Coventry conference promises businesses the inside story on the rail industry

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Thursday 13 February 2014

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Manufacturers, businesses and suppliers are being offered the opportunity to help shape the future of the rail industry at a forthcoming conference at Coventry University.

The University is joining with the Rail Alliance - the business to business networking organisation for the rail industry – to host the free event, which takes place at Coventry University’s city centre campus on Thursday 6 March 2014.
‘Rail Interiors: The Inside Story’ will explore the latest thinking on all aspects of rail interior design from seating and materials, lighting, washroom facilities and flooring to infotainment, safety and security systems.

The conference will also explore up to date research and development, outline how customers and suppliers can access funding programmes and present opportunities for networking with key players in the sector.

Top industry figures, such as former Chairman of Chiltern Railways Adrian Shooter, will also be attending to share their experience and air their thoughts on the future of the rail interiors sector.

Other speakers include David Clark from the Future Rail Innovation Team and Jason Aldridge, Managing Director of Arrowsmith Engineering Ltd, who will talk about the merits of collaborative working and supply chain development giving comparative examples from the Coventry and Warwickshire Aerospace Forum (CWAF).

Colin Flack, CEO of the Rail Alliance, said:

This is the go-to event for rail owners, operators, consultants and manufacturers, offering a unique opportunity to influence the future of the UK rail interiors industry and, just as importantly, to mingle with others within the sector and find out where and how to do business in it.

Michael Knight, development manager at Coventry University, said:

We are delighted to be hosting this event in partnership with the Rail Alliance. This joint conference offers an excellent opportunity for companies within the rail interiors sector and those looking to break into it to network, share knowledge and pitch for business. The event also offers an insight into the high level of technical expertise, innovation and ongoing research that is taking place within the sector.

Rail Interiors: The Inside Story takes place at from 8.30am to 4pm on Thursday 6 March 2014 at Coventry University’s Engineering and Computing Building, Gulson Road, Coventry CV1 2JH. Attendance is free but places must be booked online in advance at

For further press information, please contact Mark Farnan, communications officer, Coventry University, on +44 (0)24 7765 8245 or email