After All Things Media purchased another industry publishing company in late 2015, giving us ownership of Electrical Contracting News (ECN) and two other related titles, it became apparent to us that this industry does not have a national exhibition. It’s quite clear that there are several regional trade shows but no national show.
This is a fact I raised with many in the industry, in particular the ECA, which shared my vision for such a show. I am well aware that this has been tried in the past without great success, but magazine publishing and exhibition organising is what we do, and with our organisational skills and the gaping void in this area, the aim is to bring everyone involved in the installation, design, specification, inspection, manufacturing and distribution of electrical products together under one roof, namely that of the Electrical Design and Install (ED&I) Expo. The ECA was keen to get onboard from the start and agreed to become the headline sponsors for the next five years, with the option of extending that further.
The ED&I Expo represents a real watershed moment in the electrotechnical sector, allowing everyone involved in the industry to get together, share ideas, unearth new business opportunities and drive the industry forward. We expect to attract visitors from all over the UK and are extremely confident that the event will quickly become the ‘must attend’ exhibition for senior level decision makers, contractors, specifiers, consultants, architects and designers, distributors, training providers, facilities managers and other key influencers.
ED&I will offer a unique opportunity to learn about, and interact with, the latest products and innovations, hear from industry experts, and network with thousands of industry professionals. The show will be shaped around discovering new technologies and services that can help businesses to grow. Comprehensive seminars will offer valuable insights into the latest industry opportunities and trends, and the latest on policy and legislation.
Comprehensive seminar theatre
The synopses of the seminar theatre topics will be announced in the coming weeks, however, we can share with you the topic headings at the time of going to press.
There will be a panel session chaired by the ECA with the topic being ‘The 18th Edition Prophesy’, with the panel discussing before an audience the new 18th Edition of BS7671. Other topics will include:
- Electrical safety and #RogueInstalls
- Fire alarm systems – The relationship between part 1 and part 6
- Emergency lighting – Don’t be left in the dark
- The emerging market for energy storage
- Intelligent buildings – Smart opportunities
- Practical CDM for contractors
- Keeping on the right side of H&S law
- Challenging risk assessments
- KNX – The hidden gem
While we are working closely with the ECA as headline sponsor, other major associations related to this industry will be not only exhibiting at ED&I, but also collaborating with us to promote the show across the industry. Keep an eye on the ED&I website in the coming weeks as more announcements are made.
Exhibitors at the ED&I Expo include: Aico Ltd, B.E.G. (UK), Carbon8 Lighting, City Electrical Factors (CEF), Cembre Ltd, Chint, Danlers, ECA, Ecopac Power, Electrium Sales Ltd, Energenie, eRAMS, Europa Compontents, Flex Connectors, Greenbrook Electrical Hager Ltd, Hot Cost, Hylec-APL, IM Division, KDS Solutions, Klauke, Legrand, Macro, Marshall Tufflex, Martindale Electric, Metrel, Quickwire, Remora Electrical Ltd, Schneider Electric, Scolmore, Sparksafe LtP, Specialised Wiring Accessories Ltd, Switchtec, Thermarestor and Webro. For more information see www.edandiexpo.com/exhibitors/exhibitor-list/
The ED&I takes place on 6-7 September at the NEC Birmingham. For more information see www.edandiexpo.com