Go-to event for diverse sourcing requirements

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics explains how the event’s broad technology offering provides buyers with a one-stop purchasing shop


This year’s Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, which runs from 7 to 9 February at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre will offer electrical, electronic, mechanical and production engineering in equal measure.


The event will showcase exhibitors from the UK, Ireland, continental Europe and beyond. This exhibitor diversity offers a go-to place to efficiently address multiple sourcing requirements.


The show organiser, European Trade & Exhibition Services, states the event is a sell-out, with over 600 firms attending. There are no barriers between the different areas so visitors can move freely between the engineering disciplines and perhaps discover unfamiliar technologies and services not on their original shopping list.


Highlighted over the three days will be an array of mechanical, electrical, electronic, optoelectronic, electromechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic components and assemblies, PCBs, cables, connectors and sensors, plus drives, rotary encoders, linear scales, fasteners, pressings, wireforms, springs, plastic, rubber mouldings and more. Visitors will also see automation equipment, plant for electronics production and assembly, mechanical systems and workshop equipment.


There will be suppliers of machine tools and tooling, workholding systems, metrology equipment for both tactile and non-contact measurement and inspection, test and inspection systems, finishing machines, laser cutting and marking equipment, additive manufacturing machines and consumables, industrial hardware, production and planning aids, and engineering and business software.


Industry 4.0 solutions will be in evidence alongside controls, displays, HMIs, data acquisition systems, augmented, mixed, and virtual reality, robot and cobot machine tending and other automation solutions. Other diverse and no less essential products and services on offer will encompass oil and coolant supply, workshop equipment, dust and fume extraction, humidity control, workplace storage systems, bespoke case and foam manufacture, plastic packaging and injection moulding, hand tools, adhesives, industrial flooring, waste removal and recycling, training and financial services.


Providers of electrical and electronic engineering subcontract services specialising in SMT, PCB production and box build, cable assembly, test and inspection will promote their businesses alongside others producing metal and plastic machined parts, sheet metal components and fabrications. Traditional subtractive machining specialists will be joined by bureaux concentrating on 3D printing. Business consultancies will similarly outline how they can help industrial companies to maintain momentum and profitability throughout 2023.


Alongside the exhibition and demonstration zones, there will be an extensive technical seminar programme. It will give visitors and exhibitors alike valuable learning opportunities, with a particular focus on the technical, managerial and environmental issues facing manufacturers today. There will be two programmes, one covering electrical and electronic engineering and the other the mechanical sector.


Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2023 will co-locate with AutoAero, a specialist theme within the exhibition devoted to aerospace and automotive engineering. There is a regular, free bus service between Farnborough’s main and North Camp railway stations and the show. Admission and parking are also free.