Innovation, partnership and operational excellence 24 May 2019

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

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 GB£10,000 prize package to the winner.

As with every previous year, Subcon will deliver the contacts, connections and content 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.

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 groundbreaking 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.

Deputy Editor

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 814 450


Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.

Claire prides herself on keeping readers well informed and up to date with the latest industry news.