The UK’s two leading rail industry trade exhibitions, Railtex and Infrarail, combined post-COVID in a welcome return to Birmingham’s NEC between 7 and 9 September 2021.
A total of 5,000 attendees from the railway industry met on the three days of the exhibition to network and explore collaboration opportunities, of which some 3,000 were trade visitors from management, engineering, planning and technical design backgrounds, with real purchasing decision powers and investment plans.
Exhibiting companies showcased a wide variety of new products and innovative solutions, with a clear focus on greener solutions, sustainability and decarbonisation, as well as digitalisation. Product demonstrations also took place and were very well received among visitors; the on-track display was also a popular feature of this edition.
Many exhibitors have also reported that they were able to make new business contacts and had received positive sales enquiries. They also expressed their enthusiasm at being back onsite after eighteen long months without an event of this stature.
“We are so delighted with the outcome of our first show after eighteen months without face-to-face events,” said Olaf Freier, Railtex/Infrarail portfolio director on behalf of Mack-Brooks Exhibitions.
“There is nothing like meeting in person to forge lasting relationships, meet colleagues and renew acquaintances. These last three days have provided the whole industry with am opportunity to get back on track through meaningful encounters and content both current and crucially relevant. And that in itself is a huge success,”
Media partner Rail Business Daily successfully hosted a three-day programme of 19 technical seminars on topics ranging from the digitalisation of the railway to geotechnics and bid planning. All were presented by show exhibitors and all welcomed the opportunity to get their messages across to interested audiences.
The exhibition programme also included two conferences streams: The Future Focus Conference and Unlocking Innovation Zone, two recurring features organised by show partner the Railway Industry Association.