Are you attending the final day of Multimodal 2015?

Are you attending the final day of Multimodal 2015?

As Multimodal 2015 enters its final day at the NEC Birmingham (Halls 6, 7 and 8) the event looks set to break its previous records.  This year, the UK and Ireland’s premier logistics event, features a record 295 exhibiting stands.  Event director Robert Jervis has predicted that the final visitor total will exceed 8,000 (last year it attracted 7,100).

Robert is also delighted to confirm that on the first two days of the annual gathering it was ‘standing room only’ in the seminars, underlining their relevance to supply chain professionals.  By the time Multimodal closes today, sixty-five industry leaders would have shared their knowledge at the seminars and workshops.

If you are planning to be at Multimodal 2015 for the final day you can take in the following seminar sessions:

  • Creating end-to end logistics Down-Under;
  • Saving costs and reducing carbon with a revolutionary new lightweight pallet;
  • Incentivising 3PLs.

Of course, the exhibition stands have also buzzing with visitors keen to find out more.  What follows is news from just some of the stands that are combining to help make Multimodal the place to be.

In the run-up to the general election, the Road Haulage Association (Stand 260) has been calling on the 2.1 million voters working in the road haulage and logistics industry to seek out political candidates who will support a three pence per litre cut in fuel duty and specific recommendations to save the economy £14 billion in congestion related costs.  The RHA launched its General Election 2015 Manifesto at the recent Commercial Vehicle Show.  In relation to the RHA’s presence at Multimodal, Karen Crispe, the Association’s commercial director, explained to Michael Parry, editor of Freight Industry Times, that there is a growing indication as the sector emerges from the recession that operators can no longer put all their eggs in one basket.  They need to see multimodalism as a different and more diversified avenue and one that must be embraced the future.

Port of Calais - Multimodal 2015Port of Calais and VIIA (Stand 520) announced that the first rail service for unaccompanied trailers from the UK to Spain – VIIA BRITANICA – will become operational by the end of 2015.  The ‘Rail Motorway’ will link Dover, Calais and Le Boulou (Perpignan) close to the Spanish border.  The twice daily service in each direction will transport 40 unaccompanied trailers per train, with a mix of cargoes – all types of trailers will be accepted.  The maritime transfer link by ferry can be either driver-accompanied or unaccompanied.

DB Schenker Rail UK (Stand 550) is showcasing Eco Neutral.  The pioneering product enables customers to compensate in full for the CO2 emissions generated through their rail freight services by backing climate change projects that transfer technology and combat poverty across the globe.  It is the first rail freight company in the country to offer a fully carbon neutral product to the market.  To deliver the scheme, it has partnered with climate protection organisation Atmosfair, which acts to protect the climate by compensating greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies.

The rail freight operator and Malcolm Logistics (Stand 820) have also been celebrating an excellent first year of working together, which has seen more than 13,000 containers moved in the service over the last 12 months.  DB Schenker Rail UK provides intermodal trains between Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) and Mossend Terminal.  The company secured the contract after devising a schedule that enabled a single train to complete the round trip in just 24 hours. The streamlined service has already shown excellent results with a rapid transit time of only 6.5 hours.  In September 2014 the Daventry to Grangemouth service was added to the contract, which runs seven days a week.

Peel Ports (Stand 330) has launched Cargo200, a major carbon emissions initiative, and is calling on the UK freight and logistics industry to rethink supply chain and services routes in order to reduce freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years.  Announcing plans at Multimodal the company outlined opportunities for cargo owners, importers and exporters to cut the cost of inland transportation by switching current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the Port of Liverpool, if their goods start and end their journey in the north of the UK.  According to Peel Ports’ calculations, cargo owners can save up to £400 per container by altering supply chain routes

BOC (Stand 1142) is showcasing its innovative, new eco-friendly FROSTCRUISE® truck and trailer refrigeration system at.  Launched earlier this month, the system provides a significantly more environmentally friendly, efficient and reliable cryogenic alternative to diesel-powered mechanical refrigeration.  Developed by BOC and its parent, The Linde Group, FROSTCRUISE features a number of environmental benefits including: zero operating carbon footprint and zero emissions (particulate, NOx and CO2) at the point of delivery and a 64% reduction in total carbon footprint compared to an equivalent diesel-mechanical refrigeration system.

