Forecourt Trader has been confirmed as one of the key media partners of UNITI expo, the new international trade fair for Europe, taking place in Stuttgart from June 3 – 5, 2014.

As the exclusive media partner for the UK and Ireland, Forecourt Trader is one of nine key titles from around the world which will focus UNITI expo editorial coverage in their own respective geographical areas and serve as a reference point for visitors wishing to attend from these markets.

Nick Needs, managing director of McLean Communications, jointly responsible for the international sales and marketing of UNITI expo, together with com-a-tec GmbH, said: “The support of these publications from an international perspective, is a major step towards the event being seen as an event of global importance in the eyes of visitors and exhibitors from around the world. I would like to welcome our new partners and I look forward to working with them over the coming months, to help spread the message that, UNITI expo is the event that nobody wants to miss.”

With over 220 exhibitors now, Needs says UNITI expo is developing at a rapid pace, having most of the major international suppliers of retail and fuel handling equipment firmly in place. The car wash side of the event also continues to grow, with major equipment manufacturers WashTec, Otto Christ, Kärcher and Tammermatic all signed up.

UNITI expo organisers have also started to develop a section on fuel transport and logistics, which will be “of tremendous benefit in the long term to the industry at large”, according to Bruno Boroewitsch, CEO of com-a-tec GmbH.

“Transport and logistics forms an important link in the downstream fuel supply chain and we would like UNITI expo to have a home for this type of business on an international scale. Talks with several of the key companies have been extremely worthwhile and we are continuing to press forward with this exciting initiative,” he says.

A UNITI expo open day for exhibitors will be organised in Stuttgart on January 28, 2014, aimed at giving participants a better appreciation of the venue, local services and the Stuttgart exhibition complex, prior to taking part in the event next June.

UNITI expo is a three-day international exhibition for manufacturers, distributors, installers, retailers, PMCs and commercial operators of petroleum equipment, petrol forecourt services and retail technology. The fair will cover 35 000sqm of space incorporating the conference centre and three exhibition halls to feature exhibits on: Forecourt Equipment & Technology, Shop & Convenience Retailing, Car wash & Car care, Payment & Automation, Fuel Logistics, Lubricants, Fuels and Additives.

UNITI expo will also host the 2014 ‘Future of Forecourts’ Forum, an established international mainline conference, attracting senior executives from major petrol retailers, oil companies, government agencies and major associations from all over Europe.