Interfreight 71 Conference
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• Top speakers from all fields of transport—road, rail, sea and air—and export/distribution executives will come face to face at the Interfreight 71 Conference to be held at Earls Court—in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name--on Wednesday, September 29, and Thursday. September 30.
The confrontation (there are no set papers) follows the pattern of two previous conferences on the same lines, in which providers of freight and export /import services face their customers and try to resolve mutual problems under the direction of a team of panel chairmen. Ample opportunity will be provided for delegates to take part in the discussions.
The conference opens with a session entitled "Speed on the ground—is there enough of it?" followed by one called "Containerization: how can it go wrong?" Both sessions are under the chairmanship of Sir Andrew Crichton, chairman of Overseas Container Ltd.
Speakers at the first session will be talking about freight delays on ports and terminals. The providers in this case are: Mr J. Reid, chief executive of the Containerbase Federation Ltd: Mr Tim O'Leary, national secretary of the Docks and Waterways Group of the TGWU; Mr T. Torrence, director and general manager of Stothert and Pitt Ltd, the Bath-based crane maker; and Mr R. Hilton, chairman and managing director of Hilton Transport Services.
The users are: Mr J. Williams, director of the National Materials Handling Centre; Mr R. Galer, director of the Centre for Physical Distribution Management; Mr J. Murray, distribution manager of the Singer Manufacturing Co.
The second panel session on containerization pinpoints the dilemma of the shipping lines and terminal operators who have invested multi-million pound sums into the new transport system and are having trouble to recoup them.
The providers here are: Mr D. B. Hall, managing director of Dart Containerline Ltd, Commander C. Gwinner, managing director of CTI-Container Transport (Great Britain) Ltd, container leaser; Mr D. Neighbour, director of General Steam Navigation Co Ltd (part of P & 0); and Mr W. I. Green, sales director of Crane Fruehauf Trailers.
The users are: Mr M. Howard, managing director of Michael J. Howard Agencies Ltd, a forwarding agency; Mr G. R. Bathe, overseas distribution manager of Beecham Research International; Mr G. H. A. de Wit, managing director of Kuehne and Nagel Ltd, a forwarding agency; Mr A. H. Williams, marketing administration manager of the international division of Wilkinson Sword Ltd.
On Thursday the subject for discussion will be "Can airfreight win—or will the prices fly too high?" The chairman is Mr John Emery, president of the Emery Air Freight Corporation, the world's biggest air freight forwarder. Speaking for the providers and the users will be many prominent names in the sphere of air freight.
The final session is called -Do shippers really know what they want?" The speakers here represent big names among freight transport providers and users.
lnterfreight 71, the International Freight Show and Conference, is sponsomd by Freight Management, Mechanical Handling and International Freighting Weekly and is organized by ITF-Iliffe Exhibitions Ltd, Maclean-Hunter Ltd, and the Society of Motor Manufacturers Ltd.