LogiMAT 2017: ‘the ultimate intralogistics experience’

The 15th edition of the LogiMAT trade show once again fills the entire Messe Stuttgart convention center. More than 1,300 international exhibitors from all industries present their latest solutions to address the challenges of digitization and efficiency in intralogistical processes. A high-quality accompanying program with expert forums, a series of live events, and presentations of the latest studies of industry trends underscore LogiMAT’s character as a leading international platform for information and a “working” trade show for the intralogistics industry.

LogiMAT – the ‘International Trade Show for Distribution, Materials Handling, and Information Flow’ – returns for the 15th year from March 14 to 16, 2017. This year’s event has the theme ‘Shaping Change: Digital – Connected – Innovative’ and is devoted to forward-looking movements such as Industry 4.0 and the internet of things and their inherent themes of digitization and smart process integration. The intralogistics trade show once again fills all eight exhibit halls of the Messe Stuttgart convention center – 50,000 square meters of net exhibit space. LogiMAT was already fully booked by the autumn of 2016.

This year’s event is expected to draw some 1,300 exhibitors, up about 5 percent over the previous year, with 23.5 percent based outside of Germany – primarily in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US. This makes the ‘International Trade Show for Distribution, Materials Handling, and Information Flow’ secure in its position as what Peter Kazander – Managing Director of EUROEXPO Messe und Kongress in Munich, which is organizing LogiMAT 2017 – calls “the leading international trade show for intralogistics” in 2017. This position is further bolstered by the huge and increasingly international throng of visitor in recent years.

In 2016, a total of 43,466 visitors (up 23.8 percent from the previous year) came to LogiMAT in Stuttgart to learn about the latest challenges and trends. Being there live gives LogiMAT visitors the unique opportunity to thoroughly examine and directly compare the various solutions all in one place. More than one-fifth of the industry professionals came from outside of Germany. No other intralogistics trade show anywhere in the world draws a larger audience than LogiMAT.

LogiMAT has successfully established itself as an internationally recognized industry platform, a bellwether for developments in the intralogistics industry, and a “working” trade show for decision-makers using a model that Kazander calls the “harmonious combination of an outstanding concept, a perfect site, and – as our 2017 theme reflects – connectivity in the form of communication and networking.” LogiMAT is not the kind of event where products are presented with a lot of pomp and show, Kazander adds. Here, industry professionals can instead find a clearly organized presentation of solutions from across the industry representing the state of the art, including innovations never before seen anywhere in the world. LogiMAT also offers an accompanying program to keep visitors abreast of current trends and developments in tomorrow’s technologies. “In this way, the event helps business leaders make sound decisions for secure long-term investments.” And in fact, some two-thirds of LogiMAT attendees have sole or joint decision-making authority. Many come to Stuttgart with specific investment projects in mind. “Guest come to LogiMAT from around the world to do business at the premium platform for intralogistics innovations,” Kazander concludes.

LogiMAT also offers its proven accompanying program, with a focus on current trends and real-world solutions. A total of 34 information events – including 31 expert forums featuring more than 100 speakers as well as a series of three live events – provide a conference-level wealth of information.

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