19 September, 2017

About Us

This is the Web site of the UK-based magazine, Drives & Controls, which, for more than a quarter of a century, has been the magazine that UK readers turn to for news and information on the worlds of motion control, automation and mechanical power transmission. It also provides comprehensive coverage of allied subjects such as machine safety, industrial communications, hydraulics, pneumatics and sensors.

Drives & Controls is widely regarded as the leading UK publication in the motion control and automation market. There are several reasons for this.

For a start, it is part of a small, focussed organisation – our only other publications are Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Plant & Works Engineering and Power Electronics Europe – so we are close to the market we serve, and know it well.

Second, we have built up a reputation for editorial quality and integrity. Unlike many other technical publications in the UK, we do not demand payments for items to be included in the editorial sections of the magazine.

Another distinguishing feature is the breadth and depth of our news coverage of both technological and business issues. We report not only on UK developments, but also on news from around the world. The Web site carries even more stories and exclusives, often in greater depth than is possible in the magazine. 

Then there is our biennial exhibition, the Drives & Controls Show,

which is held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre in the UK, alongside other key industrial exhibitions, including MACH, Air-Tech, Plant & Asset Management, IFPEX and European Offshore & Energy, creating the UK’s major engineering showcase. The event has established itself as the most important meeting place for the UK manufacturing industry.

Drives and Controls has carved a unique place among British-based technical magazines and Web sites, and we are continuing to build and expand from this solid base.

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