Plant & Works Engineering
Shaping the modern logistics industry
Published:  14 November, 2018

Over 400 exhibitors are expected at IMHX 2019 as supply chain issues look set to top the post-Brexit agenda. PWE reports.

With more than 400 companies anticipated to demonstrate the latest technological developments that are shaping the modern logistics industry, IMHX 2019 (NEC, Birmingham, 24-27 September 2019) is set to be the biggest and most successful event in the long running IMHX series of materials handling exhibitions to date.

Dematic, Swisslog, Knapp, Vanderlande, Toyota, Crown, Doosan and Hyster-Yale are among the high profile exhibitors participating in the event, which will occupy some 376,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across 4 halls of the National Exhibition Centre.

IMHX 2019 exhibition director, Rob Fisher, commented: “Brexit has put supply chain issues at the top of every company’s agenda. It is forecast that in post-Brexit Britain businesses will have little choice but to hold more stock closer to the point-of-consumption and this means new storage sites will need to be built and existing units adapted where necessary to ensure that storage space is optimised.”

He continues: “This will require investment in new equipment and systems so there is every reason for the companies that manufacture and supply these products to be optimistic. This optimism is reflected in the high number of suppliers of intralogistics products and services that have committed to exhibit at IMHX 2019.”

“Even the post-Brexit labour shortage that is widely expected, is a compelling reason for visiting the show as a host of automated systems technology designed to make DC operations less labour intensive will be on display.”

Technology will feature strongly at IMHX 2019 and a Technology Demonstration Zone will be supported by AMHSA – the Automated Materials Handling Systems Association.

AMHSA secretary, Dave Berridge, commented: “As the leading authority on logistics automation, AMHSA is delighted to have been chosen to support this new feature area at IMHX 2019.

“We will be demonstrating how e-commerce and other market developments have driven the evolution of technologies used in our industry to cope with pressures being applied to supply chains.

“AMHSA will be providing an interactive feature that explains picking technological developments. Our ‘Picking Through The Ages’ exhibition will demonstrate how automation brings speed and accuracy to the picking operation delivering customer satisfaction and AMHSA experts will be on hand to explain different picking technologies and provide professional advice on all aspects of logistics automation.”

Rob Fisher added: “Distribution and fulfilment centres will look very different in the near future and IMHX 2019 will reflect this.”

IMHX 2019 visitor registration is now open at

“By registering in advance, visitors can beat the crowds and make the most of their time at the event,” says Rob Fisher.

Rob Fisher added: “With a £1 trillion turnover the logistics industry is of critical importance to the UK economy, contributing over £124 billion Gross Value Added. But, businesses will need to invest in more robust and intelligent logistics infrastructure if they wish to meet the future demands of their customers and consumers.

“IMHX 2019 will focus on creating business connections for our exhibitors and visitors that will last into the new decade as we enter the roaring 2020’s!”

IMHX 2019 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 24th-27th September 2019 and is sponsored by Investec Asset Finance plc.

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