Southern Manufacturing & Electronics makes its long-awaited return to Farnborough from February 8th to 10th 2022.

Thousands of engineering products and services await visitors to the 20,000m² Farnborough International Exhibition Centre in Hampshire. Despite the turmoil of the last 20 months, interest in the show has bounced back remarkably quickly, with many of its regular exhibitors eager to reclaim their place at the UK’s largest annual industrial exhibition. The number and diversity of firms taking part ensures that its reputation as one of the most comprehensive engineering technology shows in the UK remains firmly intact. Participants from all across the UK, continental Europe and beyond will take part, between them offering a spectacular array of products and services, from high-tech machine tools and automation to components, design and build and all manner of subcontract and business services.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is a great place to locate components and OEM parts from an incredible range of vendors. Given the difficulties of travel at the moment, the incredible selection of components gathered under one roof is a rare opportunity to get on top of multiple procurement challenges in a very efficient manner. And its not just UK companies exhibiting either; the show also welcomes major European distributors such as Transfer Multisort Elektronik, which has a presence in 11 countries and carries over 500,000 product lines from 1,200 major brands. The product portfolio includes semiconductors, IoT equipment, optoelectronics, passive and electromechanical components, connectors plus much more. From Turkey, Ozdisan Elektronik is the region’s largest electronic component distributor. It’s $35m product portfolio spans semi-conductors, passive components and electro-mechanical parts from over 200 named brands. The firm also offers PCB production and assembly, together with a full EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Service) with 9 SMT lines offering double-side SMT and through-hole assembly capability to ISO and IATF-16949.

New products on show on the Midas Displays’ stand will include smart TFT displays with CAN bus interface, and RGB LCDs.  Secure embedded memory products will be showcased by Nexus Industrial Memory, including itsFlexxon’s X-PHY solid state drives (SSD), selected by Lenovo for use in the world’s first ‘all-in-one’ AI cybersecurity laptops. RF Solutions will be displaying additions to its range of LoRa radio modules launched back in 2019together with its latest HIRK modules, launched 2021, while Broadband Technology 2000 will showcase its recently launched GFlex RF telecom scanning receiver.  It operates at 10MHz to 8GHz and 24 to 48GHz and can collect all the mmWave and sub-8GHz data needed for drive test, walk test, and government applications in one pass.

Advanced manufacturing is well represented at the show with Laser Lines giving live demonstrations of three new additive manufacturing technologies, together with DyeMansion post processing technology to create a full end to end manufacturing solution. Bowyer Engineering Ltd will launch its in-house designed 3D printer, Orochi. The system is designed to overcome the limitations of existing 3D printers in the manufacture of components and assemblies used in applications such as on-wing inspection equipment manipulators designed to place sensors and probes in difficult to reach places.

Subcontract expertise is also much in evidence, with everything from design and contract assembly to PCB production and inspection. Electronics design and software development consultancy Ignys will be offering specialist advice on designing-around the global chip shortage. Esprit Electronics will highlight its range of services, including PCB assembly, NPI, DFT/DFM, test and inspection, conformal coating or box build. PCB specialists returning for 2022 include European Circuits and Shenzhen X-Mulong. There’s also lots to see in the area of electronics production hardware, with top-flight suppliers such as Mycronic and Blundell Production Equipment returning for 2022.

The ever-popular free seminar programme also returns for 2022 in a socially-distanced format. With UK business now operating in a very different world to that which existed during the previous show, keeping abreast of the latest legislation and management strategies has never been more important. This year, among the topics discussed, Paul Grabham looks at the impacts of post Brexit and Covid-19 on HMRC R&D Tax Credits. Tim Scurlock of Applied Lean Consulting gives some ideas on how to drive continuous improvement in your business; Graham Cooper offers tips on energy usage reduction in manufacturing and Nick Aitken and Dr Alex Martin give advice on how to handle a product safety incident. Sessions run over all three days and a full list is available on the show’s website at

Farnborough International Exhibition Centre is among Europe’s most up-to-date exhibition sites, with extensive infection control measures in place to help ensure as low-risk an environment as possible. There’s free onsite car parking for 3,500 vehicles, as well as a dedicated free bus service between Farnborough’s train stations straight to the show. The venue itself delivers a very good standard of services including a free WiFi service and on-site catering.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2022 opens from February 8th to 10th. Admission to the exhibition is free. More information and tickets are available from