Railtex show preview

Paul Boughton

More than 430 companies will be taking part in the UK’s showcase for railway technology, Railtex 2015, which opens its doors at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 12 to 14 May. 

The exhibition is a defining event for the industry, bringing together the very latest products and systems both for fixed railway assets such as track and signalling and for all sectors of the rolling stock market – plus much more. Serving as a well established forum for innovation across all areas of the railway supply market, this highly popular event offers a valuable opportunity to meet suppliers face-to face, discuss their innovations and learn more about industry trends.

The list of exhibitors includes many of the best known names supplying the UK rail market, among them Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation, Hitachi Rail Europe and Siemens. Many companies serving engineering disciplines such as civils, signalling and electrical will be present, including numerous smaller, highly specialised firms. And some 80 exhibitors will be taking part in Railtex for the first time, bringing fresh ideas to help meet the challenges faced by the rail industry.  

Keynote speeches, seminars, project updates

This year’s programme of activities taking place alongside Railtex is the most extensive ever, making a visit even more worthwhile. Keynote speeches by industry leaders, updates on key rail projects, industry seminars and presentations highlighting export opportunities for UK companies will all be taking place in the exhibition hall throughout the show, offering valuable insights into trends in railway policy and technology.

In addition, there will be discussion groups and a Networking Reception on the opening day of Railtex, as well as the Recruitment Wall – alerting visitors to career opportunities on offer by exhibitors. These activities are all open, free of charge to everyone attending the show.

Railtex is supported by leading bodies shaping the UK’s rail industry, including Network Rail, the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Alliance business-to-business networking organisation and the government export promotion agency UK Trade & Investment. It is also endorsed by professional associations, among them the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Entry to Railtex 2015 is free if you register in advance.


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