Subcon 2018 Exhibitor Update


Just one month out from Subcon 2018, many of the firms set to exhibit have begun to release details on what they will be showing the crowds at the NEC from the 5-7th June.

Subcon will arm UK engineering professionals with the latest manufacturing and design solutions, alongside cutting-edge developments in advanced engineering technologies.  The 2018 event will see a range of new pavilions, highlighting deep, last-mile expertise and providing keenly focused, industry specific solutions.

Investments on show will include 3D printing, plastic machining and fabrication service IPF who recently invested in the new vertical machining centre from Fanuc. Enercon Industries, the global leader in surface treatment, will showcase its new Blown ion Plasma Treater whilst Carlton Die Castings will be showcasing its new 500Ton Colosio High Pressure Die Casting machine  – the second such machine Carlton has bought.

WEC Group, one of the UK’s largest subcontract engineering and fabrication companies, will be showcasing its increased laser cutting, CNC machining and fabrication capacity.  Since exhibiting last year, the group has invested £4.5m in two state-of-the-art fibre laser cutting machines for its Rotherham and Knowsley-based divisions.

Other companies making large-scale investments include Dudley Associates, who recently bought another Roder Hi Speed Machining Centre and Roder Automation System. Meanwhile, PRV Engineering has just completed another £1.5m investment in further extensions to its premises and the acquisition of two large format machining centres.

However, it is not just hardware that features in the investments made by Subcon exhibitors.  AA Certification has expanded its workforce in Germany and the US as part of an ongoing project to expand presence and improve services offered. The company has also secured UKAS certification.

Also investing in new compliance and certification, following a recent AS9100 Transition Audit, precision engineers Turnell and Odell are recommended for Rev D approval with immediate effect.

Subcon also revealed its speaker programme, featuring the likes of Paul Stein, the CTO of Rolls Royce, Dr Caroline Hargrove, CTO, Mclaren Applied Technologies, Douglas Dawson, CEO, Liberty Industries Group and Dr Lina Huertas, Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, The MTC.

“There has been strong coverage of the improved manufacturing climate and the sheer number and size of investments being made show that UK manufacturing and engineering companies are ready to improve and expand,” said Gordon Kirk, event director Subcon.

“But I have to say it is not all work at Subcon 2018 though!  Midlands based manufacturing company B Hepworth & Co will bring a party spirit as the company celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.”


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