Subcon 2011 expects record show

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Subcon 2011, taking place at the NEC Birmingham 7-9 June, has doubled in size since 2007. This year's event expects to attract over 300 exhibitors, more than 200 of them UK subcontractors, and over 4,000 visitors.

Visitors to Subcon 2010 included supply chain managers and sourcing professionals from companies such as BAe Systems, JCB, Rolls-Royce, Schneider Electric, Babcock, and Siemens. 95% of visitors came to source UK suppliers and nearly two-thirds have asked companies they met at Subcon 2010 to quote for contracts. Exhibition manager Jon Clark says: "Where Subcon scores over sector-specific events is that it is the UK's number one subcontract manufacturing event for all sectors – aerospace and defence, medical equipment, automotive and motorsport, offshore and energy – every part of industry that needs contract manufacturing services. "When one sector is slow, another is moving, so Subcon brings you face to face with the contacts you need to survive and thrive in a changeable world." UK subcontractors exhibiting again in 2011 include: Benham Engineering, Tridan, MAN, JP Forrest, Presspart Manufacturing, Brandauer, RSC Engineering, Arnold Engineering Plastics, Border Precision and Laser Process, and they will be joined by new exhibitors such as Reliance Precision, Icon Plastics, Phoenix Dynamics, Folsana Pressed Sections, Beagle Aerospace, WEC Group, Metsec plc, OGP, OPS, and PP Electrical Systems. As an added incentive to visitors, the Manufacturing Technology Zone returns to this year's Subcon. This covers vital ancillary items to support the outsourcing process – such as metrology equipment, packaging, marking, prototyping, scheduling software and so on. And for visitors who also have in-house manufacturing operations it presents a showcase of the latest manufacturing technology for machining, metalforming, CADCAM and prototyping. Complementing this, and new for this year, The Tooling Show @ Subcon will present the latest developments in tooling for advanced manufacturing.