Drives and Controls Magazine

Yaskawa chooses Drives show to re-establish its UK presence

19 February, 2010

Yaskawa is the latest major supplier to sign up to exhibit at the Drives & Controls Show at the NEC in June. Following the ending of its joint venture with Omron last year, the Japanese motion engineering giant is using the show as part of its campaign to re-establish its independent presence in the UK.

“We are using the show to re-establish Yaskawa in the UK with its own brand,” says Paul Seale, the company’s key account manager (below). “We think that the Drives & Controls Show is great opportunity to do that.”

Yaskawa will be showing a wide range of its latest products, including inverters, servo drives and linear motors. For example, it will be demonstrating: the energy savings possible with its IE3-rated EcoIPM motors; the anti-vibration performance of its Sigma-5 servo drives; and the high levels of repeatability possible with its linear motors. There will also be new communications and safety option modules for Sigma-5, as well as a new IEC control platform.

Yaskawa is one of a stream of companies that that have booked to attend the exhibition in recent weeks. The show’s sales director, Doug Devlin, says that the number of companies signing up reflects a widespread optimism about the future. “There’s confidence in the marketplace,” he says, pointing out that many exhibitors are appearing at the show for the first time.

For example, IDEM Safety Switches, set up in Leigh, near Manchester, in 2003, by former employees of EJA Guardmaster, will be showing items from its portfolio of light curtains, interlocks, safety relays, rope switches, and other safety-related products. A highlight on the IDEM stand will be range of IP69K stainless-steel interlock switches suitable for use in food, beverage and pharmaceutical environments.

The show is also attracting first-time exhibitors from elsewhere in Europe, including the German computer simulation specialist, CST, and the Italian power transmission manufacturer, Chiaravalli.

Other recent signings include the Warwickshire sensor specialist, Techni Measure, the small motors manufacturer, Dunkermotoren, and the electromechanical components supplier, Stocko (which will also be exhibiting items from Wieland Electric’s portfolio).

Harting, which had already signed up to exhibit at the Drives & Controls Show, has recently decided to take a second stand.

If you would like to attend the show, you can register online at If you are interested in exhibiting, please contact Doug Devlin on 01922 644766 or email him at