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Exhibitors sign up for Railtex 2017

15th November 2016

Posted By Paul Boughton


Railtex, the UK’s major exhibition of railway technology and services, returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 9th to 11th May 2017. This will be the thirteenth in a series of shows providing the face-to-face contact and networking opportunities that play a key role in the development of the rail industry.

Rail investment in the UK is running at unprecedented levels, and this is reflected in the strong level of industry support for Railtex.

Among major names that have already signed up for the event are Alstom Transport, Hitachi Rail Europe and Siemens. They feature in a growing list of exhibitors supplying technology and services ranging from fixed infrastructure assets such as track and signalling and communications to rolling stock and its related subsystems, components and maintenance equipment.

Also covered are key areas such as station equipment, revenue collection systems, passenger information technology and security products – and much more. To view the latest list of exhibitors click HERE.

In the exhibition hall, features familiar to visitors to previous Railtex events will be returning. These include The Track display area showcasing track-related equipment and machines, which is being sponsored and equipped by British Steel, and The Yard, a dedicated area of the exhibition hall for the display of larger items of plant such as RRVs.

The exhibition hall at the NEC will also be the venue for the usual strong programme of supporting activities giving insights into industry developments and trends. Its centrepiece will be the daily keynote speeches from industry leaders that have always drawn large audiences.

In addition, there will be exhibitor presentations covering developments in rail technology, project updates, industry briefings and interactive discussion forums, all free to attend as usual.

Support from leading industry bodies

Railtex is widely supported by influential industry organisations, including Network Rail, the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Alliance and the Rail Supply Group. And reflecting the government’s increased focus on exporting the UK’s railway products and expertise, the Department for International Trade is also endorsing the event.

With an increase of nearly 10% more floor space occupied, the previous exhibition in 2015 was the biggest Railtex for more than a decade and this provides a benchmark for the 2017 event. Many of the 468 exhibitors at the last show said their expectations were exceeded and reported significant successful business connections.

Nearly 7,500 visiting industry professionals attended Railtex 2015, with a further 2,700 present as exhibitors.

Exhibition manager Kirsten Whitehouse says: “The enthusiastic response we have seen from the industry for Railtex 2017 points to another great show at the NEC. There has been strong demand for stands, and we believe this will be another very large and busy show. This is an exciting time for rail in the UK, with plenty of business opportunities for companies offering the right products. Railtex provides a unique showcase for those firms, as well as for exhibitors keen to export. We also plan again to offer a free Business Matching Service to ensure a good quality and quantity of meetings and networking opportunities for all attendees.”      

Registration to Railtex 2017 opens in early 2017.









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