The logistics sector’s peak season for trade fairs and industry events has begun. I’m talking, for example, about the Swiss Shippers’ Council’s Airfreight Symposium in Interlaken, which again attracted a top-class field of participants (see page 11), or about the Breakbulk Africa 2015 event, which is scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in mid-February. This meeting and the close relationship between the various fields concerned have prompted us to publish all our Specials – on the Breakbulk and Heavylift sector, on Africa and on Asia – in the main edition of this issue of the ITJ. This approach illustrates many an interesting parallel.
This year’s forthcoming issues focusing on project and heavylift logistics will be printed as separate supplements again. There is no dearth of interesting developments in the field, as we found out in conversation with Laurent Noël, who looks after seven HL / BB trade fairs in 2015 for ITE. «We’re planning to further increase the number of events,» he said, «as there is a great potential in the Middle East and Africa.»
The Johannesburg trade event will focus on key issues such as regional infrastructure and energy projects – including new power stations in Mozambique, for example. We can also look forward to talks on pan-national goods flows and an update from Drewry’s Susan Oatway on the HL / MPV fleet in the African trade.