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1.  Robotics & Automation Exhibition is moving to the NEC Birmingham!

Following another hugely successful Robotics and Automation exhibition in November, Akabo Media, organiser of the annual industry event, has announced that next year’s edition will take place on 28-29 March 2023 at the UK’s leading live events venue – the NEC Birmingham! Not only that, but the 2023 edition of UK’s largest dedicated robotics and automation exhibition will be co-located with IntraLogisteX 2023 – the UK’s premier intralogistics and materials handling exhibition.

Robotics and Automation’s imminent move to Hall 6 of the NEC reflects the continued upward trajectory of the show, which launched in 2017 at Milton Keynes Arena. Following huge growth in its first few years, the event then moved to Hall 1 at the Coventry Building Society Arena before going on to occupy both Halls 1 and 2.

And according to Stephen Brooks, owner and managing director of Akabo Media, the decision to co-locate Robotics and Automation and IntraLogisteX in 2023 gives both shows an immediate gain in terms of the number of pre-qualified professionals attending – more than 4,000 end-user visitors are expected – not to mention the inter-exhibitor interactions that will take place between more the 200 exhibiting companies.

There’ll also be much more exclusive, industry-leading content thanks to a comprehensive multi-theatre conference programme, as well as dedicated content hubs curated by Robotics & Automation and Logistics Manager magazines – both of which will provide platforms for leading practitioners and academics to showcase and demonstrate the latest trends, learnings and developments impacting and shaping British industry.

Next year’s Robotics and Automation exhibition will take place in Hall 6 of the NEC in Birmingham on 28-29 March 2023 and be co-located with IntraLogisteX

“There is a synergy between both Robotics and Automation and IntraLogisteX, and though the visitor crossover is actually very low, with the increasing amount of automation in warehousing and the increased interest in everything robotic, it makes sense for us to have these two shows happening at the same time at the same venue,” said Brooks.

“The history of other exhibitions making a similar move suggests that this will not only increase the range and flexibility of services offered both to exhibitors and visitors to the show – e.g. better transport links, parking and onsite facilities – but also lead to increased attendee numbers.

“What’s more, both shows will have room to grow, and we can organise truly industry-best conferences for both exhibitions.”

With plans well underway and the floor plan starting to fill, now is the time to register your interest in attending what promises to be one of the UK’s biggest and best industry events in 2023!



2. VIP Exhibitor Registration System (VIPERS)

As you are no doubt aware, we operate an approved visitor status at both Robotics and Automation and IntraLogisteX. The co-location means that if you qualify as a visitor for one event then you will also automatically be able to visit the other one.

We are aware that some exhibitors have experienced frustration when they have invited their customers to either of the events and their application has then been denied by our registration team. 

We believe expanding the show will reduce the number of times this happens. And while we always try to work with you and always review our decisions in your favour where possible, we want to go further.

For 2023, we are introducing the VIP Exhibitor Registration System (VIPERS). This means that ANY visitor you invite to the show using the bespoke invitation link we give to you will be able to register for the exhibition and have their registration approved. We ask just one consideration and apply only one condition.

The consideration is that you start inviting your guests early – this will help us communicate the audience to all the exhibitors. The condition is that the invitee’s company has not been an exhibitor at any of our exhibitions and are not a competitor of ours (even still we can, if necessary, review on an individual basis)

We are introducing these changes to make the events work better for the people we care about most, our paying exhibitors. Your interests are always at the forefront of our minds as we strive to deliver better industry events, of the highest possible quality, year on year.