Intralogistics with a difference: Speakers at the Material Handling & Logistics Conference Europe reveal innovative insights

Heusenstamm/Stuttgart, 17 September 2019 – Collaborative robots, smart networked processes and autonomous systems mean that companies constantly have to scrutinize their logistics processes. Only then can they compete. Innovative solutions will be presented at the Material Handling & Logistics Conference Europe (MHLC), which - initiated by Dematic - celebrates its premiere in Europe on 8 and 9 March 2020. At the event in Stuttgart, more than 20 high-caliber speakers from a wide range of industries and business sectors will provide insights into trends and strategies throughout supply chain management, question existing solutions and look at the logistical processes from different and, in part, non-industry perspectives. One of the keynote speakers is Bruce Dickinson, singer of the British band Iron Maiden and also a longtime entrepreneur. For example, he launched his own beer in collaboration with an English brewery. Since the beverage is exported to more than 40 countries, he knows the requirements of well-functioning logistics from his own experience. In addition, Markus Sontheimer, CIO/CDO and member of the Board of Management at Schenker AG, will discuss the necessity of digital transformation in intralogistics in a roundtable discussion.

"Our speakers present a broad mix. For example, Bruce Dickinson takes a very different approach to supply chain management than traditional logisticians. As a result, he brings new impetus to reflecting on one's own processes and uncovering potentials for optimization," says Jessica Heinz, Head of Marketing and Business Development Dematic Central Europe. The musician is known worldwide not only for his songs, but he is also an experienced entrepreneur. In addition to his own specially created beer brand, he owns Cardiff Aviation, an aircraft maintenance company.

Therefore, transportation means are not a foreign concept for him. Dickinson will open the MHLC Europe on March 8, 2020 at the Goldbergwerk event location in Stuttgart-Fellbach. In addition to technical topics, he primarily wants to inspire and encourage the audience members to broaden their own horizons.

Markus Sontheimer, CIO/CDO and Member of the Board of Management at Schenker AG, will contribute his expertise for advancing the digital transformation of the company. Through his practical experience, he is familiar with the challenges that digitization triggers in intralogistics. Sont-heimer: "Artificial intelligence, for example, can make logistics significantly more efficient. But one thing is clear: Humans have to master the machine and not the other way around." He has been involved in the digital transformation at DB Schenker for the past three years. For example, he has specifically implemented this with an online freight platform through which orders can be processed digitally and data analyzed to optimize the supply chain. At the MHLC Europe he will mainly report on his experience in change management. "Anyone who is not ready for change and for creating the necessary conditions for it will not come up with any innovative ideas and is ultimately left far behind," says Sontheimer.

It is precisely this innovative power, which are produced by start-ups in particular, that is the focus of the presentation by Uwe Horstmann, founder of the Berlin-based venture capital company Project A Ventures. He invests in early stages of recently founded companies and supports them during their development phase. As a result, the expert on the European and international start-up scene has also made the Forbes "30 Under 30" list, which honors young entrepreneurs. His true calling is software and data-based business models that significantly change the supply chain. At the MHLC Europe on March 9, 2020, he will speak not only about his practical experiences, but also about what companies can and should learn from start-ups – as well as what they should not.

With a wide range of speakers from different fields, MHLC Europe not only offers new ideas for the intralogistics of tomorrow but also provides valuable impulses for professional and personal development. It is appropriate that its motto is "MOVE - Your Supply Chain". The network gathering also will set the mood for LogiMAT 2020, which begins immediately after the MHLC Europe. Further information on the event, the program and the opportunity to register can be found at


About Dematic

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 7,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located around the world. Dematic is one brand under the KION Group of companies and has implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centers. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally and a leading provider of warehouse automation.

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