MODEX 2012, will be held Feb. 6-9, 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
MHIA has sponsored its ProMat trade show for several years in Chicago on odd-numbered years, said John Nofsinger, CEO of MHIA, an international trade association that has represented the material handling and logistics industry since 1945.
It is expected that this show will return every two-years. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers.
Getting MODEX in Atlanta accomplishes a goal the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau has been working toward — targeting growing sectors of industry.
“We’ve been talking for the past couple of years of focusing on industries that are growing because that is the kind of business we want to bring to the city,” said William Pate, ACVB president and CEO.
With the expected expansion of the Panama Canal, which is adding a shipping lane to the heavily traveled waterway, “that is going to create a shift in cargo traffic from the West Coast to the East Coast,” Pate said.
The effect will be business for metro Atlanta and Georgia, he said. Georgia and the Southeast are also home to extensive intermodal and logistics hubs “that drive supply chains now and will continue to in the future,” he said.
Currently 90 percent of the global top 25 third party logistics providers, or 3PLs, have operations in Georgia and more than 48 of the largest retailers have distribution centers in Georgia, he added.
“From our perspective, we wanted to position a [trade show] event that will grow well beyond our traditional events,” Nofsinger said.
MODEX is expected to draw 20,000 attendees in 2012 and have a $23 million economic impact.