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In addition to demonstrations, visitors can meet hundreds of leading suppliers of materials handling and logistics systems, products and services as well as be inspired by the free conference and product presentations. Furthermore, visitors can hear industry experts present, debate and discuss the hottest issues in the industry.

This is the only event of its kind in the UK where forklift truck, lifting, handling, loading bay, packaging, racking, stacking and shelving suppliers will join contract logistics providers; property developers; supply chain, fleet and telematics software; wireless/RDT systems; printer, barcoding and labelling suppliers all under one roof.

It offers logistics professionals an accessible, time-saving, one-stop-shop where they can assess the latest range of products, systems and services to keep their businesses ahead of the competition.

It takes place at a venue where visitors can park for free within a minute’s walk of the exhibition hall without any of the hassle and costs associated with other venues.

Taking centre stage at Live! is a scissor lift the size of a double-decker bus from Laweco which will demonstrate loading a double-deck trailer, Barcargolift will be demonstrating its new vertically folded lifting platform for vans that has a holding capacity of 600kg. Psion Teklogix will be demonstrating its live pick Olympics to show the benefits of voice picking versus paper versus terminal picking. Shrinkfast will be demonstrating its pallet wrapping machine and Translift Bendi will demonstrate its Bendi B3 which can operate in 1.6m aisles.

A series of free 30-minute product presentations will keep visitors informed of the latest technologies and services in the market including: Psion Teklogix presenting its speech recognition devices; Norco will present an innovative asset tracking, transaction recording and reporting system for batteries; Belgravium will present case studies where RFID is currently being used in supply chain applications.

Freight Best Practice presentation will help measure fleet performance effectively to make well-informed, tactical and strategic decisions about transport operations; Momote will present the pros and cons of going mobile and Clandestine Software will explain how LocateIT has provided Palletline Logistics with advanced and integrated solutions.

The free BMHF Conference is a hothouse of information and will provide delegates with all the advice needed to keep their businesses one step ahead. The topics are diverse with presentations ranging from the WEEE directive and responsibilities, automating order fulfilment, the HSE publication ‘Health and Safety in Retail and Wholesale’, racking inspections and knowing your responsibilities, training and the law to putting workplace transport into context. Sessions are free if booked in advance and £35 per session at the exhibition.


The British Materials Handling Federation’s (BMHF) member associations represent some 500 companies operating in the materials handling industry, with a combined turnover in excess of £3.5bn a year.

The main aims of the Federation are to encourage the use of materials handling equipment in all industries; to foster the development of the materials handling industry in the interest of the users, manufacturers and the national economy; and to encourage the participation of the UK industry in the committees and product groups of the Federation Européenne de la Manutention (FEM), which coordinates the activities of the European materials handling industry. BMHF is the British National Committee of FEM, providing its members with a vital conduit into this organisation.

The British Materials Handling Federation will be happy to supply information on the Federation and its member associations on its stand.

The BMHF members are: the Association of Loading and Elevating Equipment Manufacturers (Alem); the Automated Materials Handling Systems Association (AMHSA); the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA); the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF); and the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (SEMA)

On show at Stoneleigh

Stoneleigh will highlight the latest developments in warehouse equipment. Keymas-Egemin will exhibit details of automated handling and storage solutions, from simple but efficient product conveying through to fully integrated turnkey systems.

These include automated guided vehicles (AGVs) which can be supplied with customised controls to ensure full track traceability of production and sortation sequences through to storage and despatch.

Keymas has designed, installed and commissioned conveying systems to handle all types of products, from small packages, cartons or totes through to transporting bulk pallet loads interfaced with cranes and AGVs operating in various working environments. Egemin is a leading international expert in the design of major materials handling and storage systems to include AGV and Towline systems, and storage and warehouse distribution solutions.

Keymas-Egemin will also exhibit powered roller conveyors in mild and stainless steel for handling cartons, cases, shrink-wrapped packs, tote bins, boxes and pallets.

How long does it take to build a mezzanine floor bigger than a football pitch? Just five and a half weeks against a delivery time of six weeks.

Gardner was responsible for a 50,000 sq ft floor costing nearly a quarter of a million pounds, included eight flights of stairs and more than 100m of handrail and safety kick boarding. The floor was also fitted with Gardner’s up-and-over safety GardGate, which makes pallet loading and unloading on a mezzanine floor safer than ever before.

