Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough on new dates of the 21st to 23rd of March 2017. Moving the event from its traditional February slot to new, more convenient dates in early Spring has been universally well received by both regular exhibitors and visitors, who are expected to attend in record numbers this year.
The announcement of the new dates was met with extensive approval, prompting record re-bookings for 2017. The 2016 exhibition attracted more than 8,600 visitors, setting a new high water mark for the event and vindicating the organiser’s commitment to Farnborough over alternative locations in the South. With enhanced accessibility and local infrastructure investment drawing near completion, the organisers expect to see a further significant increase in visitor numbers for 2017.
The event is divided more or less equally between Electronics and Manufacturing; In 2016 a little over 800 companies in total showcased their wares in the 18,000m² venue – larger than 5 halls of the NEC combined. Electronic and electrical components were on the must-see list of almost 50% of visitors in 2016 – the most popular single visitor interest group – underlining how beneficial Southern has developed into a marketplace for components and OEM parts over its long history. Electronics assembly and manufacturing was also a top goal for many – over 45% of visitors came to find service vendors within these fields.
Conveniently located adjacent to the M3 in Hampshire and well-served by public transport, the show is an appealing chance for industrial professionals to see the latest industrial technologies and companies in a a single, time-efficient visit. Technology trails guide visitors within the three primary event facets, helping them to make the ideal use of time at the exhibition. Specialist areas like the Production Equipment, Machinery and Sub-contracting zones enable it to be easy for visitors to locate precisely what they are looking for with the minimum of effort.
Entry to the exhibition and the technical seminars is free, and FIVE Farnborough provides ample free car parking. There’s straightforward access by road from the M3 or by public transport. A complimentary shuttle bus connects the show and both of Farnborough’s railway stations. To apply for tickets, simply go to www.industrysouth.co.uk . Event visitors can stay informed with the most recent show and exhibitor info by heading to the event’s official blog, http://blog.industrysouth.co.uk, by following @industry_co_uk #southmanf on Twitter or by joining the show’s official LinkedIn group at LinkedIn at http://linkedin.industrysouth.co.uk