The 14th Railtex exhibition officially opened on May 14, with over 400 exhibitors from 22 countries showcasing railway equipment, systems and services.
“It has been a great opening day with some really insightful speakers and some incredible exhibits of cutting-edge innovations and technology as part of a huge showcase of rail infrastructure, rolling stock and supply chain solutions,” said Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
Railtex is the UK’s premier exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services, creating maximum engagement for visitors by placing thousands of industry professionals together in one place at one time, featuring companies serving all aspects of the infrastructure and rolling stock sectors.
Beyond the main exhibition, there is a packed supporting programme with a schedule of keynote speakers and technical seminars, project updates and discussion forums. The May 14 has been an action-packed day with the main topics of discussion including the impact of the Brexit situation on the exports of British products and services and improving the employability appeal of the rail sector for future generations.
The brand new Future Focus Conference, hosted by the Railway Industry Association (RIA) on May 15, brings highlights on three key areas – digital rail, high-speed rail and sustainability, exploring topics such as thought leadership, insight, sense testing, qualitative engagement and cross-fertilisation o allow a collaborative review of the current industry opportunities and challenges.
The Future Focus Conference benefits on a keynote address from Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP and Q&A sessions from leading figures involved in some of the UK’s biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects, Nicola explained at the opening ceremony.
The largest rail exhibition in the UK for over 20 years, Railtex role is to facilitate trade, provide unique networking opportunities and educational sessions.
First staged in 1993, Railtex continues grow, engaging an increased number of exhibitors and visitors each edition, with 2019 being the biggest event to date.