From 22 to 25 March 2022, the global air cargo and logistics industry will meet at the 2+2 event in San Francisco. The air cargo sector proved to be a safeguard for global supply chains during the pandemic and secured the supply of important medical and industrial goods. At the face-to-face event, leading industry representatives and experts will discuss the lessons learned from the pandemic and other current topics such as digitalization, sustainability, and UAVs directly in Silicon Valley. Registrations among exhibitors, visitors and sponsors are already high.
Messe München and the air cargo association TIACA are merging their events for the first time. The 2+2 event will be one of the largest gatherings of experts and decision-makers in the air cargo and logistics industry. A two-day conference program at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco will feature panel discussions, keynotes, workshops, and presentations. In addition to the air cargo sector's experiences and insights from the pandemic, topics such as digitalization, sustainability as well as gender diversity or UAV technologies will also be discussed. The future of the industry will also be addressed: TIACA board member Steven Polmans, for example, will moderate a panel discussion on the future direction of the association. The subsequent two-day Innovation Journey gives visitors direct and on-site insights at innovation leaders and up-and-coming Silicon Valley start-ups.
The number of exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, and trade visitors is already high and the anticipation is rising among everyone involved. Patrik Tschirch, Managing Director of LUG air cargo handling and Chairman of the Board of Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, also sees the advantages of a presence event: "For the globally active air cargo sector, an international gathering is enormously important. Thanks to the promising concept, we are looking forward to the 2+2 event in San Francisco with great confidence."
An original date for the event in September 2021 was postponed as a precaution due to the pandemic at the time. The current COVID-regulations and the full implementation of applicable protective measures in the state of California allow the event to take place in the usual attendance form. There will be no restrictions on the number of visitors. Since last November, the United States has allowed foreign citizens to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated and present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery recognized by the WHO.
"The TIACA Executive Summit, together with the transport logistic Americas Forum, will once again bring together the key decision makers and experts in the air cargo industry in one place, live and in person. We look forward to a wide-ranging conference program and accompanying exhibition where current and upcoming air cargo topics will be discussed with a broad audience," said Steven Polmans, Chairman of the TIACA Board of Directors and Vice President Business Development & Free Zone Regulatory Affairs at Abu Dhabi Airports.
"With the 2+2 event in San Francisco, we can again offer the airfreight and logistics industry an intensive exchange in presence. With various online events, we have proven that such events can also take on other attractive formats. However, personal contact on site is indispensable, especially for an industry like logistics and airfreight with its many diverse and international players. We are glad to be able to offer our guests this opportunity again, while observing all safety precautions," adds Dr. Robert Schönberger, Head of transport logistic exhibitions at Messe München.