APPLICATIONS ARE now open for Modern Railways RVE Meet The Buyer.
The popular event, which gives the rolling stock supply chain the opportunity to engage with a range of leading companies in the sector, returns to the Derby show following a highly successful event in 2018. Last year’s programme, co-ordinated by Rail Forum Midlands, saw 28 individual buyers meet nearly 100 suppliers at over 200 appointments. As the tributes in the accompanying box demonstrate, last year both buyers and suppliers valued the engagement at RVE Meet The Buyer, and this year’s programme is set to be equally successful.
Rail Forum Midlands is again co-ordinating the programme in partnership with the Department for International Trade. A strong line-up of confirmed buyers from both domestic and international companies includes Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi, Porterbrook, Siemens and, for the first time at Modern Railways RVE, Stadler. Further companies are expected to confirm their attendance in the coming months, with the Department for International Trade sending out invitations to bring global rail buyers to the Derby show.
The growing RVE Meet The Buyer event makes the show an essential for all companies involved in the railway vehicles and enhancements sector.
Exhibitors at Modern Railways RVE this year will benefit from enhanced opportunities to engage with buyers at the event, in addition to meeting the wide range of visitors attending the show itself. Plans are in hand for a networking breakfast before the show opening with exhibitors and RVE Meet The Buyer delegates invited.
RVE MEET THE BUYER FEEDBACK
Both buyers and suppliers participating last year at Modern Railways RVE valued the opportunity to take part – here are some quotes after the event:
• ‘It was an excellent investment of our time and the mechanics of the event were very well set up.’
• ‘A very effective way of meeting people. You can almost do seven days’ work in one day. Excellent.’
• ‘Really brilliant – actually met the people we want to meet. Well matched. Marvellous.’