Snow, freezing weather, and high winds did not deter professionals from attending Intermodal Europe 2010. Held on 30 November to 2 December at the Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands, thousands of businessmen and women from 80 countries across the globe braced the severe weather to attend the invaluable container transport and maritime logistics industry event.

In fact, with over 4,730 attendees, Intermodal Europe had the highest number of total visitors in over ten years. The success of the show was attributed to the high quality of exhibitors and speakers and the launching of new industry products.

Klinge president, Henrik Klinge, remarked: “This year’s Intermodal provided us with a great opportunity to introduce our new food storage bins for ISO containers and to also speak to industry professionals about the rules and regulations for the transport of hazardous goods.

Showcasing cutting-edge products

Alongside products launches of other leading suppliers, Klinge launched their collapsible food storage bins (FSB) for use in ISO containers. The FSB collapses to a height of 12in (309mm), allowing nearly three of the collapsed FSBs on a return trip to be transported in the space of one. Made of durable polypropylene, the FSBs feature foldable flaps on each side allowing for ergonomic loading / unloading and easy access to food. The FSBs have also passed a multitude of MIL-STD tests including CL2 high temperature, low humidity, vibration, thermal shock, and stacking and leakage.

“The food storage bins were specifically designed for insulated ISO containers so no cargo space is wasted. Six of the FSBs fit inside a 10ft insulated container and 18 fit inside a 20ft insulated container,” added Mr Klinge.

Special focus seminar stream

Henrik Klinge was asked to conduct a presentation at Intermodal. Speaking about the storage and transport of hazardous materials, Mr Klinge summarized dangerous goods as defined by the International Maritime Organization, discussed how changes to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) regulations affects the industry, and introduced Klinge’s solutions to the new requirements.

Compliant with regulations for the transport of IMDG classes 4.1 (self-reacting substances) and 5.2 (organic peroxides), Klinge’s dual or redundant refrigeration units feature two complete and separate refrigeration systems, each with their own thermostat and control circuit. Their redundant refrigeration units are also available with a back-up integral generator set capable of powering the refrigeration units in case of loss of external power supply or during transport on a truck.

A great start to 2011

With the clear success of Intermodal Europe 2010, it is more and more apparent that the container transport industry is on the rebound. Not only did a record number of visitors brave the severe weather to attend the show, over 40% visited on more than one day. The caliber of the exhibitors, speakers, and professionals in attendance fostered meaningful discussions about the issues facing the industry today.

“The outlook amongst the attendees at Intermodal Europe 2010 was generally very positive that 2011 would bring more trade and opportunities for growth. The exhibition has always provided a tremendous chance to catch up with old colleagues and to forge new partnerships, but this even more true this year,” commented company president, Henrik Klinge.