Manufacturing diversity on show

Published:  02 January, 2018

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough from February 6-8th 2018 for its 20th anniversary event. PWE reports.

For 2018, the show follows its established format, with the event space shared roughly equally between electronics and manufacturing production, and encompassing hardware, engineering services, components and consumables among its diverse portfolio of exhibiting firms. An estimated 800 firms are expected to participate. While the majority are UK-based, there is a strong and growing contingent of overseas firms now regularly appearing at Southern, which greatly increases the scope of the event to include products and services not normally encountered at a domestic show.

The show features live machinery demonstration from numerous well-known vendors, among them Yamazaki Mazak, Matsuura, Unison, Bystronic, C. Duggard, XYZ Machine Tools and others. Components and sub-assemblies are also a big part of the show - Kabelschepp Metool will be highlighting its recently launched Master drag chains, the LE0 and LE80, designed to meet the demands of Industry 4.0 applications. Other notable names returning for 2018 include Igus, HepcoMotion, Heidenhain, Hitaltech, Davell Gears and IEC. In addition plant equipment is another well-represented aspect of the event. Alongside a range of compressors and vacuum pumps, compressed air specialists BCAS, will be demonstrating the benefits of creating nitrogen in-house. Nitrogen generators allow users to produce a reliable, secure and safe source of nitrogen from an existing compressed air supply, thereby making significant cost savings.

A full listing of exhibitors and a searchable database of the products on show can be found at

Pre-registered visitors will also receive a free copy of the show’s Preview magazine profiling over 100 exhibitors, plus a free copy of the detailed Show Guide.

Seminar Programme

The show’s popular free seminar programme tackles a wide variety of technical and commercial topics, and are designed to appeal to anyone involved in engineering or manufacturing, from business advice to reviews of the latest advances in manufacturing technology. The programme for 2018 is wide-ranging and offers a spectrum of presenters drawn from industry, academia and commerce. A total of 34 sessions over three days will address a variety of topics, from lithium ion battery technology, Industry 4.0 and the rise of Cobots, to IP rights protection, life after Brexit for manufacturers and the implications of the forthcoming GDPR regulations. All of the sessions are free of charge. A complete listing of sessions and the online reservation form is available at .

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018 opens from February 6th to 8th. Admission to the show is free. More information and tickets are available from Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre offers free on-site car parking and is easily reached by road, air or public transport.

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