Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough from February 11th to 13th 2020. The show will fully occupy the 20,000m² Farnborough International Exhibition Centre and, as in previous years, the 2020 event will host an impressively broad exhibitor list spanning the complete range of engineering activity, from high-tech machine tools and automation to components and subcontract services. Firms from all over the UK will be participating, together with a significant number of off-shore exhibitors from across Europe, Asia and the Far East.

The show is divided roughly equally between manufacturing and electronics. The Production, Tooling and Machinery section is one of the biggest attractions, providing visitors the opportunity to see the latest offerings from an excellent selection of international vendors in action. Highlights this year include demonstrations of hybrid additive and subtractive manufacturing from Matsuura Machinery, automation solutions from XYZ Machine Tools and Mills CNC, plus a huge range of machine tools from leading brands such as Bystronic, C. Dugard, Haas Automation, Hurco, Trumpf, Unison and Yamazaki Mazak amongst others. Other well known names include AMF Andreas Maier, Faro, MecWash, Bruderer, Blum Novotest and Roemheld. There are also numerous examples of the latest additive manufacturing technologies from leading vendors such as Laser Lines, Creat3D and CDG 3D Systems.

The electronics aspect of the show offers an abundance of production, automation and test systems from firms such as Blundell Production Equipment, AdoptSMT, ASM Assembly Systems and PACE Europe amongst others. Component vendors include ESI Technology, Wurth Electronics, TDK Lambda, Luso Electronics, the Rebound Group, Cosel Europe, Selwyn Electronics, Transfer Multisort Elektronik and Austria’s CODICO GmbH amongst many others

The show also highlights an enormous range of industrial equipment and workshop essentials, such as automated retrieval solutions from Kardex Remstar, storage systems from Bott and modular workstations from Kanya UK. Yaplex showcases its materials handling systems, and there’s a wide selection of consumables from well-known brands such as Henkel Loctite, Ambersil and Lohmann Technologies.

Alongside the hardware, Southern Manufacturing is also a vitally important marketplace for subcontract services of all descriptions, from contract electronics manufacture to highly specialised precision engineering and finishing. Many of the exhibitors have specialist experience within the aerospace and automotive sectors – both highly active industries in the South. A full list of the hundreds of exhibitors at this year’s show is available at Over 130 exhibitors are profiled in the show’s official preview magazine, which is available to read online for free on the same site.   

The show is partnered with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium, alongside national bodies including Composites UK, NetComposites, the Confederation of British Metalforming, the SMMT, the GTMA, the British Gear Association and Locate in Kent. Much of the expertise encompassed within these organisations will be accessible to visitors via the show’s ever-popular free seminar programme.

Running in two lecture theatres over all three days of the show, over 30, 1 hour-sessions cover a wide-ranging agenda, from advanced materials, additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0 to real-world examples of business transformation and Lean. The seminar programme gives delegates the opportunity to gain insight at the very highest level into many of the biggest issues facing industry today. All sessions are completely free to attend and open to all visitors to the show. Highlights include award winning author of Staying Lean, creator of the Lean Iceberg Model and partner at S.A. Partners, Gary Griffiths, discussing how organisations have successfully delivered results for their business by embedding and sustaining Lean & Continuous Improvement. Kevin Askew of GoPrint3D reviews the Additive Manufacturing Landscape and the applications of the technology, from prototype to end-use parts. Mark Knowlton from Locate in Kent will present Delivering Industry 4.0 – an examination of how SMEs can benefit from embracing digital manufacturing. Nick Aitken and Dr Alex Martin of the RINA take a look at Counterfeit components and product compliance challenges, while Dr Chris Robertson discusses Life after Brexit – What next in trade relations & product regulation. A complete listing of sessions as well as the online reservation form is available at

Farnborough International Conference and Exhibition Centre offers complimentary car parking for 3,500 vehicles and is well-served by road and public transport links. A regular free shuttle bus service operates from both of Farnborough’s mainline railway stations directly to the exhibition. The venue itself provides a high standard of facilities including a complimentary WiFi service in the foyer area as well as high quality catering outlets.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2020 opens from February 11th to 13th. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge. More information and tickets are available from