Over 300 of the world's leading subcontractors will be showcasing their capabilities at Subcon 2015 from June 2-4 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Subcon provides the UK's foremost showcase of companies offering contract and subcontract manufacturing services and runs alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Show and a new event focused on design and product development, The Engineer Design & Innovation Show. Together the three shows will provide a focal point for engineering-based manufacturing in the UK across all sectors and disciplines.
The increasingly buoyant manufacturing sector is reflected in the growing strength of the Subcon show which this year features many new and returning exhibitors.
Subcon is the UK's only event completely focused on contract and subcontract manufacturing, including machining, moulding, fabrication, electronics assembly, finishing and treatments.
The core of the Subcon show is its UK companies, which make up over three quarters of the exhibitors. Subcon also offers access to global markets, with thirteen overseas countries represented in 2015, including France, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, India, Taiwan and China.
Special features at Subcon this year include a drop-in advisory zone where visitors will be able to get help with issues relating to their business such as exporting and access to finance. An Innovation Hub will also give visitors the chance to talk to companies that have successfully built business by innovating and learn from their experience.
Shaping the future
Subcon attendees can also take part in the free to attend conference. This brings together top speakers from industry and academia to examine the hot topics and key issues facing manufacturing companies. Speakers come from leading organisations including the MTC, Jaguar Land Rover, Airbus Defence & Space and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.
The conference, organised by The Engineer, runs alongside Subcon, the Advanced Manufacturing Show and the Engineer Design & Innovation Show. The programme is organised in three main strands reflecting the focus of the three shows – advanced manufacturing, design and innovation and business partnership and optimisation.
The presentations were specially commissioned based on in-depth research into the most pressing issues for engineers and the input of the Event Advisory Board of senior figures from industry, trade associations and government bodies.
Advanced Manufacturing speakers include Dick Elsy, chief executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) on how SMEs can plug into the HVMC to drive innovation in small-scale manufacturing, and David Downs, engineering director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, on meeting the challenge of manufacturing the UK's latest aircraft carrier.
Design & Innovation speakers include Professor Richard Hague on exploring the design freedoms enabled by additive manufacturing and the move to multifunctional design. Also contributing to this strand is Simon Black, senior manager - body structures at Jaguar Land Rover who will look at innovation in the design and manufacturing of lightweight structures.
In the Business Partnership and Optimisation strand, Phil Curnock of the ADS will be unpicking OEMs' criteria for selecting supply chain partners, while Andy Bowyer of Magna Parva will look at how SMEs can boost their appeal.
In addition, the conference also includes special showcase sessions featuring impressive and inspiring engineering projects. These include the Rosetta mission to land a spacecraft on a comet and the inspiring tale of the plan to recreate an iconic Bugatti aeroplane from the 1930s.
Grant Burgham, business development portfolio director at event organiser Centaur Live comments: “The conference will open people's minds and capture their imagination. It is a splendid complement to three great shows.”