Subcon Event Preview


With just days left before its 42nd anniversary, Subcon returns to the NEC in Birmingham across 5th – 7th June 2018 and is set to be the best Subcon yet.

More than 4,500 manufacturing and engineering professionals across all industry sectors are expected to attend three days packed with keynote presentations and practical workshops.

And it is not just visitor numbers that set such high standards.  The exhibition will see over 400 companies on the floor, showcasing the latest innovations and services on offer.   These exhibitors cover every aspect of contract manufacturing and additional services.

Many of these companies have made extensive investments in new machinery and technology and will be demonstrating their new capabilities.

The best of British manufacturing will be on display alongside a wealth of market-leading international suppliers all looking to help UK manufacturers increase their competitive advantage in 2018 and beyond.

This creates a unique platform for engineers to source the latest advanced technology, products and services, to optimise production across the manufacturing cycle.

Bigger AND better – the Subcon conference programme

The 2018 conference programme for Subcon will also raise the bar higher than ever before.

As part of the collaboration with The Engineer Expo, a six-stream, 36-session conference programme of free to attend keynotes and seminars will be held across two theatres.

Rolls Royce CTO Paul Stein will present the keynote within a programme that also features sessions on digitalisation, robotics, prosthetics, Blockchain, smart materials and technology transfer delivered by some of the UK’s leading engineers and its most innovative disruptors.

A key theme of this year’s conference is cross-sector collaboration and technology transfer with Dr Caroline Hargrove, CTO of McLaren Applied Technologies, talking about how technological expertise in motorsport can be spun out into other sectors.  Elsewhere, BAE Systems’ Dr Henry White will show delegates how technology from the defence sector can be applied to the world of elite sport.

Other programme highlights include cybernetics specialist Nadine Stech who helped to design Linx, the world’s most intelligent prosthetic limb, and the CTO of Fujitsu UK who will treat visitors to an explanation of blockchain and how it can be applied to the engineering supply chain. Visitors will also be able to hear about the latest developments in driverless cars from Jaguar Land Rover’s head of autonomous projects, Mark Cund.

These free to attend presentations will showcase cutting edge innovation and best practice from the worlds of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management.

On the manufacturing side, the conference programme will cover everything from the practicalities of implementing Industry 4.0 technology to the latest developments in 3D printing, composite materials, and advanced metrology technologies. Highlights here include Xaar’s Professor Neil Hopkinson, one of the pioneers of 3D printing in the UK.

Other key speakers include The AMRC’s head of digital Prof Rab Scott, Prof Dame Jane Jiang, who heads up the EPSRC’s Future Metrology hub at the University of Huddersfield and Prof Rajkumar Roy, Director of Manufacturing, Cranfield University.

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