Plant & Works Engineering
Southern Manufacturing brings visitors the works
Published:  04 February, 2015

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2015 returns to FIVE, Farnborough, from 10-12th February. PWE reports.

At approximately 18,000m2, and hosting up to 800 exhibitors, the show will host a mix of big-name firms and specialist SME’s all sharing the same exhibition space and – perhaps with the exception of the big live machinery demonstrations - more or less the same floor area.

As Southern grows with the introduction of an extra day (the show will be across a new three-day format for the first time this year), the organisers say it is embarking on an exciting new chapter in its long story. A lengthier tenancy helps to make the event considerably more attractive to international exhibitors, and the results of this can be readily observed in the exhibitor list for 2015, which includes an unprecedented selection of offshore organisations. For visitors, this gives an opportunity to contact a wide variety of major global manufacturers and enjoy, on their own doorstep, world-class demos and product launches that they’d normally have to travel to mainland Europe to see.

Some of the firms exhibiting for the first time include Hiwin Technologies from Taiwan, showcasing its linear motion solutions, Cosel Europe from Germany, a provider of AC/DC power supplies and EMI filters, precision engineers ERAM AG from Switzerland and Furukawa Electric, one of Japan’s leading cable manufacturers.

Even if you are a regular visitor, the influx of new faces for 2015 means there are no shortage of new things to discover.

The big name machinery manufacturers return for 2015; Amada, Bystronic, Matsuura, CMZ, Yamazaki Mazak, Haas, Anotronic and Trumpf to name a few. They are joined by many leading machinery vendors, such as Ajax Machine Tools, XYZ Machine Tools, and C Dugard, and tooling manufacturers such as ITC, WNT and QuickGrind. The show also hosts more specialist tooling and production aids, such as compressors from Bambi, KNF Neuberger UK and MB Air Systems, cabling machines and components from Automated Cable Solutions and K Lacey Cables, and high-tech welding systems from Schnelldorfer Maschinenbau amongst many others. There are also several suppliers of laser welding and cutting machines, and 3D printing solutions from Laserlines, 3T RPD and Creat3D. Additive manufacturing is also one of the subjects covered in the show’s free technical seminar programme.

With both electronics and mechanical engineering suppliers sharing the same venue, the show is perhaps the best in the country for tracking down specialist sensors, machine safety or control hardware. Some names to look out for include Magni-Tec, Bernstein, LG Motion, igus, Arrival Electronics and Finder. There’s also a huge number of OEM part manufacturers from across Europe, for example Delta Line drives and controls from Italy, batteries from DMS Technologies and display components from Itron UK.

These are just a few companies from hundreds of other vendors, between them supplying for more or less every possible requirement, from consumables to tooling, training, clean rooms, lifting and handling gear, packaging and safety equipment. And these are just the equipment suppliers; the show is also a major marketplace for subcontractors of all descriptions, from precision machining to electronics assembly.

The complimentary technical seminar programme that runs over the three-day show in two theatres delivers the usual notable line-up of authorities from industry, academia and commerce, among them The CE Marking Association, TUV SUD, Kings College London, Manufacturing Insights and Process Management International.

A total of 28 free sessions over three days will address an array of technical and business oriented subjects that will interest everyone - from valuable business tips to a glimpse at the latest innovations in manufacturing technology. A full list of sessions and the online booking form is available at (pre-booking is highly recommended).

To register for free tickets, please visit

Show visitors can keep up to date with the latest event and exhibitor news by visiting the show’s official blog,, by following @industry_co_uk #southmanf on Twitter or by joining the show’s official group on the popular business networking site, LinkedIn