Subcon 2018 preview

Getting ready for Subcon 2018 in Birmingham in June.

Subcon in the UK is a great one for manufacturing supply chain and the only dedicated trade show. It is mainly for subcontracting and outsourced engineering services, covering Manufacturing, Fabrication, Repair & Maintenance industry. Offering a mix of suppliers across manufacturing to connect with buyers and see what other suppliers are targeting for the next year.

The place to see what advanced technologies and quality British Manufacturing is on offer and its own supply chain for other partners around the world. Source new parts and vendors, and meet top people in the industry to build a stronger network with.

Show numbers for 2017:
4,306 Unique Visitors, up 31% on 2016. 78% of exhibitors re-booked for 2018. 92% visitors came to source products and services.

MTD at day 1 of Subcon 2017

Website: (book tickets online)
Dates: 5 – 7 June 2018 (09:30 - 16:30 Tuesday and Wednesday and 09:30 - 16:00 Thursday)
Location: Birmingham NEC Hall 3, North Avenue, Birmingham, B40 1WT Map and Directions to NEC

Types of visitors:

  • Process Engineers
  • Design & Development Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Software Engineers
  • Quality Managers
  • R&D Engineers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • Purchasing
  • Manufacturing Directors
  • Heads of Manufacturing

Getting to Subcon 2018

By road The NEC has clear signposted links with the motorway network. M1, M6, M40 and M42. There is on-site parking for over 21,000 vehicles and a regular bus service runs from the car parks to the exhibition entrance.

By rail The NEC is served by Birmingham International station has a covered walkway directly to the venue. Rail inquiries call 08457 48 49 50.

By air Birmingham International Airport, which is conveniently situated a few minutes from the NEC, services scheduled flights from 34 national and international destinations.

Hotels and accommodation: Booking local

Trade Show:

  • Cutting Services
  • Plastic Moulding
  • Mechanical Assembly
  • Electronics Manufacturing Services


  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Rail
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Defence & Security
  • Materials
  • Electronics

Co-show: The Engineer Expo, is new for 2018 event sponsored by The Engineer engineering publication, for latest in-house services.

Conference Seminars:

Two Theaters, 36 free to attend sessions. Three days of sessions delivered by the industry’s biggest names including Fujitsu, BAC and Rolls Royce. Three streams of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management, with an extra theatre from last year.


B12: Developments in 3D printing materials
Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer, Rolls Royce Plc
PHIL REEVES, VP Consulting, Stratasys

A10: Digitalisation and Delivering the Industrial Strategy
Dr Lina Huertas, Head of Technology Strategy for Digital Manufacturing, The MTC

B1: The Economic outlook for UK manufacturing

B11: Blockchain - What is is and what could it mean for engineering supply chains?
GRAEME WRIGHT, CTO Manufacturing and Utilities, Fujitsu UK & I

Subcon 2016

Subcon show floor

News previews

This year though LinkedIn and Twitter have been strong channels for promoting stands and attendance at MACH, the number of companies writing up or inviting current visitors to their websites seems low.

And ever on the screen where good manufacturing is being talked about are our friends at MTDCNC Network.

Photo: Subcon 2016

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