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Showcase stands break 2008 D&C Show record
Published:  02 February, 2010

Many of the UK’s leading automation and motion engineering companies have shown their confidence in the future of the industry by booking substantial stands for the 2010 Drives & Controls show, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC from 8–10 June.

With four months to go, the number of exhibitors that have booked “space-only” showcase stands is already at least 50% up on the total number at the previous show in 2008. And many returning exhibitors – including Danfoss, Leuze Electronic, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation and SEW Eurodrive – have booked larger stands than they had at the 2008 event (pictured below).

According to the exhibition’s sales director, Doug Devlin, the number of companies bringing their own stands to the show demonstrates their confidence in the future and their commitment to the event. He describes the level of interest so far as “extremely encouraging” and predicts that “we are heading for a bumper show”.

Many of the companies attending the show are either first-timers (including Alldrives, Kroy, Micro-Epsilon and SITI/Alphadrive) or have not taken part in Drives & Controls exhibitions for many years. Examples of exhibitors returning after an absence include Baldor, HMS Industrial Networks, Motovario, Schmersal, Sick, Synatel, Trio Motion Control and SS White.

The Austrian automation supplier B&R will be returning to the show after a long absence and will be pushing the boat out with one of the largest stands booked so far, covering an area of 112m2.

All sectors of the industry will be represented at the exhibition, including automation (with names such as Horner, ILME, Lamonde and Schneider Electric), drives (including Gefran and Lenze), motors (Lafert, Marelli, Motor Technology and WEG), safety (Pilz, Schmersal and Steute), mechanical and actuation (Centa, CRD Devices, Habasit Rossi, Linak, Moore International, Motovario, Olsen Engineering, Reliance Precision and Wittenstein) and electrical (Block, HVR and Rittal).

Other technologies represented at the show will include communications (Harting and HMS), sensors and measurement (Heidenhain, Micro-Epsilon and Red Lion) and software (Aceri, Auctotec, Don Tyne and Thinking Space).

Many of the sector’s major players will take part in the show via their distributors and partners. For example, Siemens and Schaeffler will be represented on the HMK Automation & Drives stand. Items from ABB’s portfolio will be found on Quantum Controls’ stand, while products from the German automation supplier Beckhoff will be demonstrated on the stand of its UK distributor, Hayes Controls.

At the 2008 Drives & Controls Show, several Chinese exhibitors had stands for the first time. There will be another Chinese delegation at the 2010 event, with at least twice as many exhibitors.

Several major new exhibitors are in the process of signing up for the show.

The Drives & Controls Show is one of a cluster of engineering shows being held simultaneously at the NEC, together creating the most important event for UK manufacturing and industrial engineering. The other exhibitions include the Plant & Works Exhibition for maintenance engineers, the international fluid power show Ifpex, the compressed air show AirTech, the machine tool and manufacturing show MACH, the electrical show Electrex, the sub-contracting exhibition Subcon, and Independent Power & Energy Europe.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Drives & Controls Show, please contact Doug Devlin on 01922 644766 or If you want to attend the show, you can register online at

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