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F&L Northern Adriatic

Business leaders met in Trieste (Italy), 21-22 November 2023
22 Nov
21 Nov
Participation list

22 Nov 2023: “Still Waters Run Deep” – the freight logistics sector faces multiple pressures including cost, resilience and sustainability. But the perception of business as usual on the surface is hiding dramatic activity below. What changes are coming with geopolitical tensions, what may shifting trading patterns mean, and how can we balance our risks and opportunities?  F&L’s multi-stakeholder community met in Italy to look at our potential future through the microcosm of the Northern Adriatic region.  Business leaders across Europe & the Middle East were warmly welcomed.

  • Tue 21 Nov 2023 – afternoon visits/discussions & evening networking dinner (see tab ’21 Nov’)
  • Key day, Wed 22 Nov – round-table discussions & workshops & evening networking dinner (see tab ’22 Nov’)

See agenda tab & use the register tab or get in touch.

F&L is independent, and the benefit for participants of discussions at F&L is built around the network present.  Discussions are in confidence (we do not record, and press/media are not permitted). This is an in-person meeting.

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Changing global supply chains & European trade flows

“Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi”: as the Latin proverb reminds us, “the deepest rivers flow with the least sound…..


Wed 22 November

  • Welcome & map: why are we here? Prof Michele Geraci, Gavin Roser & others
  • Geopolitical backdrop, Prof Stefano Pilotto
  • Market development update & logistics performance Europe & global maritime, CargoON, Freightos
  • The economic evidence for shifting global supply chains & reflections on European movements, EIB European Investment Bank

10:45 – 11:30 (coffee & moving across the road to Trieste Convention Centre)

  • Global shifts – facing change & exploiting commercial opportunity, Rail Cargo, KPMG, Baltic Hub, K+N & audience 
  • Global brands & local presence (Northern Adriatic),  BAT, Mitsubishi, Baltic Rail & audience

12:20 – 13:30 (members’ vote & lunch)

  • Choice of parallel workshops (two EU-backed initiatives to drive progress)
    • Collaboration and making multimodal logistics work – Connecting European digital ecosystems (FEDeRATED)
    • Europe’s connection with the world; integration of TEN-T in global supply chains (NewOpera / Planet)

15:15 – 16:00 (coffee & moving across the road to Sala Luttazzi)

  • Rail, mode shift or simply mode-flexible? North Adriatic lessons for Europe?  CFL Multimodal, Duisport & others
  • Conclusions & country reflections Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Greece, China, Prof Geraci & others

Networking dinner in historical Caffè Tommaseo


Tues 21 November

Welcoming local and international participants to F&L’s North Adriatic meeting over the afternoon and evening, we looked at what is happening in the region and met important local businesses.  


14:30 – 16:00 Choice of visits

We look at the production & packaging of pasta as well as visit the Barilla warehouse.  


Special tour around the Port of Koper.


Special tour around the Port of Trieste.


16:30 – 20:00, Demo & Networking Dinner

Everyone welcome.

Successfully utilised by the newbuild automotive industry for years, the R2L connector now increasing the number of crane-loadable trailers from 5 to 95%.  All industry sectors can use it, and it’s suitable for all kind of rubber-wheeled vehicles.  Trailers are loaded on to trains in less than 5 minutes.  

Europe’s infrastructure lags behind future rail use policy scenarios.  Is this a solution?

We see this tool in use at Interporto Fernetti and discuss driver shortage / congestion / environmental emissions & ESG impact / if the R2L delivers what it appears to promise, and ask questions of an expert team.  

Networking dinner will be provided on site and you will be delivered to the F&L conference hotel by electric bus at approximately 20:00 so that you have time to enjoy the delights of Trieste.


F&L is independent, not-for-profit and international.  We engage business leaders and decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science.  All discussions are focused around freight logistics.  

Participant list for Trieste

4FOLD containers
Adria Port
ALIS (Italy’s sustainable intermodal logistics association)
Alpe Adria
Autamarocchi Group
Baltic Hub
Baltic Rail
BAT British American Tobacco
Berger Logistik
Billiet & Co
Blume Global
CFL Multimodal SA
Codognotto Italia Spa
Cosco Italy
Duisport-Duisburger Hafen AG
ECS European Container
EIB European Investment Bank
Electrolux Italia
Francesco Parisi Group
GATX Rail France
GBT Rail
Greenlog Intermodal Logistics
Gruppo Pittini
Guangzhou Port (Europe)
HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft
HHLA TK Estonia
Hupac Intermodal
INEOS Styrolution Europe
Interporto Trieste
IPCSA Port System Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea
Julius & Clark
KBX Logistics
Kühne + Nagel
LKW Walter
MIB School of Management
Mitsubishi Electric Europe
Move Intermodal
North Sea Port
O-I Europe
ÖBB Rail Cargo Group
Plymouth University
Port Authority Eastern Med Sea (Trieste & Monfalcone)
Port of Barcelona
Port of Calais
Port of Trieste
Quehenberger Logistics
Rail Development
Rail Force 1
Rhenus Group
Ro.Ro. Tranship
Russell Group
Samer & Co Shipping
Samskip Multimodal BV
Smart Join Logistik
SSI Schäfer
Stora Enso
TMT Container Terminal, Trieste
Trieste Port
Vega International
VOS Logistics
VTG Rail Europe
Zunarelli – Studio Legale Associato

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