The 14th Railtex exhibition officially opened today, Tuesday 14th May, welcoming visitors from all corners of the rail industry.


The event at the Birmingham NEC featured over 400 exhibitors from 22 countries showcasing railway equipment, systems and services.


Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions, was among the opening speakers.


She said: “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.”


A range of topical discussion forums took place at Railtex today 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 today, do not worry- there is still chance to see a huge range of exhibitors and supporting events.


“Tomorrow will we will present our brand new Future Focus Conference, hosted by the Railway Industry Association (RIA) with a keynote address from Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP, and Q&A sessions from leading figures involved in some of the UK’s biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects. Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to see the best the rail industry has to offer.”


Tomorrow (Wednesday 15th May)’s schedule at Birmingham’s NEC will include:

Seminar Theatre at Railtex 2019

Seminar Theatre. The Seminar Theatre plays host to a selection of technical seminars from within the rail industry. It is situated on the show-floor and sessions can be attended free of charge with no need to book.

  • CEEQUAL Presentation and Awards ceremony to acknowledge the achievement of high environmental and social performance in rail.
  • Investment opportunities and sector development presentations in the Knowledge Hub
  • Other features include on-Track Displays, the Recruitment Wall and Networking Zone



You can register for Railtex 2019 still- on arrival at the venue, or pre-register and pay online to avoid the queues and get fast access to the show. Registration fee is now £20.


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Railtex 2019, the 14th International Exhibition of Railway Equipment, Systems & Services

Why Exhibit At Railtex? Railtex is firmly established as the place to be for those active in today’s thriving rail industry. The largest rail exhibition in the UK for over 20 years, its role is to facilitate trade, provide unique networking opportunities and educational sessions – over three days under one roof.

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