As the largest event of its kind in the UK, IMHX 2019 lived up to its billing as the biggest showcase for the UK material handling industry. Data compiled from the event makes for impressive reading.
IMHX 2019 at a glance:
- 462 exhibitors
- 16,239 attendees
- 380,000 sq. ft of exhibition space
- 23% of visitors were high-level executives
- 90% of visitors influence or make the final decision regarding the purchase of products and services
- 44% of visitors had annual budgets of more than £1m to spend on material handling and logistics services, and there was an 8% growth in such visitors compared with 2016
- 94% of those visiting the show were from the UK and Ireland; 4% from the rest of Europe; and 2% from the rest of the world
Amongst the visitors to the NEC in Birmingham were senior representatives from some of the major supply chains, including automotive, retail, food & beverage and distribution.
As co-owner of the exhibition alongside Informa, the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) said it was delighted with the event’s success. BITA demonstrated its faith in the event by staging its largest ever presence at the exhibition.
James Clark, Secretary General, BITA said: “IMHX 2019 was an unparalleled opportunity to see the newest products and services to enter the market, connect with new and existing suppliers, and stay one step ahead of the trends that are transforming the logistics industry.
“The exhibition provided the perfect opportunity to check the condition of the material handling industry and it was great to see all the new products on display, with the various stands offering an invaluable insight into the future direction of the industry.
“The new figures speak for themselves and demonstrate why anyone working in the material industry should not miss out on the opportunity to attend or even better, exhibit at the next event.”
This year marked a major change in the way the exhibition is organised and from 2021, IMHX will become a biennial event.
“The decision to switch the event to a biennial exhibition is also a positive one for the sector and reinforces the optimism currently surrounding the industry,” added Mr Clark.
The exhibition also provided BITA with a strong platform from which spread its message about the importance of raising safety standards across the industry. The major vehicle for this was the Design4Safety Awards, which were announced during the show. The association also used the exhibition to revisit the message introduced during the inaugural National Forklift Safety Day that seat belts save lives and that management has a responsibility to ensure that where fitted, the restraints are always used.
IMHX will return to the NEC, Birmingham from 14 – 16 September 2021.