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RVE still set for November

Modern Railways RVE, the original dedicated rolling stock event for the UK rail industry, is still planned to take place on 5 November at Derby Arena. Planning for the show continues despite the coronavirus crisis, and Rail Forum Midlands will be launching the application process for the popular RVE Meet The Buyer event in July.
The 2020 show will be the third organised by Key Publishing, publisher of Modern Railways magazine. ‘With the whole of Derby Arena available for us to use, we are confident we can make appropriate mitigations to ensure the safety of all our exhibitors and visitors at the show’ said Philip Sherratt, Editor of Modern Railways. ‘We will continue to take heed of all Government advice and respond appropriately, but as it stands we continue to prepare for the show to take place on 5 November as planned. The rescheduling of the show to a new date in November provides a good platform for the most successful event yet, and with the postponement of the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin until April 2021 Modern Railways RVE is set to be one of the first opportunities for the rolling stock sector to meet in person as we emerge from the coronavirus crisis.’
Rail Forum Midlands will again organise the popular RVE Meet The Buyer event, which convenes one-to-one meetings between suppliers and buyers. Last year’s event saw more than 300 appointments take place across the day, with rolling stock manufacturers, leasing companies, operators, consultancy firms and maintenance specialists among companies sending buyers to the show.
RVE Meet The Buyer is already well set up to meet the challenges of social distancing. Each meeting booth is separated by a partition and suppliers and buyers can comfortably distance themselves during meetings. Rail Forum Midlands will ensure appropriate mitigations are in place during the event, including cleaning and sanitisation of meeting spaces and tables as required.
This year’s RVE Meet The Buyer will feature a new two-stage online application process for suppliers, enabling applications to be more closely tailored to specific buyers, improving the prospect of a successful application. A small administration charge will be levied for suppliers who are not Modern Railways RVE exhibitors or members of Rail Forum Midlands to help cover administration costs associated with the event. The application process will be formally launched in July, with applications to be submitted by the end of August.
Plans for a Modern Railways RVE networking event to coincide with the 4th Friday Club Rail in the North conference in York in April were postponed, with this event now due to take place at the National Railway Museum on Friday 2 October. As the coronavirus situation develops over the coming months, we will continue to keep these plans under review to ensure the safety of all exhibitors and delegates.
With a strong level of exhibitor bookings already confirmed, Modern Railways RVE continues to be the must-attend show for the rolling stock sector. Please contact James Farrell (james.farrell@keypublishing.com) or Daren Davis (daren.davis@keypublishing.com) for further information on how your business can be involved.