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Award Ceremony

The 6 winners of the Smart Logistics Challenge were invited to attend the FEM Biennial Congress that took place on 13-14 September 2018 in Antwerp, the 10th most innovative manufacturing city in Europe. Over 100 representatives of the European materials handling industry met to bring forward exciting trends that are changing the industry and find solutions for the challenges ahead.

After having worked hard for months to design, develop and refine a concept, our 6 students were given the opportunity to pitch it and discuss their ideas with industry leaders.

Surely an unforgettable moment… Want to see how it was? Take a look at our video!

The Winners

Cobotics in Logistics 4.0
This solution is reducing the amount of repetitive work within picking from an Automated...
Enablers of E-Commerce
Truck industry is very important in e-commerce nowadays and it will also be in the future...
Logistics in a sharing economy
Most enterprises waste potential by possessing unoccupied space for storage...
Logistics in a sharing economy
In an industry where downtimes are extremely expensive and the uncertain availability of spares makes...
Logistics in a sharing economy
What if you could overcome the shortcomings of expertise during your calls for tenders...
Cobotics in Logistics 4.0
Every day, a huge amount of pallets are manipulated all over the world whatever the business sector...

Our Partners

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Founded in 2005, Balyo designs, develops and markets totally innovative handling robots. Thanks to its navigation technology, unique inside buildings, Balyo transforms standard forklift trucks into standalone intelligent robots, capable of working alongside human operators. The technological breakthrough introduced by Balyo has permitted fleets of robots to navigate in warehouses or in factories without any additional infrastructures.

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Linde Material Handling GmbH, a KION Group company, is a leading global manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse trucks, and a solutions and service provider for intralogistics.With a sales and service network that spans more than 100 countries, the company is represented in all major regions around the world.

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The SSI Schaefer Group is the world’s leading provider of modular warehousing and logistics solutions. It employs +9,500 people at its headquarters in Neunkirchen (Germany) as well as at more than ten domestic and international production sites, at 70 worldwide operative subsidiaries. Across six continents, SSI Schaefer develops and implements innovative industry-specific answers to its customers’ unique challenges.

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Our journey started 40 years ago and today Stow International, part of the Averys Group, is one of the world’s biggest players in storage solutions. We engineer, manufacture and sell top-quality racking systems for the storage of palletised or small goods and longer items, as well as mezzanine structures, compliant with the most stringent regulations.

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Toyota Material Handling Europe is part of Toyota Industries Corporation – the global leader in material handling, providing businesses of all sizes with a full range of material handling solutions. Toyota offers counterbalanced and warehouse trucks, semi & fully automated solutions, energy solutions, fleet management and services all designed to maximize safety, productivity and efficiency in your operations.

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Vanderlande is the global market leader for value-added logistic process automation at airports, and in the parcel market. The company is also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses.

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The Prizes

Six winners from Europe stood to win these life-changing prizes

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VIP trip to Antwerp

Invitation to the Award Ceremony, CEO lunch, Gala dinner at the FEM Congress on 13-14 September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium, with a VIP invite.

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Paid traineeship

Paid traineeship with one of FEM partner companies in Europe for six months.

Public voting chose the winner of the special TrendSpotter Award

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TrendSpotter Award

VIP Invite to the FEM Congress on 13-14 September 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium, incl. travel and accommodation.

How The Competition Works

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Develop a solution for one of the cases presented by FEM

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Polish your concept for the final round with the help of an expert jury panel

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