Buyers spoiled for choice

Purchasing professionals attending Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2022 are offered a productive way to meet many suppliers during these times of restricted travel.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough from 8 to 10 February 2022. Production and automation hardware, components, software, business and subcontract services will all feature, pulling together vendors from across the UK, continental Europe and beyond.

The organiser anticipates the 20,000m² Farnborough International Exhibition Centre to be fully booked when the exhibition opens. The variety of participants makes it among the finest UK exhibitions for finding products and engineering know-how, both locally and internationally. During these times of restricted travel, the chance to deal with multiple  supply chain issues in a single visit is not to be missed.

Roughly half the floor area is dedicated to electronics, within which visitors will encounter many familiar names. Production and inspection hardware exhibitors include Mycronic, exhibiting its adaptable PCB manufacturing solutions intended to help reduce operational running costs and increase yield. Alongside its usual exhibits, Blundell Production Equipment is launching the i-Pulse Yamaha M20 auto-placement machines, with specialists on hand to guide visitors through set-up and functionality.

Those looking to source components are spoiled for choice. Transfer Multisort Elektronik (TME)—one of Europe’s largest distributors—carries over 500,000 product lines covering semiconductors, IoT components, optoelectronics, passive/electromechanical components, connectors and more. UK-based firms include Sinclair & Rush and Easby Electronics, specialists in components such as custom batteries, power supplies, semiconductors, displays, electromechanical, passive components, optoelectronics, IoT devices and EV charging equipment.

OEM manufacturers include a selection of connector specialists such as Yamaichi, Coax Connectors and Selwyn Electronics. TDK-Lambda UK will display two of its latest power supply ranges: the UK-designed CUS400M; and the latest additions to its Genesys+ programmable power supplies. ESI Technology will showcase its GS4400 pressure transmitter with RS-485 interface. New releases from Midas Displays include smart TFT displays with CAN bus interface and RGB LCDs.

Subcontract expertise ranges from design and contract assembly to PCB production and inspection. Electronics design and software development consultancy Ignys will be offering specialist advice on designing-around the global chip shortage. Esprit Electronics will highlight its range of services, including PCB assembly, NPI, DFT/DFM, test and inspection, conformal coating and box build. PCB specialists returning for 2022 include European Circuits and Shenzhen X-Mulong.

The free seminar programme returns for 2022 in a socially-distanced setting. Content includes energy reduction, innovation, supply chain and business strategy, plus a deeper examination of current industrial and post Brexit regulations. 

Farnborough International Exhibition Centre is among Europe’s most up-to-date exhibition sites, with extensive infection control measures. There’s free onsite parking for 3,500 vehicles, plus a dedicated free bus service between Farnborough’s train stations and the show. Services include free WiFi and on-site catering.