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Latest technology on show in the North

19 July 2016

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, a free-to-attend industrial technology show, returns to EventCity, Manchester on 28th and 29th September. Now in its fourth year, the show has once again gathered an impressive range of exhibitors, promising to be a worthwhile show for manufacturers, engineers and designers from across the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland


Younger sibling to the Southern Manufacturing show, the Northern show follows a similar format, but has developed a distinct character of its own thanks to the predominant engineering activities in the region – most notably aerospace, automotive and public transportation. 

It’s estimated that aerospace alone supports a supply chain of over 800 businesses across the North West. Northern Manufacturing & Electronics brings together a broad cross-section of these firms under one roof, together showcasing a vast selection of general industrial products and services, such as sheet metal, fabrication, consumables and production equipment, to advanced machining, specialist coatings, cleaning systems, clean rooms and contract manufacturing.

The range of solutions on show allows buyers, design engineers and specifiers to address numerous sourcing issues in a single visit. Last year, almost 3000 visitors did just that – meeting with about 250 companies ranging from major international manufacturers to regional specialists.

For many visitors, the show’s impressive line-up of machinery manufacturers and vendors is the number one attraction. The show includes many big-names such as XYZ Machine Tools, Trumpf, Amada, Yamazaki Mazak, Unison, Bystronic and Haas Automation, all of whom will be running live demonstrations throughout the two-day event. 

However machinery is just part of a much bigger show that encompasses almost every aspect of industrial plant and equipment. Robotics & automation, sensors, enclosures, test equipment, optical inspection, hand tools, storage and countless others will all be on show. Technology trails lead attendees around the show, helping them to make the most efficient use of time. The event also includes a specific feature addressing the needs of the aerospace, automotive and public transportation sectors: RoadRailAir brings together firms with particular expertise in those areas, making it easier for visitors with specific requirements to find what they need quickly. Subcontract services featured include 3D print, laser marking, electronic assembly, sub-contract manufacturing, tool making and much more.

On the production side, there’s storage and handling equipment from SSI Schaefer, barcode and stock management solutions from Dakota Integrated Solutions, industrial lighting from Waldmann Lighting, inspection systems from OGP UK and Olympus and hundreds of others. In addition to hardware, topics like asset finance and training are addressed. Exhibiting once again this year, the Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association (STEGTA) was set up in 1966, and has since then organised thousands of apprenticeship scheme places and is recognised by Ofsted as one of the top education providers in the country. A full categorised listing of all exhibitors can be found at www.industrynorth.co.uk

Business forum

As well as being an important marketplace for industrial enterprise, Northern Manufacturing & Electronics represents one of the North’s most important business forums. The show’s free seminar programme that runs over both days of the event, gives the opportunity to join industry professionals from a wide variety of academic and commercial backgrounds share their insights on the important topics affecting manufacturing. Among the topics covered are: developments in 3D Printing, Industry 4.0, Best Practice in Manufacturing, Lean, R&D Tax Credits. 

Admittance to Northern Manufacturing and Electronics 2016 is free to business visitors. Just off J9 of the M60 near Manchester, EventCity has 3000 free onsite parking spaces and easy access by public transport. Entry to the seminar programme is also free, although pre-registration is advised. To reserve your place, simply visit www.industrynorth.co.uk.