UK Manufacturing & Engineering Trade Shows

Thinking about going to an industry trade show? Here is a calendar of manufacturing and engineering exhibitions you could attend.
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Exhibitions can be one of the best ways to source new engineering suppliers and streamline your supply chain. With hundreds of suppliers under one roof, industry trade shows allow you to network with companies offering all manner of engineering processes and associated services. Qimtek usually partners with most of the major engineering exhibitions within the UK, meaning that we are able to make business introductions and supplier recommendations on your behalf, helping you to get the most out of your time at each event.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of 2020's shows were cancelled. However, a majority of events have announced new dates for 2021, bringing fresh opportunities for buyers to source the best subcontract suppliers for their upcoming projects.

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When: 14th-16th September 2021
Where: NEC, Birmingham.

  • Large, well-established trade show dedicated to subcontract engineering services.
  • Attracts over 4,000 visitors each year - 80% of which are CEOs, managing directors, or managers.
  • Over 350 different exhibitors offering subcontract engineering and associated services.

Now in its 44th year, Subcon is an extremely well-established show that deserves its excellent reputation. It pulls in over 4,000 visitors annually, who use Subcon as a great opportunity to meet and network with new suppliers. As over 80% of attendees are CEO/managing director/manager level, Subcon is a great place to get in front of those with purchasing authority and a lot of new business is placed as a result.

In addition, visitors can expect to spend a good few hours at the show, thanks to its 350 exhibitors. Representing a range of subcontract processes, as well as machine tools, software and associated services, Subcon's exhibitors are abundant and varied, meaning that there is always plenty to see and plenty of conversations to be had.

Visitors to Subcon can also benefit from attending the many seminars on offer. Shedding light on emerging industry trends, Subcon's conference programme is always varied and interesting, giving attendees lots of food for thought.


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Advanced Engineering

When: 3rd-4th November 2021
Where: NEC, Birmingham.

  • One of the UK's largest engineering & manufacturing shows.
  • Offers visitors dedicate 'zones' for easy navigation of industry niches and vertical sectors.
  • Over 93% visitor and exhibitor satisfaction at previous shows.

Advanced Engineering is undoubtedly one of the UK's largest shows dedicated to engineering & manufacturing services. The sheer size of the exhibition makes it necessary for the organisers to categorise exhibitors into different 'zones'; for visitors, this layout makes it easy to navigate around the show floor and get the most out of their time at the event. All aspects of engineering and its vertical markets are addressed within the floorplan, and those who visit will want to make a full day of it in order to see everything on offer.

Advanced Engineering's size attracts a footfall to match, which is great news for those who exhibit at the event. Previous visitor samples have included a plethora of prestigious OEMs such as Rolls Royce, Jaguar-Landrover, Dyson and GE Aviation; needless to say, this show is a great way to get in front of buyers from some of the more reputable manufacturing companies.

As you'd expect from a show of this magnitude, Advanced Engineering offers a comprehensive seminar programme that delivers key insight into a number of topics. Each zone runs its own conference programme, which gives visitors the opportunity to hear from experts within their own field. 

Advanced Engineering really is a must-attend event for anyone looking to build relationships with new suppliers or prospective customers. The floorplan alone makes this event absolutely worthy of a visit; suppliers and buyers alike are sure to come away with their objectives met.

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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

When: Due to COVID please check their website for dates.
Where: Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre.

  • The UK's largest regional exhibition dedicated to subcontract engineering and manufacturing.
  • Features a dedicated electronics zone.
  • Particularly well-aligned with the automotive and aerospace industries due to its co-location with AutoAero.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is undoubtedly the largest regional show within the UK, entirely dedicated to subcontract engineering and manufacturing. Based at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, this event is ideally situated to serve the southern regions and provides an invaluable hub for businesses to showcase their expertise.

Electronics suppliers and purchasers may find Southern Manufacturing & Electronics especially useful, due to its dedicated electronics zone. However, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics caters for all corners of the subcontract engineering market and therefore, it's a great place for all manner of suppliers and buyers to network.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is also co-located with AutoAero - an event tailored exclusively for suppliers to the automotive and aerospace industries. With two shows under one roof, it's no wonder that Southern Manufacturing & Electronics attracts over 9,000 visitors and 800 exhibitors every year.

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Engineering Design Show

When: 19th-20th October 2021
Where: Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

  • The UK's only event dedicated to all aspects of engineering design.
  • Strong purchasing focus, with 78% of visitors in attendance to actively source new suppliers.
  • Over 220 exhibitors spanning all areas of engineering design services.

For buyers and suppliers who have a vested interest in engineering design services, the Engineering Design Show facilitates an opportunity to discuss upcoming business opportunities. Focusing exclusively on all aspects of engineering, electronics and embedded design, the Engineering Design Show is the UK's only event that dedicates itself to this niche.

78% of visitors in previous years have come to the show to actively source new suppliers, which makes it a great place to exhibit for the purposes of conducting new business. With over 220 exhibitors every year, the Engineering Design Show has crafted itself as a hub of design services, conducive to the formation of new relationships between buyers and suppliers.

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When: 28th-30th September 2021
Where: NEC, Birmingham.

  • Formerly known as the TCT Show, 2021's event will be the first under new branding.
  • Focuses exclusively on additive manufacturing and its various applications.
  • Live demonstrations of 3D printing in action.

TCT3Sixty - formerly known as the TCT Show - had its premier event under the new branding scuppered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, TCT3Sixty will now be taking place from 28th to the 30th September 2021, marking a new debut.

Focusing exclusively on additive manufacturing TCT3Sixty features plenty of live demonstrations of 3D printing in action. Many of the show's exhibitors also showcase examples of 3D-printed components on their stands, making it a great opportunity to see just how far additive manufacturing has come.

There are also a number of seminars on offer, detailing the applications of additive manufacturing within a number of vertical markets. These seminars provide direct insight into how additive manufacturing is overcoming some of the issues associated with more traditional engineering methods, making waves throughout the manufacturing community at large.

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Missing the trade shows?

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Interactive Manufacturing Directory

Qimtek's Interactive Manufacturing Directory is a powerful sourcing tool which contains process and contact information for each of our Supplier Members. Each listing comes with a unique QR code, meaning that you can use your mobile phone to access a supplier's full online profile with ease. What's more, qualifying engineering and manufacturing buyers can receive a copy for free!

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