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2012 Drives & Controls Show `will be at least 15% bigger`

27 October, 2011

With just six months to go to the 2012 Drives & Controls Show, the organisers are predicting that it will attract even more exhibitors and visitors than the previous show in 2010. Ian Atkinson, managing director of the organiser, DFA Media, expects the show to be at least 15% bigger than in 2010.

The 2012 event will take place at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre from 17–19 April. Doug Devlin, the Drives & Controls Show sales director, says: “I’m delighted at the uptake so far, and envisage increasing the space as exhibitors firm up their plans. There’s a lot of appetite for next year’s show.”

For the first time, there will be a direct link between the DFA Media shows – including Drives & Controls, Airtech and Ifpex – and the Mach manufacturing technology show, making it easier to visitors to move between the events.

The Drives show will host two seminar theatres: one focussing on Energy and Safety topics; the other covering Motion and Controls and including more technical, workshop-style presentations.

New exhibitors already signed up for Drives & Controls 2012 include Schaeffler, SKF, Moog Controls, Stober, Carpanelli, ifm electronic, Renishaw, Optris and Hellermann Tyton. Returning names include B&R, Beckhoff, Centa, Dunkermotoren, KTR, Lafert, Lenze, Leuze, Mayr, Pilz, Red Lion, Rittal, Siemens and WEG.

More than a dozen exhibitors from China – twice as many as last time – will be promoting their portfolios on two separate pavilions. There will also be a new pavilion dedicated to members of the European Power Transmission Distributors Association.

Another exhibition, National Electronics Week, is joining the cluster of shows being held concurrently at the NEC and creating the UK’s largest manufacturing and engineering event. Together, at least 35,000 visitors are expected to attend the shows.

A new show from DFA Media, the Plant and Asset Management Exhibition, will make its debut in April. It will focus on all aspects of the management and maintenance of assets and will include a programme of practical seminars.

Also new for 2012 is the Motion & Control Industry Awards, created to recognise excellence across the motion and control industry. Awards in nine categories will be made at a gala ceremony on 17 April (the first night of the Drives show) in Solihulll. The awards are being organised by Touchwave Media, in association with DFA Media.

Visitor registration for the Drives & Controls Show 2012 via its Web site. If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, please contact Doug Devlin on  +44 (0)1922 644766 or via email at

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Drives Show 2022The next Drives & Controls Exhibition and Conference will take place in Birmingham, UK, from 5-7 April, 2022. For more information on the event, visit the Show Web site


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