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Countdown to SUBCON the UK's subcontracting showcase

Countdown to SUBCON the UK's subcontracting showcase

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 01 June 2016

With less than a week to go before the doors opens, the breaking news from Subcon 2016 includes new high profile partners, new world-class exhibitors and a host of new services and capacity being launched at the show.  

Subcon, which runs from 7 to 9 June at the NEC, Birmingham, is the UK’s showcase event for contract and subcontract manufacturing supply chains across all technologies and sectors. Altogether around 400 contract and subcontract manufacturers will be showcasing their capabilities at the show. 

The first big news story is that the recently launched Manufacturing Hub will be joining the Engineering Industries Association (EIA) and High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) in the Advisory Drop-In Centre.

Formed to fill the void caused by the sudden closure of the Manufacturing Advisory Service, the Manufacturing Hub will engage with manufacturers looking for assistance in lean manufacturing, strategy, continuous improvement, sales and marketing, finance and communications. This will complement the assistance on offer from the EIA on support services for SMEs and from the HVMC on driving innovation.

The Manufacturing Hub’s Alison Philips said: “We provide a single source solution for manufacturers looking to access external expertise to improve production processes, plan for growth, target more sales and raise their profile. Subcon is the first opportunity to take this message to hundreds of new firms and we are keen for companies to come and see how we can make a positive difference.”

The second big news is that the National Composites Centre has signed up as Materials and Composites partner for the show. It joins Composites UK in supporting the new feature zone focused on this sector.

The latest blue-chip company to announce that it will be exhibiting is Kuku Robotics UK, which will be highlighting two of the key themes of the Subcon conference – Industry 4.0 and collaborative robotics. 

Also making its debut at the show will also be Nemco, one of the largest contract electronics manufacturers in the UK.

Other leading subcontractors who have signed up for the show in the past month include waterjet cutting specialists Gee Graphite and Acqua Dynamics, precision machinists Thomas Brown Engineering and Pemberton Engineering, surface engineering experts Norman Hay and Tecan and press-worker HT Brigham. 

The latest news from exhibitors includes a wealth of new capacity coming on stream at the show.

WEC has joined up with HTA to create a new 800-person business with 23 laser cutting machines – including 3D tube cutting lasers – as well as robot forming cells and punching capability.

Stroud Metal has acquired Cotsworld plastics, so customers can now obtain pressed and over-moulded components from a single supplier.

Subcon Laser has invested £1.25m in the UK’s first 8kw Trumpf Brightline Fibre system and a Faro 3D measuring and scanning inspection arm. 

MGS Technical Plastics is returning to Subcon with innovations developed over the past year, including products from the automotive, washroom, pest control and safety sectors.

ETMA will be showcasing its new capability for the 3D forming of wire and tube from 2mm to 16mm diameter.

Grant Burgham, Business Development and Portfolio Director for Centaur Engineering Live Events said: “Subcon is 40 years old this year, and the 2016 show looks set to be one of the best yet. We are bigger than ever, with more exhibitors, more technology zones and an enhanced Buyer Programme sponsored by sourcing specialist Qimtek. If you want to do business with the cream of the subcontract manufacturing sector, you mustn’t miss out on this opportunity.”

For more information and to register for your free ticket please visit www.subconshow.co.uk 

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