(Padua, 10 March 2018) – The first edition of Green Logistics Expo, the International Sustainable Logistics Expo, drew to a close yesterday at the Fiera di Padova. The opinion of the 246 companies taking part was decidedly positive. The formula chosen to finally bring to Italy an exhibition focussing on the complex theme of logistics as a whole, examining the aspects of business, sustainability, and its connection with the world of industry and production, was appreciated and understood. During the two and a half day event dedicated to intermodal transport, industrial logistics and real estate, e-commerce and urban logistics, more than 5000 (5147 to be precise) people visited the Expo, with a peak on day two. The public, consisting mainly of production company managers, visited with interest the stands covering a surface area of 19,000 sq m indoors, plus 1500 sq m of external demo areas.
The more than 50 conferences and workshops with about 250 speakers were also packed. A success beyond all expectations for the section dedicated to e-commerce organised by WMR Cappello, with more than 700 participants.
The inauguration of the new electric portal cranes at Interporto Padova also attracted the operators’ attention, not least thanks to a spectacular direct audiovisual connection from the intermodal logistics terminal projected on a maxiscreen in the main exhibition hall.
At the end of the three days, the sentiment of the operators present at the event was positive: good contacts, business opportunities and opportunities to learn about the latest developments on the professional scene, thanks to the wide range of operators, conferences and seminars.
An important endorsement also came from Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of FSI during the opening round table: “When we presented our goods project, we had to do it in Munich in Germany. Now at last Italy too has an event dedicated to the logistics sector and when we have a new presentation, we will be able to do it here.”
Numerous innovations were presented at the Expo, from FOUR’s electric trucks which reached the event from Rome and Milan, to the load groupage optimisation software developed by Trans-Cel, a Padua transport company which had appointed a mathematician specifically to develop the model, and the goods wagon able to move around freight yards on its own thanks to a small electric motor, proposed by the Calabria based company Co.El.Da Software and with a prototype already undergoing trials on a track provided by RFI. At a press conference, Padua’s Cityporto service for urban goods distribution with environmentally-friendly vehicles announced it had passed the one million deliveries mark in its 14 years of activity and was now active in the marketplace without any form of public subsidy. Interporto Centro Ingrosso of Pordenone won the Green Logistics Expo award as an example of successful and innovative participation at a trade exhibition for having brought companies operating in intermodal transport, logistics and distribution together in a cluster.
Green Logistics Expo thanks all the operators, exhibitors and visitors who believed in them and this new project.
The appointment is now for 2020 with an even more complete edition, well organised down to the smallest detail.