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• Two major exhibitions will merge in London in 1971 to produce the largest display of its kind for the world's freighting industries.
The new "jumbo" International Freight Show, to be known as Interfreight 71, will be an amalgamation of the former Ports and Terminals International Freighting Exhibition which would otherwise have been held in Manchester as "Ifex 71", and the International Freight Container and Container Handling Exhibition, planned for London.
Interfreight 71 will be held at Earls Court, London, from September 28 to October 1, 1971. It will be organized jointly every two years from 1971, by the SMMT, Iliffe Exhibitions Ltd and Maclean-Hunter Ltd.
Freight Management and Mechanical Handling, together with the numerous associated trade journals in the IPC Group, will give full editorial support, as will the Maclean-Hunter International Freighting Weekly and its associated journals.
An international freight industry conference will run concurrently with lnterfreight 71.
B RS 1/Owen venture
• An interesting development in the physical distribution management field was announced recently by British Road Services Ltd and the Owen Organisation Integrated Handling Systems. A new storage and warehousing service to industry is being offered whereby the extensive and complementary handling and transporting facilities of both organizations will be pooled. Advantages claimed for the service include the convenience and economy to customers of negotiation and implementation through one source and the obtaining of package-deal terms.
The combined resources will also enable BRSL and 00IHS to examine new methods of warehousing and distributing goods from factory floor to retail outlets and an entirely new concept on delivery systems is envisaged.
A feature of the scheme is a consultancy service provided by a team of experts on all aspects of handling and distribution; other facilities in whole or part, include design and supply of buildings, storage equipment (racking, pallets, stillages, conveyors). containers, cargo flats, straddle carriers, standard and special trailers and road haulage services. Use of operational research and computer facilities will be available.
• Having had requests from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, Germany, France and elsewhere, for copies of the papers given at its "Packing containers for export" symposium, held last October, the North West Division of the Institute of Materials Handling has produced a bound 44-page report. This incorporates summaries of the addresses on methods of container packing, the principles of container stowage, container insurance, container services from a shipowner's viewpoint, and documentation, groupage and the role of the forwarding agent. The report can be obtained from Mr R. Andrew, 29 Aldwyn Crescent, Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 5HU, at £1 10s per copy.