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25 Jan 2024

Visit your manufacturing solutions show, Subcon, this June.

Visit your manufacturing solutions show, Subcon, this June.

Celebrating 47 years on the 5-6 June 2024 at the NEC, Birmingham, Subcon will showcase an expected 150+ subcontract and outsourced engineering services to a diverse audience of over 4500 senior attendees. It remains the essential event for manufacturing buyers across all industry sectors, providing a unique platform to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities, and network with industry leaders.

After launching a newly refurbished website at the end of 2023 that offers an improved online experience for both exhibitors and visitors, Subcon has recently announced a few exciting enhancements that make for two jam-packed days of innovation and celebration.


What’s new in 2024?

Manufacturing Solutions Awards – Subcon will host the inaugural “Manufacturing Solutions Show Awards", set to take place within the exhibition on Thursday, June 6th, and designed to celebrate excellence in UK manufacturing and honor outstanding engineering innovations.

Networking welcome drinks & entertainment - We're extending an invitation to all visitors, exhibitors, and speakers to attend our welcome drinks reception, taking place from 5 pm on Wednesday the 5th of June. A perfect way to unwind and network after a busy day, in a friendly, informal setting.

Same venue, new hall! - Subcon will take place in Hall 3A, making it even easier to access the events taking place across the same dates, and even closer to the main transport hubs.

Dedicated work and meeting spaces - If you need a place for face-to-face meetings, want to take time out to catchup on messages, or just grab a coffee, there will be dedicated times available in the meeting spaces.


Benefit from CPD- accredited workshops, live product demos and more!

The all-new “Learning, Innovation & Insights Programme” is a noteworthy addition to the show, designed to provide a better, more informative experience for everyone, with the introduction of new learning formats including:

Peer-to-peer roundtable discussion sessions - Join a table with your peers for focused networking and sharing of challenges, led by a subject expert. Gain practical advice, ask your questions, and share challenges and solutions with your peers.

Live product demo sessions – An easier way to learn and interact with the array of world-class products on display at the show. Get hands-on, practical demonstrations of future solutions for efficiencies, products, materials, and systems in the innovation sessions.

Drop-in advice clinics and workshops - CPD Accredited workshop sessions, led by a subject expert, with practical takeaways to progress your professional development or company strategy.

Topics in the “Learning, Innovation & Insights Programme” include:

  • Government insights for the future of manufacturing and subcontracting in the UK
  • Global and local market forecasts for materials, suppliers, and trade links
  • Cross-sector case studies in aerospace, automotive, medical, defence, and more
  • Lively debate and discussion around reshoring versus offshoring, decarbonisation, and supply chain collaboration
  • Recruitment and re-skilling advice and support
  • Industry experts sharing how and where technology and innovation will create efficiencies and alleviate resource challenges

If you’re interested in any speaking opportunities at the show, please complete our short submission form:


*new for exhibitors* the exclusive exhibitor breakfast - Fuel your success at Subcon 2024, at the exclusive Exhibitor Breakfast!  All exhibitors will be invited to an informal breakfast reception on the second morning of the exhibition. Connect with your fellow subcontract suppliers and enjoy complimentary food and refreshments.


The Subcon floorplan has had an incredible 33% expansion on 2023, this along with the high rebook rate, exciting new additions and the continued growth in visitors makes for a brilliant couple of days at the beginning of June. Stand space is still available, but it’s selling fast! If you’re interested in exhibiting at the show, contact sales manager Ben Watkins at


Alternatively, if you’re looking to visit the show, registration will open in mid-February.  To be the first to know when registration opens you can register interest here:



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