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Welcoming the industry to Railtex 2019


This May will see rail professionals from around the world flocking to the Midlands for Railtex 2019, the 14th international exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services


rom 14-16 May, Birmingham’s NEC will welcome more than 8,000 rail professionals and 400 exhibitors, with thousands of products on display from organisations demonstrating the latest industry technology and innovations. The industry continues to experience a


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record period of growth, with passenger numbers expected to increase by a further 40 per cent by 2020. Alongside this, the transition to a digitally-led rail network and the key milestones of major projects including HS2, Crossrail and the Great North Rail project make 2019 a year of opportunity for the sector’s suppliers, buyers, infrastructure managers and operators. Railtex is a platform for organisations looking to showcase their capabilities and unlock new business opportunities. At the show household names including


British Steel, HS2, Knorr-Bremse, Mechan, PULSAR, Siemens, Unipart Rail and more will be returning to to demonstrate a range of products and services to generate leads and enquiries from visiting managers, engineers and buyers at the highest level. These organisations will be joined by


many first-time exhibitors, including Forbo Flooring Systems, a commercial and rail flooring specialist; Bespoke Composite Panels & Corex Honeycomb (part of Enocam Ltd), manufacturer of aluminium honeycomb core material; Liebherr Transportation Systems, supplier of heating, venting and air conditioning systems; Rail Safety Systems, supplier of safe maintenance equipment; and CTC Union Technologies, designer and manufacturer of data and telecommunications solutions. Alongside the main exhibition, Railtex


2019 will host an in-depth educational programme taking place over the three days; including keynote addresses, technical seminars, project updates and interactive discussion forums. Speakers will include leading industry figures, senior managers responsible for the implementation of current UK rail projects and representatives of organisations taking part in the show. For the first time, Railtex will be able to offer CPD accreditation for its extensive educational programme. Attendees will be


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scanned into the sessions and can then claim points towards their Continuing Professional Development.


SEMINAR THEATRE Baroness Fairhead, minister of state at the department for international trade, will be opening the speakers at Rail Media’s Seminar Theatre, on the Wednesday of the show. On the same day, Gordon Wakeford, the


head of Siemens Mobility in the UK, will speak to the theatre. He is co-chair of the Rail Supply Group and played a key role in development of the rail sector deal, which he will discuss as one of three keynotes taking place in the Seminar Theatre. Digital Railway’s Stuart Calvert will also appear as a keynote speaker. Calvert will discuss Network Rail’s restructure and the impact of devolution on the Digital Railway programme. The Knowledge Hub, sponsored by the


Rail Industry Association (RIA) will provide a selection of project updates and industry briefings, and forum discussions with influential industry leaders will also take place. Presentations include: Opportunities for the supply chain, by Morgan Sindall; The shape of things to come from Mark Lomas, the head of equality, diversity and inclusion at HS2; International opportunities for UK rail companies in the Baltics and Turkey; and RIA’s electrification report, which sets out how costs could be lowered by as much as 50 per cent. The Railway Industry Association will also host a special one-day conference on


Wednesday 15 May, which is free of charge to pre-registered visitors. This new Future Focus Conference will facilitate dialogue between those responsible for major projects delivery and the supply chain and will offer insights and discussions around a number of pressing issues for the future of rail, including high speed rail, digital railways and sustainability. Discussing Railtex 2019, exhibition


manager Natalia Charman says: “We’re very excited for this year’s exhibition, which as always, will have an international flavour. We are expecting visitors from more than 50 countries, with lots of exhibitors bringing products and services from countries in Europe, Asia and the US. “What makes Railtex unique, and why


the exhibition has stood the test of time, is that it encompasses the entire railway equipment, systems and services sector, and brings together these organisations in a collaborative and informative setting. It is the definitive exhibition for the industry and anyone with an interest in the sector should look to have a presence there.” Readers can pre-register for free entry ahead of their visit. This can can be done up to 13 May, the day before Railtex opens. This can be done by visiting www.railtex.co.uk and clicking on the Register Now for Free button. For non-registered visitors there will be a £20 entry charge payable on arrival at the NEC.


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