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Railtex 2015 to be ‘bigger and better’ than ever

Railtex returns in 2015 with leading industry figures scheduled to speak and more than 300 companies, including Hitachi Rail Europe, Bombardier, Siemens and Alstom, already booked to exhibit.

The UK’s leading rail event, which covers railway equipment, systems and services, will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 12-14 May with as many as 10,000 industry professionals expected to attend.

The exhibition functions as the industry’s meeting place - where visitors and exhibitors come together to see the latest technology in action, learn about new products/services, hear about key industry projects and do business.

The 2013 event was an amazing success, with more than 8,200 industry professionals visiting and 434 companies from 17 countries taking part.

Speaking at the event Simon Burns MP, former transport minister, said: “There is no better place to gauge the confidence and optimism of an industry than a trade show like this. And with more than 400 exhibitors here this week, from large train manufacturers to small scale engineering and technology companies, I think Railtex 2013 is evidence of a thriving rail industry in this country,”

The 2015 iteration is set to feature talks from Richard Price, chief executive of the Office of Rail Regulation, and Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR Corporation, who in a joint venture with Deutsche Bahn operate the concession for London Overground, and have also won the contract to operate the first eight years of Crossrail.

In another part of the exhibition hall, a wide-ranging programme of seminars will run throughout the show covering developments and trends in technology and practice.

The Railtex team said: “We are delighted that Richard Price and Jeremy Long will be speaking at Railtex, and we know that people at the show will be very keen to hear their presentations.

“Opportunities to learn more about the direction the industry is taking from its leading figures form an important part of this event and we know they are greatly appreciated by visitors and exhibitors. We will soon be announcing more details of our plans for activities during Railtex.”

Familiar features from previous Railtex and Infrarail shows will be incorporated in the show. These include The Yard display area for vehicles and larger pieces of equipment and The Track, providing a fitting setting for rail-mounted machinery and products.

The Recruitment Wall will also be returning, enabling exhibitors to highlight their job vacancies and skills needs and encouraging visitors to discuss these directly with them.

Railtex 2015 is actively supported by key organisations shaping the industry, including Network Rail, the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Alliance and UK Trade & Investment, as well as leading technical and professional institutions.

Organisers Mack Brookes Exhibitions said: "The industry’s enthusiastic response to Railtex 2015 reflects a positive outlook for suppliers seeking to benefit from the huge investments being made in the UK’s rail and public transport networks.

“It also confirms what exhibitors at previous events have told us – that exhibiting at Railtex helps them to showcase new products, make quality connections, raise their profile, foster partnerships and do business.”

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