ITS (UK) is backing a new trade show and conference focusing on the digitalisation of logistics, connected freight and intelligent transport systems.
The Future Logistics Summit & Expo will be held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on 28 February and 1 March 2018 and has won the support of ITS (UK), the UK association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems.
ITS (UK) secretary general Jennie Martin said: ‘ITS (UK) are delighted to support the Future Logistics Summit and encourage all our members, not just the ones involved in our Freight Interest Group, to take part. We look forward to meeting members and other parts of the industry in Manchester next spring.
‘Freight and logistics have always seemed to be the Cinderella of the transport industry, with politicians and planners often prioritising the movement of people over the movement of goods. However for society to function properly, both need to be as efficient as possible and therefore anything that technology can do to improve productivity is welcome.’
Event director Gary Gilmour said that with digitalisation creating huge changes and opportunities for companies to become more efficient, the event will look to address ‘the challenges, threats and opportunities that the digitalisation of logistics will bring’.
He said: ‘With particular focus on connected freight for air, land & sea, as well as intelligent transport systems, and by co-locating with our manufacturing events, we expect to attract over 2,000 attendees from the manufacturing & logistics communities.’
The summit will run alongside the Industry 4.0 Summit & Factories of the Future Expo, concerned with the digital transformation of manufacturing, often referred to as industry 4.0, or the 4th industrial revolution.
The organisers said that co-locating the two events will give visitors access to the complete modern digital supply chain from design and development, through to manufacturing and delivery.