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The UK’s premier event for the transport and freight community, Multimodal, will be held for the fifth consecutive year in 2012 on 1st to 3rd May at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

Multimodal 2012 promises to be the largest and best-attended of all the events so far, reflecting the value participants place on it as the principal place to do business.  Whether its comparing supplier services, transport routes and modes or gaining invaluable up-to-date information crucial in helping them become more efficient and effective, Multimodal 2012 will be the venue to network with colleagues in the industry.

The Event Director, Robert Jervis underlines the significant role Multimodal plays in the life of the UK’s freight transport sector, “Despite difficult trading conditions in some parts of the industry…..or more correctly….because of these challenging conditions, there is a real need for logistics executives to inter-act.  Multimodal aims to provide a dynamic forum for the sharing of information and ideas and development of business relationships.”

Visitors to last year’s event were of an exceptionally high quality and numbered over 4,000 from thirty-three countries; 205 companies exhibited.  For 2012 many shipping, freight, logistics, rail, road haulage, port services, warehousing and distribution and software companies have already committed to exhibiting, as Mulitmodal becomes an intrinsic part of their annual marketing investment and planning.

Such companies include Associated British Ports (ABP), Brittany Ferries, Charles Gee, Dachser, DB Schenker, DSV, Forth Ports, GEFCO, Hapag-Lloyd, Kewill, London Gateway, Maersk Line, Pall-Ex, Rail Freight Group, SDV, Transfennica and VTG Rail.

Multimodal 2012 is, of course more than an exhibition.   Seminars, work-shops and presentations are scheduled throughout the three days, giving a platform for experts to address the visitors on a variety of topics; predicting key changes in legislation; outlining trade and transport trends; introducing technological developments and providing service suppliers and users alike with the opportunity to learn from case studies, in all areas of transport and logistics, how they can benefit from the experience of others.

Basically it is the needs of shippers, the beneficial cargo owners that drive the industry.  The involvement of the executives and the representatives of these companies is crucial in giving Multimodal its energy.  Among the leading brands that support the event are Coca Cola, Jaguar Land Rover, BAe, Kimberly Clark and Kelloggs along with members of TIACA, FTA, CILT, RHA, RFG, BIFA and UKWA.  These are joined by a good number of small to medium sized shippers, who all benefit from having their suppliers of logistics and supply chain services altogether in one place.

As Robert Jervis sums-up, “In a nutshell, Multimodal is now established and unsurpassed as the largest meeting place for the entire transport and logistics supply chain community in the UK and Ireland. We have already received tremendous interest in Multimodal 2012 and I am anticipating our most successful event ever.”

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About Multimodal:

Taking place from 1st to 3rd May 2012 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Multimodal aims to attract a large group of exhibitors and visitors from across the whole spectrum of freight transport, logistics and supply chain service providers than it ever has before.

Multimodal 2012 is the only UK event that brings together all sectors of freight transport under a single roof.  The Seminars and Briefings which are an integral part of the event, have scheduled an enlightening and thought-provoking range of topics, tackled in an interactive fashion by panels of experts or as briefings presented by representatives from centres of excellence. Topics range from insight into the media, customs, container shipping trends, container swaps, security, reducing empty loads and ports’ role in adding value, to e-sourcing, collaborative logistics, supply chain optimisation, key performance indices (KPIs) and logistics data analytics.


For further information about Multimodal 2012, please contact:

Robert Jervis, Event Director,

Clarion Events Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 207 370 8373


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