Welconstruct recently completed a contract to install a £600,000 three-level mezzanine floor in conjunction with a major 3PL logistics provider.

As a supplier to one of Britain’s leading retailers, House of Fraser, Welconstruct installed a 3,500 sq ft floor with minimal downtime and disruption to the surrounding live warehouse.

House of Fraser said: “When choosing a company for this job we looked at a number of organisations. Welconstruct was professional, met our various requirements, offered value for money and could provide us with the complete package, including the design and management of the project, as well as mezzanine flooring, piling, sprinkler systems, lighting and power supplies.”

The contract involved the extension of the existing mezzanine floor at House of Fraser’s distribution centre and creating three new floors of storage for clothing and household products.

Welconstruct designs and implements interior fit-outs and refurbishment solutions for clients in commercial, industrial, retail and health sectors throughout the UK.

With more than 25 years’ industry experience, Davicon is a leading UK manufacturer of mezzanine floors and the only manufacturer to supply to trade only. Davicon’s partnership programme continues to grow.

The programme, developed to help Davicon and its key trade customers deliver a consistently superior service to the end customer, offers various levels of membership, including partner, distributor and associate.

Davicon operate from its dedicated mezzanine production facility in the West Midlands, giving it complete control of the process and ensuring high standards.

ASG Services, the warehouse identification and floor marking supplier launched an all new online store in March 07, designed to offer a quicker method of gaining prices, placing orders and showing customers the huge range of products which ASG supply.


Linpac Storage Systems will be exhibiting its British manufactured range of racking and shelving products. Visitors to Linpac’s stand will see company’s new longspan clip system.

To make construction of the adjustable shelving simpler and more cost effective, the shelves are supported by sturdy clips, rather than on beams. This innovative clip system can be used to create up to a three tier shelving structure.

Storax Racking Systems specialises in mobile racking systems which have been widely used in temperature-controlled warehouses, distribution centres and manufacturing sites. Drive-in racking provides good use of available space and is ideal for those stocking a limited product range.

The cantilever racking system is suitable for the storage of long loads but is also easily adapted to any requirements. A powered mobile version of the cantilever racking system is also available.

Storax has recently introduced two new products: Storax Ranger, in which the pallets are moved in tunnels by a remote control operated shuttle; and Ramada 2 Store, where two pallets are loaded, stored and unloaded at the same time.

Thorworld Industries will feature its range of loading bay equipment, safety aids and accessories. It will also introduce its 2007/8 product range catalogue.

In addition, an example of its market-leading mobile yard ramps will be on show in the external display at the main entrance to the exhibition hall.

Thorworld provides a one-stop, single source for a wide range of equipment, such as dock shelters and seals, dock levellers, dock plates and boards, dock and vehicle bumpers, wheel chocks and modular loading docks.

The company also provides mobile yard ramps for purchase or rental on a sale-or-return basis through its specialist RentA-Ramp operation, as well as the Truckloada mobile yard lift, the Dockloada scissor lift platform, and its new Economy ramp.

Ro-Dor, the Stockbridge, Hampshire-based specialist in the design and manufacture of PVCu roller doors, will be displaying three widely used doors.

The double-skin PVCu roller shutter door is easily cleaned and suitable for manufacturing areas, chillers and distribution bays. It is constructed from high impact material with both thermal and acoustic properties, and has a degree of flex, so it can absorb minor impact and revert to its original position.

The Dynaco rapid door range has a number of safety benefits, notably the absence of reinforcing bars, while still providing resistance to wind. This door range has a knockout facility with automatic re-insertion, often a must with fork lift presence, making the crash-resistant door suitable for internal and external applications.

A Hormann sectional door offers the home market all the advantages of precision German engineering. In function and design, Hormann doors blend superbly into modern industrial architecture. Also on display will be a range of loading bay equipment.

Information Technology

RedPrairie has announced the release of DLx DutyManagement 2007.1, enabling businesses to reduce and delay tax payments in line with the latest HM Revenue & Customs regulations.

