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2014 Drives Show looks set to break records

03 January, 2014

With three months to go to the 2014 Drives & Controls exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK, the number of exhibitors who have signed up is already more than 20% higher than at the same stage before the previous event in 2012.

“We are significantly up on bookings from 2012,” says exhibition director, Doug Devlin. “There is a confidence in the market which is endorsed by the number of new companies and the return of companies who haven’t exhibited for several years.

“The exhibition has evolved over the years into an automation show which gives the visitor a truly worthwhile experience of the new technologies available,” he adds. “In 2012, we had more than 11,000 visitors and, with the launch of our new exhibition, European Offshore & Energy, we expect the footfall to increase significantly this year.”

Drives & Controls and the offshore show will be running alongside other industry-related events including the Air-Tech compressed air show, Fluid Power & Systems, and Plant and Asset Management. Together, these events – all organised by Drives & Controls’ publisher, DFA Media – will cover more than twice the area of the 2012 shows, with at least 57% more exhibitors.

Together with other events taking place at the NEC the same time ­– including the Manufacturing Technology Association’s MACH show and National Electronics Week – they are expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors to see more than 1,000 exhibitors. There is little doubt that this will be the most significant manufacturing and engineering event in the UK during 2014.

For the first time this year, the UK automation industry trade body Gambica is organising a pavilion at the Drives & Controls show in which some of its member companies will exhibit. Those already signed up include Danfoss, Vacon, Pepperl+Fuchs, Fairford Electronics and Teco.

Newcomers to the Drives & Controls show will include the Swedish HMI and automation supplier Beijer Electronics, the sensor-maker Wenglor, Radwell International (owner of the PLCCenter), the precision engineer P&B Engineering, the motion control specialist Goodwin Electronics, the electrical and electronics components supplier Switchtec, the power transmission specialist Bradford Engineering Services, and Ortlinghaus, which supplies industrial brakes, clutches and couplings.

Visitor numbers to the forthcoming Drives & Controls Show are expected to set new records

First-time exhibitors from abroad will include the Polish industrial technologies supplier Comex, and the Able Motor Group from China.

Returning to the show after absences of several years are Schneider Electric, RS Components, Wago, Rexnord, the power semiconductor specialist Semikron, the circuit-breaker manufacturer E-T-A, the sensor supplier Elobau, and the industrial belts and fluid power specialist Gates.

Following its successful debut at the previous show, the European Power Transmission Distributors’ Association (EPTDA) will be returning with a pavilion showcasing the activities of some its members.

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