Northern Manufacturing & Electronics returns for fifth year

Author : Phil Valentine, Managing Director of Show Organiser, European Trade & Exhibition Services

02 August 2017

This piece discusses how the show, situated at the centre of one of the UK’s key regions for manufacturing and engineering, provides an ideal forum for design engineers, suppliers and specifiers from a wide spectrum of engineering enterprise.

The North West has the second largest economic output after London and the South East, with manufacturing contributing a greater percentage than any other region in the UK. Manufacturing as a whole employs nearly one-in-ten residents in Greater Manchester, with around 54,000 people working in advanced manufacturing, which generates £3.9 billion annually.

Key companies include NXP, Siemens and Holroyd. Aerospace and automotive engineering are also vital industries, supporting many tens of thousands of jobs, and hundreds of SMEs within the supply chain. The North West’s aerospace business alone generates £8 billion in turnover and directly employs over 25,000 highly skilled workers. The industry is forecast to grow by 4.4% per annum over the next 20 years, with the manufacture of over 35,000 new aircraft worth over $5.3 trillion.

Against such a backdrop, it’s little wonder that the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics show has quickly established a reputation as the region’s principal annual engineering event, attracting around 3,000 visitors annually from a wide variety of industries. In 2016, nearly 40% of visitors came in search of electronic components, and nearly a third were looking for contract electronics manufacturers (CEMs).

As in previous years, visitors to Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 will find much to interest them, with a single visit enabling contact with not just electronics components suppliers and CEMs, but an entire manufacturing ecosystem covering virtually every aspect of electronics design, production and test.

Component suppliers returning for 2017 include: Lemo UK, with its comprehensive range of connectors; CIE Connectivity, offering a complete ‘design-to-delivery’ solution for every imaginable type of commercial cable, moulding or loom, for both manufacturing and installation applications (supplied to many of the UK’s leading electronics and AV developers, integrators and resellers); and Fischer Connectors, showcasing its high performance, push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, many of which are designed for harsh environments and demanding applications.

Specialist component exhibitors include magnetic components specialist, MagDev, and pressure sensor specialist, ESI Technology. Established over 30 years ago, the firm introduced Silicon-on-Sapphire sensor technology to the industry, and today provides a wide variety of solutions for applications in oil & gas, subsea, aerospace, defence, hydraulics, depth/level, hazardous area, automotive, process & industrial, test calibration and OEM markets.

Contract electronics manufacturing services on show include assembly specialists, LCL Electronics, and multi-discipline service provider, Trojan Electronics. First-time exhibitor, Electrica, is a BS EN ISO9001:2015 registered company offering electronic design, development and manufacturing services from its 12,500 square feet premises in Cheshire.

In-house design is backed by surface mount production lines, as well as through-hole and box-build capabilities, complemented by sophisticated test and inspection equipment. Regular exhibitor, Datalink, specialises in solutions for the oil and gas, process control and medical device industries, where safety and reliability are of paramount importance.

The firm is ISO9001 and ISO13485 accredited, and is experienced with developing products for explosive atmospheres, where ATEX and IECEx standards apply. The company manufactures a range of ATEX/IECEx-compliant products, including ones designed for pipeline inspection and assessment, intrinsically-safe high-speed data transmission and process plant monitoring.

Electronics production hardware to be found at Northern 2017 includes soldering, de-soldering and rework stations from PACE Europe; cable preparation and surface mount production from Turner Electronics; and modular test and simulation systems from Pickering Interfaces.

Another popular feature of the show is its comprehensive free technical seminar programme, offering visitors a welcome break from pounding the aisles and the opportunity to learn from industry experts about the latest innovations in manufacturing and electronics.

Topics include manufacturing best practices, IoT, 3D printing and CE marking. The full seminar programme can be viewed at, together with the all-important registration form.

Entry to Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017 (and on-site parking) is free, with easy access by road. EventCity is very accessible by public transport from central Manchester. To register online for free tickets, simply visit From here, visitors can also follow all the latest news from the show – as well as via LinkedIn or its blog page at

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