MDS Concludes Successful Roadshow in Bristol

Bristol, Avon (04 December 2013) – The Motor Driven Systems Conference visited the South West last Wednesday in the fifth of five UK dates configured to help UK industry generate huge financial savings from its motor driven systems.

Hosted at ABB’s Motion Control Centre in Bristol, the presentations from DECC, BSI, BPMA, GAMBICA, IHS Research, Eriks, Xylem and Mitsubishi Electric, among others, once again contributed to a lively debate on how to reduce energy and make potential savings a reality.

The event was a fitting climax to the ‘five venue roadshow’, with some 30 companies represented within the audience, and contributing to some very interesting discussions.

Steve Brambley, Deputy Director of GAMBICA, one of the founding MDS Stakeholders and a speaker at all five events said after the show, “The MDS roadshow worked really well from my perspective. The conference programme was full of relevant topics from a diverse set of speakers, the event style encouraged good levels of questions and debate and the networking opportunity helped to set up continuing dialogue and value after the event.”

Several delegates were also compelled to offer their assessment of the day. Duncan Banks, CEO at Independent Utilities commented, “The event was well organised and executed and the team including the hosts ABB should be congratulated. The mix of presentations was very good – the relevance to our market (Energy Management) was spot on – and the day’s structure provided ample time to network.

He continued, “I particularly liked the order of subjects; the Keynote presentation from Martin Adams of DECC set the context well and the summary from Geoff Curran of Energy Live News provided an external view often lacking in conferences. The updates from Kris Szajdzicki and Steve Brambley were excellent and indeed the price of the conference represented terrific value for money”.

Bill Spragg, Managing Director of WT Spragg Ltd also found the event to be “excellent value for money” and went on to say, “A well thought out event, packed with a good range of very informative papers from knowledgeable and respected speakers. I found the ESOS Update
by the speaker from DECC and the emphasis on energy saving particularly pertinent”.

This view was upheld by Mark Shepherd, Managing Director at Fairford Electronics Ltd, who said, “Although representing their respective Company’s, all the presenters gave an accurate and unbiased viewpoint of the opportunities for saving energy. Anyone employing the knowledge provided will no doubt improve the efficiency of their motor driven systems”.

“I thought the day was excellent in location, hospitality and content. I found it enjoyable, interesting and informing”, said Ian Hambly, CEO of Suresense Technologies Ltd.

James Chalmers, Water Industry Manager at ABB, said after the event, “We were delighted to have hosted the final event at our Motion Control Centre here in Bristol, and to have played a key role in the entire programme. Being one of the original ‘Partners’ in the MDS initiative, it was important for ABB to continue its support and to help drive home the important energy efficiency messages that this series of events represents”.

Planning for the 2014 programme of events is now underway, which includes a full day of MDS presentations at the Drives & Controls Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham in April.

If you have an MDS related technology or application paper which you would like to be considered for this event, or other events throughout the year, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Information regarding the planned approach for 2014 will be regularly updated on the dedicated website – – over the coming weeks and months.

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