Subcon, the UK’s subcontract and contract manufacturing exhibition, alongside the new Advanced Manufacturing Show, brought in over 4,100 visitors across a three days of business at the NEC in Birmingham.
With some of the latest technologies and services in the market on show, the cluster of events attracted good number of orders and exhibitors reported high levels of good-quality enquiries.
57% of space has already been rebooked for Subcon 2014 – the UK’s national subcontracting, advanced manufacturing and technology exhibition.
Visitor footfall broke records, being up 64% on 2012, says show organiser Centaur Exhibitions.
The strong UK presence, combined with some of the world’s leading overseas subcontract suppliers, provided a powerful draw for senior buyers who need subcontract manufacturing services.
David Moore, strategic technical buyer at Spirax Sarco, confirmed this. “The international pavilions were very good,” he said. “We are always looking for near and far sources and this time we’ve had the opportunity to meet one of our suppliers from India.
Rachel Garrett, technical sales and marketing manager for metal injection moulding specialist Egide UK said: “It was a brilliant event for us, we had a lot of interest on our stand and some very promising enquiries. We even had companies who had brought packs of drawings with them and came to see us wanting quotes.”
Visitors and exhibitors alike were also impressed with the new Advanced Manufacturing Show. The response was so positive that the organiser, Centaur Exhibitions, confirmed at the Show that it would return in 2015 on a biennial basis.
In its inaugural year the exhibition attracted world-leading suppliers including 1st Machine Tool Accessories, Aberlink, Cadventure, C Dugard, Delcam, FARO, Hexagon Metrology, Matsuura, Nikon Metrology, Renishaw, Seiki Systems, Sumitomi Electric Hardmetal, Trac Measurement Systems, TRUMPF, WNT, XYZ Machine Tools and Yamazaki Mazak, amongst others.
Subcon returns to the NEC in 2014 from 3-5 June with high expectations of another great show – while the Advanced Manufacturing Show is set to be held alongside Subcon again in 2015 from 2-4 June.