Last week’s Subcon exhibition drew over 4,100 visitors – 16% up on last year and just short of its overall record in 2017.
Over 100 of the exhibitors rebooked on site for the 2020 show which will take place at the NEC next year from 9 to 11 June alongside The Engineer Expo and under the new ownership of the Mark Allen Group.
A spokesperson from exhibitor Washington Metal Works said: “This was our first time at Subcon and only the second time we’ve ever exhibited, and it’s been really good. It’s really important for us to be able to speak to a lot of different industry sectors because of how diverse our customers are, and we’ve made some great connections that could translate into potential clients. We’ll definitely be back next year.”
Fellow exhibitor Bowman added: “Subcon was very good this year; the people who came to see us were very focused and of a high quality, so it’s been a successful show for us and we’ve already signed for next year, when we’ll have even more new things to show visitors.”
The Engineer Conference provided over 30 high-powered free educational sessions, covering a wide range of topics including AI, robotics, nuclear fusion, hybrid aircraft and digitalisation, and with speakers including Ian Warhurst, the Bloodhound Landspeed Record Project CEO, Siemens Digital Industries, Make UK and MTC.
A new feature at this year’s show was the Subcon Launchpad and Awards. The Launchpad is a new start-up incubator designed to propel six embryonic businesses into the limelight with the winner of the first Launchpad Award, Elements Technologies, winning a full sized-stand at next year’s event.