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Southern Manufacturing 2019: Maintaining Excellence

ems oct nov 18 6Southern Manufacturing 2019: Maintaining Excellence

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s largest annual engineering show, returns to Farnborough from February 5th to 7th 2019. The move to a new permanent venue last year proved a landmark in the show’s two decade history and the impetus for further expansion in 2019. (Read More)

Exhibitor bookings for next February’s event are currently over 20% ahead of last year, which indicates that the show will comfortably reach its maximum capacity. The show’s venue, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, opened earlier this year and at 20,000m² is the largest purpose-built exhibition venue to open in the UK for twenty years. With approximately 22% of the UK’s 3,400 Aerospace businesses and significant numbers of Automotive, Medical Technology, Marine and High-Tech engineering located within a 50 mile radius of Farnborough, the show is situated right at the centre of one of the UK’s most important manufacturing regions. Sharing the site with one of UK manufacturing’s most important international showcases, the Farnborough Air show, has bought Southern Manufacturing to the attention of an increasing number of international exhibitors over the last decade. That trend has taken an encouraging upturn for 2019 with an impressive 26% surge in bookings from overseas companies, significantly expanding the international aspect of the event and the range of solutions on show.

As usual, visitors can expect to meet an incredible variety of suppliers, from major international machinery manufacturers to specialist components suppliers and everything in between.  Many of the more familiar names return for 2019, among them well-known industrial component vendors such as igus UK, Wurthe Industry and Acorn Industrial Components. Regular machinery manufacturers exhibiting once again include Bystronic UK, C. Dugard, Matsuura, Yamazaki Mazak and YMT Technologies, plus some notable returnees to the show. Citizen Machinery UK will exhibit for the first time since 2007, joined by other major former exhibitors such as Mitutoyo (UK), SCHMIDT Technology, Filtermist International and LNS Turbo amongst others. New exhibitors for 2019 include control panels and electrical systems from Instrutec Controls and metalworking fluids and management from Oemeta UK.

Another significant step forward for the show is the establishment of links with several highly influential industrial organisations, including Composites UK, the Confederation of British Metalforming, Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, The British Gear Association, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Gauge and Toolmakers Association. These partnerships will enable the roll-out of new show features and access to authoritative technical expertise via the show’s comprehensive free technical seminar programme, open to all visitors. Some of the new areas to be addressed as part of the 2019 programme include a look at incremental sheet forming processes, automated mould design and large scale 3D printing.

Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre offers free car parking for 3,500 vehicles and is well-served by road and public transport links. A regular free shuttle bus service operates from both of Farnborough’s mainline railway stations directly to the show. The venue itself offers a high standard of facilities including a free WiFi service in the foyer area and high quality catering outlets.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019 opens from February 5th to 7th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from