Three days of innovation, partnerships and excellence: Subcon is back for 2022

Sponsored by Inenco, Omnidex and Qimtek, the Subcon show returns to the NEC Birmingham from June 7-9, 2022.

Now in her 45’sand year it remains the UK’s premier event dedicated to contract manufacturing buyers, enabling them to find suppliers, compare capabilities and form new manufacturing partnerships. At Subcon, visitors can find everything from product design, prototyping and development, contract and outsourced products and services to machine tools, systems and equipment.

In June, Subcon will once again be co-located with The Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show, bringing together even more of the best suppliers, the latest innovations and practical advice.

The Engineer Expo is the event dedicated to the advanced engineering community driving manufacturing and design solutions. Organized by The Engineer, the show provides a platform for engineers to source the latest technologies, products and advanced engineering services, enabling them to optimize production and processes throughout the manufacturing cycle.

After the success of 2021, the popular Manufacturing Management Show (MMS) is also back this year. Created by the team behind Manufacturing Management magazine, MMS brings together under one roof everything manufacturers need to know to run a successful manufacturing site: maintenance, material handling, sustainability, skills, IT, health and safety.

World-Class Solution Providers

Over the three days of the show, the exhibition will provide the contacts, connections and content that UK engineering and manufacturing businesses need to succeed. Visitors will be able to harness new innovations from more than 200 world-class suppliers to help increase capacity, optimize productivity and improve flexibility, while reducing costs to stay competitive in a global market.

Subcon exhibitors cover a wide range of manufacturing and engineering businesses, including assembly work, CNC machining, metal fabrication, 3D printing and more. As this diversity of exhibitors shows, there will be tremendous opportunities to forge strategic partnerships and improve existing processes.

Exhibitor Highlights


DVR is one of the UK’s leading contract electronics manufacturing (CEM) companies, serving all sectors of the electronics market.

With state-of-the-art technology systems and a professional and committed team, DVR prides itself on providing a complete “end-to-end” solution that exceeds customer expectations. The company has also introduced SAS Ltd, a PCBA rapid prototyping service to its portfolio.

Flexible machining systems

Based in West Sussex, Flexible Machining Systems (FMS) supplies many industrial sectors. It meets the highest standards for all the components and systems they produce (AS9100D and BS EN ISO 9001 certifications). The FMS premises also house the operations of sister company Horsham Sheet Metal, which is being fully integrated.

Goodman metal work

Goodman Metalworks is a full-service metal fabrication solutions provider. With customers in aerospace, recycling, submarine and quarrying, the company is well placed to serve the needs of a broad customer base.

JKN Oil Tools

JKN Oil Tools is a West Yorkshire based precision engineering company producing high quality machined components and contract fabricated parts. The business supplies components and fabrications to a wide range of customers including large pump manufacturers, valve manufacturers, food machinery manufacturers and a wide range of smaller industries.

Oldham Engineering

Oldham Engineering is an established medium to heavy contract engineering company with services spanning precision CNC machining, fabrication, welding, robotic welding, mechanical assembly, equipment refurbishment, turnkey projects and project management. Oldham has the capacity to produce prototypes, unique pieces and also larger batches.

Shaping the Future: Free Conference Sessions

Visitors can also enjoy over 30 hours of free conference sessions led by industry experts discussing the key issues and trends driving innovation and shaping the UK’s industrial landscape in 2022 – from the latest developments in from key technology areas such as hydrogen mobility, electrification and nuclear fusion to key presentations on automation, finance and engineering skills.

Speakers confirmed this year

  • Dave Short, Chief Technology Officer, BAE Systems: “Innovation in Defense”
  • Ian Whiting, Commercial Director, UK Battery Industrialization Centre: “Developing EV battery manufacturing in the UK”
  • Tony Langtry, Head of Mechanical Engineering, Tokamak Energy: “The Technical Challenges of Nuclear Fusion”
  • Hugo Spowers, founder, Riversimple: “Transforming mobility with hydrogen”
  • Professor Ric Allot, Business Development Manager, STFC: ‘Industrial Applications of Big Science’
  • Professor Chris Tuck, University of Nottingham: “Insight into the cutting edge of the additive manufacturing research community in the UK”
  • Nick Hawker, CEO and Co-Founder, First Light Fusion: “The Business Application of Nuclear Fusion”
  • Martin Little, Commercial Director, Rail Alliance: “The overlooked opportunities in rail”

Jason Dante, Event Manager for Subcon, points out that this wide range of opportunities and the chance to see so many diverse companies is no accident: “We cram as much value into the event as possible. This year, in addition to the Engineer Expo Theater and Manufacturing Management Show, we also have a brand new Supply Chain Theater which will bring together a range of expert experts to talk about the biggest challenges and opportunities in the sector.

“We have also ensured once again that there will be many networking opportunities available at the show, including the VIP Buyers’ Show, sponsored by Qimtek. Plus, there will even be a few extra surprises to celebrate the Jubilee. We’re incredibly excited to include so much new material and can’t wait to open the doors to the NEC.

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