The NEC in June 2010 is set to be the focus of the largest manufacturing and engineering event of 2010. Drives and Controls, Air-Tech, IFPEX, and Plant and Works Exhibition taking place between the 8-10 June at the NEC, Birmingham will form part of the manufacturing and engineering series of shows alongside MACH 10, Subcon, and Electrex.

At a time when engineers are under increasing pressure, and time out of the office for attending exhibitions needs to be balanced against heavy workloads, one growing justification is attending a well balanced and focused seminar programme where gaining further industry knowledge is at the core.

A comprehensive and focused seminar programme with speakers representing some of industry’s most pre-eminent organisations, has been confirmed by DFA Media for its series of exhibitions – Drives and Controls, Air-Tech, IFPEX, and Plant and Works Exhibition in 2010.

DFA Media’s 2010 events will feature two seminar theatres – one for the Drives and Controls ( /Plant and Works Exhibition ( and the other for the International Fluid Power Exhibition (IFPEX) ( /Air-Tech ( Exhibitions. Each theatre will have its own relevant and distinctive programme.

The free industry focused seminar programme, run across the three days of the shows (8-10 June 2010), will include a variety of presentations ranging from technical seminars to marketing strategy and even an insight into the financial world to help visitors understand the often misunderstood concept of lending criteria and what banks are looking for in manufacturers in today’s financial world. Graeme Allinson, head of manufacturing, transport and logistics at Barclays Commercial Bank, has confirmed he will be presenting at the Drives and Controls, Plant and Works Exhibition, IFPEX and Air-Tech shows, to talk about what banks look for when they lend money. Commenting on his presence at the show he said: “I am delighted to be presenting at the 2010 exhibitions. Visitors to these shows are confronting a difficult economic situation and this is a fantastic opportunity to give them a comprehensive insight into what banks look for when they lend money. Barclays Commercial Bank remains dedicated to increasing lending so that our clients are able to pursue their business agendas, indeed our lending was up 10 per cent in the first half of 2009 compared with the same period last year and we are focused on getting closer to our clients than ever before.”

Industry gathering
Ranging from energy management and plant safety to manual handling, Ethernet communications and gearbox maintenance, the seminar programme will cover a broad range of subjects specifically chosen for their topicality and relevance to today’s increasingly multi-tasking engineers. These highly focused series seminars will also give delegates the opportunity to pick up best practice tips and valuable advice from a variety of speakers, representing a cross section of the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Speakers include the Carbon Trust’s head of financial services, Paul Higgins ; Chris Dee, executive director of the British Compressed Air Society; Ian Morris of the British Fluid Power Association; Professor Len Gelman, director of Centre of Vibro-Acoustics and Fatigue at Cranfield University; Stephen Barker representing Gambica Trade Association, Matt Gallagher CEO of The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (Bindt), Geoff Walker representing the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers, plus many more. For the most up to date information on the seminar programme and to register your interest for attending a particular presentation please visit: / / /

Important subject areas for the seminar programme include:
Motor efficiency
Gearbox safety
Health and Safety
Industrial Communications
Maintenance in industry
Finance/ obtaining credit
Energy efficiency

Independent approach
Ian Atkinson, managing director of DFA Media, enthuses: “We are delighted industry has been so keen to participate in these important series of seminars. With such a variety of themes, high-calibre speakers, and a truly independent approach without commercial influences, we are offering visitors added value for their time at this important series of events next year – there will be something for everyone.”

As in 2008, the DFA Media shows will be co-locating with Subcon and MACH 2010. Over 40,000 delegates visited the combined events in 2008. Attendance figures for DFA Media’s shows alone in 2008 – Drives and Controls/ Plant and Works Exhibition/ IFPEX, and Air-Tech – exceeded 9500 industry professionals.
DFA Media’s shows have seen significant growth in recent years. In 2006 there were 157 exhibitors taking up nett space of 3120 sq. metres with 7043 visitors. This compares to 2008, which saw 258 exhibitors (64.3% growth) taking up 5142 sq. metres (64.8% growth) and 9568 visitors (35.8% growth).

The combined co-located shows provided a one-stop-shop for UK manufacturing, engineering and maintenance strategies. Visitors to the events can take full advantage of all co-located exhibitions to assess and fulfil all their manufacturing strategy needs.

For online registration to attend the free comprehensive series of independent seminars or to register to attend the shows please visit: Drives and Control 2010 Exhibition (, Air-Tech (, The International Fluid Power Exhibition (, and The Plant and Works Exhibition (