Subcon show success


Last week’s Subcon exhibition proved to be a great success with over 150 exhibitors and the hall full of visitors on both days creating a real buzz of business being done.

A range of networking opportunities included a VIP lounge sponsored by Qimtek and a lively happy hour session at the end of the first day when visitors, speakers and exhibitors could connect, chat, share ideas and unwind after  busy day.

A series of keynote sessions, round table discussions and workshops provided insights into current trends, technologies, and best practices. Attendees gained valuable insights from industry leaders and experts and the sessions also allowed them to gain CPD accreditation.

One of the best-attended panel discussions was hosted by Engineering Capacity’s editor Andy Sandford alongside Claire Scott from Made Smarter and Anil George Thomas, Operations Director of conveyor belt specialist Habasit UK Ltd. The theme of the discussion was the ways to build enduring supplier-buyer partnerships now that complex supply chains require a strategic and collaborative approach. The discussion also looked at digital technology as an enable for this – and the need for SMEs to ‘look up’ from the day job and take a longer term view..

The show also saw the presentation of the inaugural Manufacturing Solutions Show Awards . These celebrated excellence and innovation across various categories. WEC Group was declared UK Manufacturing Partner of the Year in recognition of its significant investments in UK manufacturing in recent months. WEC Group it also planning to build Europe’s largest subcontract heavy machining and nuclear fabrication facility.

The International Manufacturing Partner of the Year was contract electronics Manufacturer Note. The company has increased sales by 15% year on year over the last 12 months. It is also expanding their manufacturing capacity in the UK by significant investments in electronics manufacturer DVR.

Start up of the year was 3D printing specialist Ryse 3D. Owned by 28-year-old Mitchell Barnes, judges voted for Ryse 3D’s rapid commercial success that has seen it grow to a £5m turnover since Mitchell started the business in 2017. 

Subcon has been the UK’s leading event for subcontract manufacturing for over 40 years.

It returns next year on 4 and 5 June to the NEC, Birmingham.

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