Subcon to debut Electronics Zone

This year’s Subcon show sees the launch of a complete section of the show specifically dedicated to electronics manufacturing. Subcon 2014, which runs at the NEC, Birmingham, from 3 to 5 June is the only UK trade show dedicated to contract and subcontract manufacturing.

The show covers every aspect of outsourced manufacturing services, from design and prototyping through to final production and testing, and covers all areas of manufacturing technologies.

The number of electronics industry exhibitors has grown year-on-year, to the extent that the organisers have now created a dedicated Electronics Zone within the show to highlight these exhibitors and provide a focus for future growth. This covers all aspects of EMS and contract manufacturing of electronic assemblies, embedded systems and components, as well as ancillary items such as connectors and cabling.

In contrast to shows that focus solely on the electronics sector, these exhibitors are presented in a context where buyers, designers and supply chain teams have access to the complete range of manufacturing services they need to create their products. This includes moulding, machining, sheet-metal fabrication, 3D printing, composites, tool-making, press-working and electro-mechanical systems.

Electronics industry exhibitors at Subcon include EMS specialists Adapt EMS, DVR, Batchbuild and LCL Elecronics – which has just invested in a super-fast I-pulse M20 SMT placement machine that allows it to place components of any shape or size on boards up to 1.5m long – and, from Latvia, the Gazelle Award-winning Electronic House.

Embedded specialist Arrival Electronics is launching its Mi-embedded, a design solution which, for just £6,000, gives customers their own semi-customised embedded board in just five weeks.

Also launching at the show is the new grid simulator from ETPS that allows the behaviour and response of equipment powered by the mains to be evaluated in controlled conditions.

Catalogue component supplier Würth Elektronik will showcase its vast range of electronic and electromechanical components, while companies including Cabletec, Phoenix and Cornelius Electronics will show a wide range of bonding leads, cable and wiring assemblies and moulded connectors.

Subcon also hosts The Engineer Conference, a free-to-attend conference focusing on innovation and design in manufacturing. This year’s speakers include senior executives from Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, HS2, Crossrail, Airbus Defence & Space, the RNLI, and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.

Grant Burgham, Business Development and Portfolio Director at Centaur Exhibitions, said: “Subcon is the only event where visitors can evaluate and source new electronics suppliers in the context of the wider manufacturing industry. We are very pleased with the growth we have seen in the number of electronics exhibitors at Subcon, which shows we are meeting a real need, and look forward to growing the Electronics Zone further in years to come.”

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