ALC Forum hits the spot, big plans for 2012

Don Telford.


Nearly 300 people gathered in Melbourne on 21-22 February for the 2011 ALC Forum, with the theme of Freight Networks for the Future.


Through the history of the movement of freight in Australia there has never been a more important time to ensure our supply chains are safe, efficient, reliable, sustainable and internationally competitive.


Through good infrastructure decisions and the introduction of correct new national legislation, the ALC Forum provides one way in which the industry can come together to discuss and articulate the views that all governments need to hear and act upon.


The purpose of the Annual Forum is to transfer information and exchange ideas at all levels and across all modes.


ALC assembled the leaders of our industry- as well as government and union representatives, to articulate their views on what is being done and what needs to be done in building our future freight networks.


ALC chairman Don Telford said: “My own experience in this industry has been across most aspects of the freight transport and logistics chain – road and rail transport, shipping, stevedoring and warehousing.


“During this time I observed many changes, in particular the move away from each individual aspect of the transport chain to a focus on the management and efficiencies of the whole supply chain.


“Governments are also increasingly looking for a view that reflects the depth of the transport and logistics industry and the efficiency of the total supply chain. This alignment of our views will create many of the future opportunities for our industry.

I also thank those speakers and sponsors of the forum. Our success is due in no small part to your support,” Mr Telford said.


Plans are already underway for the 2012 event. Expressions of interest are now being sought from prospective speakers, exhibitors and sponsors. For more information please visit

OHS harmonisation – from the Act to the codes at Safety In Action

Just as public comment closes for a new set of draft workplace health and safety regulations and codes of practice, experts at the Safety In Action trade show will explain the changes and what they mean for Australian workplaces.


Free seminars by Safe Work Australia and the Norton Rose law firm on each of the show's three days at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from April 5 to 7 will also help employers come to grips with the harmonised work health and safety Act due for implementation at the end of the year.


Safe Work Australia has released draft regulations and a dozen draft model codes for public comment, which closes on April 4. Announcing a series of seminars at Safety In Action hosted by expert exhibitors including the Australian Industry Group, show organiser Marie Kinsella said it was important to assist employers prepare for a new regulatory regime.


"At the Harmonisation Master Classes, Safety In Action visitors will learn about the proposed changes and how to comply," she said. "The regulations and codes of practice tell us exactly how to make our workplaces safe so, in many ways, they're even more important to understand in detail than the Act."


Five Harmonisation Master Classes have been confirmed. The Australian Industry Group will discuss the new regulations, while other exhibitors examine four draft Codes of Practice. Risk Management Technologies will deal with the draft Code of Practice for the Preparation of Safety Data Sheets for Hazardous Chemicals; Noise Management Services will explain Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work; Carter Corporation will discuss How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace; while ATTAR examines Managing the Work Environment & Facilities.


The seminars addressing the Codes of Practice and the Act will be run daily at Safety In Action from April 5 to 7 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The 45-minute classes are free and bookings are highly recommended.


For more information, visit, email or phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences on (03) 9654 7773.

2011 ITS Summit to plan transport safety and productivity improvement

The applications of intelligent transport systems (ITS), ranging from freight management to in-vehicle navigation and road tolling technologies in Australia, have evolved from technical mysteries to productive networks contributing to the safety, security and productivity of the nation's transport infrastructure.


Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia) president Dr Norm Pidgeon said these technologies are not just talking maps stuck on the car's dashboard.


"Intelligent transport systems are now used to keep public transport on schedule, track freight deliveries and manage peak time traffic flow," said Norm Pidgeon.


"As ITS technologies quietly perform a wide range of tasks on our transport infrastructure, they make dramatic improvements to the safety and security of pedestrians, passengers and vehicle drivers. They also make significant improvements to transport productivity. People and goods get to their destinations faster and more economically thanks to Australian developed ITS solutions," he said.


All of this has been achieved in the past 10 to 15 years. ITS industry thought leaders believe it is now appropriate to examine progress and they have called the second Australian Intelligent Transport Systems Summit, to be held from 20 to 22 September, 2011 on the Gold Coast, to progress industry input to a strategy for national ITS development.


Like the inaugural summit in 2009, the ITS 2011 Summit will be a roll-up the sleeves working session with the theme ‘Strategy into Action’. It will bring together all ITS stakeholders – the entrepreneurs, the manufacturers and the users, including vehicle and component manufacturers, transport businesses and government bodies responsible for transport infrastructure.


National ITS strategy objective


"As we continue to align technology standards among ITS producers, and apply identical technical regulations across Australia's state and territory borders, we will bring even greater safety, security and productivity benefits to the nation's transport infrastructure," said Mr Pidgeon.


"With significant input from the internationally renowned ITS pioneers speaking at the ITS 2011 Summit, this meeting will share experiences about the development and implementation of major projects. This will benefit future applications by enabling synergies across projects to be identified and capitalised upon, and will reveal potential overlaps to be avoided," he said.


Keynote speakers from Australia, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Korea, Norway, South Africa, United Kingdom, and United States of America will inspire debate over two days, including a full day workshop leading to the summit objective of capturing industry input to a strategy for national ITS development.


That strategy will cover transport operations, vehicle and freight technologies, traveller information, a national ITS architecture, and the roles of academia, industry and government. ITS Australia is committed to working with Austroads and other stakeholders to deliver an integrated national strategy.


Maximum stakeholder participation sought


Norm Pidgeon said Australia is an internationally recognised intelligent transport systems innovator. "We export sophisticated electronic technology, including navigation and electronic enforcement systems. As a nation, we can do better in applying our skills and experience to improving our own transport infrastructure," he said.


