Three days of innovation, partnerships and excellence: Subcon is back for 2022

Sponsored by Inenco, Omnidex and Qimtek, the Subcon show returns to the NEC Birmingham from 7-9 June 2022.

Now in its 45th year, it remains the UK’s premier event dedicated to subcontract manufacturing buyers, enabling them to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities, and form new manufacturing partnerships. At Subcon, visitors can find everything from product design, prototyping and development, contract and subcontract products and services through to machine tools, systems and equipment.

This June, Subcon will once again be collocated with The Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show, bringing together even more of the best suppliers, latest innovations and practical advice.

The Engineer Expo is the dedicated event for the advanced engineering community that drives manufacturing and design solutions. Curated by The Engineer, the show provides a platform for engineers to source the latest advanced engineering technology, products and services, enabling them to optimise production and process throughout the manufacturing cycle.

After the success in 2021, the popular Manufacturing Management Show (MMS) is also back this year. From the team behind the Manufacturing Management magazine, MMS brings together everything manufacturers need to know about running a successful manufacturing site under one roof – from maintenance, materials handling, sustainability, skills, IT and health & safety.

World-class solution providers

Across the three show days the exhibition will deliver the contacts, connections and content that engineering and manufacturing businesses in the UK need to succeed. Visitors will be able to harness new innovations from over 200 world class suppliers to help increase capacity, optimise productivity and improve flexibility, whilst also driving down costs to stay competitive in a global market.

Subcon exhibitors span a massive range of manufacturing and engineering businesses, including assembly work, CNC machining, metal fabrication, 3D printing and many more.  As this diversity of exhibitors shows, there will be huge opportunities to forge strategic partnerships and improve existing processes.

Exhibitor highlights


DVR is a leading contract electronics manufacturing (CEM) company in the UK servicing all sectors of the electronics market.

With advanced technology systems and a committed, professional team, DVR prides itself on providing a full ‘end-to-end’ solution that exceeds customer expectations. The company has also introduced SAS Ltd, a rapid PCBA prototyping service to its portfolio.

Flexible Machining Systems

Based in West Sussex, Flexible Machining Systems (FMS) has been supplying multiple industrial sectors. It meets the highest standards for all the components and systems they produce (AS9100D and BS EN ISO 9001 certifications). FMS’ premises is also home to the operations of sister company Horsham Sheet Metal, which is being fully integrated.

Goodman Metal Works

Goodman Metalworks is a full-service metal fabrications solution provider. With clients in aerospace, recycling, subsea and quarrying, the company is well-placed to meet the needs of an extensive customer base.

JKN Oil Tools

JKN Oil Tools is a precision engineering company based in West Yorkshire producing high quality subcontract machined components and fabricated parts. The business supplies components and fabrications to a large range of customers including major pump manufacturers, valve companies, food machine manufacturers and a wide range of smaller sectors.

Oldham Engineering

Oldham Engineering is an established subcontract medium to heavy engineering business with services spanning precision CNC machining, fabrication, welding, robotic welding, mechanical assembly, equipment refurbishment, turnkey projects and project management.  Oldham has the ability to produce prototypes, one-offs, and also larger batches.

Shaping the future: Free conference sessions

Visitors can also enjoy over 30 hours of free conference sessions lead by industry experts discussing the key issues and trends that are driving innovation and shaping the UK’s industrial landscape in 2022 – from the latest developments in key technology areas such as hydrogen mobility, electrification, and nuclear fusion through to keynote insights on automation, finance and engineering skills.

Speakers confirmed this year

  • Dave Short, technology director, BAE Systems: ‘Innovation in the defence sector’
  • Ian Whiting, commercial director, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre: ‘Scaling up UK electric vehicle battery manufacture’
  • Tony Langtry, head of mechanical engineering, Tokamak Energy: ‘The engineering challenges of nuclear fusion’
  • Hugo Spowers, founder, Riversimple: ‘Transforming mobility with hydrogen’
  • Professor Ric Allot, director of business development, STFC: ‘Industrial applications of Big Science’
  • Professor Chris Tuck, University of Nottingham: ‘Insight from the cutting edge of the UK additive manufacturing research community’
  • Nick Hawker, CEO and co-founder, First Light Fusion: ‘The commercial application of nuclear fusion’
  • Martin Little, commercial director, Rail Alliance: ‘The overlooked opportunities within rail’

Jason Dante, event director for Subcon, points out that this wide range of opportunity and the chance to see so many diverse companies is no accident: “We have crammed as much value into the event as we can. This year, alongside the Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show theatre, we also have a brand new supply chain theatre that will bring together an expert line-up of speakers to talk about the biggest challenges and opportunities for the sector.

“We also once again have ensured there will be ample networking opportunities available at the show, including the VIP buyers lounge, sponsored by Qimtek. Plus, there will even be a couple of extra surprises in celebration of the Jubilee. We are incredibly excited to include so much new material and look forward to opening the doors at the NEC.” 

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