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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020

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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough from 11 to 13 February 2020.

The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics show is undoubtedly one of the most important engineering exhibitions in the UK, offering an incredible diversity of exhibitors covering all aspects of engineering enterprise. 

The 20,000m² Farnborough International Exhibition Centre will host firms from all over the UK, together with a significant number of offshore exhibitors from across Europe, Asia and the Far East, offering a huge range of products and services from components and production hardware to subcontract expertise.

Roughly half the show is dedicated to electrical components and electronics. Component vendors include ESI Technology, Wurth Electronics, TDK Lambda, Luso Electronics, the Rebound Group, Cosel Europe, Selwyn Electronics, Transfer Multisort Elektronik and Austria’s CODICO GmbH amongst many others. 

Scolmore will showcase a raft of new additions to its IEC Lock range, designed to provide protection against accidental disconnection of computer equipment, servers and most network devices by way of a unique and patented locking mechanism. 

Binder will be showing the latest examples from its comprehensive range of connectors including M5, M8 and M12 connectors, designed for the growing sensors and controls market, and systems specifically for the medical and food and beverage sectors. 

Easby Electronics will highlight a broad range of products, supporting amongst others, the industrial, mil-aero, medical and automotive markets. In the expanding EV market, Easby and its long-term manufacturing partner Degson, will offer several solutions, including 32Amp Type2 Sockets to IEC62196-2 and 32amp type 1 and 2 cables.

Production hardware is also well represented. Five new machines will be launched by Automated Cable Solutions this year, including the Carpenter cut and strip machine, PP3+ stripper crimper, a multi-core wire stripper and digital microscope. Visitors will be able to see hand tools, mini applicators, crimping presses, wire pull testers, cable feeders and a whole fleet of machines for cutting cable and tubing. 

Hakko is set to launch its new thermal wire stripper at Southern Manufacturing 2020. The FT-802 satisfies the demands of the military, medical and aerospace industries. It ensures the precise, clean-cut removal of wire insulation, even through highly heat-resistant PTFE, says the company, and improved flexibility allows for tangle-free operation. It can also be used for the stripping of insulation from single core wires.

The show will also highlight an enormous range of industrial equipment and workshop essentials, such as automated retrieval solutions from Kardex Remstar, storage systems from Bott and modular workstations from Kanya UK. Yaplex will showcase its materials handling systems, and there will be a wide selection of consumables from well-known brands such as Henkel Loctite, Ambersil and Lohmann Technologies. 

Alongside the hardware, Southern Manufacturing is also a vitally important marketplace for subcontract services, with every kind of expertise on offer, from design, to wiring and box build to EMC testing. Wiring specialists IEW will be showcasing its higher-level box builds, power boxes and PLC controllers. The firm has been developing relationships with software developers in the PLC industry to provide a total solution for PLC hardware and integration. iDaC Solutions provides high performance data and control cabling systems for industrial environments and enterprise networks. Its range includes screened structured cabling systems and fibre optics, industrial grade enclosures, modular power distribution systems, control and robotics cabling and modular containerised data centres.

A full list of the hundreds of exhibitors at this year’s show is available on the website. Over 130 exhibitors are profiled in the show’s official preview magazine, which is available to read online for free on the same site.   

The show is partnered with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, alongside national bodies including Composites UK, NetComposites, the Confederation of British Metalforming, the SMMT, the GTMA, the British Gear Association and Locate in Kent. 

Much of the expertise encompassed within these organisations will be accessible to visitors via the show’s ever-popular free seminar programme. Spread over the three days of the show and running in two dedicated theatres, the seminars deal with a wide variety of technical and business-oriented issues, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in engineering, technology or management. 

The programme for 2020 provides its customary high standard of presenters drawn from both the business and academic worlds, including award-winning authors and recognised authorities in their respective fields. 

At the time of writing, a total of 33 sessions have been announced, covering areas such as advanced materials, digital transformation in manufacturing and Industry 4.0, 3D printing, lean marketing and discussions on the future evolution of CE marking, post Brexit. All of the sessions are free of charge and open to all, although pre-booking is highly recommended. A complete listing of sessions as well as the online reservation form is available at

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 Wi-Fi service in the foyer area as well as high quality catering outlets.

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


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