Southern Manufacturing grows

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough on the 13th and 14th of February 2013, promising a larger floor area, more exhibitors and an even wider range of products and services on show

Occupying 5,350 square meters, there will be no shortage of things to see at Southern Manufacturing 2013. With everything from big-name international machinery manufacturers to the smallest specialist component supplier under one roof, Southern Manufacturing aims to deliver something for everyone.

After nine years of consecutive growth, 2013 has seen a 30 per cent increase in exhibitor numbers. Southern Manufacturing has created an increasingly large blip on the radar screens of the world’s top industrial equipment manufacturers, meaning that it’s now possible to meet many of these companies without having to trek halfway across the country or to continental Europe. Regular exhibitors, such as Yamazaki Mazak, Haas Automation, Fanuc, Renishaw, Faro, Nikon, Hurco, Igus (UK) and many others, were joined last year by Amada Machine Tools and Agie Charmilles, both of whom return for 2013. Companies such as Blakell Europlacer, Kawasaki Robotics (UK), Salvagnini, Ward Hi-Tech, Sigmatek Europe, Electro Motion and Henrob fasteners are among the significant new hardware suppliers for 2013.

Machinery is a key aspect of the show, with the Machinery Zone providing visitors with the opportunity to see the latest machines in action. Some big names include Yamazaki Mazak, XYZ Machine Tools, Amada, Haas, Hurco Europe, Agie Charmilles,  Bruderer UK, CMZ UK, CTR Lasers, CNC tube bending systems from Unison and automatic welding systems from Weldlogic Europe.

The list of tooling and production equipment suppliers at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics includes such names as Roemheld, PTG Workholding, Dormer Tools, ITC, and Quickgrind. Austrian welding equipment manufacturer Fronius will exhibit for the first time in 2013, highlighting its range of EN1090-certified welding systems. Also joining for the first time is Mapra Teknik, which will be showcasing its range of FISSO, Swiss-made 3D articulated gauging arms. Bowers Metrology will be showing its recently launched Sylvac Hi_Gage ONE range of shop floor proof, water and coolant resistant digital height gauges. Renishaw will be exhibiting a number of systems including its Equator gauge system and PH20 5-axis touch-trigger for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Also on show will be Renishaw’s AM250 laser melting system for additive manufacturing, one of a number of companies present in 2013 highlighting advanced manufacturing/rapid prototyping, including 3T RPD and Laser Lines.

Advanced assembly techniques are also on show at Farnborough. Regular exhibitor Henkel Loctite will be demonstrating its wide range of industrial adhesive products. Lohman Adhesives will present its alternatives to traditional fixing methods, while Tesa will be exhibiting its range of double-sided, high-spec, industrial adhesive tapes.

Along with tooling and components, Southern Manufacturing is also the place to see the latest in workshop equipment, labelling, handling, packaging and other essential fixtures and ­fittings. Trestron will exhibit examples from its range of industrial furniture and storage solutions. Industrial printer specialists Brady and Videojet demonstrate industrial-grade labelling solutions, alongside alternatives, such as laser marking from companies such as Trumpf. Filtermist will launch its CSX portable oil mist extraction system at Southern Manufacturing 2013, while aqueous component cleaning specialist, MecWash, will be exhibiting its Duo 400 compact washing system.

Yaplex exhibits its award-winning Sapelem Solution Handling System; new exhibitor Easypack will present its clever Packmate Online packaging solution, which creates on-demand void packaging using 100 per cent recyclable paper. Also exhibiting for the first time, Locators promotes its single-source service covering all aspects of storage and handling, including forklift servicing and annual rack safety inspections. Southern Manufacturing also hosts a large number of companies offering business support across a wide range of services, from training to certification, finance and accounting.

Wide ranging seminar programme is key to show

Running in two lecture theatres on both days of the show, February 13th and 14th, the 2013 technical seminar programme features a line-up of interest to anyone involved in electronics, engineering, manufacturing or export. There will be 22 sessions over both days all in all.

The free technical seminar programme at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is one of the key features of the show, drawing hundreds of ­delegates each year. The programme is a complementary blend of technical and business topics covering a wide range of issues facing manufacturing businesses today. From exporting to emerging markets, to eliminating counterfeit components and designing for ­commercial success, the sessions genuinely deliver something for everyone.

Highlights of the 2013 programme include Improving Manufacturing Processes, presented by former BAE Systems Quality Executive, Ian MacKay. David Kilroy of Manufacturing Insights presents Best Practice and World Class Manufacturing, while Mike Harrison of ATOL Business Services will discuss Supply Chain & SC21. Other topics covered include Machine Safety, Lean, CE Marking, Product Development and others. Participation in the technical seminars, as well as entry to the show is free. However pre-registration for the seminars is strongly advised as spaces are limited.


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