With subcontracting one of the most dynamic sectors in a resurgent UK manufacturing sector, this year’s Subcon exhibition looks set to be the best yet for British exhibitors. The event, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 7 to 9 June, has doubled in size since 2007. This year’s event will attract over 300 exhibitors, more than 200 of them UK subcontractors, and over 4000 visitors.
Visitors to Subcon come from all sectors of manufacturing to source subcontracting services that include all kinds of machining and metal forming, plastic moulding, electronic assembly, prototyping, toolmaking and surface engineering.
The show’s strong focus on subcontracting, broad range of technologies and industry sectors covered, and its international dimension have given it a strong track record as the place where visitors and exhibitors alike know they can do business.
Visitors to Subcon 2010 included supply chain managers and sourcing professionals from companies such as BAe Systems, JCB, Rolls-Royce, Schneider Electric, Babcock, and Siemens. 95% of visitors came to source UK suppliers and nearly two-thirds have asked companies they met at Subcon 2010 to quote for contracts.
Buyers come to Subcon because they know it is the only place where they can see companies offering the complete range of manufacturing services. And the international exhibitor base allows UK subcontractors to put themselves in front of top-level buying teams from leading OEMs who simply don’t visit other shows.
“And the great advantage for exhibitors is that visitors come from all areas of UK manufacturing,” says Exhibition Manager Jon Clark.
“Where Subcon scores over sector-specific events is that it is the UK’s number one subcontract manufacturing event for all sectors – aerospace and defence, medical equipment, automotive and motorsport, offshore and energy – every part of industry that needs contract manufacturing services,” he says.
“When one sector is slow, another is moving, so Subcon brings you face to face with the contacts you need to survive and thrive in a changeable world.
“The show’s reach is another big plus. Viisitor numbers are evenly spread between the South, the Midlands, the North and Scotland, making Subcon the most cost-effective way to market your business throughout the UK.”
He adds that a record number of companies rebooked for Subcon 2011 at the 2010 show.
Top UK subcontractors exhibiting again in 2011 include Benham Engineering, Tridan, MAN, JP Forrest, Presspart Manufacturing, Brandauer, RSC Engineering, Arnold Engineering Plastics, Border Precision and Laser Process, and they will be joined by new exhibitors such as Reliance Precision, Icon Plastics, Phoenix Dynamics, Folsana Pressed Sections, Beagle Aerospace, WEC Group, Metsec plc, OGP, OPS, and PP Electrical Systems.
“We are 25% ahead of where we were last year in terms of stand space sold,” says Jon Clark. “The show has doubled in size since 2007 in terms of both visitors and exhibitors.
“It is no coincidence that Britain’s leading subcontractors come back to Subcon year after year to find new customers – they come because it works.”
As an added incentive to visitors, the popular Manufacturing Technology Zone returns to this year’s Subcon. This covers vital ancillary items to support the outsourcing process – such as metrology equipment, packaging, marking, prototyping, scheduling software and so on. And for visitors who also have in-house manufacturing operations it presents a showcase of the latest manufacturing technology for machining, metalforming, CADCAM and prototyping.
Complementing this, and new for this year, The Tooling Show @ Subcon will present the latest developments in tooling for advanced manufacturing.
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