Intermodal Europe 2013 reports success
Report from Intermodal Europe
Intermodal Europe has once again established itself as the leading global exhibition and conference for container transport and logistics across the road, rail and sea sectors, at the Hamburg Messe in October 2013.
Offering a full programme of informative conference sessions running alongside a comprehensive exhibition, Intermodal Europe is considered an important event for container transport and logistics professionals to discuss current topics in the industry and to witness new products.
“A combination of high-quality exhibitors, speakers and attendees helped to ensure Intermodal Europe 2013 was another great success,” said Event Director, Sophie Ahmed.
Various topics were covered during the conference sessions including the future of the container shipping industry and a TIGER Demo (‘Trans-Rail Integrated Goods European-Express Routes Demonstrators') Workshop, which looked at the implementation and internationalisation of demonstrated solutions.
A conference addressing Port Issues for Intermodal Transport, was presented by Peter Ward, Supply Chain Commercial Manager at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park.
Director of European Rail Freight Association and Chairman of the Rail Freight Group, Lord Tony Berkeley chaired a conference looking at improving the competitive position of rail freight.
IT and technology forums were well attended with speakers including Sean Maguire, Business and Product Development of WAM Technologies LLC; Mr. Rüdiger Beckmannof JadeWeserPort; andHolger Koenig, Advisory Service and Project Management from ref-tech Engineering.
“This is a great show, and it was excellent to have a speaking slot to talk about wireless technology advances in the reefer market” said Sean Maguire of WAM Technologies LLC. “The conference sessions are really important and the whole show is a great asset for the industry.”
Intermodal Europe 2013 visitors were given the opportunity to join a tour by boat through the Port of Hamburg for an overview of the development plans and operational procedures in the port. “With the largest German seaport and, as an important hub for the seagoing foreign trade in Europe, Hamburg was a good place to hold Europe’s leading container transport and logistics event,” said Axel Mattern, CEO, Port of Hamburg Marketing.
Alongside the informative conference sessions, Intermodal Europe provided insight into the future of the intermodal industry through the exhibition. This year’s event played host to more than 100 high-quality exhibitors, many with new equipment, systems, technologies and services to unveil.
“Visitors know they can come to Intermodal Europe to discover the latest developments designed to improve operations throughout the container and shipping industry” said Ahmed. “The quality of visitors was also very high this year, with thousands of decision makers networking and doing business during the three day event.”
Intermodal Europe 2014 will take place from 11-13 November in Rotterdam, the heart of the container shipping industry in Europe. Already Intermodal Europe 2014 is looking set to be another great success, with over 70% of the exhibition space already booked.
The first ever Intermodal Asia event takes place in Shanghai from 1-3 April 2014and over 80% of the space has now been booked . “There has been demand for an Asia event for a number of years and we are looking forward to delivering this new event that will open up countless opportunities for participating companies and visitors” said Ahmed.
Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany