The 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 9000 visitors from all over the world. With approximately 22 per cent of the UK's 3400 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 20,000m2 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 comments: "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 3500 free on-site 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 6 to 8 February and admission is free. More information and tickets are available from www.industrysouth.co.uk. Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport.