Railtex - more than an exhibition

Railtex is the all-encompassing showcase for technological innovations across the entire rail supply market.

It provides an unequalled opportunity in the UK for companies serving all aspects of the infrastructure and rolling stock sectors to present their capabilities, meet their customers and be part of the industry’s networking event of the year.

First staged in 1993, Railtex has long been established as Britain’s leading showcase for railway equipment, products and services, with a strong reputation for attracting visiting managers, engineers and buyers at the highest level.

With the exhibition as its centrepiece, Railtex additionally features a stimulating supporting programme encompassing keynote speeches, seminars and discussion forums all devised to highlight industry trends and – importantly – bring people together.

Clear your Diary!

Britain’s rail network is seeing levels of investment unprecedented in recent years. The HS2 high-speed line, Crossrail and extensive upgrading of the existing system are all generating business opportunities throughout the supply chain.

Electrification of main lines, modernisation of signalling systems and procurement of new rolling stock to handle ever increasing passenger numbers all feature in current investment programmes.

Railtex was a cost effective way for RVEL to outline its offering to the wider rail industry. With so many potential customers in one place it made doing business very easy. This is the second time we have exhibited at Railtex and we will certainly look to do so again in 2017.
Andy Lynch, Managing Director, RVEL

Transport for London also represents a key market, with new trains being acquired, extension of the Northern Line of the Underground and a growing role in the management of the city’s suburban lines.

And the proposed HS3 line linking cities in northern England and Crossrail 2 in the capital have now both moved up the political agenda, promising exciting longer term prospects for the supply industry.

Be sure to highlight the role your company can play in building the country’s 21st century railway by planning now to exhibit at Railtex 2017.


Railtex 2015 Review

Railtex 2015 Review

With 468 of the rail industry’s leading suppliers taking part, Railtex 2015 was the biggest and busiest of these events for more than a decade. A total of 7,449 trade visitors attended the show. A further 2,700 people were present as exhibitors, bringing together some 10,150 rail industry professionals over three days at the NEC.

Many exhibitors reported that the show exceeded their expectations, with significant numbers of successful business transactions and connections made.

Railtex provided the Rail Supply Group (RSG) with an unrivalled opportunity to engage with both the industry and its customers. With access to over 2700 exhibitors and almost 7,500 visitors over the three days, we were able to share our vision for the future; and also outline how businesses in the supply chain, both large and small, could work with us as we develop our Industrial Strategy. Railtex will form a key part of our engagement with the industry over the coming years.
Terence Watson, Country President of Alstom UK and Co-Chair of the Rail Supply Group

Railtex 2015 was not only about business transactions, though: an extensive and wide-ranging programme of speeches and presentations by leading industry figures was a major highlight, with many sessions standing room only and plenty of constructive exchanges between speakers and audience.

We are pleased that Railtex 2015 once again delivered the platform for professionals to meet, network, learn, discuss, do business and discover the latest trends, technologies and innovations within the rail sector. You can read the complete Show Review here:

Railtex 2015 Review

The Official Railtex Review

Read the Official Railtex 2015 Review for a unique insight into what took place at Railtex 2015.

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Supporting Organisations

Network Rail

Network Rail

Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain's rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and 17 key stations. They are improving the rail network - providing faster, more frequent and more reliable journeys between Britain's towns and cities. This is bringing people and businesses closer together, making Britain more competitive and a better place to do business.

For more information visit www.networkrail.co.uk

Railway Industry Association

Railway Industry Association

The Railway Industry Association is the trade association for UK-based suppliers to the railway industry. RIA provides a range of services to their 150 member companies, who include manufacturers, maintainers, contractors, consultants, leasing companies and providers of specialist services.

Key activities include representation, information services, networking, exports support and supply chain reform.

For more information visit www.riagb.org.uk

Rail Alliance

Rail Alliance

The Rail Alliance is the largest business to business rail networking organisation in the UK. The Rail Alliance provides tailored assistance to members and signpost potential opportunities for their business through their 20+ networking meetings per year. The Rail Alliance attends all major European exhibitions and seminars connected to the rail industry.