"The ITS 2011 Summit is our most ambitious project. The summit outcomes will help set the national agenda for the development of technologies to further improve the safety, security and economic performance of Australia's transport infrastructure for the coming decade.


"We welcome the participation of representatives from all Australian ITS stakeholder groups at this summit. We thank the Queensland Government for hosting this important national meeting," he said.


In addition to contributing to an integrated national ITS strategy, this event will provide excellent networking opportunities with government and industry ITS leaders. The ITS 2011 Summit program and registration form are at


Organisations interested in sponsorship and exhibition opportunities should telephone +61 3 9320 8675 or email

EcoForum Conference and Exhibition 2010 – 23-24 February 2010

EcoForum brings Australian environment industry practitioners and their clients together to solve environmental problems and act on potential business opportunities. It is a multi-disciplinary event that encourages participation, provides real solutions and business leads and facilitates discussion and knowledge sharing on the management of the environment.
EcoForum in 2010 will be a two-day industry function comprising:
  • 1,000 participants from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors.
  • Four conference streams with more than 120 papers on climate change, water, wastewater and remediation.
  • A trade exhibition showcasing the products, services and technologies of 20 leading environment industry suppliers.
  • Relaxed business networking opportunities, including breakfast keynote plenary sessions, lunches, morning and afternoon breaks and happy hour drinks each day.
Event: EcoForum Conference & Exhibition
Date: Tuesday 23 February – Wednesday 24 February 2010
Venue: Australian Technology Park, Sydney

LogiPharma Europe – 27-29 April 2010, Geneva

The dates for LogiPharma Europe 2010 have now been confirmed – 27th-29th April 2010 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Geneva.
LogiPharma Europe 2009 saw over 230 industry experts meeting to share their challenges and discuss ground-breaking solutions. Participants attending in 2010 will hear from the key supply chain decision makers how they have overcome major obstacles.
Speakers already confirmed for LogiPharma Europe 2010:
  • Philippe  Francois, Vice President Supply Chain EMEA, Baxter (NEW).
  • Christian  Riediger, PS PH Supply Chain Management, Supply Strategy &  Optimisation, Bayer Schering Pharma AG (NEW).
  • Inal Kose, Pharm, FDF Warehouse Specialist, Responsible Manager, Sandoz Turkey (NEW).
  • Christoph Feldmann, Director Logistics Strategy & Business Solutions Europe/AFME, Pfiser (Top 10 Pharma).
  • Hillel West, Executive Director, Supply Chain Strategy, Teva (Top 10 Generics).
  • Jacques Dysli, Director, Customer Service, Merck Serono.
  • Birk Vanderweeen, Head, Distribution, EMEA, AstraZeneca (NEW).
  • Christele Hadjadj, Director, Supply Chain, Bristol Myers Squibb (NEW).
  • Michael Grogan, Vice President, Global Trade and Logistics, Actavis (NEW).
  • Jean-Marc Bobée, Director, Anti-Counterfeiting Strategy, Industrial Affairs, Sanofi Aventis.
  • Sébastien Mauel, Head, Global Product Security, Merck Serono SA.
  • Jorn Mayntzhusen, Head of Supply Chain Planning & Costing, H. Lundbeck (NEW).
  • James Hood, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Mylan (Top 10 Generics).
  • Daniel Graf, Global Head of Supply Chain, Solvay.
  • Oliver Glemser, Global Supply Chain Director, Ferring International Center (NEW).
  • Dirk Broeckx, Secretary General, Belgian Pharmacists Association.
  • Antoine Du Sartel, Director Pharma Global Markets Supply Chain Technical Operations, Merck Serono (NEW).
  • Thought Leader Think Tank Only: Ann Merchant, Vice President, Supply Chain, Amgen BV (NEW) (Largest Biotech).
These presenters will provide real life examples and case studies on:
  • Improving supply chain agility and visibility to reduce response time in a volatile market.
  • Using lean tools to cut waste and save money.
  • Identifying key logistics services you need to outsource to optimise your supply chain.
  • Gaining best practices in supply chain integration to improve efficiency.
  • Monitoring temperature throughout your supply chain to avoid product mishandling.
  • Exploring direct distribution (DTP) models to improve customer service.
  • Ensuring compliance with changing regional regulations while outsourcing logistics internationally.
  • Minimising cost of distribution by improving collaboration along the supply chain.
  • Ensuring a successful product launch by optimising your supply chain.
  • Overcoming customs, and shipping roadblocks.
  • Aligning supply chain with major functions like sales and marketing to improve forecasting accuracy.
  • And many other critical supply chain issues.
Feedback from attendees in 2009:
"Thank you – the conference was very well organised and had good topics. I was also positively surprised by the great networking opportunities." Dr. Silvia Kainer, Director, SCM Processes and Projects, Global Supply Chain Management, Mylan GmbH.
"The LogiPharma conference was very valuable in providing insight about security solutions actually used in the industry and the way that changing regulations are addressed – a possibility to benchmark your own security initiatives with what is done in other companies." Sébastien Mauel, Head of Product Security, Merck Serono.
"Logipharma Europe is the best event to share improvement ideas and to get feedback from peers." Karsten Bensing, Head of Supply Chain Processes, Boehringer Ingelheim
"This is undoubtedly the most senior and important supply chain conference in my calendar, in particular for supply chain security." Hans-Walter Hoehl, SVP Supply Chain, Bayer Healthcare.
For more information on LogiPharma Europe 2010 visit
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