The 14th annual Railtex proved to be a huge hit with the rail sector, highlighting its importance in exhibiting railway equipment, systems and services.
During the three-day event at Birmingham’s NEC, a total of 6,700 visitors were present, from 50 countries worldwide, and almost 2,500 professionals representing exhibiting companies.
Birmingham’s NEC was transformed for the 14th annual Railtex, comprising a huge amount of technology, skills and services; it meant some of the most eye-catching displays from the exhibitors.
There was a comprehensive and informative programme of speeches, presentations and discussions, with innovation showcased, leads created and business partnerships formed in the space of three engaging days.
The Rail Industry Association (RIA) played a major part in the 14th annual Railtex, with its Future Focus Conference that brought together a host of speakers, including the Rail Minister Andrew Jones, who delivered a keynote speech that stressed the requirement for 50,000 new workers by 2033 to replace retiring employees.
And Darren Caplan, the Chief Executive of the RIA, said: “Railtex has developed a reputation as a UK trade show leader for the rail supply industry, showcasing a vast range of products and services from across the sector.
“This year was no different, with Railtex once again bringing the industry together for three packed days of networking, discussions and events.”
This is an important time to be involved in the rail sector – highlighted by the fact that numerous success stories were heard at Railtex.
Indeed, analysis by Oxford Economics, commissioned by the RIA, revealed that the rail industry generates approximately £36 billion in economic growth and £11 billion in tax revenue each year.
It plays an important part in the job market too, employing 600,000 people, and the Rail Minister used his keynote speech to highlight how crucial it is to make sure that there are more digital skills and workforce diversity in the sector.
This is an example of the exhibition’s importance too – providing a platform to discuss these key issues; Railtex will return to Birmingham in 2021.