Monday, March 31, 2014
As an indicator of the strength of the manufacturing and supply chain industries, attendees registered in record numbers for the MODEX 2014 expo held March 17-20 in Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center. The expo is sponsored by MHI and is designed to showcase equipment and systems solutions as well as learning opportunities that span the entire supply chain, from material handling to logistics across manufacturing, assembly and distribution.
The expo attracted 23,000 key decision-makers in virtually all manufacturing, logistics, distribution and supply chain industries. The expo featured the solutions of almost 800 exhibitors covering 225,000 net square feet. Reflecting the global nature of the expo, over 100 countries and six continents were represented at this year's MODEX. MODEX 2014 was a selected participant in the U.S. Department of Commerce International Buyer Program Select and the expo included an International Visitors Center.
"Attendees were manufacturing and supply chain professionals with very specific objectives and buying plans in hand. They know that investing in the latest supply chain innovations is the key to building and maintaining their competitive advantage," said George W. Prest, Chief Executive Officer of MHI. "MODEX truly lived up to it's motto, the greatest supply chain show on Earth. Attendees were impressed with the wide range of material handling, logistics and supply chain equipment and systems solutions and education offered at MODEX and exhibitors were very impressed with the quantity and quality of attendees," added Prest.
Thanks in large part to the collocation of events like Supply Chain & Transportation USA and the Georgia Logistics Summit, MODEX 2014 was the largest international expo of its kind held in North America.
“Collocating Supply Chain & Transportation USA with MODEX 2014 allowed manufacturing and supply chain professionals unparalleled education and networking opportunities as well as exposure to a broad display of material handling, logistics and supply chain equipment and technology,” added Prest.
MHI announced the winners of the 2014 MHI Innovation Awards during MODEX. The MHI Innovation Award serves to educate and provide valuable insights on the latest manufacturing and supply chain innovative products and services.
Best New Innovation: Intralox for their OMNI-DIRECTIONAL Sorter
Best Innovation of an Existing Product: Product Protector LLC for their Product Protector
Along with the healthy traffic on the show floor, MODEX featured a supply chain conference that included three keynotes from Gil West, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Delta Air Lines, William L. Strang, President, Americas – Operations Group, TOTO USA and former Walmart CEO Lee Scott. During the March 19 keynote, George W. Prest and Scott Sopher, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Supply Chain practice released the findings of The 2014 MHI Annual Industry Report - Innovations That Drive Supply Chains.
The MODEX Supply Chain Conference also included 150 educational seminars outlining leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions. In addition, MODEX 2014 partnered with several industry organizations that collocated events with MODEX 2014 including the Georgia Logistics Summit. Webinars of MODEX 2014 educational seminar sessions are available online at www.MODEXShow.com/seminars.
MODEX Classroom Day introduced over 300 high school and university students and educators to career opportunities in material handling, supply chain and logistics through hands-on learning and networking with industry professionals. This year's Classroom Day combined an interactive educational session with a dynamic guided tour of the MODEX expo.
MODEX Industry Night at the Georgia Aquarium was an exciting and entertaining networking event with over 1,500 attendees and exhibitors in attendance.
The next MHI-sponsored trade event will be ProMat 2015 held March 23-26 in Chicago's McCormick Place. For more information on exhibiting at ProMat, or to register as an attendee, visit www.ProMatShow.com. The next MODEX will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in April of 2016.
MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.
Contact: For more information on MHI activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190.
Mary Alyson Ammons