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Subcon Supports Innovation in 2019

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Subcon returns on the 4-6 June 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.  Now in its 43rd year, Subcon remains the UK’s only dedicated event to enable subcontract manufacturing buyers to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities, and form new manufacturing partnerships.

Against a backdrop of profound uncertainty and change within the engineering and manufacturing industries, Subcon 2019 will show how the industry continues to innovate and deliver maximum value, with three events in one venue.

For 2019, Subcon has unveiled the Subcon Launchpad and Launchpad Awards to showcase cutting-edge innovations from across the industry.  The Launchpad aims to propel manufacturing and engineering-based start-ups by giving them an opportunity to share their innovations with thousands of professionals with the power to guide them to success.  The showcase and awards will deliver an unrivalled platform for eight engineering start-ups and a £10,000 prize package to the winner.

For further details on the Subcon Launchpad or to submit an entry, please see

But Subcon has not forgotten its heritage.  As with every previous year, Subcon will deliver the contacts, connections and content that engineering and manufacturing businesses in the UK need to succeed.  Visitors will be able to harness new innovations from over 300 world class suppliers to help increase capacity, optimise productivity and improve flexibility while driving down costs to stay competitive in a global market.

There will be huge opportunities to forge strategic partnerships and improve existing processes, alongside the chance to discover the industry superstars of tomorrow in the brand-new Launchpad and meet the entrepreneurs powering the future of UK engineering and manufacturing.

Maximising the value of the event, Subcon is once again co-locating with The Engineer Expo and Advanced Manufacturing Show.

The Engineer Expo delivers the innovation, inspiration and insight businesses need to optimise future engineering and manufacturing strategies.  From an exhibition of next generation design and technology solutions from the UK’s most ground-breaking suppliers, to an unrivalled conference programme featuring industry leaders responsible for some of the UK’s most inspiring engineering and manufacturing projects, The Engineer Expo will keep visitors abreast of the biggest issues around, from Brexit and Industry 4.0 to the challenges of diversity and skills.

The Advanced Manufacturing Show will showcase live demos and the latest efficiency-boosting innovations from hundreds of world class suppliers.  This is an unparalleled opportunity to review outsourcing and procurement decisions and bring tools and technology up to speed, to reduce costs, cut lead times and increase productivity to stay competitive in a global market.

Throughout one venue and across three focused industry events, Subcon is still the UK’s leading subcontract manufacturing supply chain show. For visitors looking to harness innovation, forge new partnerships and shape their future manufacturing strategies to realise business success sooner, Subcon remains the place to be!



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