UK's largest logistics event IMHX 2019 begins today
IMHX 2019, the UK’s largest event for professionals within the logistics, supply chain and material handlings industry, officially gets underway today.
Held in Birmingham, more than 450 of the intralogistics industry’s names in attendance, the four-day event is an opportunity to see the newest products and services enter the market. IMHX evaluates thousands of new products, services and exclusive launches which showcase new-to-market solutions. Some of the 450 exhibitors include Briggs Equipment, Investec and Toyota Material Handling.
Offering the chance to gain valuable insight into upcoming trends at free-to-attend seminars and workshops, IMHX provides the opportunity to future-proof operations and uncover the most effective ways to drive down costs from distribution and supply chain networks. As the only comprehensive logistics event in the UK, the importance of reducing costs and maximising supply chain efficiencies are key business drivers, with IMHX seeking to help operations overcome these challenges.
There is set to be a number of new product launches from companies such as JCB, which will showcase models from the Teletruk range of telescopic lift trucks at IMHX like the newly unveiled JCB 30-19E. There will also be new product launches from Demantic, which invites attendees to experience the future of intelligent logistics, and ProGlove, which introduces MARK 2 that allows assembly workers, pickers to save up to four second per barcode scan through improved ergonomics.
“IMHX is always a key diary date for logistics professionals. With the vast array of equipment, solutions and technology on show this year, IMHX 2019 is no exception,” commented Rob Fisher, IMHX 2019 Exhibition Director. “Supply chain issues are at the top of every company’s agenda. The relentless rise of e-commerce is forcing retailers, manufacturers and logistics operators to adapt the design of their facilities to keep pace with today’s consumers who demand ever-faster and more efficient delivery of goods.”
Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China
Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from the supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel.
The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018.
KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management.
"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive.
After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected to eradicate 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total.
"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”
Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme
Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”.
As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030.