Subcon, The Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show - 14-16 September 2021 | NEC, Birmingham
This year, Subcon will be co-located with The Engineer Expo and new for 2021, the very popular Manufacturing Management Show. Join the manufacturing community from the 14-16 September at the NEC, as we reunite in person for the first time in two years!
All visitors will gain FREE access to three days of inspiring conference sessions and an engaging exhibition of over 200 suppliers.
Some of the industry's biggest suppliers will be exhibiting their products and services as part of an engaging and informative trade show. Attend Subcon to benchmark new and existing suppliers and develop new manufacturing partnerships.
Make UK CEO Stephen Phipson CBE will present a state of the industry address at Subcon this September, one of many highlights of this year's conference programme that also includes sessions on sustainability, e-vehicles, additive manufacturing, industrialising innovation, managing the cost of supply chain disruption and the skills gap, delivered by some of the UK's leading manufacturers and engineers and its most innovative disruptors.
The 2021 Subcon conference is a three-day, two-theatre, 20-session programme showcasing cutting edge innovation and best practice from the worlds of engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management. It is free to attend for all Subcon visitors and the agenda can be viewed online at
Some of the sessions on The Engineer Expo Theatre are:
- PrintCity story: how industry and academia are collaborating to bridge the digital skills gap, fuelling innovation in engineering and manufacturing
- Managing the cost of supply chain disruption – globalisation, decarbonisation and innovation
- Advancing to Industry 4.0: the 5G factory of the future
- Additive manufacturing - moving beyond geometry for the printing of functional, multi-material product
Over in the Manufacturing Management Theatre, sessions include:
- Normal to excellence: the simple 10 steps to achieve greatness
- The UK's place on the road to future mobility
- Understanding the materials as a service market
- Cyber security in manufacturing
Two huge themes weaving their way through both conference theatres are sustainability and the skills gap, particularly in relation to the importance of attracting and retaining young people into the sector.
- Made in Britain CEO John Pearce will revel in how and why UK manufacturing growth is at a 30-year high and how future procurement will be inextricably linked to sustainability.
- MAGWAY co-founder Phil Davies will introduce the audience to the company's zero-emissions, low-footprint, high-capacity delivery system.
- AEM CEO Dr James Widmer will talk about his company's mission to create the world's most sustainable electric powertrain.
Made in Britain CEO John Pearce: "I think there's an awful lot of optimism around at the moment, despite all the difficult times we're going through. Made in Britain is part of that relentless optimism about the future of British manufacturing and making things closer to where they're actually needed rather than from the other side of the earth, which is challenging for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is the carbon footprint of products coming in from thousands of miles away.
"My goal [at Subcon] is to tell the story of Made in Britain. There is a fabulous, strong, interesting and meaningful story of manufacturing in Britain under the Made in Britain mark. What is the UK economy without British manufacturing? These are essential things we're making – components, machinery and products - that are essential to human existence and the human experience."
NMITE associate professor Dr Nadia Kourra and Markforged's Mike Goodwin both look at how to attract the next generation of engineers into the sector and how the link between industry and academia can help to bridge the digital skills gap and increase productivity.
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Speakers: Andrew Jones, 3D Printing Partner Business Manager UK, HP, Andy Sandford, Editor and Publisher, Engineering Capacity, Barry Jones, Digital Technology Specialist, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, Bernhard Schaffrik, Principal Analyst, Forrester, Billy Kingsbury, COO, thyssenkrupp Materials UK, Chris Haydon, Social Media Manager, FINALLY Agency, Christelle Barnes, UK Country Manager, SolarEdge Technologies, Craig Humphrey, Managing Director, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, Darren Prichard, Director, Foundry Training Services Limited, Dominic Tribe, Director, Vendigital, Dr Nadia Kourra, Associate Professor, NMITE, Dr P A Murrell, CEO, Cast Metals Federation, James Widmer, CEO, Advanced Electric Machines, John Pearce, CEO, Made in Britain, Kevin Brundish, CEO, AMTE Power, Mark Pinches, Head of coaching, Westfield Health, Micheal Goodwin, Application engineer, Markforged, Mike John, Founder and Technical Director, The Sempre Group Ltd, Nasar Jockey, Principal Engineer – Digital Manufacturing, WMG SME Group, Oliver Swift, Manufacturing Technology team leader, BAE Systems, Paul Bell, Managing Director, Manufacturing Excellence, Paul Sullivan, Industrial Digital Technology Specialist, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, Peter Bruch, Managing Director, AE Aerospace, Phill Davies, Co-founder / Commercial Director, MAGWAY, Prof Richard Hague, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, Director, Centre for Additive Manufacturing, University of Nottingham / Added Scientific Ltd, Riccardo Weber, Manufacturing Project Manager, WM5G, Richard Halstead, Manufacturing Growth Manager – Sheffield City Region, Manufacturing Growth Programme – Part of Oxford Innovation, Rob Capaldi, Market Head – Industrialisation, Ricardo, Rob Dando, Co-Founder, FINALLY Agency, Ryan Diver, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group and Factory 2050, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre - The University of Sheffield, Sandii Smith, Sourcing Manager, Qimtek, Sean Sutton, Partner, Cyber Security, PwC UK, Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive, Make UK, Theo Saville, CEO, CloudNC, Troy Barratt, Managing Director, BAMUK Group Ltd and Contracts Engineering Ltd, Vishal Nayar, Business Development Manager, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC), Will Maden, Director of Research, Miralis