Three days of innovation, partnerships and excellence: Subcon is back for 2022!

Subcon returns on the 7- 9 June 2022 to the NEC, Birmingham.  Now in its 45th year, it remains the UK’s premier event dedicated to subcontract manufacturing buyers, enabling them to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities, and form new manufacturing partnerships. At Subcon, find everything from product design, prototyping and development, contract and subcontract products and services through to machine tools, systems and equipment.

This June, Subcon will once again be collocated with The Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show, bringing together even more of the best suppliers, latest innovations and practical advice.

The Engineer Expo is the dedicated event for the advanced engineering community that drives manufacturing and design solutions. Curated by The Engineer, the show provides a unique platform for engineers to source the latest advanced engineering technology, products and services, enabling them to optimise production and process throughout the manufacturing cycle.

After the success in 2021, the very popular Manufacturing Management Show (MMS) is also back this year. From the team behind the industry leading Manufacturing Management magazine, MMS brings together everything manufacturers need to know about running a successful manufacturing site under one roof – from maintenance, materials handling, sustainability, skills, IT and health & safety.

World-class solution providers: The exhibition

Across the three show days the exhibition will deliver the contacts, connections and content that engineering and manufacturing businesses in the UK need to succeed.  Visitors will be able to harness new innovations from over 200 world class suppliers to help increase capacity, optimise productivity and improve flexibility, whilst also driving down costs to stay competitive in a global market.

Subcon exhibitors span a massive range of manufacturing and engineering businesses, including assembly work, CNC machining, metal fabrication, 3D printing and many more.  As this diversity of exhibitors shows, there will be huge opportunities to forge strategic partnerships and improve existing processes.

Exhibitors include:

DVR Ltd:
DVR Ltd. is a leading Sub Contract Electronics Manufacturing Company (CEM) in the United Kingdom servicing all sectors of the electronics market.

With advanced technology systems and a committed, professional team, DVR Ltd. pride themselves  on giving a full ‘end-to-end’ solution that exceeds their clients’ expectations. They have also introduced SAS Ltd, their rapid PCBA prototyping service to thier portfolio.

Flexible Machining Systems Ltd:
Based in West Sussex, Flexible Machining Systems has been supplying multiple industrial sectors. They meet the highest standards for all the components and systems they produce (AS9100D and BS EN ISO 9001 certifications) FMS premises to house the operations of their sister company Horsham Sheet Metal, which is being fully integrated into FMS.

Goodman Metal Works:
Goodman Metalworks are a full-service metal fabrications solution provider. With clients in Aerospace, Recycling, Sub-sea and Quarrying they are well placed to serve your needs no matter how complex.

JKN Oil Tools:
JKN Oiltools Ltd is a Precision Engineering Company based in West Yorkshire producing high quality Sub Contract Machined Parts and Fabrications to the Customer Specifications and on time delivery. JKN Oil Tools Ltd supplies components and fabrications to a large range of customers including major pump manufacturers, valve companies, food machine manufacturers and a wide range of smaller sectors.

Oldham Engineering:
Oldham Engineering Limited are an established sub contract medium to heavy engineering business. Their services include precision cnc machining, fabrication, welding, robotic welding, mechanical assembly, equipment refurbishment, turn key projects and project management. They have the ability to batch manufacture and also manufacture bespoke smaller quantities and “one” off’s.

Shaping the future: Free conference sessions

Visitors can also enjoy over 30 hours of free conference sessions lead by industry experts discussing the key issues and trends that are driving innovation and shaping the UK’s industrial landscape in 2022: from the latest developments in key technology areas such as hydrogen mobility, electrification, and nuclear fusion to keynote insights on automation, finance and engineering skills.

Speakers confirmed this year include:

  • Dave Short – Technology Director, BAE Systems: Innovation in the defence sector
  • Ian Whiting – Commercial Director, UK Battery Industrialisation Centre: Scaling up UK electric vehicle battery manufacture
  • Tony Langtry – Head of Mechanical Engineering, Tokamak Energy: The engineering challenges of nuclear of fusion
  • Hugo Spowers – Founder, Riversimple: Transforming mobility with hydrogen
  • Professor Ric Allot – Director of Business Development, STFC: Industrial
    applications of Big Science.
  • Professor Chris Tuck – University of Nottingham: Insight from the cutting edge of the UK additive manufacturing research community.
  • Nick Hawker, CEO and co-founder, First Light Fusion on the commercial application of nuclear fusion
  • Martin Little, commercial director, Rail Alliance on the overlooked opportunities within rail


Jason Dante, event director for Subcon, points out that this wide range of opportunity and the chance to see so many diverse companies is no accident: “With Brexit, Covid-19 and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, we are even more aware than ever of the pressures on UK engineering and manufacturing businesses, so we have crammed as much value into the event as we can. This year, alongside the Engineer Expo and Manufacturing Management Show theatre, we also have a brand new supply chain theatre that will bring together an expert line-up of speakers to talk about the biggest challenges and opportunities for the sector.

We also once again have ensured there will be ample networking opportunities available at the show, including the VIP buyers lounge, sponsored by Qimtek.

Plus, there will even be a couple of extra surprises in celebration of the Jubilee !We are incredibly excited to include so much new material and look forward to opening the doors at the NEC.”