Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is without doubt one of the most important and popular engineering shows in the UK calendar. From modest beginnings as a regional event, it has evolved into a fully-fledged national show, with increasing influence across continental Europe and further afield. In 2018, the event entered its third decade with a move into its new permanent home, the £35m Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre development, a 20,000m² complex offering world-class facilities, easy access and free onsite parking.
With its trademark diversity of suppliers, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is an event that rises above any particular sector of the engineering industry. It is certainly an event important enough to attract big name manufacturers, but it’s also an extremely accessible show for the rich eco-system of engineering SMEs operating across the UK, and increasingly, continental Europe too. As well as giving the show its unique character, it also makes it one of the most effective shows for addressing multiple sourcing issues in a very time-efficient way.
Co-located with Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, AutoAero is a highly specialised event focused on the suppliers to the UK’s Aerospace and Automotive Engineering sectors. Farnborough is, of course, well-known for its links to the aviation industry. BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin both have their UK headquarters within 5 minutes walk of the show. Across the region as a whole, 22% of the UK’s £20bn aerospace industry is located within the show’s catchment area. AutoAero provides the ideal opportunity for aerospace professionals to source suppliers with the necessary skills and experience, across a wide range of engineering disciplines including precision engineering, electronics, testing & certification and working with advanced materials such as composites.