For further details visit www.railalliance.co.uk

British Steel

British Steel

Sponsored by British Steel, our Track display area allows exhibitors to showcase their track products in-situ. An Exhibitor List for the Track will be added nearer the time. There is limited availability for this feature, so we advise all interested exhibitors to book early in order to avoid disappointment.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is the fastest growing professional engineering institution in the UK. Their 100,000 members work at the heart of the country's most important and dynamic industries.

For further details visit www.imeche.org

Permanent Way Institution

Permanent Way Institution

The Permanent Way Institution is a not for profit organisation for all engineers involved with track and infrastructure. With a wealth of knowledge within their membership, their focus is to encourage the sharing of best practice between infrastructure staff at all levels and stages of their career. This initiative is being actively supported by key players in the rail industry.

For further details visit www.thepwi.org

Rail Plant Association

Rail Plant Association (RPA)

The Rail Plant Association (RPA) is the professional association for road/rail plant owners, operators and users. Set up by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA), it provides members with a set of Model Trading Conditions, information, support structure and lobbying voice to their companies.

For further details visit www.cpa.uk.net/p/Join-RPA/

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

HS2 Logo

HS2 will be a high-speed railway connecting London to Birmingham from 2026, Crewe by 2027 and then, along a Y-shaped route, to Manchester and Leeds from 2033. It will provide fast, frequent and reliable services for over 100 cities and towns, including eight of the UK’s largest urban areas. As soon as the project breaks ground, almost a decade before the first passengers board the new trains, HS2 will be a catalyst for growth across Britain, opening up local and regional markets, attracting investment and improving skills and job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people across the whole country.

For further details visit www.gov.uk/hs2

Midlands Engine Rail / Warwickshire County Council

The Midlands Engine area, covering a population of 11.3 million, £222bn GVA, 25 universities and 500,000 students, is a major centre of advanced engineering, home to Rolls Royce Aero, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB and Toyota, and a leading location in Europe for rolling stock and infrastructure R&D, development and manufacturing.

The £50bn HS2 project links London and the Midlands Engine area, and is one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects. It is a major opportunity for the Midlands area. With Bombardier and a strong supply chain, the area is an important supplier of conventional rail, and an emerging centre for the development and deployment of light and very light rail systems. Come and speak to us to find out more.

For further details visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/invest

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

One of the most highly recognised knowledge sharing networks in the world, The Institution of Engineering and Technology is for engineers and technologists working or studying in an increasingly multidisciplinary, digital and global environment.

For further details visit www.theiet.org

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in the UK is the membership organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. Members of the Institute are involved in the management and design of infrastructure, systems, processes and information flows and in the creation, management and development of effective organisations. The work of our members impacts directly on people, society and the environment, on business profitability and economic growth.

First established as The Chartered Institute of Transport (CIT) in 1919, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK is a registered charity and part of the CILT international family with over 33,000 members in countries across the world.

Our vision is for The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport to enable innovation, excellence and value creation for both individuals and corporate bodies by being the leading membership organisation and education provider within our community of professionals.

For more information please visit www.ciltuk.org.uk

Rail Forum East Midlands

Rail Forum East Midlands

Rail Forum East Midlands, formerly known as the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF), represents over 150 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6bn to the local economy.

For further details visit www.midlandsrail.co.uk/

Rail Supply Group (RSG)

Rail Supply Group

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) brings together industry and government to lead the renewal of the domestic supply chain so that it can best meet the demands of tomorrow's railway, whether at home or abroad. Details of our vision, and the work streams that we have established to bring this about, can be found on the Rail Supply Group website.

For further details visit www.railsupplygroup.org



As the leading business association in the sector, ACE represents the interests of professional consultancies and engineering companies large and small in the UK. Many of our member companies have gained international recognition and acclaim and employ over 250,000 staff worldwide.

For further details visit www.acenet.co.uk

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