Access to overseas markets

09 Jan 2019

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

From 4 to 6 June SUBCONTRATACIÓN 2019 in Bilbao, Spain, will give offer subcontractors the chance to win new customers, reinforce relationships with other companies and access foreign markets.

Running under the slogan “Connecting companies, growing business”, the International Fair of Manufacturing Processes and Equipment is the only trade show in Spain for subcontractor SMEs and leading platform for advanced manufacturing.

At the last event total of 612 exhibiting firms from 23 countries made around 15,000 commercial contacts.  It also hosted the European Industrial Subcontracting Meeting, the largest B2B platform held in Spain. 2017 survey showed that 68% of exhibiting visitors claimed to have made contact with new clients, 53% received orders on-site, and 52% started new commercial projects.

The incorporation of “productive intelligence” - making use of emerging technologies, integrating advanced materials, and improving efficiency and sustainability in the resources used - will determine the competitiveness of companies, so the event will offer responses from leading national and international specialists from countries including Portugal, Italy and France.

This year the European Industrial Subcontracting Meeting which will attract close to 100 contractors. The meetings will be divided into three large blocks, one per day. They will be aimed at purchasers from the railway, iron and steel, energy, electrical-electronic, machinery, general subcontracting, automotive and aeronautics sectors, as well as the additive manufacturing sector. It is organised by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Bilbao Chamber of Commerce and the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, with the collaboration of the Spanish Subcontracting Network. Participant satisfaction in 2017 was high: 82.5% of attendees said they were very satisfied with the interviews, and 66.7% estimated that they would formalise trade agreements with the companies interviewed. 

 “Adding trade fairs, creating industry”

The + Industry platform is the name given to the seven events that will transform Bilbao Exhibition Centre into the largest meeting point for the industry from 4 to 6 June 2019. SUBCONTRATACIÓN will coincide with ADDIT3D, International Trade Show on Additive and 3D Manufacturing, IT by FERROFORMA, International Industry Tools and Supplies Fair, MAINTENANCE, International Industrial Maintenance Fair, PUMPS & VALVES, International Trade Show for Pump Systems, Valves and Equipment for Industrial Processes, BeDIGITAL, 4.0 Solutions and Tools for Industry, and FITMAQ, International Fair of Bargain & Used Machinery.

The combination of SUBCONTRATACIÓN and these six events will create an extensive industrial space for participants. Forecasts point to 21,000 visitors attending the event and a total of 1,400 exhibiting firms.