Southern Manufacturing marks 20th anniversary with move to new home

Main corner view_tmbThe Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show marks its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a move to a new permanent venue at Farnborough. The UK’s longest-running annual industrial technology show will be the first major exhibition to be held at the brand new £30m conference and exhibition centre at Farnborough International in Hampshire, home of the iconic airshow.

The Southern Manufacturing Show moved to the Farnborough site in 2008, and over the last decade has grown to become the largest annual engineering exhibition in the UK and one of the most important international showcases for British manufacturing expertise. The 2017 show attracted around 800 exhibitors and nearly 9,000 visitors from all over the world. 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 at the centre of one of the UK’s most important manufacturing regions.

The new 20,000 m² purpose-built exhibition centre at Farnborough is the largest exhibition venue to be built in the UK for two decades. Designed by award-winning architects, Terence O’Rourke, Hall 1 at Farnborough offers world-class facilities, easy access and panoramic runway level views.

Show Director Phil Valentine commented, “Southern Manufacturing & Electronics’ new home in Hall 1 will completely transform the exhibition experience for visitors and exhibitors alike. The new building is a superb modern facility offering high-speed WiFi throughout, drive-in access for exhibitors and 3,500 free onsite car parking spaces. We are absolutely delighted to be the first tenants of this landmark development, and excited at the possibilities it offers us for further development as we enter our third decade.”

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 opens from February 6th to 8th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport. More information can be found at


Steel and nickel alloy components meet international standards

FlowTechnology preview edit_tmbFlow-Technology Ltd, a UK based engineering facility in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, will again be exhibiting its wide range of stainless steel and high nickel alloy components at Northern Manufacturing 2017. The firm is a well established supplier of components to the Oil & Gas, Power, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Cryogenic and Food industries, with an impressive track record spanning many years.

The organisation provides full traceability for its products and has held ISO9001 certification for over 24 years. With the capacity to supply one-off through to thousands, to customer drawings or standard specifications, it also keeps large stocks of products manufactured to international standards which include 10K-rated (690bar) screwed fittings, 15K rated (1035 bar) screwed fittings, 20K and 60K rated (1380 to 4138 bar) (HP-MP) fittings, BS5200 hydraulic connectors, fittings for hydraulic and PTFE hose, fittings for hygienic applications, suction and delivery hose fittings, SAE J514 (JIC) 37 degree flare type fittings, butt weld fittings and pipe, stainless steel flanges, 150lb, 3K and 6K screwed fittings and valves, coded pipework welding and project management.

Visit Flow Technology at Stand G55 or find out more at

High quality cabling from prototypes to production

Nothern Mft_tmbWireco will highlight its expertise as cable harness assembly specialists at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics this week. The firm designs and manufacture wire harnesses and wiring looms as well as offering a flexible, reliable and high quality solution for bespoke cable assembly requirements.

Wireco says that its flexible approach enables it to deliver an efficient short-run service, ideal for producing R&D models (prototyping), whilst retaining the capability to go on to deliver the full production project.

From military specification wiring for aerospace, to wire and cable harnesses fitted for commercial use, Wireco offers a solution for any manufacturer of electronic or electrical systems, from simple interconnections to the most complex cable harness. The firm also specialises in wiring systems for use in extreme environments, designed to withstand water ingress and to maintain mechanical endurance.  All cable assemblies are built by an experienced team of operatives who are trained to IPC/WHMA-A-620, now widely recognised within the industry as the manufacturing standard.

Find out more on the Wireco stand, A37 or visit

Fastening systems are mass production or small quantities

Titgemeyer preview edit_tmbCustomers of Titgemeyer (UK) range from mass production manufacturing operations, such as the automotive industry, to the local distributor who only requires small quantities. The firm will be showcasing its impressive range of fastening systems at Northern Manufacturing 2017.

Established in 1995, the UK branch is based in Tipton, West Midlands and provides fastening systems to industry and provides a complete service, from advice on the correct fastener for an application to maintenance of the installation tools.

The TIFAS LockBolt and DeltaBolt pin and collar fastening systems are innovative two-piece fastening systems have are used in structural applications that need vibration proof fasteners with high shear, tensile and clamp strength.

The range of fasteners includes structural rivets and a range of threaded inserts. There is also a range of installation tools, including battery powered options for maximum flexibility

Baker & Finnemore is also part of the Titgemeyer group. Established in 1850, the company supplies many industries with components that could either be pressed or strip-formed from steel. It is the manufacturer of the Starlock push-on fastener. It also manufactures Starpress precision pressings.

