National Electronics Week (NEW) 2012 dedicated to the electronics and embedded industry, is co-located with seven other industry events ­offering an international exhibitor list, free seminars, workshops, live ­production demonstrations and is an unmissable UK event for all involved.

Arriving just days before the Queens official 85th birthday ­celebrations, further revelry is in order to mark the start of National Electronics Week (NEW) 2012 ­running from 18th – 19th April – at the NEC in Birmingham.

The event is located in Hall 2 within the main Piazza of the NEC sharing an entrance with the Independent Power Energy and Electricity show and Electrex; co-located and next to Drives and Controls, Air-Tech, IFPEX, Plant and Asset Management and MACH.

Running across the events, the spirit of innovation culminates around a plethora of key industry sectors from Test and Measurement, Training, Design, EMS, Photonics, Wireless, Capital Equipment, Embedded, Laser, Components, Connectors, X-Ray, PCBs, Printing, Assembly, Displays, Power Supplies, to name but a few of the comprehensive line-up of industry sectors covered by the shows.

The co-location with these seven other manufacturing events provides visitors and exhibitors an ideal platform for business. The events offer easy access to visitors from across the UK and around the globe.

The shows span over 37,000 square metres of floorspace and will have more than 1,000 exhibiting companies throughout the five exhibition halls. 

This celebration of industry and UK excellence has proven to be a strong draw to new exhibitors and potential visitors; early indications show around 20,000 people are anticipated to attend this group of events.

NEW features and highlights:

The 2012 events welcome a host of new features including:

• The Cambridge Wireless zone which sees a mixture of SMEs and internationally recognised brands promoting their capabilities

• The UKTI brokerage zone – an area supported and managed by UKTI, which will host key international buyers. Buyers from around the World will be looking to forge relationships with UK suppliers and this area will give exhibitors and visitors alike the chance to interact with them and to showcase the capabilities of the UK electronics sector.

• ARM will once again be supporting NEW UK 2012 and this year, in addition to their interactive stand, will also be hosting the ARM Community Pavilion where a selection of their partners will be exhibiting for the first time at the show.

• There will be a Live Manufacturing Line onsite this year – but with a ­difference – visitors can interact with the line manufacturers and collect components and products from their stands to create a final product from the line. This line will be supported by a UK contract manufacturer – Holmes Circuit Design and will have global brands showing their machines and product in a live environment.

• The POP Design Centre has something for everyone, if you have no experience in this technology or have not used POP before then it is definitely something worth investigating to find out more.

Bob Willis POP Design Centre Manager said: “Spend a couple of hours with the POP Team and you will have a significant advantage when specifying or implementing this technology in the future”.

This feature will also be supported by seminars, visit:

Commenting further on the 2012 exhibition, Claire Saunders – Event Director said: “The National Electronics Week team are very excited about our forthcoming event, the show has grown over the years into an exhibition to support the whole of the UK electronics forum, this year you will see a wider variant of exhibiting companies and seminar topics. 

“We appreciate time is precious and that is why we have positioned ourselves next to related events so that  time out of the office is optimised.

“Additionally with the seven other co-located exhibitions – MACH, Drives and Controls, IPEE, Electrex, Plant & Asset Management, Air-Tech and IFPex – the show is collectively one of the largest gatherings of manufacturing and industrial professionals in the UK. 

“Electronics forms part of the products and processes covered in every one of these events, and we are confident that National Electronics Week with its features, seminar content and international exhibitor list will generate footfall from all of the shows and many new business opportunities.”

There are two seminar theatres this year and the programme is building to include process, laser technologies, embedded, design and other key industry topics – so keep visiting to stay up to date on the programmes.

Free pre-registration is now open online and is available by visiting: