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


Get ready for GDPR at Northern Manufacturing 2017

Northern-00640_smlThis week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced plans to grant the public greater control over the use of personal data through the strengthening of UK data protection law. The announcement sets out how the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be transferred to UK law following the UK’s departure from the EU. Features of the bill include criminal offences to deter organisations from creating situations where someone could be identified from anonymised data. There will be new rules on data protection and anyone handling data will be made more accountable for the data they process. A crucial feature of the new legislation is the very severe penalties for non-compliance, and all companies that handle any form of personal data will be risking potentially catastrophic fines if they don’t prepare for the new rules that come into effect next Spring.

One of the ways you can get ready for GDPR is to attend the free seminar session at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017. Running on both days of the show, the one-hour session aims to deliver an overview of the new regulations from the particular viewpoint of SME’s, how those regulations will affect your business and the steps you need to be taking now towards compliance. Places are limited, so secure yours today by registering at

Merry Christmas to one and all


As we near the end of a remarkable year, from everyone at INDUSTRY.CO.UK, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous New Year.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Southern Manufacturing 2017 on its new Spring dates in March, and to Northern Manufacturing in September. In the meantime, enjoy your well-deserved break!

Get the right tool for the job with Quickgrind

Quickgrind on stand P61 is offering golf fans a chance to win a host of goodies, including tickets to an exclusive Golf Day. Answer 3 multiple choice questions and if you get it right, you’ll be handed a golf putter to complete a putting challenge. Get it wrong, and you’ll have to attempt the challenge with the “wrong tool” from another sport! And as every Quickgrind customer already knows, the job is much easier with the right tool! A hole in one wins 3 golf balls, entry into prize draw for free tooling consultation & VIP ticket to the Quickgrind Golf Day.

Southern Manufacturing 2016 Preview published

Click to view the full digital publication online The Official Preview for  Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016 has been published. All pre-registered visitors will be receiving a copy of the print edition by post. But If you’ve yet to register for Southern Manufacturing 2016, don’t worry as you can view the full edition online by clicking the picture.

The Preview features 16 pages of new products, innovations and engineering expertise from nearly 100 exhibiting companies. Just some of the topics covered include machinery and tooling, electronic components and assembly, subcontract services, consumables and much more. But even this is just a small fraction of what will be on show at FIVE, Farnborough from February 9th to 11th.

Entry and car parking is free, and there’s a great free seminar programme as well. Full details and a complete exhibitor listing are on the back page of the Preview, or you can find this information online at

Don’t forget you can keep up with all the latest news from the show by following @industry_co_uk on Twitter, and the hashtag #southmanf

A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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The editorial team will be going offline for a few days. But before we do, we just want to wish all our followers, and particularly all exhibitors at Southern & Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

We’ll be back with more stories from Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016 next week. Don’t forget that the 16 page Show Preview magazine will be published on January 5th, so to receive your free copy make sure you register for your free tickets to Southern Manufacturing before then. All pre-registered visitors also get a free comprehensive Show Guide, worth £10.

Keep up with all the news from the show on Twitter – @industry_co_uk and by following the hashtag #southmanf

Northern Manufacturing 2015 – the showcase for the North

Last week’s Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show may very well turn out to have been the most successful to date. Early estimates indicate that the third edition of the event, now firmly embedded in the UK’s industrial calendar, attracted around 2,900 visitors over both days, an increase of some 5% on last year.

The show has very quickly come to personify the North’s unique blend of pride in both its industrial heritage and its contemporary capabilities: Exhibitors Serious Engineering • @Seriouseng Tweeted: “The North is a hive of engineering talent & we’re proud to be part of it”. Joining them in a celebration of the best of Northern engineering was an incredible variety of the latest technologies and engineering services from an equally diverse range of suppliers, both large and small. Mazak showcased its SMOOTH technology; a technique which the firm says has revolutionised the way its machine tools perform 5-axis and contouring operations. Amongst other technologies on show on the Amada stand, including its Fabrivision quality laser scanner, was an alternative tooling option on its popular long stroke machine, the HFE M2. Waldmann launched its new LED machine light, the Mach LED Plus at this year’s show. KUKA Robotics were on hand to discuss Industry 4.0 and showcase its range of automation solutions, while @igusUK showed its 3D printer & filaments alongside its array of cable and energy chains.

