21-22/2017 Travel broadens the mind
The transport and logistics industry’s major trade fairs follow their own rules. On the one hand they are a key platform for meetings between industry players, as witnessed a few days ago at tl 2017 in Munich. One of the insights heard there was that the first quarter provided most companies – and from every mode of transport – with good results. The overall condition is such that managers still express surprised relief at this. There is hope that this reflex may change in the near future.
Beyond companies presenting their figures and services at a trade fair such an event is always also, on the other hand, an important indicator of the sector’s mood. This year’s Air Cargo Europe in Munich sometimes reminded me of boisterous times past – as will be witnessed by many a Facebook page read in the aftermath of the fair. Honi soit qui mal y pense.
We should not forget the reporting aspect, naturally enough. I’m proud of the commitment shown by the ten representatives from the ITJ who looked after our stand in Munich and who mixed with more than 1,400 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors in the nine halls. I’m grateful for the bundles of memos from interviews, dialogues and discussion fora, the brochures and photos that we gathered in the four days of the fair and which will offer in-depth insights into the industry’s strengths, developments and trends now that we’re back here in Basel. It will take us a while to digest and present it all.
On top of this I want to thank all the countless partners we met there for their honest opinions, interesting impulses and – I have to admit – for their compliments. Our tried-and-tested team – ITJ and ITJ Daily – obviously corresponds to a need.
Here’s wishing you a beneficial read of ITJ 21-22. We’ll stay on the ball!