BearingNet at Drives and Controls 2016

The 2016 Drives and Controls exhibition took place last week at the NEC in Birmingham from the 12-14 April.

The show is recognised as the UK’s leading show for automation, power transmission and motion engineering. The biennial event saw over 350 exhibitors and 13,000 visitors this year.

BearingNet exhibited at the Drives and Controls exhibition for the second time in 2016. Sales Executive Chris Howard says:

“BearingNet offer a platform for Manufacturers to connect with our 1800+ distributor members.  Our main aim at taking part at this year’s D&C was to look for PT manufacturers to join our ManEx Channel. The three days at the show were very interesting, it was great to meet so many new people in the industry as well as a number of our existing customers!”

BearingNet were part of the EPTDA pavilion at this year’s show and have been members of the organisation since 2003.

The EPTDA are a strategic partner with Drives & Controls since 2011, reinforcing their development strategy to best serve their distributor and manufacturer members.

Hans Hangreef, Executive Vice President of EPTDA says:

“In June 2011, the European Power Transmission Distributors Association (EPTDA) allied with Drives & Controls, the leading magazine for Automation, Power Transmission and Motion Control (DFA Media), and acclaimed industry trade show in the UK. Since then EPTDA participated three times and this year the association welcomed its highest number of participating member companies ever. The presence of 18 member companies formed the EPTDA pavilion at Drives & Controls where members could mingle with their peers and industry fair visitors, especially at the EPTDA Welcome reception, organised the second day of the industry fair and attended by many people.

EPTDA looks forward to providing its member companies with even better services at the next edition of this fair, in 2018.”

Ten of BearingNet’s members also exhibited at D&C, 8 distributors and 2 manufacturers. These included Acorn Industrial Services Ltd, Carter Manufacturing Ltd, Codex d.o.o., Cone Drive, Dunlop BTL Ltd, Hayley Group Plc, Howcroft Industrial Supplies Limited, Moore International Stand, MS Motorservice International GmbH and Morris Lubricants.

Doug Devlin the Exhibition Director said:

“The Exhibition grew by 40% in 2016 and the general consensus of opinion from the exhibitors there was a high standard of quality leads over the 3 days. Usually the middle day is the busiest but for some exhibitors Thursday proved to be their main day for leads! We have got twice as many companies already booked compared to 2014 and I will not be surprised if we have to increase space due to the uptake. The Show has grown over the last decade and is clearly seen as the Exhibition for Automation, Power Transmission and Motion Control Equipment and with the feedback so far this is set to increase”

Here’s what BearingNet’s members had to say about the show:


“Carter Manufacturing have exhibited at the NEC Drives and Controls exhibition since 2014 as the show provides a central UK venue for us to meet with both existing and new prospective customers. Carter’s show focus this year has kept with previous shows highlighting our offerings of specialist, custom and made to order bearing products such as Thin Section Bearings, Inch Cam Followers, Ceramic and Hybrid Bearings. In addition this year we launched the Cobra Solid Fill Graphite lubricated bearings which were well received due to their excellent high temperature capabilities as well as being food safe. It’s a bit early to gauge complete show success but we have a large number of very interesting leads and applications to work on.”
Martin Wakelin, Sales Director – Carter Bearings


“The quality of enquiries at this year’s Drives and Controls has been great. We’ve had a vast number of people attend our stand. The footfall has definitely increased since we last exhibited here.”
Steve Bolton, Director at Dunlop BTL Ltd.


Hayley Group Plc, were exhibiting throughout the week looking for new OEMs for their wide range of products.


Morris Lubricants a ManEx member since 2014 were the proud sponsors of this years Maintenance Café at the show. “Being here is a great opportunity to meet new people in the industry we haven’t seen before. The business done at the show looks very encouraging and it’s a really good way to increase our presence.”
Andrew Simms – Morris Lubricants.