Multimodal 2017 – event highlights

CombiLift straddle carrier

Our photographic walk-through of this year’s Multimodal transport, logistics and supply chain management event (4-6 April) at the Birmingham NEC highlights 15 things to do and see – from patting a wolf to finding treasure to testing your driving skills.

Team IFL will be attending Multimodal on Wednesday 5 April. Click here to arrange a meet – we’d love to talk transport with you.

1. Meet a model

The BACA Workwear & Safety model on stand 7090 is a bit stiff but still manages to catch the eye of some passing delegates with her matching hi-viz outfit.

BACA Workwear


2. Get your shoes shined

Take a seat courtesy of PD Ports on stand 4030.

PD Ports shoeshine stand


3. Win tickets to the British Grand Prix

If F1 motorsport is your thing, check out the Fargo Systems Software stand (4002) for a chance to win.

F1 British Grand Prix

4. Try your hand at mini golf

Play mini golf around Great Britain on the Howard Tenens stand (4020) for the chance to win a spa weekend for two.

Howard Tenens mini golf

5. Test your driving skills

After the number of remote-controlled crashes we witnessed, this is obviously a lot harder than it looks – have a go on the Maritime Transport stand (5040).

Maritime Transport parking game

6. Meet the Glasgow Warriors

Several members of Glasgow’s rugby union squad will be on the Malcolm Logistics stand (5050) on Wednesday. Or join the scrum and see if you can grab yourself a free ball.

Rugby Union balls, Malcolm Logistics

7. Grill the Bacon

If you’re a speedway fan, here’s your chance to talk to local Coventry speedway star, Tom Bacon, who rides for the Birmingham Brummies and Peterborough Panthers, on his sponsor’s stand (5060).

Tom Bacon, Speedway rider

8. Devan a container

Ask nicely and you may be able to have a go with this model mobile straddle carrier from CombiLift on stand 4085. The real version can lift 35 tons and is used in freight and logistics, as well as steel, concrete and other manufacturing industries.

CombiLift straddle carrier

9. Find the treasure

Stake your flag in the city for a chance to win a Fitbit on the Charles Kendall stand 5100.

Treasure map, Charles Kendall

10. See Heathrow’s third runway from above

Visit Heathrow Cargo on stand 7050 and admire their 1:4000 model of the Heathrow expansion.

Heathrow expansion model

11. Pat a wolf

What do rosewood guitars, wolves and colon detox pills have in common? They’re all on the Border Force’s list of banned items (see their amazing collection of confiscations on stand 7050). Cue long discussion about getting guitars licensed to travel post-Brexit.

Border Force confiscated items at Heathrow

12. Win a giant Easter Egg

CEMEX on stand 6085 is offering a draw for a giant Easter Egg – just ask them about rolled compacted concrete to find out how to enter.

Easter Egg at Multimodal 2017

13. Discover alternative pallets

Hidden at the back of Multimodal is a neat sustainable pallet innovation. Recyclable Pallite offer a lighter, cheaper alternative to wooden pallets, taking around 750kg weight, typically saving £40 on airfreight and eliminating contamination caused by splinters and nails. The company also launched Pallite boxes in 2016 as an alternative to crates, which fold away when not in use.

Pallite alternative pallets

14. Recharge your mobile

If you need some juice for your phone, there’s a handy charging station on the American Express stand (7039).

Mobile charger station

15. Spot the slogans

Wednesday is a day of Brexit briefings in the Multimodal seminar programme. With this week’s geopolitical Brexit row between the UK, Gibraltar and Spain hitting the headlines, we can’t help but feel a bit sorry for VIIA rail transport on stand 6022.

Multimodal stand


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