The much-anticipated Railtex 2019 exhibition enjoyed a successful opening day on Tuesday 14 May, with visitors from all corners of the rail industry in attendance for a jam-packed programme of events.
The three-day event, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, was home to more than 400 exhibitors on its first day, representing 22 countries, all showcasing the very best in railway equipment, systems and services.
It is the 14th Railtex exhibition and is the biggest yet; those in attendance on the opening day of three benefited from knowledge and expertise from a number of important speakers, with Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, among the opening speakers.
She spoke about what the first day brought for those in attendance.
“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.”
Amongst the events on that first day, a range of topical discussion forums were also held, including:
- 10:45 |Knowledge Hub
Opportunities for the Supply Chain
Tom Appleton, Director of Work Winning, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure
- 11:50 | Seminar Theatre
KEYNOTE – The Rail Sector Deal
Gordon Wakeford, Co-chair, Rail Supply Group
- 16:00 | Knowledge Hub
Taking Action on the Skills Shortage
Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive, National College High Speed Rail (NCHSR)
Nicola added: “For those who did not get to attend, do not worry – there is still chance to see a huge range of exhibitors and supporting events.”
The programme for the second day includes the brand new Future Focus Conference, that will be hosted by the Railway Industry Association (RIA); this is when the keynote speech will be delivered by Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP, followed by Q&A sessions from leading figures who are part of some of the UK’s most ambitious infrastructure initiatives.
On Wednesday 15 May, programmes include technical seminars from the likes of Hitachi Rail, ArcellorMittal Europe, Geobrugg and LB Foster.
Elsewhere, a CEEQUAL Presentation and Awards ceremony will take place to acknowledge the achievement of high environmental and social performance in rail.
Investment opportunities and sector development presentations will take place in the Knowledge Hub, while other features such as on-track displays, the Recruitment Wall and Networking Zone will also take place on the exhibition’s second day.