With only weeks to go, the NEC is set to become the focus of the largest manufacturing and engineering event of 2012. The Drives and Controls Exhibition – co-located with the Plant and Asset Management Exhibition, International Fluid Power Exhibition (IFPEX), and Air-Tech – taking place between 17-19th April 2012, at the NEC Birmingham will form part of the manufacturing and engineering series of shows alongside MACH. Show organiser DFA Media believes its series of events ensures industry professionals will be able to gain the broadest insight concerning what industry solutions are currently available on the market.

Drives and Controls

A highlight of this year’s Drives and Controls, Air-Tech, and IFPEX Exhibitions, is the new Energy and Safety seminar theatre, where themed panel discussions chaired by leading industry organisations including GAMBICA, and The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), and The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) , will focus on key energy management and safety topics including:

  • Drive chain management as part of a best practice approach.
  • The use of software and the programmable safety – how do latest standards deal with this, and what are the benefits?
  • Green energy in general industrial inverters.
  • How to get the most out of your production machinery: optimising your power transmission drive system.
  • Government incentives – Carbon Commitment fund.
  • Health and Safety Panel: EN 954-1 is dead –what do I need to know about the direct replacement of EN ISO 13849-1?
  • Turn it down, switch it off – keeping your motors under control.
  • Meet the Experts on Fluid Power.
  • Plus much more.

Also new for 2012 is the Exhibitor Forum seminar theatre which will include more technical workshop style presentations, with practical issues being discussed concerning the various sectors that makes up Drives and Controls Exhibition, Air-Tech, and IFPEX.

Ian Atkinson commented:

The combination of leading manufacturing events, with a highly focused seminar programme, will give visitors a unique opportunity to formulate the whole of their manufacturing strategy at once, while keeping up-to-date with the latest developments in industry.

For detailed information on the Energy and Safety seminars or the Exhibitor Forum programme and to register please visit: www.drives-expo.com

Plant and Asset Management 2012

A further highlight of the co-location of events at the NEC, Birmingham between the 17-19 April 2012 is the launch of the new UK dedicated event for the maintenance sector, solely concerned with maintenance management, predictive maintenance and CMMS  – Plant & Asset Management 2012 (www.maintenanceuk-expo.com).

Bringing these events together provides an integrated networking and exhibition platform for engineering decision makers that will be a highly focused environment with added value for the visitor.

Running alongside Plant & Asset Management will be a dedicated comprehensive programme of free short practical seminars across all three days of the show (visit: www.maintenanceuk-expo.com to register for specific seminars), covering a diverse range of topics that will be of interest and value to plant, maintenance and asset management professionals, as well as act as a networking opportunity for the exchange of ideas and experiences. 

The sessions will be presented by industry experts from suppliers, trade associations or professional bodies and will include case studies from front line practitioners.

Attendance at the seminars will be free to exhibition visitors, who will be encouraged to book in advance to give speakers an idea of the number and diversity of the audiences they will be addressing.

The show also has the support of key sector organisations, including the British Compressed Air Society, The Institution of Diagnostic Engineers, The Institute of Plant Engineers, and the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA).


At Air-Tech 2012, as well as exhibiting, BCAS will be providing expert and impartial advice on compressed air system legislation, performance and best practice. The society’s main focus for the show will be on its three key campaigns for the year: the new ISO11011 standard for compressed air system assessment, the importance of using genuine spare parts and the AirSAFE registration scheme, its customer review system. Such was the success of the previous Air-Tech exhibition in 2010 that BCAS has decided to increase its presence with a showcase stand at this year’s event.

Chris Dee, executive director of BCAS, commented:

Our membership figures are at an all-time high, and we see Air-Tech as the ideal arena for our members to network with each other and also an ideal platform for BCAS to promote its expertise and range of services both to compressed air suppliers and end users. Air-Tech isn’t focused on one particular area of the compressed air market; it covers the whole of the supply chain, from compressor technology through to practical applications. This is why it has become our ‘exhibition of choice’.


The International Fluid Power Exhibition (IFPEX) (www.ifpex-expo.com) also continues to attract new major names.  Just some of the latest signatories include a number of leading industry names, among them Abdex, I.M.M Hydraulics (UK) Ltd. and OPsrl, Allswage UK, Schwer UK and hydraPower dynamics.


Pre-register today

Pre-register for the exhibitions now to benefit from the most comprehensive group of co-located manufacturing and engineering shows scheduled to be staged this year. And don’t forget to pre-book your place at your choice of seminars and workshops to avoid disappointment.