Trumpf Stand - North Manufaturing Show 2015For visitors Constant Manufacturing, the Trumpf stand proved the highlight of the show. On its blog, the firm writes “One of the highlights of the show was the Trumpf show-piece stand. Demonstrating a working press brake (TruBend 3100) and CNC punch machine (TruPunch 2000) which certainly got the visitors attention as most would have heard the punch before you saw the beaut in action! It’s a smaller, more compact, version of our CNC punch machines (a 3000 and 5000), and was in full swing demonstrating the range of tool options, scribing options and automatic part drop shoot (all functions on our punch machines).”

Embedded image permalinkSomething else that grabbed visitor’s attention was £4 million in cash stacked on the NJG Purchasing Services stand. Well, perhaps not £4m in actual cash, but certainly real enough to create an eye-catching – and, it appears, successful –  illustration of how much cash the firm has saved its clients.

European Circuits were one of many electronics firms kept busy over the two days, shamelessly tempting visitors to its stand with the enticement of shortbread and those ties The PCB specialists offer design, manufacture, SMT/PTH assembly, test and product assembly from a single location, and was a UKTI Export Award Winner at Subsea Expo 2014.

Connector specialists Lemo presented its latest small diameter, waterproof, push-pull multi-pole connectors incorporating its original Lemo push-pull latching connection technology. The T-Series connectors also have an inner shell and additional sealing to provide protection against water ingress to IP68 level when mated. Hermetically sealed sockets also available for full sealing of enclosures when unmated.

Embedded image permalinkAlso small but beautifully formed were the remarkable examples of precision laser manufacturing in metals on the Micrometrics stand. The Lincoln-based firm provides quality precision lasered components to multiple market sectors across the UK,Europe & USA. Also supplying the export market, Darian Global Sourcing launched a new sheet metal fabrication service at Northern Manufacturing 2015. The addition augments its existing offerings of machined grey iron and steel castings, pressure die-castings, forgings, CNC machined items, pressings and stampings to the UK and German market.

Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau demonstrated a model Elena 1000-II-D60 TIG seam welding system which can weld tubes with length up to 1,000mm and diameter down to 60mm. The Elena longitudinal seam welders weld longitudinal seams on metallic components. Most models feature PLC-based industrial controls, including program storage and remote diagnostics. David Coaster, Business Development Manager, commented “We are very happy with the show. We sold a machine this morning! – it’s a wonderful show, we will be coming back next year”

Many other organisations have already rebooked for Northern 2016. Among them, STEGTA – The Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association. The organisation has been assisting firms and young people with apprenticeship schemes since 1966, helping thousands of youngsters into an engineering career. As well as advising firms on setting up apprenticeship schemes, John Whitby & Ian Parker of STEGTA also delivered a seminar session on the various government support schemes open to companies wishing to invest in apprenticeships schemes.

One such group of budding future engineers – A Level Product Design students from Wigan UTC –  clearly had a productive day at the show!

With the successful culmination of Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016, focus now moves to Southern Manufacturing 2016 in February. Next year’s show will once again be a three-day event, and is expected to draw over 800 exhibitors from all over the world to FIVE, Farnborough from February 9th to 11th.

More details on the show can be found at All news stories from the show will be posted here and on our official Twitter feed @industry_co_uk

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Northern Manufacturing 2015 – Day 1 roundup

Sunny skies greeted visitors to the third Northern Manufacturing & Electronics show, which opened yesterday at Manchester’s EventCity. The event has quickly garnered an enthusiastic following among the North’s engineering and manufacturing community, providing both a unique opportunity to see the latest industrial hardware from pretty much every branch of engineering under one roof, and the chance to solve a variety of production issues in a single visit.

Northern-00136_edit Organisers say that show pre-registrations are up 10% higher from last year, and that just over 1000 visitors had passed through the entrance by lunch time yesterday, putting the show on track for another record-breaking year.

Some 220+ companies are participating in the show, either directly or through representation, between them showcasing a huge variety of products and services, some of which are being shown for the first time.

