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A prime showcase for UK industrial technology

A prime showcase for UK industrial technology The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show returns to FIVE, Farnborough on February 12th and 13th 2014 for what promises to once again be the largest event ever held.

Event organiser European Trade and Exhibition Services predicts that the final exhibitor count for the 2014 Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show will hit nearly 800 for the first time in the show's history. While this makes it the largest annual show in the UK in terms of the variety of businesses participating, the prominence enjoyed by Southern Manufacturing & Electronics in the industrial events calendar is as much for the variety of firms participating as it is the volume.

The show's co-location with Southern Electronics, the UK's longest-running electronics show, and the specialist precision engineering show, Auto-Aero, means that a single visit will yield vendors from virtually every area of manufacturing industry, from packaging supplies to the most recent machine tools. "The appeal of the show is very much that visitors can cover an extensive range of needs in just one visit," says Phil Valentine. "There isn't another show in the Southern half of the country that will allow you to see such a variety of products, services and production equipment in a single venue."

As UK manufacturing comes to be defined less by the scale of its undertakings, and more by its unrivalled reputation for innovation and design, maintaining a steady flow of fresh ideas and an effective network of suppliers is more important than ever. This, perhaps, is one of the key factors underlying the continued popularity of Southern Manufacturing & Electronics. As one visitor last year memorably put it, "Meeting new suppliers means finding new ways to solve old problems." By combining big-name exhibitors and local firms in a single show, this is something Southern Manufacturing - and its new sister event in Manchester, Northern Manufacturing, does exceptionally well.

"Good design requires vendors to maintain up-to-date knowledge of an ever wider range of products and suppliers," says Show Director Phil Valentine. "The idea behind our regional events was simply to create a show where visitors could achieve that in a single, convenient visit." The show's focus on the small to medium enterprises that support all of the UK's most important manufacturing industries, from aerospace to medical, make it singularly effective in achieving that objective.

What awaits visitors to Farnborough in 2014 can best be described as an intriguing blend of the familiar and the completely new: A great number, if not all, of the top-name exhibitors from 2013 will return to Farnborough in 2014, such as Fanuc, HepcoMotion, Amada, Yamazaki Mazak, Fronius, RS Components, EAO, Faro, HAAS Automation, HPC Gears, Nikon and many others. Alongside these firms are literally hundreds of suppliers - many exhibiting for the first time - showing a colossal variety of sub-assemblies, mechanical and electronic components, machine vision systems, subcontract metalworking and production hardware. Add to this a multitude of enterprise support services, such as training, finance and regional development agencies, and it's not hard to see the reasons why the show has grown to become the most impressive event for industry professionals in the UK.

Irresistible opportunity
Conveniently sited near to the M3 in Hampshire and well-served by public transport, the event is an irresistible chance for industrial professionals across the region to view the most important and most recent tooling, technology equipment and services in an exceedingly short period of time. Many visitors spend an hour or two at the show on the way into, or out of the office, or even over a long lunch break for the most local.

Along with the remarkable display of production hardware on show, the event also affords an ideal opportunity to brush-up industry knowledge via its very popular, and completely free, technical seminar programme. Running over two days, the seminar programme will tackle a multitude of industry-related topics. These range from practical advice on things such as CE Marking and selling overseas, to more technical topics such as product development strategies, Lean and manufacturing best practice. Full details of the seminar programme will be posted on the show website.

Perhaps best of all. entry to Southern Manufacturing and the seminar sessions costs nothing, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free on-site car parking and straightforward  access by road or public transport. To register online for event tickets, simply head to or call 01784 880 890. Visitors can also check all the most recent news from the show by visiting the official blog page at, by following @industry_co_uk and the #southmanf hashtag on Twitter or by joining the show's LinkedIn group at
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