THIS MONTH sees the 54th International Union of Public Transport Congress take place at London’s Earls Court exhibition centre from May 20 to 25. In conjunction with the Congress and the technical visits, well over 200 companies from across the world will be participating in the Mobility & City Transport exhibition.

Rolling stock manufacturers include Bombardier and Adtranz (p349), Alstom, Siemens Transportation Systems, Alusuisse Road & Rail and AnsaldoBreda of Italy. Brakes specialist Knorr-Bremse will be exhibiting with its recently-acquired British subsidiary Westinghouse Brakes. Wheels will form the centrepiece of the Valdunes and Lucchini displays, with Italy also represented by Mediterr Shock Absorbers.

Amongst the suppliers of passenger vehicle interiors, John Holdsworth & Co will be promoting its range of seating fabrics; seat manufacturers participating include Compin of France and Grammer of Germany. Invertec will be showing its range of lighting products, whilst Carrier Sütrak GmbH will focus on heating and air-conditioning.

Many traction and control equipment suppliers will be exhibiting, including Kiepe Elektrik, Telema SpA, Serto UK Ltd, Schaltbau GmbH, Scania CV, Pintsch Bamag, Microelettrica Scientifica of Italy, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, and Emmepi SRI. Voith Turbo will be unveiling Vadis, a diagnosis and monitoring system for final drives.

A wide range of switches, pushbuttons and indicators will be found on the EAO stand. A lightweight modular pantograph and third rail shoegear will be displayed by Brecknell Willis, and Stemman Technik will show its range of current collectors. Transtechnik will display a 1·8 kVA auxiliary power converter ordered for use on Virgin’s Class 390 Pendolinos.

The growing importance of passenger information systems, both on rolling stock and at stations, is reflected by the large number of PIS and data systems suppliers participating in the exhibition. These include Vossloh System-Technik, Spear Technologies, Peek Traffic, Meister Electronics, Lawo Luminator Europa, Hannover Displays, Denmark’s Focon Electronic Systems and Finnish company Mitron Oy, plus the computer and data systems group Alcatel.

The market for automated fare collection and ticket validation is increasing, and companies in this sector will include Ascom Transport Systems, Sema Group, Klüssendorf, H