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Informa boosts logistics portfolio with key acquisition

IIR Exhibitions, part of Informa plc, the world’s largest organiser of exhibitions, conferences and training events, has acquired Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions from owners Keith Harris and Paul Michael.

The acquisition includes IMHX, one of the world’s leading materials handling and logistics exhibitions, held every three years and attracting more than 350 exhibitors and tens of thousands of industry professionals. IMHX is co- owned by the British Industrial Truck Association and is firmly established in the global calendar, with the next event taking place at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2013.

The Quartz Publishing & Exhibitions portfolio will enhance Informa’s position in

the logistics and supply chain sector by joining existing Informa products including the TOC Container Supply Chain global series, Intermodal Europe exhibition, RORO Conference and Exhibition and Lloyd’s List Containerisation International, Cargo Systems and IFW publications. Commenting on the acquisition Peter Hall, Managing Director, of IIR Exhibitions said: “This acquisition is a very good fit for IIR and the strength and depth of Quartz’s Materials Handling products will provide the perfect platform from which to expand our logistics portfolio both here in the UK and overseas. Quartz is an exceptionally well managed business with an excellent reputation in the industry and we are delighted that the Quartz team will be joining Informa.”

Princes reduces road miles

Princes, the international food and drink group, has recently embarked on a unique environmental project that forms part of its over-riding corporate responsibility programme.

Over the last few years Princes has reduced its carbon footprint by importing cargo through the Port of Liverpool. By using Britain’s central gateway, Princes has cut inland haulage thereby reducing road miles and congestion. Last year Princes, working in partnership with Peel Ports, then looked at the possibility of utilising Peel’s Liverpool to Manchester barge service to

further reduce its carbon footprint by removing thousands of containers from the UK road network.

Princes and Peel Ports signed an initial agreement that removed 3,000 TEU (20ft containers) per year from road to barge however following the early success of this project.

Princes has now increased this commitment and expects through utilising waterways in this manner that it could reduce the number of road miles by up to 500,000 per year and reduce its carbon footprint by over 500,000 kg of CO2 per year.

In brief Innovative bag closure

Chronos BTH has recently introduced the new BlockTop bag closing system. The BlockTop closure system is already being utilised in a host of packing rooms around the world where is helping to produce uniform square shaped bags; that are hygienically closed; yet easy to open. BlockTop also helps to optimise bag sizes and provide bag cost purchasing saving opportunities. Used in conjunction with Chronos BTH Bottom-up filling systems, BlockTop provides total bag control throughout the closing process. Once filled the bag top is pre-cut, creased, double folded and hot melt glue is applied between the folds. The bag top is then pressed to spread the glue. Each closed bag top is folded over and further glue applied. The folded bag top is pressed onto the filled bag to form a square shaped bag. BlockTop sealed bags are easy to open, by simply pulling across the top of the bag, which in then unrolled. As an added advantage the bag top can be re-folded to close it again.

A further advantage of utilising the

BlockTop closing system is that the resulting filled bags are an ideal shape for optimum palletising and subsequent stretch hooding. When enhanced closure security is required BlockTop™ has the flexibility to be used in conjunction with conventional sewn closure systems. Chronos BTH Limited incorporates Richard Simon Limited, Verville and Premier Tech Chronos – America; for European spares, refurbishments, service, installation and commissioning.



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