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Schneider and Phoenix join the Drives show line-up

13 December, 2007

Exhibition space at April’s Drives & Controls Show at the Birmingham NEC is filling up fast. With several months still to go, the number of stands booked has already exceeded the total number at the previous show in 2006, and more are being added almost daily.

The show, which takes place from 22–24 April, is shaping up to be the UK’s biggest and most important exhibition for the automation and motion engineering sector for many years.

Among the most recent companies to book stands are the show are Schneider Electric, Phoenix Contact, GE Industrial, RS Components, Alcatel Dunkermotoren, Mayr Transmissions and Cross & Morse. These are in addition to earlier bookings, such as Baumüller, Berger Lahr, Bonfiglioli, Danfoss, Heidenhain, Hitachi, Lafert Electric Motors, Parvalux, Rittal, SEW Eurodrive, Siemens (including its Flender subsidiary), WEG Electric Motors and Weidmüller.

Meanwhile, Control Techniques has increased the size of its stand by almost 50% to 112m2, giving it more space to display its new generation of servo drives and to accommodate its Emerson Electric sister company, the French motor-maker, Leroy Somer.

Other companies that have recently reserved stands at the show include (in alphabetical order): Abssac, Alpha Gearheads, CRD Devices, Horner APG, ILME, Kendrion Binder, KTR Couplings, Lutze, Motion Control Products (which will be showing ABB servo products), Reliance Precision, Rotor (formerly Exico), Softstart UK, Transmission Developments, and Yamaichi.

The Drives & Controls show is part of a larger engineering and manufacturing event at the NEC that will include: the MACH machine tool and manufacturing show; the Electrex electrical engineering show; the IFPEX international fluid power event; the new Plant and Works Exhibition; the Subcon sub-contracting show; and the Air-Tech compressed air and pneumatics exhibition.

Together, these shows are expected to draw around 40,000 visitors, making the event the most important meeting place for British manufacturing industry and engineering during 2008. A programme of seminars and conferences will run alongside the shows.

For more information on the Drives & Controls Exhibition, visit If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, please contact Doug Devlin on 01922 644766.

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