The new release supports the entry of invoices, certificates and licences prior to the receipt of goods, allowing items to be available immediately upon receipt. For the first time, it also enables companies that assemble and manufacture from imported components to take advantage of regulations that can reduce or eliminate customs duty payments, delivering higher profit margins and improved cash flow.

Martin Hiscox, president and managing director international of RedPrairie, says: “Most companies engaged in importing or exporting could reduce their customs and excise payments, but the majority fail to do so because of the complexity of HMRC regulations. DLx DutyManagement removes this obstacle and our customers are saving millions of pounds every month.”

DLx DutyManagement releases expected later in the year will further reduce the cost of HMRC compliance and increase user productivity.

The ability to repack products under bond will enable duty to be paid even later. RFID will improve shipment efficiency and security, and expanded browser-based capabilities will give companies and their customers greater visibility of information.

Support for SAD harmonisation, authorised economic operators, single access point and the modernised customs code will follow as each of these initiatives comes into effect, providing new opportunities to reduce and delay tax payments.

Openda is an international, fully integrated supply chain solution, used in the UK, Europe and the US by customers in industries as diverse as utilities, telecoms, defence, civil aviation, motor sport, electronics, plumbing, toys and many others.

Openda covers sales, purchasing, inventory, warehousing, accounts and customer relationship management, as well as e-commerce, customs warehousing, touch screen dispatch, RF warehousing, route management, light manufacturing, remote integration, digital image management and retrieval, data warehouse and management information systems.

A real-time solution that is fully scalable, Openda is equally at home in a small independent company or a multi-national organisation. By linking sales, purchasing, inventory, accounts and dispatch systems with clarity and speed, problems can be resolved in moments.

Warehouse management systems provider ATMS has opened a third overseas office to serve the company’s growing Middle Eastern market. ATMS’s Singapore office, opened earlier this year, complements the company’s operations in Dubai and China, which opened in 2003.

Stephen Cross, managing director of ATMS in the UK and ATMS fzco in UAE, says: “We are making exceptional progress in the Middle East, and are delighted to announce the opening of our third office in the region. We now have customers and partners in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.”

Visitors to the ATMS stand will have the opportunity to discuss the ATMS global warehouse management and supply chain projects, and how the company’s warehouse management system StockTrackPLUS can improve its warehousing operations and supply chain.

Minster Logistics has launched its fully voice-enabled Warehouse Management System. This state-of-the-art system covers all aspects of the warehousing operation including receipt of goods, put-away, replenishment, picking, marshalling, loading, full stock takes and perpetual inventory stock takes.

Central to the system is the voice management console. This allows all warehousing activity to be monitored, controlled and progressed, with a high-level view of each activity, a graphical indication of progress towards completion of the current warehouse workload, and drill-down options to monitor the progress of individual tasks and the operators performing them.

The console features an alerts panel that instantly highlights issues requiring urgent management attention, such as empty picking locations or where a picking shortage has been detected.

The system has been developed in conjunction with a number of Minster’s existing users, including the Nield Group and 3663, where it has been live for some time and is delivering significant benefits.

Bart Spices, the spice and sauce supplier, has chosen the Proteus warehouse management suite for its new warehouse operation. Established in the 1960s, Bart Spices has grown from strength to strength, supplying an extensive range of herbs, spices and coconut products from around the globe.

Bart Spices’ continuing success made it necessary to move to larger warehouse premises and the company recently moved to a warehouse in the Bristol area. It wanted a warehouse management solution that could not only cope with daily supply chain demands but respond to increasing pressures as the company grows further.

Bart chose the Proteus RF Directed Warehouse Management Software suite because of Proteus’s experience in the food industry. The warehouse management solution will integrate into the Bart’s Sage ERP solution.

The rapidly growing uptake of voice recognition systems is one of the most significant developments in the logistics industry. Mobile computing and wireless data collection solutions provider Psion Teklogix (UK) will demonstrate the latest addition to its range of voice-enabled data collection terminals.

Psion Teklogix Workabout Pro Speech is a hand-held data collection terminal with voice technology and an integrated speech module that enables users to pick and put-away by voice, then scan or image a barcode or read an RFID transponder.

The Workabout Pro Speech is available with either Windows Mobile 2003 SE or Windows CE.Net configurations. It delivers performance, ruggedness and durability in an ergonomic package, and allows users to carry out a multitude of tasks with one device.

