With exhibitor bookings around 25% ahead of this time last year, Subcon 2015 is set to be the biggest UK subcontracting show in over 15 years.
It takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 2nd to 4th June alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Show, which returns after its successful launch in 2013, and the all-new event for design engineers, The Engineer Design and Innovation Show.
Together the three events will feature over 500 exhibitors and cover every aspect of manufacturing in the engineering sector.
Subcon is the UK’s only event dedicated to contract and subcontract manufacturing. Its comprehensive scope covers services ranging from casting and forging, machining, moulding, fabrication and electronics assembly, to finishing, treatments and testing.
As manufacturing continues to reclaim its place at the heart of the UK economy, businesses are increasingly turning to external suppliers to meet their production requirements.
Whether the requirement is to augment in-house capacity, hedge against volatile markets, focus on core competences or access new technologies, subcontractors can provide an efficient, cost-effective and reliable resource for OEMs.
This growth in demand is reflected in the strength of the Subcon show, which this year features many new and returning exhibitors.
As Paul Darwent, chairman of exhibitor Mini Gears, explained: “Mini Gears is really pleased to be returning as an exhibitor at Subcon. We think it will be a good show this year as manufacturing in the UK is going from strength to strength. The show has a great atmosphere and, over many years of attending, we have seen it grow into a very attractive venue for high-value engineering, attracting good numbers and high-quality visitors.
“We are looking forward to meeting both old and new contacts in the engineering world and showcasing the new range of high end subcontract machining that we can now offer.”
One of the key features of Subcon is its strong focus on UK subcontractors, which represent around three-quarters of the exhibitors at this year’s show. As well as featuring individual UK exhibitors the show also builds strong partnerships with leading British industry trade bodies.
Subcon also offers access to global markets, and for the first time this year it will feature a dedicated international supplier zone. Countries represented so far include Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, China, India and Taiwan.