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2016 Drives show will be 40% bigger than in 2014

01 May, 2015

With just under a year to go to the next Drives & Controls Show, more than twice as many stands have been booked, compared to the same stage before the previous event in 2014. As a result, around 40% more floorspace has beAir-Tech, en allocated to the show than at the 2014 event.

“We have got great expectations for the 2016 show,” says the event’s sales director, Doug Devlin. “The level of interest is much higher than it was for the 2014 show – and that was a record-breaking event.”

Several companies are returning to the show after a long absence. Two already signed up are Brook Crompton and Mitsubishi Electric, and others are expected to join them.

Several exhibitors that were at the 2014 event are taking larger stands in 2016. They include ifm electronic, Megadyne, Dunlop BTL (formerly Medway UK), Moore International, Wenglor and Wittenstein.

Other returning exhibitors include Beckhoff (which has the biggest stand booked so far), Block UK, B&R Automation, Eplan, HMK/Siemens, KEB, Lafert, Marelli, Rittal, Sigmatek and Stober. SKF will be appearing in the Drives & Controls area for the first time.

The Gambica and EPTDA pavilions, which were a big success at the 2014 event, will both be almost doubling in size for 2016. This will allow the two organisations to accommodate more of their members. For example, Howcroft Industrial Supplies will be appearing on the EPTDA pavilion for the first time.

There is growing interest in the show from outside the UK. Already two new exhibitors have been signed up from abroad: CG Electric Motors from India; and Dinamik Motors from Turkey.

The 2016 Drives & Controls Show will be much larger than the previous event in 2014

Another factor helping to boost the 2016 show is that, unlike in 2014, the Hannover Fair is not being held at the same time, but will start almost two weeks later. This means that companies will be able to take part in both events and use the same stands and displays at both.

A new feature at the 2016 Drives Show will be a live robotics demonstration area reflecting the fact that smaller, safer and more affordable robots are emerging for use by manufacturers of all sizes – robots are no longer just for large automotive plants. For example, RA Rodriguez will be demonstrating “human-friendly” robots from the Danish company Universal Robots, probably including its new six-axis assembly assistant.

As usual, a comprehensive programme of free seminars presented by expert speakers will run alongside the exhibition, allowing visitors to hear the latest on technical and legislative issues affecting the sector.

The Drives  & Controls Show will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 12–14 April 2016. It will run alongside several other industrial events including the MACH machine tools show, Plant & Asset Management, Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, and Offshore Energy. Together, they will create what is expected to be the most important industrial event in the UK during 2016, with well over 40,000 visitors expected to attend.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Drives & Controls Show, please contact Doug Devlin on +44 (0) 1922 644766.




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