Northern Manufacturing returns to Manchester
While following a similar format to its larger Southern sibling event, Northern Manufacturing has developed its own unique blend of major global brands and local engineering firms, highly attuned to the particular needs of the region’s burgeoning manufacturing sector.
Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, the North’s industrial technology and electronics show, returns to EventCity, Manchester on September 27th and 28th for the fifth consecutive year. The importance of manufacturing to the North West’s economy cannot be overstated, with industries such as pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, aerospace and automotive providing the mainstay. 8.8% of total UK exports originate from the North West, and manufacturing makes the largest contribution to the region’s economic output of any in the UK.
The North West’s aerospace industry accounts for roughly a quarter of the UK’s £32bn aerospace business, employing some 25,000 skilled workers and supporting a rich eco-system of suppliers throughout the country. The region is also a major contributor to the UK’s £71.6bn automotive industry, with Bentley, Leyland Trucks, Vauxhall and Jaguar Land Rover all having a substantial presence. All of which makes Northern Manufacturing, located in the heart of Manchester, pretty much the ideal sales floor for production hardware and component vendors and a perfect showcase for the wealth of engineering expertise available across the region.
Over 40% of visitors last year had machining solutions at the top of their shopping lists. This year’s line-up promises once again to give them plenty to look at, with major firms such as Haas Automation, Amada and Bystronic returning for 2017. Yamazaki Mazak has expanded its presence to two stands, giving live demonstrations of its Variaxis range of 5-axis machining centres. The North’s aerospace industry has long been an important market for Mazak making, the firm believes, the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics show the ideal showcase for its machines’ capabilities.
Axminster will demonstrate the iKX3 mill and iKC6 lathe from its CNC Technology Series, together with a range of pillar drills from the Axminster Engineer Series: SB-16, SB-25, SB-250 and SB-25-TC. The machines are designed for prototype and light engineering, small production workshops and component makers, fabrication works for testing, research and development, and the education sector including UTCs (university technical colleges). Axminster is also the exclusive UK distributor of the Jet Elite range of mills, lathes and bandsaws.
Advanced manufacturing is also well represented. Laser Lines, a Stratasys Platinum Partner for UK & Ireland, offers a portfolio of over twenty 3D Printer and Rapid Manufacturing systems, together with industrial lasers for cutting, welding, marking and cladding. On display will be a compact laser marker, together with a mechanical marking system.
Components, both electrical and mechanical, are a big part of the show and the range of products on display is impressive. Lemo UK returns with its comprehensive range of connectors. Fischer Connectors showcases its high performance, push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, many of which are designed for harsh environments and demanding applications. Among the cabling specialists exhibiting in 2017, CIE Connectivity highlights its ‘design-to-delivery’ solution for both manufacture and installation applications. Other firms include Widen Electronic Solutions and Turner Electronics, one of the UK’s leading distributors of cable preparation and SMT equipment from suppliers such as Schleuniger, Z&F, WDT, Autotronik, Mechatronika, DDM Novastar, and GLW. New this year is the Brady Wraptor labelling system for Schleuniger cut and strip machines.
Niche component exhibitors include magnetic components specialist MagDev and pressure sensor specialist ESI Technology. Established over 30 years ago, the firm introduced Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology to the industry and today provides a wide variety of solutions for applications in oil and gas, subsea, aerospace, defence, hydraulics, depth/level, hazardous area, automotive, process & industrial, test calibration and OEM markets.
Mechanical components and systems on show include pneumatic components from Flow Technology, an established manufacturer and supplier of stainless steel and high nickel alloy components to various markets including oil and gas, power, pharmaceutical and hygienic applications. At Northern Manufacturing 2017, Igus will showcase a wide range of cost-effective, lightweight and maintenance-free bearings and cable management systems for a variety of engineering applications. Visitors to its stand will see inspirational live demonstrations, including the drylin W curved rail system and Compact Rotation Module.
Engineering services provide yet another dimension to the event. As with the hardware, there will be an incredible range of service providers taking part in Northern 2017, covering pretty much every subcontract service from precision engineering to contract electronics manufacturing. Names to look out for include JJS Manufacturing, European Circuits, Jenks and Cattell, Orbital Fabrications, LCL Electronics and Precision Manufacturing. Local firm MES (NW) is a rapidly expanding engineering services provider counting several of the region’s blue chip companies among its customers. Offering in-house mechanical and electrical skills combined with considerable local knowledge, MES can provide a broad range of services such as machine relocation, automation and panel building.
Alongside the show itself is a comprehensive free technical seminar programme, giving visitors the chance of a welcome break from pounding the aisles and the opportunity to learn about the latest ideas in manufacturing from acknowledged experts in their respective fields.
One final aspect worth noting is the show’s accessibility; free entry and free on-site parking for 3000 cars make it possible to easily fit in a visit as part of a working day. EventCity is also easily reached by public transport from Manchester city centre for those wishing to spend a more relaxed day exploring what the show has to offer.
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