Psion Teklogix (UK) will also demonstrate its model 8515 vehicle-mounted computer.

Intended primarily for use with forklift trucks operating in a warehousing, port or other industrial environment, the 8515 is a compact entry-level device that is highly compatible with smaller counterbalanced trucks and other warehouse materials handling equipment.

Vianetic has extended its warehouse management system VWMS with a new look module.

The booking system incorporates the scheduling and management of deliveries to the warehouse based on an intuitive interface which allows a delivery to be booked in with just a few clicks of the mouse. The ordering web site will allow customers to raise or amend orders, view their order history or query the status of outstanding orders.

Zetes, established in 1984, is a Pan-European system integrator offering value-added solutions in the automatic identification industry (Auto ID) for goods ID and people ID.

These solutions use emerging and mature technologies (barcode, voice recognition, RFID, smartcards and biometrics) to optimise the business performance of private and public customers. Zetes solutions are implemented in various sectors of activity, from retail to industry, transport, logistics, distribution, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, government and public services.

For companies thinking about mobilising their workforce, Momote has designed the MX platform, which eases the effective deployment of mobile applications and solutions while empowering those with technology skills.

At 1.45pm each day at Logistics Link Live, Momote will present the findings of a recent survey, conducted with analyst firm Freeform Dynamics, which explores the pros and cons of going mobile. It is not a logistical minefield and Momote aims to dispel the common misconceptions that invariably lead to mobility projects being pushed down the list of priorities.

Momote uses real customer experiences to punctuate this up-beat session, so register now to reserve your seat. Alternatively, come and talk to Momote on stand L416 in the exhibition area where it will be happy to demonstrate the latest version of the Momote MX Platform software.

Van access

FreeAccess provides free access to the rear door of a van as well as providing safe loading and unloading with a tail lift.

With the platform folded, you have completely free access to the cargo space, and unfolded it enables loading of pallets and trolleys. For those who take the standard version, the payload loss is only 179kg.

In addition to VanLift FreeAccess, Bär offers cargo lifts for all types of uses and all vehicle categories, with capacities from 600kg to 3000kg. The product range also includes fixed platforms and single or double folding under-run solutions.

Forklift Trucks

Visitors will be able to see the latest version of the Flexi articulated truck from Narrow Aisle.

This electric-powered Flexi Generation 4, or G4 as the new model is known, is bristling with features that will prove attractive to both operators and specifiers, such as an operator presence switch fitted into the seat.

“We see the introduction of the G4 as the evolution of what is already a well established and highly successful product,” says Peter Wooldridge, managing director of Narrow Aisle, who is a pioneer of the articulated truck concept and heads the company’s in-house design team. “We constantly look to the future and the design developments we have made to the G4 will ensure that we maintain our market leading position.”

Translift Bendi, designer and manufacturer of the multi-award winning Bendi articulated forklift truck will also have their latest products on display as will Aisle-Master.

Flogas UK has filling plants all over the UK and delivers nationwide to thousands of customers who rely on LPG for a wide range of uses.

Flogas LPG can be stored conveniently in bulk storage tanks above or below ground. Alternatively, where supply or volume dictates, cylinders can provide the solution.

Fork lift trucks powered by LPG have very low exhaust emissions, are quiet and economical to operate and can be used both inside and outside. They are ideal for extended day shifts, like the continental shift pattern.


A specialist in traction battery rental, Norco Group, will be exhibiting at Materials Handling Live to promote its flagship products, Norco RMS and Norco Power for Life.

Norco RMS is an asset tracking, transaction recording and reporting system that optimises utilisation, maximising returns on battery fleet investments and eliminating unnecessary expenditure on replacements.

This system is a core module of the company’s fleet management service, which includes Norco Power for Life, an all-inclusive battery topping, maintenance, repair, cell replacement and product replacement programme.

Norco says the benefits of this service include: cost-effective fleet replacements, typically between 40 and 50 per cent of the current replacement cost on a two-year PFL deal; cover for new and used batteries; flexible termination arrangements; and a tax-deductible monthly charge.


