31st IELA Congress, General Assembly & 5th Partnering Event – 2016 Dublin


Thank you for making the 31st IELA Congress the most successful in its history.

After the celebration of IELA’s 30th anniversary last year the new decade started with the biggest congress to date. Over 250 visitors made the 31st IELA Congress and 5th Partnering Event an overwhelming success. Displaying the ever increasing interest and growth in the industry. The numerously attending delegates were a clear indicator for IELA being a key provider for training, knowledge and networking platforms in the industry around the globe.

The 2016 results:

241 delegates representing 128 companies from 48 countries joined the 31st IELA Congress

389 delegates representing 220 companies from 55 countries joined the 5th Partnering Event

• Over 3.080 meetings took place during the Congress networking session and the PE networking session

The formal 2016 General Assembly opened proceedings with a brief report of IELA´s Chairman Christoph Rauch and Vice Chairwoman Mariane Ewbank as well as the Treasurer´s Report by Ulrich Kasimir. This was followed by the re-election of five Board Members: Vicki Bedi (PS Bedi Group), Feyzan Erel (GRUPTRANS Co., Inc), Achim Lotzwick (Cretschmar MesseCargo GmbH) Christoph Rauch (BTG Messe - Spedition GmbH) and James Ng (Transit Air Cargo Singapore Pte. Ltd). Guido Fornelli (Expotrans S.p.A.) was elected into the Board of Management.

Mariane Ewbank has been elected as IELA’s first Chairwoman.

As every year the Working Group Session sparked a huge interest of many members. More than 80 people worked for the five Working Groups and presented astonishing results on June 27th.

The annual awards were presented during the Gala Dinner at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham:

Best Domestic Agent

• 1st Place: BLUELINE Co. Ltd., Japan 

• 2nd Place: GBH Exhibition Forwarding Ltd., United Kingdom  

• 3rd Place: La Rouxnelle Logistics & Consulting, South Africa 

Best Export Agent

• 1st Place: SWISS EXPO LOGISTICS AG, Switzerland 

• 2nd Place: BTG EXPO GmbH, Germany 

• 3rd Place: On-Site Exhibitions AB, Sweden

IELA congratulates all awarded members.


On this year’s General Assembly Christoph Rauch announced that due to IELA’s prospering, the 2017 Winter Seminar in Zurich will be free of charge for all members participating. This is just one of the many benefits for IELA members to come. We are looking forward to announce further projects in the future.


A highlight on the 31st IELA Congress has certainly been the IELA Forum. Under the name OH&S in the Exhibition Industry – Quo vadis? IELA invited IAEE, UFI, IFES and X-Venture to talk about trendsetting Health and Security concepts for all industry to profit from.

Special thanks goes our Keynote speakers who gave inspiring and exciting insights:

• Mr Mark Pollock: How to navigate through challenges?

• Mr Peter Fisk: Developing the strategic horizons to shape markets to your advantage

For the fifth time members took the chance to meet promising business partners on this year’s Partnering Event. More than 200 countries enhanced their business opportunities.

We want to thank you for having joined us in beautiful Dublin! We hope you had a great time, meeting friends and developing new business. This is one Congress that will be remembered for a very long time. We also would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our host Interflow Logistics. As all the Congresses before the 31st IELA Congress, too was only possible with the support of our generous sponsors who helped us creating an unforgettable experience for all of our members.


Airways Freight Corporation, USA; BCC Logistics, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; BTG Events Europe Ltd., Switzerland; BTG Messe-Spedition Ltd., Switzerland; Comarfex Logistica de Ferias S.L., Spain; Fulstandig Shows e Eventos MC Ltda, Brazil; GBH Exhibition Forwarding Ltd, United Kingdom; Global Exposition Services, France; InterExpo Logistics Ltd, Switzerland; JSC PAN-LITService, Lithuania; KEMI-LEE Co., Ltd., Korea; Kuehne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, Germany; Masstrans Freight LLC, UAE; Masterpiece International Ltd., USA; Orient Marine Lines Pvt Ltd, India; R.E. Rogers India, India; Schenker Deutschland AG, Germany; Showtime Expo & Events by ICL, Israel; Suomen Messulogistiikka Oy, Finland; Transit Air Cargo, Inc., USA; TWI Group Inc., USA; Upex LS, Estonia; Ziegler Expo Logistics, Belgium


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