May 17, 2020

Breakbulk Europe exhibition to mark 10 year partnership with Port of Antwerp

European SCM
European procurement
Sea Freight
Port of Ant
3 min
Antwerp's seaport is the latest facility to go paperless
Follow @SamJermy and @SupplyChainD on Twitter.Breakbulk Europe will be held for the tenth consecutive year on 18-21 May 2015 at the Antwerp Expo in Antw...

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Breakbulk Europe will be held for the tenth consecutive year on 18-21 May 2015 at the Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium. Breakbulk Europe will celebrate this milestone anniversary alongside its valued partner, the Port of Antwerp. The Port of Antwerp has a long tradition in offering versatile services for breakbulk cargo. 

Every year, an average of 15 million tonnes of breakbulk is handled in Antwerp. In this vibrant host port, Breakbulk Europe has grown to be the largest event and exhibition in the world covering the transport of breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo.  In 2015, the professional networking and educational platform will gather over 350 exhibitors, such as heavy lift company Van der Vlist, and sponsors and 7000 qualified attendees. Breakbulk Europe is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition hall, Antwerp Expo Hall 3, in 2015.  Exhibitors and sponsors of Breakbulk Europe 2015 include specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports and terminals, packers and equipment companies that have expertise in handling oversized and heavy cargoes.

Breakbulk Europe’s targeted programme ensures delegates develop skills and strategy to help them do their jobs more effectively. In addition to the advanced-level Heavy Lifting & Transport Masterclass held 18-19 May, Breakbulk Europe main event provides two full days of bustling exhibition plus executive presentations made in the exhibition hall and open to all attendees. 

Informative executive presentations sessions include:  10th Anniversary Welcoming Remarks from Luc Arnouts, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Antwerp & Janet Nodar, Events Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media; The Shipping Market and Its Drivers in the Global Economypresented by Niklas Bengtsson, Director, maritime-insight; Meeting Anti-Bribery Standards in the Project Cargo Industrypresented by Alexandra Wrage, President, TRACE International; Benefiting From The Middle East’s Drive to Diversifypresented by Teresa Lehovd, Head of Market Intelligence, Planning and Strategy, Hoegh Autoliners; Project Cargo Case Study — Running the Wisla Riverpresented by Odile Dehu, Logistics Project Manager, GE Power Generation Product Customer Projects, Maciej Malinowski, Project Manager, InstarHendrik Wagner, Director Engineering, Instar and Global Maritime Risks 2015 - Moving Beyond Piracypresented by Sebastian Villyn, Maritime Risk Analyst, Control Risks.

In addition, a special session entitled Celebrating the First Decade — Breakbulk Europe’s Tenth Anniversary will take place 20 May 2014 from 14:00 – 15:00 in the Executive Presentation Suite Hall 3 Antwerp Expo.  From the start, support for Breakbulk Europe exceeded expectations. The event thrived during its first decade, from the white-hot market of 2006-2007 to the devastating global crisis that began in 2008 and whose effects linger even today.  Representing Breakbulk Europe’s founding fathers and presenting an overview of this dizzying decade will be Janet Nodar Events Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Media; Albert Pegg, Senior Advisor – Marketing, Promotion & Commercial Relations, Antwerp Port Authority; Edouard F Dekkers, President, Dekkers International Inc. and Jean-Jacques Westerlund, Director, Taste-Westerlund.  Please see enclosed Infographic for additional 10th Anniversary information.

In addition, special networking events included the Welcome Reception in the Exhibition Hall (19 May), the VIP Leadership Summit & Reception (19 May by invitation only), the Breakbulk Business Run (20 May) and a 10th Anniversary Party celebrated with an enhanced Ports America Happy Hour at Den Engel (19 May). For more information on attending Breakbulk Europe 2015, please log onto  


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Jun 23, 2021

SAP Ariba to digitise procurement for Expo 2020 suppliers

2 min
SAP Ariba will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle for more than 25,000 suppliers at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai

SAP Ariba will provide a unified digital procurement and payment platform for more than 25,000 suppliers at Expo 2020 Dubai

The global trade event, this year hosted in Dubai, was rescheduled from last year and will now take place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. 

As the event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner, SAP Ariba solutions will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined experience for thousands of market leading, global suppliers and strengthening the global supply chain with enhanced transparency and efficiency. The cloud-based platforms operate through on SAP Ariba’s UAE public cloud data centre and connects to the Ariba Network. 

Expo 2020 "a long-term investment"

Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said the world trade event is  “a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth”, which stretches beyond Expo 2020’s six-month window. 

“Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever,” he added. “The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.”

To date, more than AED 1bn has already been transacted by Expo 2020 suppliers through SAP Ariba. The platform promotes collaborative partnerships and allows registered users to participate in sourcing events, negotiate and initiate contracts, and centralise their invoicing and payments in real time. 

Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing.”

About Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai and is the first of the long-running World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia territory. The original World Expo, called the Great Exhibiton, was hosted in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, designed as a showcase for the innovations of the Industrial Revolution. 

Expo 2020 was originally due to run 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was last year postponed in light of COVID-19 restrictions - though some business has already taken place virtually. The event will place greater emphasis on innovation in sustainable solutions through the Sustainability District, blending technology and culture. It is expected that around 70 per cent of the 25 million attendees will be international visitors. 

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