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Transformation, digitalisation, innovation drive the agenda at 42nd TOC Europe exhibition and conference
World Economic Forum, Port of Rotterdam, Hamburg Süd, Kuehne + Nagel, Damco, Black & Decker and Yilport among confirmed speakers at Container Supply Chain Conference as part of 42nd TOC Europe, 12 – 14 June
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TOC Europe 2018 (12 to 14 June 2018) Ahoy Rotterdam, The Netherlands
29/03/2018

London, 29 March 2018: The 42nd edition of TOC Europe returns to the world-leading hub port city of Rotterdam from 12-14 June at a time of deep change for global supply chain, logistics and freight transport operations. Co-located with the Container Supply Chain (CSC) Conference, TOC Europe is the industry’s longest-running event platform for port and terminal operators, their customers and suppliers. Delegates to the CSC conference will discuss new dynamics in global container shipping, ports and landside logistics, while exhibition visitors will be updated on the latest port and terminal technology in the large trade fair and accompanying technical seminars. Continuing the debate from TOC Asia, taking place 24-25 April as part of Singapore Maritime Week, the CSC conference and TECH TOC seminars at TOC Europe will bring together key industry and institutional stakeholders to discuss the impact of transformative and disruptive technologies on logistics, shipping, transport and ports. Keynote speakers at this year’s CSC conference include Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industry at the World Economic Forum (WEF), who will explore Disruption in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Says Mr. Lehmacher: “Today’s transformations resulting from accelerating developments of traditional and advanced technologies and their aggregated effects across the biological, physical and digital world are leaving their traces in business, civil society and government. Many forces are at work, ranging from changing consumer preferences, to pressures on companies to comply with legal and ethical standards, to the need to power our homes, cities, countries, our economy responsibly, to the changes in global supply chains resulting from distributed manufacturing, advanced automation and the emerging global super robot in the making.” Private and public sectors, he observes, “need to craft new strategies, explore new ways and pay particular attention to striking a good balance between protecting citizens and promoting innovation.” Finding solutions in the 4IR requires “collaboration and dialogue beyond specific issue domains and stakeholder groups,” adds Mr. Lehmacher. How industry and policy makers work together to harness the power of 4IR, formulate tomorrow’s digital supply chain models and create a regulatory framework for digital infrastructure investment – including cyber-security issues – will be among the key talking points on the opening day of this year’s Container Supply Chain conference at TOC Europe. Delegates will hear views from across the supply chain on the convergence of multiple new digitalisation and automation technologies including collaborative platforms, IoT, AI, blockchain, big data, robotics and autonomous vehicles. Speakers will include Joyce Bliek, Director - Digital Business Solutions at Port of Rotterdam. This January, Rotterdam announced a major new multi-year digital transformation programme together with IBM with the goal of becoming “the smartest port in the world", said Rotterdam CFO Paul Smits. Ms Bliek will share insights on the ground-breaking initiative and discuss how Rotterdam is looking to leverage IoT and AI technologies to optimise port operations including ship berthing times. Digitalisation perspectives from other parts of the supply chain will be provided by Dieter Degryse, General Manager – EMEA, Transportation, Caterpillar, David Lenaers, Transportation Manager Inbound EMEA – ANZ, Stanley Black & Decker, Helge Neumann-Lezius, Trade Manager Intra-Europe, Kuehne & Nagel and Christian Blauert, CEO, Yilport, among others. Debate on the second day of CSC turns to the outlook for global shipping and ports, developments in landside logistics including OBOR and a look into European infrastructure investment. With speakers including Andreas Mrozek, Global Head – Marine & Terminal Operations, Hamburg Süd, Saskia Groen-int-Woud, Global Chief Operations Officer, Damco and Lars Jensen, CEO & Partner, SeaIntelligence Consulting, the Shipping & Portwatch 2018 session will look at the ongoing impact of shipping industry consolidation, the supply-demand and freight rate outlook, impact of major new shipping legislation and how ports are adapting their strategic and operational responses. New approaches and technologies to mitigate port congestion, performance and cost pressures will also be addressed. Inland Cross-Border Trade & Logistics in 21st Century “Eurasia” shifts the focus onto landside logistics including the overland aspect of China’s massive One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. There are around 900 OBOR-related projects either being negotiated or already in progress. Encompassing 60 countries through ports, highways, bridges, tunnels, communications grids, and rail links, OBOR has already seen up to $1trillion in funding secured for heavy investments and this will continue to rise over the next decade. How will OBOR investment in new Eurasia trade corridors and clusters reshape the status quo of landside logistics across Asia and Europe and how can investors, operators and technology suppliers take advantage? More generally, what is being done to improve connectivity between ports and landside logistics and how can the terminal community drive new business from inland services? Speakers will include Joop Mijland, CEO, BCTN and Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General, FEPORT. Additional sessions within the Container Supply Chain Conference will address Tackling Counterfeiting throughout the Supply Chain and also European Infrastructure & Investment Forum. The conference is complemented by a series of technical seminars covering container terminal operations, equipment and technology and bulk logistics and port technology. Delegates are already confirmed from companies including Maersk Line, MSC, ExxonMobil, LyondellBasell, Bollore Africa Logistics, PD Ports, Damco, HHLA and Port of Rauma. Digital Event Technology Delegates will once again use a bespoke App to plan their visit, with a new Q&A feature that allows users to view all questions asked and to “upvote” their favourite questions. With over 180 exhibitors, visitors may need assistance to find the suppliers they need to see and TOC Europe has a brand new feature to assist visitors with their time at the event. Digital floorplans will help visitors find exhibitors based on areas of interest and visitors can also search by company name to find a specific stand.

 
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