Southern Electronics on the horizon

27 January 2015

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to FIVE, Farnborough from February 10th to 12th 2015.

Now a three-day event, filling the equivalent of five halls at the NEC, the show has become a force to be reckoned with.

Southern Electronics ceased to be a purely regional event some years ago. The co-location of both manufacturing and electronics exhibitors in a single venue delivers an opportunity for visitors to encounter a wide variety range of companies and technologies in just a couple of hours. 

The move to a three day event has done much to expand that sphere of influence further. 2015 sees an unprecedented number of European electronics firms taking part.

From Germany, Ruwel International is a leading PCB manufacturer, serving the automotive, renewable energy and industrial sectors. PCB Baltic is another PCB manufacturer journeying from northern Europe to take part in the show. Polish CEMS firm Assel showcases its 32 years of manufacturing experience. ERNI Electronics GmbH, headquartered in Germany, is a global supplier of connectors and EMS services, operating from bases across Europe, the Far East and the USA. Other firms from continental Europe include Selteka EMS services, NORWE GmbH, supplying plastic coil formers, AC/DC power products from Cosel Europe, connectors from ODU and motors, drives and controls from Italy’s Delta Line.

From further afield, Southern Electronics 2015 welcomes Lodestone Pacific, a manufacturer of wound component parts based in California. Canada’s MG Chemicals manufacturers chemicals used in the electronics industry. From Taiwan, Hiwin Technology Corporation producers linear motion systems, while Furukawa Electric travels from Japan to showcase its cabling range.

Yet as exciting as this influx of exotic visitors may be, Southern Electronics remains firmly grounded in the UK electronics industry, serving the needs of a large variety of firms of all sizes.  Located at the eastern-end of the rich seam of high-tech industries based along the M4, the show is within easy reach of London, the Home Counties and South Wales as well as the industrial centres by the south coast. A big plus for the event is that its relative accessibility allows visitors to incorporate a trip to the show within their normal routine - a task made a whole lot easier by the addition of an extra day. 

For those looking for components, there is an ample choice of big-name suppliers: RS Components, Mouser Electronics, Arrival Electronics, Anglia Live, Sinclair & Rush (formerly Component Force), Midas Components and more. For those seeking production automation and inspection systems, there’s Blundell Production Equipment, MYDATA Automation, Cupio/Yestech amongst others. Along with the hardware, the show is one of the primary market places in the UK for service providers such as PCB manufacture, CEM services, kitting, design and testing. Just a few of the names in attendance include Eurocircuits, Cogent Technology, Spirit Circuits, Easby Electronics, North Devon Electronics and the Eurotech Group.

Besides the exhibition and demonstration zones, the show’s free seminar programme is always a popular feature. Two programmes run concurrently over the three days, addressing manufacturing and electronics respectively, and covering topics including technical innovations such as 3D printing, business management, marketing and the most up-to-date industrial regulation. A full list of the 28 sessions on offer is accessible at, together with the pre-registration form.

Entry to Southern Manufacturing & Electronics and taking part in the technical seminars is free. Register at for your free tickets. FIVE Farnborough is readily accessible by road or public transport. On site car parking is free and a free shuttle bus services operates between the show venue, Farnborough Main and North Camp railway stations. 

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