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Drives & Controls Show is close to capacity

01 March, 2016

With just over a month to go to the Drives & Controls Show, there has been a flurry of late bookings from exhibitors, many of them from the mechanical power transmission sector.

“We’re virtually full,” reports exhibition director, Doug Devlin. “There are only a few stands remaining.” The exhibition floor area and the number of exhibitors are both about 40% larger than they were at the previous show in 2014. “This is an exciting time for our industry,” says Devlin.

Five members of the European Power Transmission Distributors Association have signed up recently for booths on the EPTDA pavilion. They are: the Belgian couplings manufacturer, Esco Couplings; the French chain producer, Sedis; the Urb Group, which has been manufacturing bearings in Romania for more than 50 years; the Latvian chain-maker, Ditton Chain; and the Birmingham power transmission manufacturer, Cross & Morse, whose portfolio includes chain and belt drives, clutches, couplings, bearings, shaft clamps, torque limiters and gears.

Away from the EPTDA pavilion, you will find Kent-based Muffet Gears, which manufactures and assembles customised gears, gearboxes and other mechanisms. Drummotors & More, from Leicestershire, will be making its Drives Show debut with its ranges of drum motors and gearboxes.

Exico, the Northamptonshire motors specialist, which was reborn last year after a ten-year absence, will be making its first appearance at the show in its new guise. Rossi Gearmotors, which recently expanded the size of its UK operation, will be showing gear reducers and gear-motors made by its Italian parent.

Two new first-time exhibitors are the Slovenian bearings and chains distributor, Codex, and the Japanese test and measurement specialist, Anritsu, whose European headquarters are in Luton.

Stäubli will be participating in the robotics demonstration area at the Drives & Controls Show

Finally, Stäubli, which was already exhibiting in the Fluid Power & Systems section of the show, will now also be displaying items from its robot portfolio in the robotics demonstration area.

“The robotics area is even bigger than we thought it would be,” says Devlin. He adds that the large number of mechanical exhibitors, along with the many automation suppliers, “will give a true representation of the industry.”

The Drives & Controls Show takes place from 12–14 April at the NEC, Birmingham. 

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