Sponsored: CeMAT Australia, the nation’s largest intralogistics and materials handling event has released its speaker line-up and education program taking place on July 12-14 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Two international keynote speakers, Sascha Schmel, MD of VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association, and Olivier Janin, secretary general of European Materials Handling Federation (FEM), will headline CeMAT Australia’s Knowledge Theatre, which forms part of the interactive show floor.
The Knowledge Theatre provides an open platform for industry leaders from a range of markets and sectors, to provide valuable insights through case study driven presentations. At the 30 presentations, attendees will learn how companies have overcome business challenges, implemented leading solutions and how the sector is preparing for the future.
Sascha Schmel and Olivier Janin have many years’ experience between them and are respected thought leaders in the field of intralogistics and materials handling.
Hailing from Germany, Sascha Schmel studied Industrial and Mechanical Engineering and went on to join VDMA, the largest industrial association in Europe for the engineering industry.
He was made the spokesperson for the associations Engineering and Environment department in 2005, before becoming the spokesperson for the Industrial Trucks Department of the Conveying Engineering and Logistics System Specialist Association at the VDMA in 2008. With over a decade of service with VDMA, Schmel was appointed MD in 2012.
French national, Olivier Janin, holds a Masters in European Business Law and has nearly 15 years of experience in European public affairs. He started his career in the transport and logistics sector before moving to the engineering sector in 2008.
Since 2009, he has been the secretary general of FEM, the European Materials Handling Federation. FEM speaks for 13 national committees, representing more than 1000 companies employing 160,000 people directly.
The importance of on-going education and insight into European innovation for the sector cannot be underestimated, stresses Sarah Haughey, show director of CeMAT.
“The European materials handling industry generates close to €60bn of annual production value, so it goes without saying their insight is invaluable for the Asia-Pacific region.
“Both Mr. Schmel and Mr. Janin are respected and seasoned speakers. All who attend their keynotes will leave with knowledge that will not only improve their warehousing systems, but also provide them with insights into how technology, safety and policy are evolving across the industry. We invite all members of the industry to attend to ensure they stay ahead of the curve,” said Ms. Haughey.
In addition to the educational program, exhibitors will be bringing their top experts to Melbourne, including Manhattan Associates and International Business Solutions (IBS).
Manhattan Associates, a global leader in warehouse management solutions software will have a demonstration area set up on its stand (G13) to show exactly how the software solutions work with various hardware technology devices to drive efficiencies and cost savings in the warehouse.
Raghav Sibal, Manhattan Associates’ MD for Australia and New Zealand will be available for conversations about technology and implementation processes with attendees.
International Business Systems will be bringing to CeMAT a case study presentation, which will provide insight into the complexities of a fresh and frozen cold store automation project. Presented by Lloyd Hussey, solutions consultant, the presentation will cover the development of a comprehensive master plan, before undertaking any upgrade or integration into an existing system.
“With 20 production, packing and distribution units in eight European countries understanding the material flows between product, semi-finished inventory and packaging stages, which are often long and complex, involving error-prone manual labour throughout was critical.
“This presentation will demonstrate to attendees at CeMAT the importance developing a complete understanding of process, flows, critical areas to address for ERP and systems integration to support seamless end-to-end supply chain performance, increased picking and packing efficiencies, lower labour costs, and errors.
“Attendees to our stand will find guides for their journey through The Picking Jungle to find their competitive advantage in today’s disruptive marketplace,” said Hussey.
The combination of education and on-the-show-floor demonstrations are set to be a winning formula for attendees to CeMAT says Ms Haughey.
“We’re bringing the biggest names in the business and thought leaders to CeMAT Australia. It goes without saying all those that attend will leave with knowledge, skills and supplier contacts to run their business operations more efficiently,” she concluded.