The Northern Manufacturing & electronics Show returns to Manchester’s EventCity on October 1st and 2nd 2014. Following last year’s tremendously successful first event, the Northern Manufacturing and Electronics show has very quickly established itself as the key event for process engineering in the North.

At 28,000 m², EventCity is the UK’s second largest exhibition venue outside  London, providing an entirely suitable setting for the tremendous variety of products and vendors on display. With industries such as Food & Beverage and PharmaBio well represented in the North, the show represents an incredibly important forum for the region’s many tier 2 and tier 3 suppliers, as well as component vendors and machinery manufacturers from further afield.

The number and diversity of vendors taking part – expected to be close to 300 this year – affords the show a broad appeal, allowing visitors to tackle a wide variety of production challenges in one visit. Within a single show, its possible to find component distributors, enclosure specialists, CEMS, test equipment manufacturers, drives & controls,  subcontractors and many more. This ability to cover a lot of ground with outstanding efficiency is one of its chief attractions. Its location near to the middle of Manchester means it is very accessible by public transport, road or air and within easy reach of a huge swathe of manufacturing enterprises all over the North, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire.

Technology trails guide visitors around the show, permitting them to make productive use of their day at the event. Specialist areas, for example the Machinery Centre, where the latest machining centres can be seen in action, make it easy for visitors to find what they want very quickly. A small selection of the products and services on show in 2014 will feature CNC Machine Tools and Machining Centres, Robotics & Automation, Sensors, Machine Safety, Electronic Components, CAD/CAM, Fasteners & Joining Technology, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Labelling & Marking, Enclosures, Metrology & Test Equipment, Motors, Drives & Controls and Handling & Storage Solutions.

A few of the larger organisations participating in 2014 include international brands like as Amada Machine Tools, Bruderer UK, Haas Automation, Bystronic and Yamazaki Mazak. They will be joined in the live demonstration Machinery Area by many other leading machinery providers such as XYZ Machine Tools and Bison. Other familiar brands include KUKA Robotics, Nikon Metrology, Faro Technologies, Renishaw and Olympus.

Bernstein returns with its comprehensive range of machine safety sensors, this year demonstrating one of its light-curtain machine safety applications. Kabelschlepp Metool will exhibit examples from its a broad range of cable supports found in machine building and automation roles, everywhere from ink-jet printer carriages to oil rigs.  Connector manufacturer LEMO will launch its most recent range of sub-miniature connectors at Northern 2014 and display specialist Pacer exhibits its enormous range of indicators for the first time.

The free seminar programme is an additional reason to attend. Within a busy two-day programme, presenters from a number of prominent organisations discuss a wide range of technical and operational topics in a series of hour-long sessions over both days of the show.

The schedule opens with “Three Simple Steps to Improve Your Manufacturing Performance” Samir Shah, Lead Consultant with OptimumFX will present a effective technique for delivering lasting improvement in a Lean manufacturing setting. In “The Shape of Things to Come” Alistair Williamson from Lucid Innovation considers the techniques used to design right now what consumers will be looking for tomorrow. Peter Evans from the CE Marking Association looks at “CE Marking 2014 and Beyond”. In “Lean Concepts and the Practical Applications of Waste Elimination” Tim Scurlock, from Automotive Lean Consulting considers the roots of Lean and how it can be implemented with illustrations from the Automotive and Service sectors.  The final session, “Moving from Inspect and Reject to Predict and Prevent using Real Time Analytics” with Jim Petrusich from NWA Software demonstrates the best practices for using real-time analysis to improve productivity, with examples from Dow Chemical.

Admission to Northern Manufacturing and Electronics 2014 is entirely free of charge to business visitors, and EventCity has 3000 free on-site car parking spaces, with hassle-free access by road, rail or air. To register online for free entry just visit or call 01784 880 890. Visitors can follow all the latest information from the show at, or on its blog page at