The company is approved to TS 16949:2009, OHAS18001, AS9100 and ISO 9001:2008. Through the strict control of all processes it continuously strives to achieve greater levels of quality, efficiency and customer satisfaction and is proud to supply world class customers worldwide.

Visit Titgemeyer at Stand F14 or go to to find out more.

Customised heat treatments earn place in aerospace

carbolite Gero preview edit_tmbIn addition to the wide range of standard products, Northern Manufacturing 2017 exhibitor Carbolite Gero is an expert in the development of customised equipment for complex heat treatment processes. Solving customers’ individual application requirements has earned it a place in aerospace, engineering, materials science, medical, bioscience and contract testing laboratories globally, says the company. It supplies products with standards-compliant furnace and oven designs (e.g., Nadcap heat treatment processes – AMS2750E), and traceable certification for control, measurement, recording and data acquisition devices, issued by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

The GPC 13/300B retort furnace  is suitable for customers involved in rapid prototyping, manufacturing one-offs or small batches using an additive manufacturing process which require heat treatments up to 1100oC. It is designed with a modified inert atmosphere for annealing and sintering of additive manufacturing applications and can be optionally fitted for compliance to AMS 2750E Class 1 (±3°C) and can also be equipped with Instrumentation type A, B, C or D. The final part the furnace has a swing door for ease of loading and unloading. The furnace continually monitors inert gas flow volumes and has forced cooling for faster cycle times.

There are two manufacturing and sales sites, one based in Derbyshire, where Carbolite has been manufacturing laboratory and industrial ovens and furnaces up to 1800°C since 1938; and one in Neuhausen, Germany, where high temperature furnaces up to 3000°C with options for vacuum and other modified atmospheres have been manufactured since 1982.

Visit Carbolite Gero at Stand E116 or find out more at

Tubular system manages stock for lean manufacturing

Tube Bracket preview edit_tmbModular ‘tube and bracket’ solutions for a range of business scenarios will be the focus of the Tube and Bracket Company’s stand at Northern Manufacturing 2017. Services include custom solution design, facilitation of lean process improvement, installation, component supply and Hoshin events.
From production lines to order picking environments, for kanban and first-in-first-out (FIFO) stock management systems, the tubular system is recognised worldwide, claims the company, as the ideal tool for successfully introducing any lean manufacturing policy. Applications include carts, trolleys, ergonomic workstations, notice boards and shelving units. All are matched exactly to production needs and are constructed quickly and inexpensively.

The company provides lean manufacturing solutions used within the kaizen continuous improvement process. Specialties are live storage, workstations, workbenches, trolleys, bespoke solutions, and kanban systems.

The stand will focus on modular and adaptable workstations, kanban (FIFO) part presentation racks and bespoke storage that help to create a highly efficient environment where everything is designed to promote efficient and ergonomic working. Team members will be able to help with advice and planning a project.

Visit The Tube and Bracket Company at Stand E86 or find out more at

The Learning Zone at Northern Manufacturing 2017

Exhibitions are all about discovery. But finding new suppliers and hardware is only part of what Northern Manufacturing & Electronics has to offer. Along with discovering the latest products, technologies and services, the show also gives visitors the opportunity to encounter new ideas and new approaches to managing a profitable and efficient engineering enterprise thanks to its comprehensive free technical seminar programme. A key feature of the show, the seminar programme runs over both days of the event and is open to all visitors and exhibitors. Over the last five years, hundreds of delegates have benefited from expert insights into many aspects of modern industrial enterprise, from leading-edge technology and business practices, to the latest regulations.

The programme for 2017 sees the return of several of the most popular presenters and topics of previous years, plus some new sessions on forthcoming regulations and legislation that will likely affect many engineering businesses over the course of coming year.


Advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are subjects that attract wide interest from every sector of manufacturing. Alistair Williamson, Managing Director of Manchester-based Lucid Innovation provides an introduction to how connected networks of objects offer opportunities to collect, exchange and exploit the value of data in more efficient and sustainable ways. A key takeaway from the session will be simple techniques to check whether the Internet of Things (IoT) really adds value to your business and some ideas on making the right choice of technology. Rob Pitts of leading 3D print experts, Tri-Tech 3D, will give an overview of the seemingly limitless applications that are being discovered for this new technology across all manufacturing sectors. Case studies illustrate new opportunities it could open for you.

timAs a management tool, Lean has something to offer every business wishing to eliminate waste and maximise performance. Presenter Tim Scurlock spearheaded the introduction of Lean concepts into General Motors’ business over a ten year period. Since founding his own consultancy in 2011, Tim has worked with a wide variety of manufacturing and service businesses to remove waste, standardise process and increase quality and responsiveness. Through case study examples, delegates will identify some of the methods, tools and concepts to successfully introduce Lean and the pitfalls to watch out for.

ailsaFurther insight into improving efficiency and profitability is offered by Ailsa Kaye, Managing Director of Onsite Insights. Established in 2004 around a core team drawn from the DTI’s successful 20-year Inside UK Enterprise programme, Onsite Insights delivers a range of regional and national visit programmes, events, workshops and study tours. Delegates will gain first-hand insight into the factors behind the success of some of the UK’s best companies.

The General Data Protection Regulations, which come into effect next May, will have a profound effect on how data is managed and used. Nearly all businesses will be affected in some way by the new regulations, which carry extremely severe penalties for non-compliance. Yet, over a third of UK businesses remain unaware of the new law or what they need to do. Sessions running on both days of Northern Manufacturing 2017 will attempt to address this potentially disastrous knowledge gap, briefing delegates on how different organisations will be affected and how can you make sure your company is fully prepared for the introduction of GDPR. This one session alone would make a visit to the show worthwhile!

All seminar sessions at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 are free, but we strongly urge you to pre-register to secure your place. Full details on all sessions and how to register are here

Foam packaging plays a part in Bloodhound project

MSA Foams PREVIEW EDIT_tmbSpecialising in the design and manufacture of protective packaging, MSA Foams, part of the Peli Group, produces foams that protect components or delicate equipment. Designing foam inserts that are cut to size for individual tool kits has been part of the business for over 20 years. The company is delighted to have been chosen to provide tool control for the Bloodhound SSC supersonic car engineering project. The vital tools for this record breaking attempt on the world land speed record are stored and transported in foam from MSA.

Inserts organise tools efficiently and, using coloured foam, ensure missing items are easily identified, eliminating the risk of foreign object damage. Durable custom foam ensures tools are secured in position and fully protected in transit.

There is a wide range of returnable packaging and protective/presentation cases available. The sales presentation cases have a professional finish, with branding enhanced through corporate colours. Logos can also be laser-engraved with intricate detail in the foam.

The stand at this year’s Northern Manufacturing show showcases the various colours and foam densities available. The in-house design team has created the stand to demonstrate the product range, the design service and manufacturing capabilities to exhibition visitors. The separate panels interlock neatly using jigsaw tabs for the visible joints of the wall’s panels, showing the precision of the foam cutting and finish, in addition to strengthening the connection between the stand panels.

Many features of the stand, such as a complex water-jet cut map of the UK, showing the areas of the business development team, to the laser engraved, precision-cut Aztec design, demonstrate the cutting technology at the 31,000 sq ft facility.

Visit MA Foams at Stand E8 or find out more at

Connector and cabling is bespoke

CIE Connectivity preview editProviding a design, manufacture and stocking service to manufacturing and installation markets, CIE’s connectivity division offers bespoke connector and cabling solutions for customers’ requirements and projects. The firm will be highlighting its capabilities at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017.

The connectivity team is committed to fully understanding the individual needs of each customer and to providing exemplary service and the highest quality cable and connector products.

As well as a significant UK stock holding of professional connector products from companies such as Switchcraft and EDAC, it also offers Custom Connectivity service and supply.

Using a global network of sourcing, supply and manufacturing partners, the company works closely with customers to fully understand each project, to ensure that the solution delivers on-specification, on-time and on-budget.

Visit CIE Connectivity at Stand J38 or find out more at

Advice for corporation tax

Mewburn Ellis - preview edit_tmbWould you like to reduce the corporation tax you pay? Mewburn Ellis invites visitors to Northern Manufacturing 2017 to learn more about a UK Government tax relief initiative designed to help if you are developing or improving a new product or process, including creating new software.

You could be eligible to halve your corporation tax to 10% on worldwide profits derived from sales or use of these new or improved products and processes.  This initiative is different to the R&D tax credits that you may already know about, counsels the company, which has extensive experience working with start-ups and SMEs in the manufacturing, technology, software and electronic engineering sectors, protecting, exploiting and managing companies’ valuable assets.

Visit Mewburn Ellis at Stand F79 or find out more at