RVE Meet The Buyer is a key element of the event and puts top rail industry buyers in front of the suppliers that they need to see. The event is run in partnership with Rail Forum Midlands and the Department for International Trade. During the course of the 2019 event, no fewer than 310 appointments involving 41 buyers from 20 companies and four countries were scheduled and completed.
Applications for the 2020 event have now closed and Rail Forum Midlands is now working to send these to participating buyers so they can select which suppliers they wish to meet.
A list of participating buyers for the 2020 show is shown below.
Key dates for RVE Meet The Buyer 2020
Alstom France will be participating in this year's RVE Meet The Buyer event. The company is well known in the UK through its new Technology Centre at Widnes, its ambitions to introduce hydrogen trains and its bid for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
Formed in 1994, Angel Trains owns and maintains over 5,250 passenger vehicles in the UK. It employs around 140 staff at offices in London and Derby. The company has acted as an enabler for £5 billion of investment in new trains and modernisation of existing rolling stock and invests around £80 million per annum in ongoing maintenance of fleets.
Bombardier has a substantial UK order backlog for new fleets based on its Aventra EMU platform for Crossrail, London Overground, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway, West Midlands Trains and c2c, being built out of its long-standing factory in Derby. Bombardier is bidding for the HS2 rolling stock contract in a joint venture with Hitachi.
The Spanish manufacturer is delivering new rolling stock for several UK operators, and in autumn 2018 began production at its new factory at the Celtic Business Park site in Newport, South Wales. It has won orders to build new DMUs for Transport for Wales and metro trains for the Docklands Light Railway and is also bidding for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
Chrysalis Rail is a UK-based rolling stock service supplier, committed to delivering competitive and outstanding quality solutions to the rail industry. In addition to its established rolling stock bases at Long Marston and Leeds, it has recently taken over and reopened the former Great Western Railway HST maintenance depot at Landore in South Wales.
One of the three original rolling stock leasing companies, Eversholt Rail has a portfolio of 22 separate passenger fleets comprising over 3,500 vehicles. It employs approximately 115 professional, technical and support staff.
Gemini Rail is the name for the former Knorr-Bremse businesses sold in November 2018 to German holding company Mutares. Gemini Rail Services comprises the former KBRS facility at Wolverton near Milton Keynes, while Gemini Rail Technology is the new name for the former Kiepe Electric UK subsidiary, based in Birmingham. The company’s capabilities include heavy maintenance and refurbishment work, but it is also identifying new areas of opportunity to add to its portfolio.
Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe manufacturing facility in County Durham is now an established part of the UK rolling stock scene. Following delivery of inter-city trains to Great Western Railway, LNER and TransPennine Express, Hitachi is
and is currently completing the build of Azuma trains for LNER. Hitachi has ordered from Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Railway and East Coast Trains. It has also submitted a joint bid with Bombardier for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
Nottingham Express Transit - popularly known as Nottingham Trams - are a key element of the award winning public transport system servicing Greater Nottingham.
Porterbrook has owned and leased rolling stock and related equipment for 25 years. The company has recently taken a fresh look at its approach to the industry and is emphasising its role as a long-term custodian of rolling stock. It is also developing a range of innovative products, including the Class 769 Flex bi-mode/tri-mode train as well as the Class 799 HydroFlex hydrogen-powered unit in partnership with the University of Birmingham.
Pullman Rail became part of the Colas Rail Group in 2012. Operating from its state-of-the-art facilities on the main rail line in Cardiff, it works with customers to develop innovative solutions that address their specific requirements, from complete overhaul projects to repair and maintenance.
Swiss national operator SBB transports over 1.25 million passengers and 205,000 tonnes of freight each day. SBB operates the core domestic inter-city network in Switzerland and international high-speed services to neighbouring countries in conjunction with other national operators. Freight operator SBB International operates between northern and southern Europe using its own locos and crews. The company has over 32,300 employees and is currently focusing on its SBB 2020 strategy, designed to meet the needs of the modern passenger in the light of changing mobility demands.
Siemens Mobility has more than 2,500 employees in the UK alone. In addition to its involvement in the Deep Tube programme for London Underground, the company has submitted a bid for the HS2 rolling stock contract.
The Swiss manufacturer is currently delivering trains for Greater Anglia, the Glasgow Subway and Merseyrail. It also has a substantial order for Transport for Wales, which includes tram-trains, tri-mode and diesel-electric multiple-units, and recently won the contract to build new trains for the Tyne & Wear Metro.
With offices in the UK and Australia, Transport Design International Ltd (TDI) is a world-leading industrial design and engineering consultancy. Founded in 1987, and privately owned, the company specialises in developing bespoke solutions for road, rail and marine-based transport applications. Working with strategic partners, TDI is also able to design and supply individual products, systems and even complete vehicles.
TfL is the authority responsible for delivering Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s strategy and commitments on transport. It is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Capital’s public transport network and manages London’s main roads. No other city is as recognised by its transport system as London. TfL is investing heavily to upgrade its network, including major investment in new tube, DLR and London Overground trains.
TVS Supply Chain Solutions is a global organisation that provides end-to-end supply chain management services including freight forwarding and last mile supply. It addresses supply chain challenges for international organisations, government departments, large and medium sized businesses and trade on an ability to reduce clients' operating costs and improve their performance through efficient solutions.
Part of the Unipart Group, Unipart Rail is a global business that brings together manufacturing, logistics and consultancy.