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Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016: design, build and sell more effectively

03 August 2016

Northern Manufacturing & Electronics, the North's very own industrial technology and electronics exhibition, returns to EventCity, Manchester on September 28-29.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the event is once again expected to show growth in both visitor and exhibitor numbers for 2016. 

Last year's event drew around 2,900 visitors from across the UK. Given the region’s notable supply chain strengths in the automotive, public transport and aerospace manufacturing industries, the heavy presence of visitors from these sectors comes as no surprise. The 2016 show will once again include a special RoadRailAir feature catering specifically for this group of attendees.

But Northern 2016 is very far from being focused on any one particular business sector. Rather, it is notable for the wide range of firms taking part and its resulting broad appeal to the whole engineering spectrum, from high-tech electronics to heavy fabrication. The show’s regional emphasis and easy accessibility from over the North, the Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland, allows it to very accurately represent the needs of the region it serves. For this reason, the show has rapidly become the single most important exhibition in the North for industry, engineering and manufacturing. 

The show’s continuing growth means that visitors to Northern Manufacturing 2016 can expect to meet an even wider selection of companies, ranging from regional specialist firms to major global corporations; companies such as, for example Amada, Hass Automation, igus UK,  Bystronic, Olympus, Nikon Metrology, Faro, Yamazaki Mazak and Trumpf. These are merely the tip of a mountain of industrial solutions that will provide an absorbing and productive day out to anyone involved in engineering and design.

The show follows the format of the successful Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show, which now stands as arguably the best annual engineering exhibition in the UK, supported by many hundreds of organisations, many of whom are also present at the Northern show. As at Southern, technology trails guide visitors around the show, making it easy to zero-in on specific sectors and capabilities. 

Components are one of the biggest items of interest to visitors and there is a huge variety on display at Northern 2016. Variohm Eurosensor will showcase its comprehensive range of sensors products, including the recently added Euro XPD Hall Effect Position sensor and the ETP-AM-IMC temperature sensors, aimed at motorsport and vehicle applications. The range includes position sensors, including rotary and linear sensors, cable extension transducers and inclination sensors. They are available in various contacting and non-contacting technologies, including Hall-effect, incremental and absolute encoders and laser measurement. Lemo UK will highlight its range of connectors, including its sub-miniature connectors for use in harsh environments.

On the mechanical component side, there are numerous well know names including Renishaw, Lee Spring, Kabelschleppe Metool and igus UK. Flow-Technology is a manufacturer and stockist of stainless steel and high nickel alloy components, with particular expertise in markets such as oil and gas, power, pharmaceutical and hygienic applications. The show is also a great showcase for essential items such as enclosures from Phoenix Mecano, laser engraving and traceability from Needham Coding, and barcode scanning and printing applications from Dakota Integrated Solutions.

Subcontract service providers represented include 3D design & development, software, electronic assembly, sub-contract manufacturing, tool making and production equipment. Some of the notable names include JJS Manufacturing, Datalink Electronics, Jenks & Cattell, Darian Global Sourcing, European Circuits and Orbital Fabrications to name but a few. 

A highlight of the show for many is the live machinery area, where all the big-name machinery vendors will run live demonstrations across the two-day event, providing potential customers the ability to compare and contrast the newest machining technologies side-by-side at a single event. XYZ Machine Tools will showcase its ProTrak-controlled SMX3500 bed mill, an XYZ SLX 355 lathe and the XYZ 2-OP vertical machining centre. These will be accompanied by the Siemens controlled XYZ 710 VMC and CT532 turning centre. Unison will display examples of its range of all-electric tube bending machines. Its standard range accommodates tube diameters from 16 to 180mm, with custom machines capable of bending 10in schedule pipe with a OD of 273mm are also available.

Business services also are widely featured at Northern 2016. STEGTA, the training and apprenticeships facilitator will be available to review visitor's apprenticeship and training needs. Various other specialisms will also be present, with industrial cleaning, stock control solutions, waste management, consumables, health & safety equipment, design services, manufacturing software and 3D printing being just a few examples. Anything and everything required to run an engineering enterprise more cost-effectively and efficiently, is located within a single event.

The free seminar program is also a hugely-popular feature. During a lively two-day program, presenters from both trade organisations and commercial enterprise will address a wide variety of technical and operational subjects in a series of hour-long sessions running over the two days of the event. As with the show itself, entry to the seminar sessions costs nothing, making this a first-rate chance to hear presenters discuss the most recent guidelines in manufacturing, engineering and industrial management.

Entry to Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016 is completely free to business visitors, and Event City offers 3,000 free on-site car parking spaces, with easy access by road, rail or air. 

To register online for tickets, or to find out about exhibiting at this event, simply visit or call 01784 880 890. Visitors can follow all the latest news from the show at, or on its blog page at

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