Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 on course for record numbers

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough from February 11th to 13th 2020. The exhibition, which is the longest running annual engineering exhibition in the UK, is already progressing towards full occupancy of the 20,000m² Farnborough International Exhibition Centre and the organisers are confident of exceeding the 8,644 individual visitors achieved in 2019.

As in previous years, the 2020 event will host an impressively broad exhibitor list spanning the complete range of engineering activity, from high-tech machine tools and automation to components and subcontract services. Firms from all over the UK will be participating, together with a significant number of off-shore exhibitors from across Europe, Asia and the Far East.

The show is divided approximately equally between manufacturing and electronics. In the former, the Machinery area is one of the most widely visited, providing visitors the chance to look at the latest offerings from an excellent selection of international vendors. Firms exhibiting for 2020 include Bystronic, C. Dugard, Haas Automation, Hurco, Laser Lines, Matsuura Machinery, Mitutoyo, TRUMPF, XYZ Machine Tools and Yamazaki Mazak. Other well known names include AMF Andreas Maier, Faro, MecWash, Brady, Henkel, Bruderer, Blum Novotest and Roemheld. Engineering service providers exhibiting include Orbital Fabrications, Perfect Bore, Rose Plastic, Twickenham Plating, Washington Metalwork, Southern Springs & Pressings, MJ Allen alongside many others.

The electronics aspect offers an abundance of production, automation and test systems from firms such as Blundell Production Equipment, Mycronic, AdoptSMT, ASM Assembly Systems and PACE Europe amongst others. Component vendors include ESI Technology, Wurth Electronics, TDK Lambda, Luso Electronics, Easby Electronics – the largest single exhibitor at the show – and Yamaichi Electronics. The scores of service suppliers exhibiting include full contract manufacturing from companies such as JJS Manufacturing and Heber Electronics, to PCB production from European Circuits and Shenzen X-Mulong.The complimentary seminar programme is another tremendously popular feature of the show. Two programmes run in tandem in two theatres over three days, devoted to manufacturing and electronics respectively. Topics tackled include technology, innovation, business management, marketing and a review of ongoing industrial law and regulations. Free access to this variety of high-calibre industry and business knowledge is another powerful reason for manufacturing professionals to attend the exhibition.

Following last year’s successful cooperation, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 will once more be partnering with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, alongside national bodies including Composites UK, NetComposites, the Confederation of British Metalforming, the GTMA and the British Gear Association. Also taking part this year is Locate in Kent, an organisation offering a wide range of services and assistance to firms looking to locate in the region.

Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre offers complimentary car parking for 3,500 vehicles and is well-served by road and public transport links. A regular free shuttle bus service operates from both of Farnborough’s mainline railway stations directly to the exhibition. The venue itself provides a high standard of facilities including a complimentary WiFi service in the foyer area as well as high quality catering outlets.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 opens from February 11th to 13th. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge. More information and tickets are available from

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