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CeMAT intralogistics exhibition switches to new two-year cycle

12 December 2012

The Hannover-based materials handling exhibition will move to a two year cycle from 2014 in response to a "faster pace of change in the intralogistics market".

Beginning in 2014, the Hannover-based CeMAT exhibition will be staged every two years. This change was made by the show's organizers at Deutsche Messe to accommodate the faster pace of change in the intralogistics market as well as the industry's shorter innovation cycles.

The decision to present the leading intralogistics exhibition every two years was made in close consultation with the CeMAT Executive Committee and the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) as well as at the unanimous request of exhibitors.

"In today's competitive global market, intralogistics companies need to be international players if they want to grow. So it has become all the more important for them to showcase themselves at this globally leading trade fair at shorter intervals than before," commented Dr. Christoph Beumer, Chairman of the CeMAT Steering Committee and Managing Director of BEUMER Group GmbH & Co. KG. "Given the rapid pace of technological development and the resulting market dynamics, the new biennial cycle at CeMAT will further strengthen our industry and add new momentum."

"The intralogistics industry is extremely innovative and has a strong global outlook. It needs a world-class B2B platform that is held every two years - one which is fully geared to the market and to worldwide demand. This is precisely what CeMAT offers. The new biennial cycle combined with the show's new keynote themes and extended theme line-up will further enhance the value CeMAT delivers to the intralogistics industry," remarked Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe.

Time-tested exhibition layout retained, with internal restructuring of display sectors
As was the case for previous events, CeMAT 2014 will occupy halls 12, 13, 25, 26 and 27 surrounding the open-air site at the Hannover exhibition center, guaranteeing ideal visitor orientation. The major display categories at CeMAT will remain, but have been divided up into five new technology sectors: MOVE & LIFT, STORE & LOAD, PICK & PACK, LOGISTICS IT and MANAGE & SERVICE.

Located in halls 25 and 26, pavilions 32 to 35 and on the open-air site, the MOVE & LIFT section will be devoted to materials handling and lifting technology, including industrial trucks, cranes and hoisting equipment, aerial work platforms, continuous handling systems and overhead conveyors. It will also include the "Platformers World" showcase, which again will occupy a central location at CeMAT on the open-air site, offering visitors a comprehensive program covering the operation and rental of mobile lifting equipment and mobile height access platforms. Occupying Hall 27, port handling systems are also a featured category within MOVE & LIFT.

Hall 27 will also house large portions of the STORE & LOAD section, which in addition will occupy the entirety of Hall 13. This technology sector puts the spotlight on rack systems, factory equipment, pallets, containers, loading and unloading equipment and complete systems.

In the PICK & PACK technology section, visitors will find order-picking and packing solutions, including measuring, weighing and metering equipment. This section will be housed in Hall 12, which it shares with LOGISTICS IT.

The LOGISTICS IT platform was staged this year for the first time as part of CeBIT, where manufacturers of logistics software had an opportunity to showcase their solutions at the global digital industry's leading event. Exhibitors were highly satisfied with this debut installment and plan to exhibit their software solutions as well as their control and tracking technology and identification systems at the next CeBIT, from 5 to 9 March 2013. Then in 2014 the LOGISTICS IT sector will shift over to CeMAT. For exhibitors this future annual alternation between CeBIT and CeMAT is extremely attractive, as both events are geared to fully different target groups. Whereas CeBIT is primarily geared to IT decision-makers at the corporate level, the main target group for CeMAT consists of logistics managers.

The MANAGE & SERVICE sector offers logistics consultants and logistics service providers a platform for presenting their latest ideas and concepts. This section will be staged in Hall 27 in the direct vicinity of port handling technology. Thanks to a new cooperation agreement with the Munich-based "transport logistic" show, the display segment will receive new and sustained momentum as the show's organizers at Messe München are providing a display segment from "transport logistic" at CeMAT 2014 in Hannover.
 
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