the future of the Russian hubs development of Russian sea ports modern infrastructure development.

Invited speakers include Igor Levitin, minister of transport, and German Gref, minister of economic development and trade for the Russian Federation; Alexander Khloponin, governor of the Krasnoyarsk territory; Wolfgang Tiefensee, German minister of transport and communications; Raisa Parshina, chairwoman of the board of JSC; Tommy Thomsen, chairman of APM Terminals, Maersk China and Maersk India; and W Muller, director of Metro Group.

Some of the most prominent Russian transport companies will be supporting the event, including AirBridge Cargo, Moscow airport, DVT Group, Eurosib, Fesco, Port of Kaliningrad, Russian Railways, Transcontainer JSC, Transsiberian Intermodal Service, Maersk and the port of Murmansk.


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