The Multimodal logistics meeting again delays its dates of celebration, once again a victim of the terrible evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. The thirteenth edition of Multimodal, which was to be held at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) Birmingham from 16 to 18 July, was moved to new more favorable dates – in principle – between 4 and 6 November. The meeting could not be held and a totally digital one was convened, which obviously did not meet the expectations of both exhibitors and attendees.
The new dates of the meeting are June 22, 23 and 24 in Birmingham
The 2021 edition, the fourteenth in the history of the fair, was intended to be held between March 23 and 25. In fact, on the official website they still deduct the days remaining for that date, although the organization has already communicated that the event is postponed until June 22, 23 and 24.
The meeting has the characteristic of being the first to take place after Brexit in effect, which offers a unique possibility to exchange experiences between shippers, manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and exporters with logistics operators, shipping companies, carriers, freight forwarders and ports, both on the British and Irish side as well as on the mainland. Multimodal welcomes all logistics sectors in one place and is characterized by vertical sectors key, including manufacturing, retail, automotive, agriculture, chemicals, electronics, food and beverage, dangerous goods, fashion, pharmaceuticals, construction, aerospace, energy, real estate, recycling, paper perishable, among others, while horizontally, the event covers all modes of transport, including maritime, road, rail and inland waterways.
More than a fair
Multimodal is constituted as a business fair but, beyond the exhibition area, the organization has planned other attractive events. On the one hand, a direct B2B contact service between visitors and exhibitors has been integrated, while professional thematic seminars are organized. A new content is the “Freight Forwarders Village”, a specific space – and low cost – for the freight forwarder to present their service proposals. Finally, two recreational events are planned: the Multimodal Awards, which recognize excellence in air, maritime road, rail and freight services, on the one hand. On the other, a reception proposed by the Forth Ports association, -which brings together 8 British ports: Tilbury, Grangemouth, Leith, Dundee, Rosyth, Burntisland, Kirkcaldy and Methil- meeting dedicated to networking in a relaxed atmosphere.