The ECA has long felt that there is a lack of a truly national exhibition and conference that embraces our evolving industry. As the main trade association that represents the electrical engineering and wider electrotechnical industry, we have been keen to do something about this!
Over a year ago, publishing group and event organisers All Things Media (ATM) asked the ECA to help them develop such a show and to meet the needs of our sector. They have recently launched the forthcoming Electrical Design and Install (ED&I) Expo and I am delighted that the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) will be the headline sponsor. This exciting event promises to be the biggest event on the electrical engineering and wider electrotechnical calendar, and should establish itself as the de-facto industry event to attend annually. I see it being a part of our industry for many years to come.
What can we expect from the expo?
ATM’s Managing Director David Kitchener has said that event ‘represents a real watershed moment in the electrical sector, allowing everyone involved in the industry to get together, share ideas, unearth new business opportunities and drive the industry forward.’
Billed as ‘the electrical event the industry has been crying out for’, the ED&I Expo will not only be an excellent networking opportunity for all levels of the industry, but is shaped around discovering new technologies and services that will help businesses to improve and grow.
Exhibition is taking shape
Based on the initial response from the industry, we’re expecting the event to include more than 200 exhibitors, 300 products, 40 training sessions and over 5,000 visitors over the two days.
Positively, the show is already starting to take shape. A range of leading manufacturers have been steadily booking up space in the exhibition hall. These include Scolmore (Platinum sponsors), Schneider (Gold sponsors), Electrium, Legrand, Marshall Tufflex, Martindale Electric, and CEF.
There will also be an industry association hub at the centre of the event. In addition to the ECA and our experts in areas including the Wiring Regulations, smart technology, health and safety and more, this hub will include other leading trade bodies. The ECA looks forward to welcoming anyone attending to visit this industry hub.
Commercial and social opportunities
Plans are currently being developed for the show’s comprehensive seminar programme, which will offer valuable insights into industry opportunities and trends, and the latest on policy and legislation, while an array of industry vendors will showcase their latest industry-leading products and services on the exhibition floor.
ED&I aims to bring everyone involved in the installation, design, specification, inspection, manufacturing and distribution of electrical products together under one roof. Ultimately the event is intended to become the must attend exhibition for those involved in the above activities, plus others involved in the industry such as specifiers, architects, government and training providers.
With all the commercial and social opportunities on offer, the ED&I Expo is undoubtedly a date to add to your diary.
The ED&I Expo will be held on 6-7 September 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham. To find out more about the event, please visit www.edandiexpo.com