Seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing 2018 announced

657-0317-00945The free seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 has been announced. Running in two lecture theatres on all three days of the show, February 6th to 8th, the 2018 programme features an impressive line-up of presenters and topics, and is guaranteed to be of interest to anyone involved in any form of industrial or manufacturing enterprise.

The free seminar programme at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is one of the key features of the show, drawing hundreds of delegates each year. The programme is a complementary blend of technical and business topics covering a wide range of issues facing manufacturing businesses today. From understanding lithium ion batteries and Industry 4.0, to the forthcoming GDPR regulations and life after Brexit, the sessions genuinely deliver something for everyone.

PKPhotographyandMultimedia-207Two of the most perennially popular speakers return for 2018. With examples from manufacturing, service and warehousing, Tim Scurlock, Director of ALC, will guide delegates through the benefits of Lean, include eliminating waste from existing processes, together the problems and pitfalls in bringing Lean into their organisations. Ailsa Carson of Onsite Insights shares the best practice methodologies and key activities that have made some of the world’s greatest manufacturers so successful. Using real world examples, the sessions look at how top firms remain innovative and produce the best quality product in terms of design, cost, performance, quality and delivery.

Some of the more technical topics addressed include Nick Aitken and Dr. Alex Martin’s session on lithium-ion batteries; explaining their benefits and application while raising awareness of potential failings and regulatory matters. Using case study examples of the limitless applications of 3D Print, Colin Cater of Tri-Tech 3D looks at the benefits that this new technology brings across all sectors and the many opportunities it could open. Dr. John Loftus of HMK Automation & Drives takes a look at the future role of Cobots, collaborative 657-0317-00766robots intended to physically interact with humans in a shared workplace. This session looks at latest developments in the field with examples of industrial applications in the manufacturing process.

Business management and strategy also comes under the spotlight for 2018. The General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018 affecting all personal data, and introducing new requirements and huge fines for transgressions. Dave Smith of Corpdata shares the essential knowledge to help keep your organisation compliant and safe. In two separate sessions by Andrew Mackenzie of Cleveland Scott York, and Kelda Style of Page,White & Farrer, delegates can gain a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of IP law; what can be protected and what tangible value IP protection adds to businesses.

In total, the seminar programme for Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 includes an impressive 34 sessions, all of which are completely free to both visitors and exhibitors. A complete listing and the all-important pre-registration form can be found at

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.


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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