The seventh edition of the biennial Lifting, Handling and Heavy Transport Equipment show will again be held at the Exhibition Centre in Piacenza, and one pavilion will be dedicated to AGVs
As of today, just over two months from the start of marketing this popular event, nearly all exhibition spaces have been sold, says event director Fabio Potestà, who runs Mediapoint & Communications Srl.
At the previous edition in 2017, more than 9,000 qualified visitors were
registered and there were 308 direct exhibitors occupying 33,000 m2 of the fairground. At the moment, says Potestà, 310 direct exhibitors representing over 370 brands have already booked, and the space booked so far is much bigger than in 2017. More than 11,000 qualified visitors are expected from Italy and abroad.
The provisional data underscore the validity of the GIS approach, an exhibition dedicated to lifting, industrial and port handling and heavy
transport vehicles, cutting across a variety of machines applications, equipment and vehicles on display.
According to Potestà, GIS is now the biggest European event dedicated to these product sectors and it attracts highly specialised visitors accordingly.
This year, there is particularly strong interest coming from the tower crane and forklift truck sectors and in a new departure, Pavilion 3 will be dedicated to automated guided vehicles.
A key theme of this year’s exhibits and the associated conference and workshops is environmental sustainability. Equipment on display will be powered using different technologies, including Stage V diesel engines, Li-ion battery traction systems, hybrid power systems and alternative fuels such as CNG, LNG, LPG, biomethane and syngas.
The conference programme by GIS’s traditional partners, who include AISEM, AITE, ANFIA, ANNA, ANVER, ASSODIMI, ASSOLOGISTICA and also CONFETRA, FINCO, INAIL, IPAF and UNION, while ESTA, the leading European association for abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry, has planned its traditional autumn meeting in Piacenza, in conjunction with GIS. The exhibition is also supported by the Italian Ministry of Defence, the Red Cross, Civil Protection and the National Fire Brigade.
Awards ceremonies and networking events will be hosted at the Gothic Palace in the Piazza Cavalli in the heart of Piacenza. The Gothic Palace dates from 1281.
On the eve of the show, Italplatform will present the Italian Access Platform Awards. The evening of 3rd October will be dedicated to port terminals, intermodal and logistics operators with the presentation of the ITALA - Italian Terminal and Logistic Awards. To conclude, the ILTA-Italian Lifting & Transportation Awards will take place at the gala dinner on Friday, 4th October.
For more information on this year’s GIS and regular updates, see here.