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A look ahead to Subcon 2015, Advanced Manufacturing and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show

Subcon, the UK’s only exhibition dedicated to subcontract and contract manufacturing, returns to the NEC Birmingham from 2-4 June. Join PIF on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of all the best bits to look forward to at this gargantuan free event for the engineering sector.


For the first time in 2015, Subcon, The Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show will be coming together to deliver a compelling platform for the manufacturing industry. The three shows offer a complete manufacturing solution, with the entire product development chain under one roof – from product design, prototyping and development, to contact and subcontract products and services, as well as machine tools, systems and equipment. The last show saw a growth of 20 percent and attracted more than 300 suppliers.

Best bit

The event organisers have rolled a number of initiatives together to give you the best experience prior to, and at, the three shows. The new search facility on the online exhibitor list allows you to plan your day better, working out who to see ahead of your visit; the new show zones let you see similar products and services in the same onsite location; electronic you-are-here boards help you to navigate the show better; and a legion of ‘here to help’ staff will be on hand to guide you throughout your visit. Of course, The Engineer Conference, which runs parallel to the three exhibitions, also makes a welcome return, covering the latest thinking and the most exciting UK developments from the worlds of engineering design, manufacturing and supply chain management.

Exhibition details

Subcon is the UK's only event that is completely focused on contract and subcontract manufacturing, including machining, moulding, fabrication, electronics assembly, casting and forging, finishing and treatments. Subcon also offers access to global markets, with many overseas countries being represented in 2015, including; Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Czech Rep, India, Taiwan, China and the USA.

Held every two years, the Advanced Manufacturing Show, brought to you by MWP, focuses on all aspects of production engineering technology, including machining and turning centres, sheet-metal working, metrology, tooling, work-holding and CAD/CAM software. The show will feature live machining demonstrations and new product launches highlighting the technologies that UK companies need to stay ahead of the game in international markets.

The Engineer Design & Innovation Show, the highly anticipated new show brought to you by The Engineer, is co-located with both Subcon and Advanced Manufacturing for 2015 to provide visitors with everything a design engineer needs to take a product from concept through to market. With industry leading suppliers exhibiting at the show, this is an unrivalled opportunity for visitors to network, review and make investment decisions across the product design, prototype and development process for UK manufacturers.


The NEC Birmingham is the grand daddy of exhibition centres. Just eight miles east of Birmingham city centre, it's perfectly connected to the UK's second city as well as the major motorway, rail and air transport links. Subcon takes place in Hall 3 and opens at 9.30am each morning, with a 16.30pm close Tuesday and Wednesday and 16.00pm on Thursday.

Drivers are greeted with 16,500 parking spaces. Just follow the electronic signs or directions from the traffic team to get you to the right car park area. Then take the free shuttle bus or walk to the halls via the sign posted footpaths. The NEC is immediately next to Birmingham International rail station and transfer to the halls is quick, convenient and covered. From Birmingham Airport (BHX), take the free and fast Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International railway station, just a short walk from the centre's entrance. It runs every two minutes and takes just 90 seconds to reach the NEC.

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