12-14 MAY 2020 • OLYMPIA • LONDON

he number 13 might be unlucky for some, but not in the case of

Infrarail, as the 13th instalment is on track to be one of the highlights of the rail industry calendar. This year, the biennial event comes to

a new home – Olympia London – from 12-14 May, with new features, new faces and new opportunities. Across the three days there will be thousands of visitors and more than 100 companies showcasing the very latest equipment, products and services. Infrarail comes at a challenging, yet

exciting time for the railway industry, particularly for those working in electrical engineering. As well as once-in-a- generation projects like HS2, record large-scale investments are targeted at enhancing the performance of the existing system and modernising its assets to meet the increase in demand. Electrification, digital railway and the

expansion of the London Underground system are among just a few of the headline projects offering great business opportunities for suppliers for many years ahead. There will be particular emphasis on civil engineering, track, signalling and communications, depots and station equipment and services, as well as supply chain services such as cable technology, electronics, tools and workwear. This year marks an exciting new

chapter in the Infrarail story as the event comes to Olympia London - a world-class exhibition centre which is in the heart of the capital, with an unparalleled five underground lines, eight bus routes and a dedicated overground station next to the venue. Natig Asadullaev, exhibition manager

for Infrarail, says: “We’re incredibly excited about this year’s event which will bring a host of new features and exhibits to a brand new venue. “It comes at an exciting time for the

railway industry as we are in an era of record spending and endless opportunities. Organisations of all sizes will be at the event, discussions will be had, deals struck and friendships will be made.”

BRINGING THE INDUSTRY TOGETHER Among the new features this year will be a high-profile networking space. Infrarail Matchmaking is an official one-to-one business networking service that will enable registered users


to search and connect with new and existing business contacts, manage event schedules and arrange meetings on exhibitor stands and in a new, dedicated matchmaking lounge. Anyone who registers will be able to

access their profile online and search for connections by their interests, sectors, products, services and geographic location. Asadullaev added: “Our new

complimentary matchmaking service is the perfect way to make valuable leads with new and existing contacts. The programme will provide free access to our dedicated matchmaking team and onsite meeting concierge, making planning meetings and networking a simple and hassle-free process. “Infrarail’s Matchmaking personal

planner also allows you to pre-book meetings to suit you and your colleagues’ show schedule.”

NEW FACES As the reputation of the event continues to grow, so do the different organisations wanting to exhibit. This year’s exhibition will again have an international flavour, building on the last event which had visitors from more than 40 countries, including representatives from ATKINS, Arup, Balfour Beatty, CAF, Costain, Department for Transport, Keolis Amey, Kier, Skanska, SNCF, Transport for London, Transport Scotland and Trenitalia. Among just a few of the new faces

exhibiting at Infrarail in May include: • Bender UK, market leaders in electrical safety • Fujikura, leading manufacturer and supplier of superior quality power and telecommunications products

• Norwegian company, Elkem, a producer of high quality silicon-based advanced materials and related products, presenting the benefits of using Microsilica in rail networks • Exception PCB Ltd, European time critical and technology driven PCB manufacturer, offering global services to over 32 different countries.

DISCUSSING THE BIG ISSUES It is a landmark period of investment and change for Britain’s rail network, with major projects such as HS2, East West Rail and Northern Powerhouse Rail just a few of the big developments on the horizon. As well as the exhibition, technical

workshops, seminars and high-level speakers will be part of the programme, making it the most important industry networking and business event in the rail calendar. Infrarail offers CPD accreditation for its

extensive educational programme. Attendees will be scanned into the free sessions on a wide array of topics and can then claim points towards their Continuing Professional Development. “Along with the networking, the guest

speakers are a real highlight at Infrarail. This year will be no different. We are just finalising the programme and will reveal it shortly,” says Asadullaev. “It promises to be a great selection of speakers in what will be insightful and interesting around export, skills, innovation and procurement.” There is still limited availability for

exhibitors. Anyone wishing to attend as a visitor on the day for free must register by midnight on 11 May 2020. After this, registration online or onsite costs £20.


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