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The world of electronics on your doorstep


Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2017 returns to FIVE, Farnborough, from March 21st to 23rd. The UK’s landmark engineering technology show ends its second decade with a move to new dates in early Spring. More convenient timing combined with significant infrastructure developments to improve access and facilities at the show’s site alongside Farnborough Airport are expected to encourage visitors in record numbers this year.

The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Show has for many, long been the most significant national electronics show in the UK. Its extension to a three-day tenure two years ago helped the show to raise its international profile significantly, with the result that the event now attracts not only an impressive cross-section of the UK electronics industry but quite a few major overseas exhibitors as well, many of whom will be exhibiting for the first time in 2017.

As well as being the longest-running and largest electronics show in the UK, Southern Electronics is also the most comprehensive. The 2016 show brought together over 800 exhibitors from pretty much every sector of electronics, engineering and manufacturing. Its popularity with visitors – over 8,600 in 2016 – is due in no small measure to the huge diversity of companies taking part, making it a true one-stop-shop for a wide range of sourcing challenges.

Southern Electronics’ rich, organic mixture of design, production and components allows visitors to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time and its co-location with Southern Manufacturing gives visitors the chance to address wider manufacturing issues than just the electronics element alone.
The vast majority of visitors attending Southern Electronics and the co-located Southern Manufacturing shows arrive with the variety of goals and objectives, which frequently involve addressing multiple sourcing issues. But the largest single interest group for visitors in 2016 was electronic and electrical components, which were on the shopping list of nearly 50% of visitors. Visitors to the 2017 show will similarly not be disappointed.

Component vendors exhibiting in 2017 include Easby Electronics, Midas Components, CamdenBoss, Microtek Components, Schurter and Relec Electronics amongst many others. Joining from continental Europe are Germany’s  Vexos, and Poland’s Transfer Multisort Elektronik, one of the largest distributors of components in central Europe. Other notable firms taking part include sensor specialists Variohm Eurosensor, G.English Electronics, the UK distributors of Sunon fans, and safety switch manufacturer Bernstein.

 Electronics assembly and manufacturing is another key area with over 45% of visitors keen to locate service providers in 2016. Again, pretty much all sectors of activity are well represented. CEMS and assembly specialists exhibiting include Briton EMS, Esprit Electronics, CT Production, Wilson Process Systems, EC electronics and JJS Manufacturing. There are also a good number of PCB producers present, among them Eurocircuits, European Circuits, the Eurotech Group, Merlin PCB and Wrekin Circuits.

Electronics is naturally only one part of a significantly grander show that also includes pretty much anything else connected to manufacturing industry. Technology trails guide attendees throughout the show, enabling them to make the best use of time at the show. Specialist areas such as for example the live Machinery Demonstration Zone, enable visitors to quickly identify what they require. A brief overview of the products and services on display in 2017 include CNC machine tools and machining centres, CAD/CAM tools, advanced adhesives, fasteners and joining technology, laser cutting, packaging solutions, labelling and marking, pressings, fabrications and enclosures, metrology and test equipment, coating and finishing, motors, drives and controls and handling and storage solutions.

Beyond the exhibition and display areas, the free seminar programme is a tremendously popular aspect of the show. The extensive programme runs over three days in two theatres, focusing on manufacturing and electronics respectively, and tackling topics such as advanced manufacturing technology, innovation, business management, design and the regulatory ramifications of the Brexit vote for manufacturers. A full list of sessions and the essential pre-booking form is available at

Entry to the exhibition and the technical seminars is free, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful complimentary car parking.  There’s convenient access by road from the M3 or by rail. A free shuttle bus operates between the show and both of Farnborough’s railway stations. To sign-up for tickets, just head to  Event visitors can stay informed with the latest event and exhibitor announcements by going to the event’s official blog,, by following @industry_co_uk #southmanf on Twitter or by becoming a member of the show’s official LinkedIn group at LinkedIn at

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