Plant & Works Engineering
The world of engineering under one roof
Published:  04 February, 2016

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough, from February 9th to 11th 2016. 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.

The Machinery & Production Area is a central feature of the show and a massive draw for those mulling investment for the coming year as it gives visitors the rare opportunity to evaluate a variety of machines from leading manufacturers side by side in a single venue. Some of the marques processing metal in 2016 include Amada, Yamazaki Mazak, JHP, Matsuura, XYZ Machine Tools, C. Duggard, Bystronic, TPS Weldtech and Haas Automation among others. Southern Manufacturing is also ideal for all types of manufacturing hardware, encompassing a wide variety of engineering activity from electronics assembly to metrology and fabrication. Many familiar names return for 2016, including Bowers Group, Faro Technologies, Renishaw, Quickgrind, ITC, Q8 Oils and hundreds more.

Supplementing the tooling and production is a galaxy of suppliers taking care of pretty much everything from advanced adhesives, engineering plastics, CAD/CAM, 3D Printers, automation, components, labelling & marking systems, clean room contractors, materials handling - even flooring and lighting.

Southern Manufacturing and the co-located Southern Electronics Show are also one of the most important showcases for the components industry, with an array of solutions, from advanced sensors to custom connectors and wiring harnesses, enclosures, drives & controls, power transmission, machine safety, bearings, cable carriers, motion and robotics. A full listing of exhibitors and a searchable database of products is available at to help plan a visit.

Seminar programme

The free technical seminar programme takes place in two lecture theatres over the three days of the event. Visitors are able to see presentations from a range of business and technical themes. The sessions are presented by a line-up of expert speakers. Highlights regarding the programme include Nick Statham of Fasturns UK talking about the potential financial savings of the Automation of Flexible Manufacturing, while Ben Murphy discusses power conserving strategies illustrated with case studies. 3D printing comes under the spotlight when Sav Jeyendran of Canon UK looks at the options with this rapidly emerging technology. Further advanced manufacturing techniques and materials are examined in An Introduction to 3D Print and Future Applications of Advanced Materials. Ailsa Kaye returns with her popular look at the current thinking in Best Practice for World Class Manufacturing. The topics of Lean and 6 Sigma are examined in sessions with Tim Scurlock and Barry Byrne. Jonas Haterm of Mobius UK talks about Supply Chain Analytics, Sales & Operations Planning. Eco-design the ErP Directive are examined by Alistair McLaughlin of TUV SUD Product service, while Alastair Morris from Pryor Marking Technology - who will be also exhibiting during the show - can look at Error Proofing and Traceability. Further sessions cover CE Marking, Patents & Trademarks and much more. A full selection of sessions can be found at

Entry to the show is free to business visitors, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free car parking and easy access by road or public transport.

Visitors can keep up with all the latest news on the show blog site,, on Twitter at @industry_co_uk #southmanf or by joining the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics LinkedIn group at

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