GERMANY, Stuttgart. The 16th LogiMAT International Trade Show for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management has once again shattered all previous records, drawing 55,300 industry professionals (+10.2%) and 1,564 international exhibitors (+13%) to the three-day event and posting double-digit growth in both gross (+14.6%) and net exhibit area (+16.7%).
This means that the trade show has seen its visitor numbers grow well over 50% in just three years, from 35,105 in 2015. The number of exhibitors climbed over 35% during the same period, from 1,152 to 1,564.
“We are delighted that visitor numbers continue to show strong growth, building on the already high level of LogiMAT and exceeding expectations once again,” boasts Peter Kazander, Managing Director of Euroexpo Messe- und Kongress-GmbH in Munich, which organizes LogiMAT. “The enduring popularity among industry professionals and exhibitors is what gives this type of event its value. With these latest results, LogiMAT in this 16th edition once again underscores its position as the world’s most important industry event for intralogistics.”
Exhibitors from nearly 40 countries – including some 360 first-time exhibitors and more than 50 major players from North America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand – presented their products and solutions for efficient intralogistics processes across an exhibit area filling 117,000 square meters. Before the event even started, exhibitors had announced they would present 122 innovations never before exhibited anywhere in the world.
The event statistics were documented by the independent market research institute of Wissler & Partner from Basel, Switzerland. Their figures show that some 20% of visitors came from abroad to attend the event in Stuttgart – including 11% from Asia and the Americas.
Broken down by sector, 59.3% of visitors came from industry and 14.7% from wholesale and retail. The overwhelming majority of industry professionals (84.1%) were decision-makers who came to get a picture of the intralogistics solutions currently available and compare offerings directly. A full 41.1% of visitors came with specific investment projects in mind. More than 5% of industry professionals awarded a contract during the show, and 17.4% plan to do so immediately afterward.
TradeWorld – a strategic component integrated into LogiMAT – also showed continued growth. The professional platform for products and solutions focusing on retail logistics and omnichannel processes saw a nearly 10% rise in the number of exhibitors. TradeWorld 2018 also gained greater acceptance among the industry professionals: 68.3% of those surveyed gave TradeWorld the best or second-best rating overall.