AntwerpXL: highlight of the breakbulk community

Friday 24 05 2019

"Breakbulk is coming home to Antwerp." With these words Port of Antwerp CEO Jacques Vandermeiren opened the AntwerpXL international breakbulk exhibition on 7 May. More than 3,000 participants considered the future of the breakbulk sector for a period of three days.

 
Easyfairs partnered with Port of Antwerp to bring breakbulk logistics players together for a new trade fair, AntwerpXL. The first edition drew more than 3,000 breakbulk professionals from 59 different countries to the venue in Antwerp Expo. The international port community was widely represented, together with customers of the port such as Caterpillar, Solvay, Tata Steel and ArcelorMittal.
 
AntwerpXL dealt extensively with the future of breakbulk and the challenges facing the sector. How will competition with the container sector develop? What will be the impact of the looming trade wars? How will Brexit affect breakbulk shipments? Industry experts presented their views of the future and discussed solutions for further boosting the share of breakbulk in international logistics.
 

Impact of technology on breakbulk

 
AntwerpXL also focused on new technologies with the special Innovation & Start-up Zone. Here, digital players demonstrated innovative applications that could transform the breakbulk sector in future. The NxtPort data platform actually launched a special breakbulk application during the fair: Bulkchain.
 
AntwerpXL was also an excellent opportunity for networking. In addition to maintaining customer relations and closing deals, participants were able to add new contacts and leads to their address books. And of course during AntwerpXL the international participants were able to take some time out to see some of the port's features, including the biggest lock in the world, the Kieldrecht lock, together with various breakbulk terminals. 
 
AntwerpXL will be back in 2020. Block 21-23 April in your diary now!

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