Breakbulk Europe brought together more than 9,500 project cargo and breakbulk professionals in Bremen, Germany from May 29-31, 2018, marking a new attendance record for this specialised global event now in its 13th year.
For the first time, Breakbulk Europe was held in Bremen, with the support of Bremen’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ports and Labour, and bremenports, the host port for the event. Compared to last year, attendance grew 26 per cent, led by the Germans who accounted for 37 per cent of the crowd.
“We are proud to host Breakbulk in Germany for the very first time,” Robert Howe, Managing Director, bremenports, said. “The event was a tremendous success and we’re looking forward to next year when the world gathers again in Bremen.”
The entire industrial supply chain was present from 121 countries. There was more of everything—more exhibitors, more visitors, more media and more shippers—filling the three halls at Messe Bremen.
“For us—shippers—it is a must to be here,” Rüdiger Fromm, senior director global project logistics at Siemens, said. “You can walk around and meet people every five minutes. There are many more people here this year.”
There were nearly twice as many shippers in attendance compared to last year, representing 162 companies from some of the largest international construction firms such as Saipem, Fluor and Tecnicas Reunidas, six of the 7 largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world, and oil, gas and energy giants BP, Shell and Gazprom Neft.
“We actually felt this year’s conference was even better than last year’s at Antwerp, which is astonishing as Antwerp was very tough to beat,” Jo Knutsen, senior global charterer at National Oilwell Varco in Norway said.
While much of the activity at Breakbulk Europe revolved around establishing new business connections and strengthening current ones, the show offered a full conference programme designed to provide attendees with critical business intelligence. The main conference programme opened with a global economic outlook from Caterpillar’s chief economist Nicolas Clerc, who shared encouraging news.
“Trade volume will grow at a faster pace than the world economy,” Clerc said. “We are now at an expansion phase