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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2013

If variety is the spice of life, get ready for a vindaloo you won't forget at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, returning to FIVE, Farnborough on February 13 and 14 2013.

As preparations for the 2013 show move into high gear, it is becoming clear that it is heading towards yet another record-breaking year. Confirmed exhibitor bookings are already well over the final total for 2012 and as a result, the total floor area of the show has been increased by over 35 percent, bringing it to a decidedly roomy 5,350 square meters - larger than five of the halls at the NEC. The exhibitor list continues to grow in both length and stature as befits an event which has long-outgrown its provincial roots to become a show of national importance.

Visitors to FIVE, Farnborough on February 13 and 14 2013 will meet with the largest and most diverse gathering of manufacturers and equipment suppliers, covering everything from major international machinery makers to purveyors of packing materials. The show's increasing gravity within industry is pulling in not just the bigger names, but companies from further afield. In 2013, visitors will be able to meet companies from the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Latvia, alongside firms from every corner of the UK, from Scotland to Somerset. 

One of the strongest indications of this growth can be seen in the impressive roll-call of big international names that are now regularly exhibiting at Farnborough; names such as Mazak, Haas Automation, Fanuc, Renishaw, Faro, Amada Machine Tools, igus (UK),EAO, Finder and Agie Charmilles are just a sample. Joining this year, for the first time, are Amphenol, the Paragon Electronics Group, Fronius, Farsound Engineering, TTI Inc and Salvagnini, amongst many others. 

An enlarged Electronics Pavilion will host a variety of component suppliers and sub-assembly specialists. First-time exhibitors REO(UK), Manutech Europe, Merit Plastic Mouldings and membrane keyboard specialists, Mekall join an impressive list of well-established names, such as RS Components, Anixter Component Solutions, Ambersil, Electrolube, Brady, Bulgin and Goepel Electronics. Together, these companies bring literally thousands of parts, components, consumables, sub-assemblies, production aids and design tools to a single, easily accessible venue.

The show's location close to the concentration of technology, aerospace and automotive engineering businesses around the south and the M3/M4 corridors makes it an important annual showcase for designers and design-led businesses. BitBox Limited exhibits for the first time; Hothouse Design, the multi-award winning design firm responsible for the Yoomi self-heating baby bottle, and ByteSnap Design both return for 2013, together with a number of firms that specialise in taking design ideas from the drawing board to the production line. Briton EMS, with its clever electronic linesman's flag and Heber Electronics with its long track-record of success with global names like Dyson and Electrolux, are just two of them.

The show organiser claims that, whatever your requirement, there will be subcontractors waiting to speak to you at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2013. 

There are also hundreds of companies able to help with essential services, from outsourcing to compliance, finance and training. Certification specialist TUV Rheinland exhibits for the first time in 2013, alongside EMC Specialists such as Hursley EMC and Kemtron, training services such as STEM and Electronics Yorkshire, and even accountancy and business finance firms specialising in manufacturing industry.

But hardware and services are only part of the story. Southern Manufacturing is also a good place to see advanced manufacturing in action. Additive manufacturing specialists 3T RPD and Laser Lines both return for 2013 alongside companies such as G English Electronics, able to provide rapid prototyping services.

Composites, engineering plastics and components from firms like K D Fedderson, Broanmain, igus (UK), FB Avak, Andel Plastics, Rose Plastics, Cotswold Plastic Parts are also well represented. Advanced production methods are also much in evidence, with companies like Tesa, Henkel Loctite and Lohmann Adhesives tapes among others providing alternative assembly ideas.

No preview could be complete without mention of the ever-popular free technical seminar programme, featuring 24 sessions over both days of the show in two lecture theatres. Highlights of the 2013 programme include the return of Bang Creations' Stefan Knox with an update if his extremely popular Designing for Commercial Success and New Product Development.

Meanwhile, Sergey Putintsev from TUV Rheinland will give a presentation on selling to emerging markets - in particular, the BRIC countries and the Middle East. Bob Willis presents two sessions on how to stop counterfeit components and a look at package-on-package assembly techniques.

For a full list of sessions - and to pre-register for the show - click here.

FIVE, Farnborough is easily accessible by road and public transport. On site car parking is also free, and a free shuttle bus service operates daily between the show and both North Camp and Farnborough Main railway stations. Visitors can keep up with all the latest news on the show blog site, or by joining the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics group on LinkedIn.

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