Southern Electronics 2016

11 December 2015

Southern Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough from February 9th and 11th 2016. The event retains its three-day format introduced last year, making it more flexible for visitors.

Southern Electronics and the co-hosted Manufacturing show are annual exhibitions for engineering enterprises across the south and west, if not the entire UK. As the event has grown, it is increasingly also attracting many European firms seeking to engage with UK manufacturing industry. 

The three-day format has made it possible for more firms to take part, allowing UK-based visitors the opportunity to meet with firms from very much further afield. At around 18,000 square metres, and hosting over 800 exhibitors, the show provides the earliest opportunity of the year to see the most up-to-date products and technologies. 

The exhibitor list represents an exceptional selection of engineering disciplines from advanced electronics to precision engineering; every kind of production hardware from machine tools to fully automated placement and inspection systems, and a vast selection of components, consumables, production aids and fixtures and fittings. 

Anyone involved with electronics design and production will find much to interest them at Southern Electronics 2016. Components were high on the shopping list for nearly half of all visitors in 2015, and their needs are well catered for by a broad selection of suppliers, from major vendors such as RS Components and Easby Electronics to more specialist firms offering niche products. 

Gateway Electronic Components will introduce a new range of Siretta antennae, signal analysers and industrial modems to its portfolio. The antenna range focuses on the 100Mhz to 5.8Ghz range, covering the bandwidth requirements for ISM, UHF, VHF, GSM/GPRS, 3G/UMTS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4G/LTE. A range of mounting styles ensures compatibility for different applications, including those that require ingress protection. Ashlea Components is the UK distributor for Lyontek, and will showcase the Taiwanese manufacturer’s range of audio devices and high speed SRAMS amongst other semiconductors and passive components. 

Connectors on show include new test point connectors from Cambion Electronics, designed to enable in-line testing without the removal of existing components. Coax Connectors will be highlighting its new online cable search facility enabling engineers to quickly identify suitable connection options for any kind of cable, based on impedance, dimensions and materials used. The firm offers a vast range of coaxial connectors, the newest of which include a low loss 75? BNC and a range of micro BNC connectors. Lemo will introduce its latest additions to the T-Series connector, designed to offer IP68 protection and excellent performance in harsh environments. Another well-know name, Molex, exhibits a selection from its range of interconnects and sub-assemblies, which it supplies into a diverse range of applications from consumer electronics to defence. Other notable names present include Yamaichi Electronics, launching its new Y-Circ P, high-quality locking connector, Hirose, Harting, Telegartner UK, Selwyn and ODU.

Larger sub-assemblies include a new range of PCB-mounted power supplies from Cosel Europe, designed for difficult applications such as harsh environments or compact spaces where forced air cooling could be a problem. Highlighting products from three motion providers, Delta Line will highlight brushless motors, ironless motors and encoders and intelligent motors from Fulling, Portescap and Nanotec. Products to be shown will include a full range of ironless DC motors, disc magnet, hybrid and permanent magnet stepper motors, digital linear actuators, BLDC slotted and slot-less motors, spur, planetary and custom gearbox solutions, as well as drivers for both BLDC and stepper motors. 

Those looking for PCB and CEM services will also be well served. Major PCB makers on hand include Eurocircuits, European Circuits and TWM Technology amongst others. Travelling from Lithuania, PCB Baltic will showcase its range of rigid, flex and HDI PCBs. Contract electronics manufacturing is also well covered with many providers exhibiting. DJ Assembly will be on hand to promote its new box build service, which can also include procurement. JJS Manufacturing is one of only four UK-based EMS firms with wholly-owned offshore manufacturing facilities – in its case, to be found in the Czech Republic. Custom cable manufacturers present include Intelliconnect, IS-Cabletec and Leadmaker, while firms such as Cornelius Electronics and EC Electronics provide a variety of services such as low-pressure overmoulding.

On the production and inspection side, the show has much to offer. Regular exhibitor Blundell Production Equipment returns for 2016. Connect 2 Cleanrooms will promote its latest modular pre-engineered cleanroom solutions, designed to enable versatile clean areas to be added to a production line quickly as required. Pillarhouse will launch its new desktop soldering station, the Pilot. The new system is designed for small to medium batch hand-load operations in SME enterprises where floorspace is at a premium but flexibility and return on investment are high priorities. Vision Engineering will exhibit a range of digital and optical inspection microscopes, including its very advanced Lynx EVO eye-piece less stereo microscope. The patented 3D design simplifies hand-eye co-ordination tasks and is easy to operate.

Despite all this, the electronics area of the show counts for only half of the total exhibition space, which is larger than five halls of the NEC combined. The rest is given over to an equally wide range of vendors from manufacturing industry, offering everything from sophisticated machining centres to precision engineering, surface finishes and fabrication. There’s also hundreds more component vendors providing items such as fixings, stand-offs, enclosures, specialist printing and marking solutions. 

The show features Technology Trails linking vendors involved in particular sectors to help guide visitors round the principal event areas, allowing them to make the best usage of their time throughout the exhibition. Pre-registered visitors get a free show guide that contains full details of the Trails and the exhibiting companies, making it a lot easier to navigate. A full list of exhibitors and a searchable product database can also be found online.  

The free technical seminar programme runs in two lecture theatres over the three days of the event. Visitors can see seminars covering an extensive range of business and technical topics, delivered by a line-up of expert speakers in their respective disciplines.

Highlights of the programme include Stefan Knox of Bang Creations, with his hugely popular look at Design and Simple tips to Generate Good Ideas. Nick Statham of Fasturns UK looks at the potential cost savings associated with the Automation of Flexible Manufacturing. 3D printing comes under the spotlight when Sav Jeyendran of Canon UK looks at the possibilities for this rapidly emerging technology. Robin Zhang talks about meeting the legislative requirements for exporting globally, while other sessions focus on CE Marking, EMC and Eco-Design. Pre-booking is strongly advised as popular sessions fill up quickly.

Admission to the event is free to business visitors, and FIVE Farnborough offers ample free car parking and easy access by road or public transport. To register for tickets, visit Show visitors can keep up to date with the latest event and exhibitor news by visiting the show's official blog,, by following @industry_co_uk #southmanf on Twitter or by joining the show's official group on LinkedIn at  

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