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Drives & Controls Show is almost full

06 March, 2012

With just over a month to go to the 2012 Drives & Controls Show in Birmingham, almost all of the exhibition floorspace has been sold. “We’re virtually full,” says the exhibition sales director, Doug Devlin.

Companies that have booked stands in recent weeks include the pneumatics and linear motion supplier Matara, the actuator and solenoid specialist CRD Devices, the sensors and controls manufacturer Synatel, and the chain-maker Donghua.

The British manufacturer of permanent magnet DC motors, LMC (Lynch Motor Company) is returning to the show after a long absence. The belt-maker Megadyne has booked a place on the pavilion being organised by the European Power Transmission Distributors Association, while visitors interested in gearboxes and couplings will be able to drop in on the Tandler Precision stand.

The bearings sector will be represented by Bowman Oilite and Principle Engineering, which also supplies encoders. At the high-tech end of the market, Infolytica, which specialises in software for designing and analysing electromagnetic systems, will be making its Drives show debut.

The various seminar programmes have now been finalised. You can find the details of the sessions in the two theatres on the show’s Web site.

The new Energy and Safety seminar theatre will feature presentations and discussions involving experts from industry and trade bodies. Topics to be covered will include drive chain management, programmable safety, motor controls, and government incentive schemes. The programme includes panel discussions on drives and safety engineering.

In the second theatre, experts from industry will be discussing topics of vital importance to the motion engineering and automation sector. Companies making presentations will include Control Techniques, Eplan, HMS, Leuze, Moog, Pilz, Red Lion and Schaeffler.

Running alongside the Drives & Controls Show will be a string of other industry events including the Air-Tech compressed air show, the Ifpex fluid power exhibition, the Electrex electrical engineering show, the Mach manufacturing technologies event, and the new Plant and Asset Management Exhibition (Pamex), covering the maintenance and management of physical assets. Together these shows are expected to attract about 40,000 visitors, creating the UK’s most significant single engineering event in 2012.

The show will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 17–19 April. You can register to visit the Drives show via its Web site, which contains an up-to-date list of exhibitors. If you are interested in exhibiting, Doug Devlin will try to find a space for you. You can contact him on 01922 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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