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Subcon, Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show reunite to create one of the main events of the year for UK manufacturing. These three key engineering shows combine together from 6 to 8 June 2017, at the NEC.

Subcon, the UK’s showcase for contract and subcontract manufacturing, returns to the NEC alongside its two-yearly sister events, the Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show.

Together the three shows provide a one-stop destination for the complete manufacturing cycle from concept to component, bringing together design engineering, product development, in-house production and outsourced supply chains.

Over 500 exhibitors will come together with thousands of professional visitors who have current sourcing needs for equipment, software and manufacturing services.
Established over four decades ago, Subcon is the UK’s only event dedicated to outsourced manufacturing. It serves all sectors and all processes – from machining, sheet metalworking, casting and forging, to plastic moulding, composites and electronics.

Launched in 2013, the Advanced Manufacturing Show covers every aspect of production technology, including machining and turning centres, lasers and metal forming, tooling, metrology, ancillaries and controls.

Finally, The Engineer Design & Innovation Show offers everything a design engineer needs to create innovative new products, from CAD and simulation software to prototyping and components, in a world where developments such as smart automation, cyber-physical systems and the circular economy are changing the way that businesses operate.
Running alongside the three shows are two free-to-attend high level conferences. The Engineer conference focuses on the key issues facing manufacturers with keynote addresses from industry leaders alongside inspiring case studies highlighting innovation and advanced manufacturing excellence.

The complementary manufacturing conference takes a practical look at advanced manufacturing, contract manufacturing supply chains and advances in engineering materials.
The conferences will cover hot topics ranging from Brexit, Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, automation, skills and the Apprenticeship Levy, to case studies of outstanding engineering achievements and examples of best practice in the supply chain.

Keynote speakers already confirmed include Andy Wright, Director Strategic Technology BAE Systems Programmes and Support, and Sam Turner, Chief Technology Officer of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Andy Wright will speak on use of ‘Disruptive Technologies’, including the terms of future manufacturing and the importance of partnering, while Sam Turner will address ‘The Changing Face of Manufacturing’ discussing the fourth industrial revolution and examining the technology to transform productivity, generate new business opportunities and change the way we think about a manufacturing business.

Other speakers include Ann Watson, CEO of Sector Skills Body Semta, Phil Reeves VP of Stratasys Consulting, Rachel Eade OBE, Alan Norbury, Central Technology Officer of Siemens UK and Neill Briggs, Technical Director of the Briggs Automotive Company, creator of the BAC Mono, the world’s only single-seater, street-legal supercar, as well as representatives of Jaguar Land Rover, Ocado, HiETA, EEF and ECO3.

“Visitors will gain critical insight into the newest industry trends, to keep up to date and hear the latest thinking from leading minds at the forefront of advanced manufacturing,” says Event Director Gordon Kirk.

“We are really excited about this summer’s conference: we will deliver a programme showcasing inspiring projects and the latest thinking from engineering design, manufacturing and supply chain development, giving the audience key recommendations and practical advice that can be applied directly to business strategy.”

He adds: “At this crucial time for UK manufacturing we need to make sure that its competitive edge is as keen as possible so that it can continue to do business in global markets whatever the future brings.

“The Advanced Manufacturing Show provides the tools to keep our manufacturers at the peak of productivity, Subcon gives them access to engineering expertise, capacity and technologies that they don’t have in-house and The Engineer Design & Innovation Show provides the tools to bring new world-beating products to market.”

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