Aetna UK, a supplier of equipment to the food processing industry, will be exhibiting its range of packaging machinery. Aetna staff will be available to advise on all aspects of pallet handling and both semi and fully automatic stretch wrapping machinery.

The show will feature the Robopac 506 pallet stretch wrapping system, of which over 300 are operating in the UK. Aetna UK now has even more stretch wrappers from which to choose, all priced to provide something for everyone, including those taking their first step from hand wrapping to machine wrapping.

SCA Tuscarora will be demonstrating its PolyPallet returnable materials handling system. PolyPallet addresses the market need for a high-strength, but lightweight, returnable transit container. It is ideal for closed loop cycles as the sleeve collapses down to fit within the outer perimeter of the pallet and the lid locks firmly over the top to create a flat pack for the return journey. Reducing the volume assists transport cost savings.

PolyPallet is available with corrugated or plastic corrugated sidewalls and lid. The pallet base is manufactured from expanded foam. The sidewalls are held firmly to the pallet by a stirrup lock. PolyPallet also has RFID capability. PolyPallet has won Starpack and Worldstar awards.

With an average 17 million daily deliveries, TNT Post is one of the world’s busiest delivery firms. It needed to enhance its transport capabilities in the UK and turned to Schoeller Arca Systems.

The right containers had to be able to handle large volumes of bags and parcels. The product that stood out was the Magnum. Part of Schoeller Arca Systems’ foldable container range, it is a robust and hard wearing container.

The Magnum range is reusable, returnable and recyclable. Strong and durable, it can withstand the knocks and rough handling that are part and parcel of road transport. Magnum is easily folded down and stacked five high when empty, cutting transport costs. It is also weather-resistant and allows air flow.

The Magnum series incorporates a variety of size options to accommodate a wide range of customers and applications.


futur provides tailored packages for all waste and recycling needs. As a large distribution centre service provider it installs bespoke waste management solutions on site, then manages a company’s waste through to end-of-life reprocessing.

Its aim is to make the management of waste as simple as possible, so businesses can concentrate on their core activities.

It aims to build long-term relationships with its clients based on high quality services and good communication.

Mil-tek is an international manufacturer of air-powered (pneumatic) balers and waste presses. In the UK it has nine strategically located depots and a national accounts head office to provide service and support both to small local businesses and national multi-site companies.

Mil-tek will have a working demonstration of its range of baling machines, which are clean, quiet and easy to operate.

The balers are designed for compacting cardboard, plastic and polystyrene waste, with a special method of constant compression that forms the waste material into dense bales.

Mil-tek is offering a free site survey and free 14-day trial in 2007 and free collection of baled material in most areas of the UK, helping businesses save money on waste disposal costs.

Compacting and baling allows you to separate waste for recycling using less space and providing a cleaner, neater and safer working environment.

Compact & Bale says that companies need cost-efficient waste management and recycling solutions, and its goal is to reduce the amount they spend on waste management and increase their revenue from recycling. The company prides itself on being socially responsible, environmentally aware and keeping abreast of new legislation and legal requirements that affect the waste industry.

Fleet Management

The Freight Best Practice programme will be showing two new products aimed at helping to reduce operating costs and improve efficiency: the Transport Operators’ Pack (TOP) and a DVD entitled ‘Drive It – Driving Truck Fleet Performance’.

The TOP is designed for those with day-to-day vehicle and driver responsibility and provides excellent practical support material to help fleet operators implement best practice in the workplace.

TOP will support tasks essential to running a successful fuel management programme with helpful checklists and spreadsheets, forms to assist in the collection of fuel data, presentations, posters and key fact reminders.

Following on from the success of the updated ‘Save it’ DVD, the 25-minute DVD ‘Drive It’ aims to inform and educate drivers and transport managers about operational efficiency.

The DVD will develop and update many of the principles explored in ‘Save it’, but its main purpose will be to inspire its audience to take positive action.

Visitors to Stoneleigh Park will benefit from free admission, free on-site parking, free show catalogue, free product presentations, free BMHF Conference.Visitors can pre-register to receive a fast track entry badge to avoid queuing on the day they visit the exhibition. Visit the web site to register and badges will be mailed to visitors in May. Additional tickets can be obtained by telephoning the complimentary tickets hotline on 0870 744 4984.

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