MEGATRANS2020 postponed until next year

Following the recent announcement from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the measures that will be taken by the government to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, MEGATRANS exhibition organisers have made the decision to reschedule MEGATRANS2020.

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Freight operators a key component of MEGATRANS2018

MEGATRANS2018 will bring together the entire supply chain under one roof for the first time, to help facilitate national and international collaboration. Freight operators play a vital role in this supply chain and will play an important part of the tradeshow.

With Visa Global Logistics leading the way, MEGATRANS2018 offers a unique platform for fleets and freight operators to engage with their potential customers across a range of industries spanning manufacturing, retail, FMCG, food and beverage manufacturing, mining, as well as with importers and exporters. 

“This is two-pronged approach for us. Given our innovative approach to business, MEGATRANS2018 provides us a platform to be seen as market leaders, and branding at an event like this is crucial. But more importantly, to be able to engage with our core audience of importers and exporters, as well as with the key buyers of freight services across such a wide range of industries – this is such a strong value opportunity for us,” says Visa Global Logistics CEO Simon Hardwidge.

“We understand that as a freight services business we play an important and instrumental role in the freight and logistics sector. It just made sense to be involved”.

Join other freight services businesses at MEGATRANS2018 and be part of the logistics event of 2018.

Agility wins two-year contract for Major Natural Gas Event

Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has been awarded a contract to provide international freight and on-site handling services for the Gastech Conference & Exhibition in 2017 and 2018. 

The 2017 event will be held April 4-7 at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The location for the 2018 event has not been announced.

As official freight and on-site handling contractor, Agility Fairs & Events will assist exhibitors and their contractors with logistical and shipping requirements of exhibits to and from the show.

The Gastech Conference & Exhibition is organized by dmg::events UK and is the leading event for the international oil and gas industry, as well as a global meeting place for energy professionals working in the natural gas industry.

This event is held every 18 months and attracts over 400 international exhibitors and 15,000 other delegates, VIPs, trade visitors and exhibition representatives. The Gastech Conference & Exhibition, first held in 1972, has been held 29 times.

The original event was launched in London to bring together technical decision makers involved in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping. Gastech has evolved and now brings together the commercial and technical communities from the global energy supply chain.

“Agility’s relationship with Gastech goes back many years so we are delighted to be continuing our partnership for the next two events. We look forward to assisting them to make the upcoming Gastech events the very best in 2017 and 2018,” said David Richards, Managing Director, Agility Fairs & Events UK.

CeMat 2015 exhibition opens in Sydney

Australians will have the opportunity to learn about the latest global industry trends at the inaugural CeMat exhibition in Sydney.

CeMat is one of the largest logistics, warehousing and material handling exhibitions in the world, and is held biannually in Hannover, Germany, and also stages in Russia, Asia, India and South America.

Held over three days, the CeMat exhibition will feature national and international industry exhibitors, live product demonstrations and launches, and stand events to provide visitors with a hands-on experience.

Hannover Fairs managing director Harvey Stockbridge said he was very keen for the Australian market to access the latest international industry trends, and that the show will facilitate knowledge sharing and explore new ways to improve efficiency.

“With 15 per cent of Australia’s GDP coming from the transport and logistics industry, it’s a critical component of our economy,” he said.

“No other industry offers companies such huge scope for rationalisation and savings as the materials handling and logistics sector.”

Stockbridge said CeMAT AUSTRALIA would represent a fast-growing sector of over 165,000 businesses, consisting of lifting equipment and crane manufacturers, forklift truck and warehouse technology producers, software developers and even complete system providers.

“Bringing innovations from across the globe, CeMAT will also feature a large number of international visitors from China, Malaysia, India, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan.”

The exhibition will also have guest speakers from industry giants to give presentations and workshop various issues such as supply chain management, global and market trends, tender management, and warehouse efficiency.

Entry is free to the CeMat exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 May at Olympic Park, Homebush.


Speakers on Tuesday include:

Logistics Operations Manager Kris Lancaster from Foodstuffs New Zealand, who control an estimated 52% of the New Zealand grocery market, will assess the key drivers for automation or manual picking to enable better business outcomes. During his keynote Kris will candidly weigh up the cost of automating versus the potential value it can provide in reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. 

Ben Franzi, General Manager, Global eCommerce Platforms for Australia Post, will share his journey on how he managed the transition from a traditional mailing business to making Australia Post a thriving ecommerce service provider. He will discuss how ecommerce is changing the transport and logistics industry and how other businesses can build resilience into their system design.

Armin Weih, Deputy Managing Director, VDMA – Europe’s leading engineering association representing member companies in mechanical engineering and leading the way in developing intralogistics solutions for the world market, will discuss global trends, challenges and industry 4.0.

Safety in Action 2008 “for people who make safety happen”

Ahead of April’s Safety In Action workplace safety trade show, WorkSafe Victoria has stressed the need for industry to stay abreast of the latest safety measures.

"Everyone in the workplace should have an interest in health and safety. Safety in Action 2008 will give you the opportunity to learn the latest and stay up to date," said John Merritt, Executive Director of WorkSafe Victoria.

"Events like this expose you to a hub of expertise and information designed to help you keep your workers and business safe."


Organiser of Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, Marie Kinsella, said the practical nature of workplace safety meant that it was important for anyone concerned with safety to be aware of the spread of solutions on offer.

"The bottom line is that you need to be able to demonstrate you’ve taken all reasonable steps to make your workplace safe, which in turn means you can’t afford to overlook new solutions as they come onto the market," she said. "In practice, staying across everything is a huge undertaking, which is why we get 350 or more safety suppliers in one spot every year at Safety In Action."

Ms Kinsella said the 12,000 square metres of the Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling shows was allocated to ensure a spread of specialists.

"To be honest, we could fill all three acres with forklifts, boots, hats and goggles but we’re really careful to make sure that visitors get to see everything they need to solve the spectrum of safety challenges, from asbestos removal to working at heights."

The mix of exhibitors had changed over the 11 years since Safety In Action’s inaugural show in 1998, she said, with an increasing emphasis on exceeding rather than simply meeting standards.

"In response to industry’s growing awareness of the productivity benefits of safety, we’ve seen more and more interest in workplace wellness programs, for example," Ms Kinsella said.

"And while manual handling is not new, there’s been an explosion of new technology that both addresses the stress placed on the body and makes warehouses so much more efficient."

In fact, Melbourne Materials Handling will be 25 per cent larger than when it debuted in 2007, co-located with Safety In Action. Organisers are expecting the two shows to again draw more than 10,000 visitors over their three days from April 29 to May 1 in 2008.

High profile exhibitors already signed on by December 2007 include Ansell, Bailey, Bata, Blackwoods, BOC, Bolle, Draeger Safety Pacific, Fallshaw, Life and Rescue International, Linde, Pilz Safe Automation, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Sick, Siemens, and Toyota Material Handling.

Visit Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, which run from April 29 to May 1 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The Safety Institute of Australia will host the concurrent Safety In Action conference sponsored by WorkSafe Victoria and featuring 70 speakers including former Telstra chief, Ziggy Switkowski. For more information, phone Australian Exhibitions & Conferences on 03 9654 7773, email or visit

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