GEFCO UK (Stand 452) and BWI Group have announced the renewal of their partnership for a further two years.  GEFCO UK provides complete inbound European supply for manufacture in Luton which enables BWI Group to maintain 24 hour operations.  GEFCO UK’s relationship with BWI Group, a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global transportation market, began in 2010.  Today, GEFCO UK provides daily groupage, Less than Truck Load (LTL) and Full Truck Load (FTL) delivery services from suppliers in Germany, Poland, Portugal, France, Spain and the UK into the BWI Group plant in Luton.

Freightliner (Stand 522) reports that it is great to be back at Multimodal for 2015.  This year, the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary and is reflecting on its long standing history of leading the rail freight industry. It has been welcoming both current and new customers to its stand.  The operator provides intermodal container services to customers, running around 100 daily services across the UK network.  Serving key deep-sea ports, Freightliner moves in excess of 770,000 containers each year.

To coincide with Multimodal 2015, Link 51 (Stand 1010) has launched its latest whitepaper, entitled ‘Taming the E-tail Tiger:Keeping Ahead of the Online Retail Revolution’which explores the online retail evolution and the impact on logistics sector.  The landmark report warns those industry players that are slow to adopt new strategies will not just miss out on opportunities, but potentially become a casualty of this tidal wave of change.  The whitepaper provides a snap-shot of the current state of ‘e-tailing'; identifying those key players who are ahead of the game and the sectors which need to catch up with developments in order to prevent being left behind.

Access (Stand 519) has been highlighting the benefits of having the right integrated warehouse management system (WMS) for freight transport and logistics organisations. Its partner topVOX, voice solutions specialists, will also be exhibiting alongside.  topVOX is a leading manufacturer of voice directed solutions for efficient and ergonomic work process in the supply chain – pick by voice, check by voice, replenish and cycle counting.  Access is also offering further insights into warehousing and logistics businesses helping delegates understand the importance of a robust WMS, through functionality and benefits.

Flexi Narrow Aisle (Stand 250), the UK-based articulated forklift truck manufacturer, has launched three new websites to highlight its extensive range of materials handling solutions, short term truck rental options and training services.  The main site,, gives thorough details of the company’s full range of articulated very narrow aisle warehouse trucks and delivers full product information, while video footage shows the best-selling Flexi G4 in action.  Meanwhile, is a guide to the comprehensive range of fully accredited forklift truck operator training courses offered by the company.  The third new site – – is the portal for anyone with a need for short term articulated forklift hire.  The company has nearly 300 trucks in its short term rental fleet and the average age of the fleet is less than four years old.

Priority Freight (Stand 1228), the award winning lead logistics provider of expedited transport services, is giving away the ultimate gadget – the Apple Watch – on the final day of Multimodal 2015.  Definitely the best smartwatch on the market, the Apple Watch applies a little extra grace to almost every aspect of design.  The company has one of these little tech toys on pre-order for one lucky Multimodal visitor, so if you are at the NEC get along to the stand as quickly as you can!

Pentalver - Multimodal 2015Pentalver (Stand 610) has surely one of the most interesting stands at this year’s Multimodal – it is in fact two converted shipping containers!  The company, which is celebrating its 20th birthday, specialises in inland logistics, container sales and conversions, has depots located at Southampton, Felixstowe, London Gateway, Tilbury and Southampton.

Finally, if you are visiting Multimodal 2015 today, please come along and meet the Freight Industry Times’ team (Stand 154) – we can promise you a warm welcome.