Bystronic’s latest press brake, the Xpert 40, is being previewed at Northern. With the Xpert 40, Bystronic presents a new pressbrake with a compact design, enabling users to bend small parts fast and cost-effectively. The machine will be launched on the market later this year and will round off Bystronic’s range of pressbrakes in the small machine segment.

igusUK introduced the new robolink D direct drive articulated arm. It is, says the company, a tougher, more durable solution compared with remote drive versions – supporting lean automation. To support the typically repetitive tasks of robotics, the system is completely modular, with the direct drive situated within each joint. This helps achieve significant cost savings, says the company.

The next generation of deburring machine from Fladder Danmark A/S was unveiled yesterday at the show. The Fladder 200/Gyro features a new vacuum unit which ensures an even safer fixation of work pieces. The vacuum effect has increased 30% with the same power consumption, reports the company. The central gearhead is equipped with conical spindles. This provides more tool options, including 400mm diameter, abrasive cylinders with increased oscillation of the gearhead and 40% more deburring effect.

Northern-00646_tmbDemonstrated for the first time in the UK, Trumpf’s TruTops Boost is a software product combining its production machinery expertise and software. It allows users to work with automation, or interactively, or a combination of both. Trumpf are also demonstrating the company’s core technologies – punching, profiling and bending – on the stand, including a punch press that was introduced to the UK earlier this year and which demonstrates how automatic production can be economical, even when operated at low capacity.

Renishaw introduced a new range of modular metrology fixturing, alongside many examples of the firm’s advanced engineering technologies, including its pioneering additive manufacturing (metal 3D printing) systems, machine tool probing systems and the Equatore gauging system. The company’s products are used for applications as diverse as machine tool automation, co-ordinate measurement, additive manufacturing, gauging, Raman spectroscopy, machine calibration, position feedback, CAD/CAM dentistry, stereotactic neurosurgery and medical diagnostics.

Northern-00835_tmbThe many subcontractors exhibiting at the show also had plenty of announcements to make, from new capacity coming online to new services being offered. Jenks & Cattell is a leading supplier of sheet metal manufacturing and engineering services to a wide range of industries including automotive, white goods, off-highway and construction. The firm announced that 2015-2020 will see a period of significant planned growth for the company, including increased investment in machinery, automation and additional team members, as well as an additional shift.

PCB assembly specialists, DJ Assembly, announced its move into box build assembly. The company caters for all levels of box build requirements, on a larger or smaller scale, for next level assembly or a more complex design. As well as manufacturing box build products, the company can also procure the parts needed. 


Nikon UK introduced its latest CMM laser scanner, the Nikon InSight L100, offering, claims the firm, the best possible combination of speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. The InSight L100 is ideal to inspect larger components where productivity is key but without having to compromise on accuracy. The 100 mm wide Field-of-View combined with the data acquisition speed of 200,000 points/second results in a measurement productivity that wasn’t achievable with CMM scanning before. To facilitate manual scan path programming, the InSight L100 features a brand new full Field-of-View (FOV) projector . By making sure that the scan line falls within the projected FOV, the user can be sure that they get good part coverage.

Contract electronics manufacturer, LCL Electronics, is highlighting its expertise in LED assembly this year, following “significant growth” in 2014. Customers in signalling, fire safety, audio, medical diagnostics and gaming approached the company for production, due to the company’s ability to achieve higher yields than other contract manufacturers. LCL Electronics Tweeted it had had “A great first day” and is looking forward to more of the same for Day 2.

Visitors were similarly enthused about the show, taking to Twitter to highlight the quality and diversity of solutions on show. @Julia_Stockdale Tweeted: ” Interesting day at @Industry_co_uk #northmanf today. Good to chat with a number of electronics companies and see some new concepts presented.”  @bkirbitson said “good visit today with several possible suppliers found!”, while @Premitec said “Visited the ‘Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show’ today in Manchester. Better than I expected. Great to see friends in the business”

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics is open today from 9.30am until 4pm. Entry and car parking is free. Visitors who haven’t pre-registered are able to register on the door by bringing their business cards with them. You can follow all the latest updates from the show on Twitter @industry_co_uk and the hashtag #northmanf.