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Power transmission pavilion heads for Drives & Controls Show

04 January, 2012

A highlight of this year’s Drives & Controls Show being held at the Birmingham NEC in April will be a pavilion organised by the European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) and featuring up to 15 of its members. The pavilion will be modelled on one that the EPTDA has run successfully at alternate Hannover Fairs for more than a decade.

This will be the first time that the EPTDA has organised such an event away from Hannover. “It a chance for our members to get a better grip on the UK market,” says EPTDA executive vice-president Hans Hanegreefs (below), who expects most of his members at the show to be from outside the UK, with one even travelling from the US to appear. The EPTDA is planning to hold a reception at the show.

“It’s a clear indication that the UK is still seen as a gateway to Europe because of its cultural and language background,” says Hanegreefs. “We hope that it will be very successful.”

The EPTDA has more than 200 members – both distributors and manufacturers – based in 28 countries across Europe and further afield. Together, its members represent an annual sales volume of nearly €24bn and employ around 245,000 people. Members that have already booked to take part in the EPTDA pavilion at the Drives show include Iwis Chain, Bega Tools, Posi Lock Puller and Diamond Chain.

Meanwhile, a stream of other companies have signed up in recent weeks to exhibit at the show, many for the first time. These newcomers include Charter Controls, REO, Sensor-Technik, Motion Control Products, British Encoder Products and Wieland Electric.

First-timers from outside the UK include the German industrial communications specialist Insys, the Finnish mechanical power transmission manufacturer Katsa, and Dutch supplier of flexible conduit Anamet. The French electrical CAD provider IGE-XAO, which has a UK operation in Sheffield, will also be making its show debut.

Former exhibitors which have booked recently to return to the show include Sick and Lamonde Automation.

The Drives & Controls Show will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 17–19 April. Visitors can register to attend via the show Web site. If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Doug Devlin on +44 (0) 1922 644766 or via email at

♦  Mach, the manufacturing technologies exhibition that runs alongside the Drives & Controls Show, is already 23% larger than it was at the same stage before the 2010 event. The Manufacturing Technologies Association, which organises Mach, reports that it has already filled the NEC’s Hall 5 and that bookings for Hall 4 are coming in “thick and fast”. For the first time this year, there will be a direct link between the Drives and Mach shows.

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