Subcon, a subcontract manufacturing supply chain show recently sold to as part of Centaur’s engineering portfolio to Mark Allen Group, held its 43rd edition at the NEC on 4-6 June.
The show welcomed more than 4,100 visitors, a 16 per cent increase year-on-year, and booked in more than 100 exhibitors for the 2020 event.
New features at the 2019 event included the Subcon launchpad and awards, a start-up incubator designed to propel six embryonic businesses into the limelight. The winner of the very first Launchpad Award – winning a full sized-stand at next year’s event – was Elements Technology.
Subcon also helped to celebrate the centenary of the Women’s Engineering Society with conference sessions dedicated to women in engineering. CEO Elizabeth Donnelly spoke at the event and was also interviewed live by BBC Radio on the final morning of the event about the association’s target for 30 per cent of engineers to be women.
The Engineer Conference provided over 30 free educational sessions, covering a wide range of topics including AI, robotics, nuclear fusion, hybrid aircraft and digitalisation, and with speakers including Ian Warhurst, the Bloodhound Landspeed Record Project CEO, Siemens Digital Industries, Make UK and MTC.
Under new ownership at Mark Allen Group, Subcon will return alongside The Engineer Expo to the NEC Birmingham in 2020 from 9-11 June.