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01/09/2011 | Channel:
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With some 65 per cent of registered visitors listed as having purchasing authority, Railtex 2011 succeeded in delivering a high quality audience to the 424 exhibitors taking part on the event.
Held at Earls Court, London, from 14th to 16th June, this was the tenth in a successful series of Railtex railway technology trade shows organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
The decision-making status of rail industry professionals visiting the exhibition was matched by a stimulating range of free drop-in seminars that included presentations by policy-makers shaping the future of Britain’s rail network.
Heading the list as part of a programme presented by The Rail Engineer magazine were keynote addresses by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, Network Rail Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite and Sir Roy McNulty, author of the much-discussed Government-commissioned study on the value for money of Britain’s rail system.
Also well attended by Railtex visitors was a series of updates on major projects by senior Network Rail managers, providing first-hand insights into significant investment schemes countrywide. This programme also featured a significant presentation by Network Rail’s director, investment projects, Simon Kirby on the company’s new approach to supplier engagement.
More than 9200 industry professionals, including leading suppliers, attended the event over its three days. Exhibitor highlights included a strong presence by Network Rail, plus large stands hosting Bombardier Transportation, Faiveley Transport, Invensys Rail, Knorr Bremse, Siemens Mobility and Tata Steel, among many others. More than 30 firms exhibited as part of the Rail Alliance Rail Hub and a group of companies from across the Channel combined to form a French Pavilion.
Also featured was the now familiar On Track Display, sponsored by Tata Steel, with Pandrol Track Systems, Rosenqvist Rail, Vortok International, Bance and Semmco among its exhibitors. And new this year – and a success according to companies involved – was the Recruitment Wall, aimed at helping exhibitors to meet their skills needs by alerting show visitors to job opportunities.