Infrarail 2018 – On track for return to London ExCeL
Infrarail, the biennial showcase for systems, equipment and services for the railway infrastructure market will return to the ExCeL London on May 1-3.
More than 200 companies will be exhibiting the very latest equipment, products and services in the rail infrastructure market.
Infrarail 2018 will feature a full programme of keynote speeches by leading figures, industry seminars, project briefings and discussion groups, providing valuable insights into trends in technology and policy.
The show will be backed by a host of the industry’s biggest organisations and trade associations, including Network Rail, the Railway Industry Association, the Rail Delivery Group, Crossrail Ltd and HS2, the exhibition will cover a huge range of sectors, from civil engineering, track, signalling and communications, depots and stations, to supply chain services such as cable technology, electronics, tools and workwear.
Confirmed Keynote speakers attending include Secretary of State for Transport the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Managing Director of Digital Railway, Network Rail, David Waboso CBE, Managing Director of Phase 2, HS2 Ltd Paul Griffiths, and Paul Plummer, CEO at the Rail Delivery Group.
Companies exhibiting within the Infrarail-integrated CITE Hub this year include Bigorre Ingenierie, Blok N Mesh UK, CEEQUAL, Chauvin Arnoux, Dieselec Thistle Generators, Freyssinet, iLine Technologies, Channeline International, Maccaferri, Megger, Mixamate and Osprey, among others. The CITE (Civil Infrastructure and Technology Exhibits) Hub is freely accessible to all participants at Infrarail 2018.
Kirsten Whitehouse, Exhibition Manager for Infrarail 2018, said: “During this landmark period of investment in the UK rail network, and with major projects under HS2, CP6, East West Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the TransPennine upgrade in preparation, it is the perfect opportunity to attend Infrarail, make connections, showcase and get to know the latest products and services and the people that deliver them.
“Infrarail has a very strong reputation and is firmly established as a must-attend event for everyone in the industry. It is a genuine highlight in the rail sector’s calendar.”
Kirsten added: “We remain in an era of high investment and modernisation that will enhance performance and prepare the industry for the future demands put on it. These are challenging times and Infrarail helps exhibiting companies and visitors to build partnerships and chart a way forward together.”
A full programme of events is scheduled across the three days. For the third occasion, Infrarail integrates companies active in the civil infrastructure & technology sectors: the CITE Hub features companies supplying a huge range of products and services, from construction and contracting, to tunnelling and road infrastructure.
Registration to Infrarail 2018 includes access to keynote speeches, project updates and technical seminars and education events that are certified by the CPD Certification Service, meaning they can be used by attendees and their professional bodies towards annual Continuing Professional Development.
The Rail Engineer hosted Seminar Theatre based in the exhibition hall will feature keynotes by leading industry figures during the mornings as well as technical industry seminars from exhibiting organisations highlighting recent developments and innovations in technology.
This year also sees the launch of a stand-alone Knowledge Hub at Infrarail: a dedicated educational theatre, organised in association with the Railway Industry Association, that offers a full programme of Project Updates and Industry Briefings. The Knowledge Hub will further feature a daily afternoon Keynote Address by a high-profile industry leader and will also host ‘The Platform’: an RTM-led panel discussion on a range of issues concerning the wider industry.
Other features include the Rail Alliance Hub, which will see Rail Alliance members, including ABG Geosynthetics, Anderton Concrete, DW Windsor, Hytorc, ILECSYS Rail, Silver Fox and Urban Control exhibiting their products and services within a dedicated RA hub. The Recruitment Wall allows exhibitors to publicise work opportunities and job vacancies in the industry to match participants’ skills with companies’ personnel needs. The Track, sponsored by British Steel, allows exhibitors to showcase their track products in-situ.
A total of 6,596 visitors from 51 countries attended Infrarail in 2016 and organisers are expecting that number to increase for the 2018 exhibition.
This is the second time that Infrarail, which was established in 1994, has taken place at the Excel, the exhibitions and international convention centre. Situated in Custom House in the London Borough of Newham and the heart of London’s Docklands, the venue provides an ideal location for the exhibition, with excellent transport links to central London and a direct link to Heathrow Airport.
The event is free to attend. To book your place, or to reserve a stand, visit: http://www.infrarail.com/2018/