2018: Best Linde World of Material Handling ever

Linde welcomed in June between 6 and 8 thousand visitors to the third edition of the intralogistics fair World of Material Handling. This time the bi-annual show was held in Mannheim, Germany. Logistics Inside Europe was present and asked Chief Sales and Services Officer Christophe Lautray about the set up and the differences between this year’s show and the previous two editions.

More than new models

“It is important to us that our customers can see more than just our newest models,” says Linde-CSO Christophe Lautray: “The World of Material Handling is our chance to present them with the wide range of possibilities arising from the interaction of vehicles, technologies and solutions. If hundreds of thousands of products are to be made available within just a few hours, the processes in the background must function like clockwork,” says Lautray.

At the “World of Material Handling” (WoMH)  leading industrial companies  showcased current technological capabilities and possibilities. It is clear that megatrends such as digitization, automation and new energy systems are fundamentally changing processes in logistics and goods handling.

Simplexity as motto

“Simplexity. The Art of Smart Solutions.” This was the motto of the 2018 World of Material Handling – a slogan that can also be interpreted as a promise. “We are demonstrating to our customers how they can meet complex demands by using state-of-the-art technology,” says Christophe Lautray, Chief Sales and Services Officer at Linde Material Handling. The company has set itself the goal of making intralogistics processes more efficient, cost-effective and even safer, all at the same time.

Live demonstrations

The bi-annual World of Material Handling took place for the third time. The venue was the Maimarkt site in Mannheim. Products and solutions for different subject areas were on display : automation, digitization, energy systems, safety and intralogistics.  To be seen were live demonstrations of typical customer applications, such as the loading and unloading of trucks, the storage of goods and order picking. In addition, presentations by experts and individual customer consultations were in store for the anticipated visitors.

Largest exhibitors

Apart from host Linde Material Handling, the largest exhibitor was Dematic. This is a leading global supplier of state-of-the-art, integrated supply chain automation technology. Additional companies represented at the trade show are Continental, Grammer, Blaxtair, Durwen, Kaup, Ravas, Vetter, Actil, Balea, Exide, Fronius, Hoppecke, Meyer & Bolzoni, Midac and Plug Power. Integrated throughout the various exhibition areas, they demonstrated that intralogistics thrives on the cooperation and networking of technologies and processes and also on the part played by manufacturers of intralogistics equipment.




Christoph Lautray, Linde, Linde Material Handling, Mannheim, Warehousing, Word of material handling

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