The biennial co-located events; Drives & Controls, Plant and Asset Management, European Offshore Energy, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC  (Halls 3/3A) from 12-14th April 2016, alongside MACH 2016

The 2014 co-location of events were highly praised by exhibitors and trade bodies alike, with an official attendance figure of 12,793. This was an increase of nearly 15% on 2012 and amounted to a notably exceptional figure for a UK-based B2B exhibition.

Event organiser, DFA Media, says the overall 2016 co-location could increase in size by as much as 20% compared with 2014. Ian Atkinson, DFA Media managing director, commented: “The growth we are currently seeing for the overall co-location of DFA Media events is a strong reflection of the growing economic optimism among many industry sectors within the UK, which is very positive news for British manufacturing.”

He added: “For 2016 we will build on the success of our 2014 show by further improving the look and layout of each exhibition within our co-location of events, as well as making it as easy as possible for visitors to navigate their way around each separate event. The anticipated variety and scope of the seminar programme for 2016 is also extremely exciting, adding real value. The combination of leading manufacturing events, with a highly focused seminar programme, will give visitors a genuine opportunity to keep abreast of the latest industry developments.”

Seminars & conferences taken to a new level

The free 2016 seminar and conference programme will be taken to a new level, with a more comprehensive speaker programme than ever before, and a strong emphasis on technology, entrepreneurship, skills, regulations, the environment, and safety. The 2014 seminar and conference programme saw over 1000 delegates (1 in 12 of all visitors to the co-location of manufacturing events organised by DFA Media) attending the highly regarded free programme. It is anticipated that this number will increase in 2016.

The full programme of free seminars, with speakers offering expert insight and practical advice on important and topical issues, will take place across four seminar theatres: The Drives & Controls Seminar Theatre; Offshore Energy Seminar Theatre, Fluid Power & Systems Seminar Theatre, and the Maintenance Seminar Theatre.