STAMH AT LOGIMAT 2017 IN STUTTGART – CLOSING REPORT
LogiMAT – No.1 platform for intralogistics
LogiMAT 2017, the 15th International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow, broke all records in terms of exhibitor and visitor numbers and exhibition space. This result and the broad range of exhibits from national and international suppliers positions LogiMAT firmly as the No.1 platform for intralogistics and supply chain management.
For our team Stamh, it was a great honor and responsibility to be an exhibitor at this prestigious International Trade Fair.
LogiMAT 2017 closed with the best result in the 15-year history of this “International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow”: More exhibitors than ever before, maximum space take-up at the Stuttgart exhibition centre and a stampede of visitors: over 50,000 logistics experts crowded into the exhibition halls. “Following the fantastic result of last year, where we had a 25-percent rise in visitor numbers, this additional increase in double-digit percentages was not necessarily expected,” explained Exhibition Director Peter Kazander, Managing Director of EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH, Munich. “The tremendous level of interest from the international trade audience underlines the position of LogiMAT as the No.1 platform for intralogistics and supply chain management.”
1,384 exhibitors (+8.1 % cf. last year), of which almost one in four (+24.6 %) came from abroad, took up 102,100 square metres (+7.0 %) of exhibition space, breaking through the 100,000 mark for the first time. As regards the national and international exhibitors who presented their innovations, every last square centimetre at the Stuttgart exhibition centre was filled for the 15th LogiMAT. Exhibition Director Kazander emphasised in particular the high demand from international exhibitors: “In view of the many international difficulties and uncertainties for trade and business that we are experiencing at present, the presence of exhibitors from 36 countries – four more than in 2016 – was not something we took for granted.”
Already in 2016 the show´s management was able to take up all the available space at the exhibition centre with this international intralogistics trade fair – it was the first guest organizer to do so. This year, in order to do justice to the ever growing interest from exhibitors, the exhibition management made available an additional 3,000 square metres (net) of exhibition space, for example in the East Entrance area and on the gallery between Hall 1 and Hall 3. Nevertheless as early as autumn last year, the eight halls at the exhibition centre for LogiMAT 2017 were fully booked. “We can´t accommodate any more,” said Kazander. “At least not on the exhibition site as we know it from this year.” Next year the new hall at the Stuttgart exhibition centre – Hall 10 – will provide LogiMAT with a further approx. 15,000 square metres of space. “Given the high level of demand, we will easily be able to fill it, without departing from our aim of maintaining LogiMAT´s attractiveness as a compact, efficient B2B forum,” affirmed the Exhibition Director.
Kazander was particularly pleased to see another significant rise in visitor numbers. “It´s the litmus test as regards the success of a trade fair,” he said. On the three days of the show, 50,187 trade visitors (+15.4%) came to Stuttgart – 6,701 more than last year. They used the 15th LogiMAT as an information platform, as a chance to compare suppliers and as a place to make new business contacts.
The visitor survey was conducted professionally by the independent market researchers Wissler & Partner of Basel. The survey revealed that one in three visitors (32.8%) travelled further than 300 kilometres to come to the event. Around 20 percent of the visitors came from outside Germany. 52 percent of the trade audience were decision-makers from small and medium-sized companies, around 42.6 percent were actively looking to invest. One in four trade visitors (24.1%) placed corresponding orders either at the show itself or afterwards. In their overall rating, 75.8 percent of trade visitors to the intralogistics fair gave top marks or very high marks to the event. In addition, 54.1 percent of the visitors to LogiMAT described LogiMAT as “the most important intralogistics trade fair”.
Also enjoying a further rise in exhibitor and visitor interest was the competence platform TradeWorld, which was held as part of LogiMAT for the fourth time. It focuses on the entire process chain in trade and commerce, gathering together the know-how about all the processes concerned with digital trade, now and in the future. On the exhibition space around the TradeWorld platform, and at several stands in the exhibition halls, a total of 173 exhibitors (+29.1% cf. last year) presented their spectrum of products and services for integrated processes in digital trading. As such this year 12.5 percent of the exhibitors at the exhibition centre (last year 10.5%) were also showcasing innovative concepts and specific solutions for the entire process chain in trading. “For the e-commerce business and also for high-street retailing, an area that is in a process of change, it is becoming ever more important to optimise processes, in particular in logistics,” is how Dr. Petra Seebauer, Director of TradeWorld 2017 and Managing Director of EUROEXPO Messe- und Kongress-GmbH, explained the background. “Intralogistics and trade are opening up synergies for both sides. And as such the integration of TradeWorld into LogiMAT and the further growth of the competence platform for trading processes is a consistent and logical consequence.”
As a sustainable success factor for LogiMAT overall, Exhibition Director Kazander points to the trio of trade-fair concept with a supporting program of congress standard, the ideal structure of the Stuttgart exhibition centre and the mix of networking and B2B fair, and to the positioning of LogiMAT as a platform for pioneering new developments. “In terms of competence and digitalisation, technologies are merging for efficient processes in the entire supply chain,” summed up Kazander. “Many exhibitors at LogiMAT are now positioning themselves as full-service suppliers for comprehensive solutions which go beyond company borders. As such and with the enormous interest from visitors, LogiMAT is now the most important international trade fair for both intralogistics solutions and for process management in the supply chain overall.“
The next LogiMAT takes place in just three months time, from 20 to 22 June 2017, in Nanjing, China.
LogiMAT 2018 in Stuttgart takes place from 13 to 15 March 2018.