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The University of Hull will formally launch its new Logistics Institute

Logistics Institute On 5 March 2008, the University of Hull will formally launch its new Logistics Institute.

The only dedicated facility of its kind in the North of England, the Institute brings together the University's strengths in business logistics and communications technologies. The Institute will be opened by Richard Lambert, Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry.

The opening of the Institute will have a significant impact upon the region as it strives to become a global logistics hub. The Humber Estuary is the largest port conurbation in the UK, handling 16% of all UK trade imports. The region has been identified in the government's Northern Way Strategy as the 'Global Gateway', linking the North of England, the Midlands and Scotland.

Supported by Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund, the Logistics Institute has a project value of over £23 million. State-of-the-art facilities include incubator space for start-up companies, technology showcase and demonstrator areas, together with a dedicated resource centre. The Institute's dedicated team of staff provide expertise in a number of areas including logistics modelling and simulation, food and retail logistics, port-centric logistics, and emerging logistics technologies, such as Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), item attendant data and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

The Institute has already been awarded both Customer First and the ISO 9001:2000 quality standard for its high standard of customer care. It is committed to providing support to industry at all levels and in doing so contribute to the economic regeneration of the Yorkshire and Humber sub-region.

Duncan Kendal, General Manager-Supply for Argos Ltd, believes, "The Logistics Institute offers a first-class learning environment for, not only the region's businesses, but for the industry as a whole. This dedicated facility will undoubtedly benefit the logistics industry for years to come."

Professor John Mangan, Director of the Institute, says, "Managing supply chains effectively is a complex and challenging task. The state-of-the-art facilities at the Logistics Institute will ensure the Humber region is able to compete in an international arena as it strives to become a global logistics hub."

Time Event

11.30 Welcome and introduction
11.35 Statement from Terry Hodgkinson, Chair of Yorkshire Forward
11.40 Background to Logistics Institute project and introduction to musical performance (John Mangan)
11.50 Performance of 3 songs by 'Hissyfit' a local folk group followed by introduction of Richard Lambert (John Mangan)
12:05 Richard Lambert speech
12:15 Unveiling of plaque, photographs
12:30 Lunch (Derwent Café)

For more information, please contact Sarah Fewster on 01482 463409.

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