Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2014 takes place at FIVE, Farnborough, on 12/13 February 2014. Early indications are that the event will, once again, see a record number of firms participating.
The 2013 event witnessed over 700 exhibitors, representing a diverse range of manufacturing and industrial technologies, gathered at the FIVE international exhibition site alongside Farnborough Airport in Hampshire. According to the organisers, ETES, the continuing resurgence of UK manufacturing and the growth of the show's popularity are likely to see that number swell to around 800 for 2014, making it considerably larger than any other manufacturing show in the UK.
Show Director, Phil Valentine, comments: "The improving economic conditions and current capital equipment purchase tax breaks mean that many UK manufacturers are once again investing in the latest technologies and manufacturing hardware, and, as a result, we are seeing a tremendous surge in demand for exhibition places."
2013 saw the launch of the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show to widespread acclaim. Both the Northern and Southern shows follow the same format, bringing together a mixture of international and regional firms in a single, easily accessible regional venue. Valentine states: "With the launch of Northern Manufacturing we have established a new paradigm for industrial shows in the UK – a credible, national-scale event that comes to the visitor, rather than the other way around." Both venues offer free onsite car parking and easy access by public transport, enabling short visits to be incorporated into a normal working day.
Some 8500 visitors are expected to attend Southern Manufacturing 2014, drawn by the incredible diversity of manufacturing products, systems and services being exhibited. The wealth of suppliers plays a pivotal role in the supply chains to the key industrial sectors that form the backbone of the UK's manufacturing strength, including aerospace, defence, medical, marine, autosport, energy, machine building and many more. Among the exhibitors confirmed already for 2014 are Amada UK, Fronius UK, Blundell Production Equipment, Fanuc, RS Components and Yamazaki Mazak. Other perennially popular features, like the show's two days of free technical seminars running in two lecture theatres, will also return for 2014.
Admission to Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2014 is free and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free car parking and superb access by road or public transport. To register online for tickets, or to find out about exhibiting at this event, go to www.industrysouth.co.uk or call +44 (0)1784 880 890. Visitors can already begin to meet exhibitors at Southern Manufacturing 2014 by joining the show's LinkedIn group at linkedin.industrysouth.co.uk, and keep up with exhibitors' news by following the blog at blog.industrysouth.co.uk.