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.

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Railtex 2015 Review

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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


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


Rail Champions

Rail Champions

Established in 2009, Rail Champions strive to provide a neutral platform for new business development, debate and discussion to which suppliers, maintainers and end users can work collaboratively to 'share knowledge' and develop the 'transport infrastructure' of the future.

Their passion is to create partnerships that work - connecting people that need help. They utilize extensive trend knowledge, driving both market awareness and sustainable business development.

For further details visit www.rail-champions.com


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


Institution of Railway Signal Engineers

Institution of Railway Signal Engineers

The IRSE is the professional institution for all those engaged in or associated with railway signalling, telecommunications and allied professions. The IRSE has its headquarters in London, UK and is active worldwide. Founded in 1912, the Institution aims to advance, for the public benefit, the science and practice of signalling and telecommunications engineering within the industry and to maintain high standards of knowledge and competence within the profession.

For further details visit www.irse.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/


UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. UKTI has professional advisers both within the UK and across more than 100 international markets.

For further details visit www.ukti.gov.uk


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 is your professional body. They welcome everyone involved in logistics, the supply chain and transport to join their 33,000 strong global membership community.

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


Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum

Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum

The Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum (DDRF) represents the largest cluster of rail companies in the world - over 100 businesses across the East Midlands, employing over 25,000 people and contributing £2.6 billion to the local economy.

For further details visit www.derbyrailforum.org.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


ACE

ACE

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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