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300 subcontractors at Subcon from the UK, Europe and Asia
300 subcontractors at Subcon from the UK, Europe and Asia

300 subcontractors at Subcon from the UK, Europe and Asia

Subcon 2013 offers an unrivalled opportunity for UK manufacturers to meet and compare over 300 top subcontractors from the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.

The exhibition takes place in just one week’s time at the NEC from 4 to 6 June and covers the full spectrum of manufacturing services and sectors – from aerospace and automotive to medical, nuclear, oil & gas and construction. Subcon runs alongside the new Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Conference, showcasing some of the most advanced and productive examples of manufacturing technology

The focus is on the highest levels of quality, on-time delivery and competitive prices across machining, moulding, metal-forming, electronics and assembly – from one-off prototypes to fully assembled high-volume products. Visitors can meet all their outsourced production needs under one roof.

The Show features high-profile launches and exhibition debuts from around the world, including innovative new processes and routes to global sourcing.

Completely new at Subcon 2013 is Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) specialist Beckett MIM. MIM technology allows customers to use designs that are difficult or even impossible to create with traditional metalworking technologies and Beckett MIM is the only company in the UK to offer small, intricately detailed parts with tight tolerances using titanium alloys, Inconel alloys, copper alloys and tungsten carbides.

Another high-end newcomer is Altaras International, which specialises in complex machined components for the aerospace, energy and defence industries, while ACB FORMPROD aims to become the world leader in forming complex aerospace components in titanium, Inconel and aluminium. Its offering runs from initial research and development to series production of engine and structural components using linear friction welding, superplastic forming and hot stretch forming.

From Bulgaria, stainless steel fabrication specialist AB Term is launching its subcontract manufacturing service to the UK market at Subcon. The family-run manufacturer has undertaken a massive investment programme to increase its subcontracting manufacturing capability.  With new TRUMPF punch presses, laser and press brakes, it is now ready for a major launch across the UK using Blue Workshop as its UK agent.

Owner Boris Abadjiev said: 'We are really excited to have the opportunity of showing our company’s capability to a wide UK audience at the Subcon Show.  We have spent the last five years getting to know the UK market through our UK agent Blue Workshop Ltd and following a major investment in equipment we are now ready to tackle the UK opportunity seriously – which is why we have chosen to exhibit at Subcon – the best showcase for subcontractors from around the world.'

An established exhibitor launching a new division is SJC Hutchinson Engineering. At Subcon it is launching Hutchinson Aerotech, which represents a £1.5m investment, and will focus on the machining and supply of high-value or non-ferrous materials, with particular focus on titanium processing. The investment includes a bespoke TRUMPF laser punch with Argon Die, the only one of its kind in the UK, which is specially designed to give high-quality cuts on titanium.

Director Richard Hutchison is looking forward to the Show: 'We attended the Subcon Show in 2012 for the first time and were impressed by the number of buyers and decision makers who attended the Show.  We booked our slot for 2013 whilst at the 2012 Show.  Whilst exhibiting we were able to gain a new customer who has placed repeat orders for over £50k to date.'

One of the larger new exhibitors at Subcon 2013 is the Rical Group, a specialist in metal components and diecastings. Rical’s newly appointed Chief Operations Officer, Paul Bale commented: 'This year’s event has come at a very pivotal time for UK manufacturing: at last suppliers are seeing growing order books.'

He added that after a long period of offshoring OEMs are now starting to look closer to home for a secure and competitive supply route.

'The UK has become as competitive as our once emerging counterparts and it makes sense for large OEMs to continue to look for credible local supply. The Subcon 2013 exhibition is an ideal platform to show off the manufacturing talent that the UK has to offer,' says Mr Bale.

You can register for your free ticket to Subcon at

Your entry badge will also give you access to Advanced Manufacturing and The Engineer Conference.  To attend the Conference you’ll need to book your seat at

Seats are filling up fast, advanced booking is strongly recommended.

Published on MTD CNC by on 28 May 2013

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