I mustn’t forget to mention a group of long-distance travellers who came to the World of Material Handling last Friday afternoon and, once there, took an in-depth look at the topics and new products being presented. Linde Material Handling is part of the KION Group, the world’s second largest producer of intralogistics solutions. The day after KION’s General Meeting, representatives of the group’s largest shareholder, Weichai Power, were keen to come to WoMH here in Offenbach to find out more about Linde’s innovations first-hand.

Visit of Weichai and KION at the Linde WoMH 2016

Linde CEO Andreas Krinninger welcomes the guests from China and Wiesbaden.

Equipped with info-iPads, Tan Xuguang, Chairman and CEO of Weichai Power Co Ltd, and Kui Jiang, Vice Chairman of Weichai, were joined by KION CEO Gordon Riske and an approximately 20-member delegation of Weichai, KION and Linde representatives as they ventured out to discover what the event had to offer. As has been true of many of the visitors to WOMH 2016, the guests from China were visibly impressed by what they saw – from the multimedia depictions of complex topics and coming trends to the practice-oriented, hands-on presentation of current technology. “This is how we have to visualise our vision of the future of our industry in China,” said Tan Xuguang after the group experienced the 3D hologram showing what intralogistics processes might very well look like in years to come.

This is where I can offer a preview of the Linde Perspectives presentation. The full-length version will be available on this website at the end of WoMH. And even if it’s only in 2D, it’s still exciting.

As noted, the practical demonstration was very well received. The visitors were just as impressed with the outstanding view from the Linde Roadster – regardless of whether it was from the driver’s seat or through data goggles – as they were with the interaction of the automated MATIC vehicles. Weichai Vice Chairman Kui Jiang even ventured into the LSP simulator to see how the safety features work in Linde’s E- and IC-forklifts.

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Weichai Chairman and CEO Tan Xuguang discovers the Linde Roadster…

Visit of Weichai and KION at the Linde WoMH 2016
… and Kui Jiang experiences the Linde Safety Pilot.

Visit of Weichai and KION at the Linde WoMH 2016

The Chinese-German delegation during the demonstration of the automated vehicles.
There were satisfied expressions on all sides as the tour concluded. The efforts to create a bridge between the technologies of today and the vision of tomorrow had clearly been successful.

Visit of Weichai and KION at the Linde WoMH 2016

Visit of Weichai and KION at the Linde WoMH 2016