Southern Manufacturing’s free seminar programme delivers practical help for industrial business

The Southern Manufacturing show (February 11th-12th 2009, FIVE, Farnborough) has announced its free seminar programme. As the most important annual industrial event in the South of England, the show provides the ideal setting for the busy two-day programme of highly-topical sessions that will be of real interest to anyone involved in manufacturing or engineering sub-contracting.

Now virtually an institution in its own right, the Southern Manufacturing Show free seminar programme is a fantastic opportunity for visitors and exhibitors alike to take part in a wide-ranging programme of presentations, each delivered by experts in their respective fields. No other show offers free access to such high-calibre technical and commercial expertise, and is one reason why the Southern Manufacturing Show enjoys such strong support from engineering and industrial businesses across the region.

This year’s seminar programme combines practical advice for businesses in these uncertain times with insights into new trends and ideas that may help engineering enterprises stave-off the worst effects of recession.

Clive Lewis will present a presentation entitled "Marketing in a Downturn". During recession, customers are more likely to switch suppliers to seek better value; this session will explain how effective marketing can help you win this new business. Richard Teal from The Manufacturing Advisory Service-South East (MAS-SE) will present a session on "Designing Demand" – how your organisation can become more innovative, more competitive and more profitable through exploiting design opportunities. "Carbon Footprinting, Eco-Design and Environmental Legislation", delivered by the MAS-SE and Rob Holdway, gives a practical overview on the competitive advantages delivered by reducing the supply chain costs and environmental impact of manufacturing enterprise.

John Grieves of Continuous Improvement Services will host a session entitled "Continuous Improvement – How it can impact your company" where visitors can learn about the skills needed to support change and improvement and how the multi-national approach can be transposed effectively into an SME environment. The MAS-SE will present several sessions on Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma; explaining how the ideologies employed by some of the world’s biggest manufacturers can also deliver real benefits for smaller organisations. Other sessions for the 2009 event will include reviews of the current CE Marking legislation, a look at Rapid Manufacturing technologies and some practical advice on becoming a supplier to the automotive and aerospace industries.

As in previous years, Southern Manufacturing 2009 will run alongside its sibling events, Southern Electronics, and Auto Aero 2009 – the specialist aerospace and automotive engineering event, now in its second year. All of the regular features of the Southern Manufacturing show will return in 2009, including technology trails that allow visitors to make the most efficient use of their time at the show and specialist areas such as the Machinery Centre, where the latest machines can be seen in action.

The seminars are open to all visitors and exhibitors at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2009. Places are limited and demand is expected to be exceptionally high, so pre-booking is essential. Visitor pre-registration for the event and seminars, together with full event information, is available online at

Entry to the show itself is completely free to business visitors, and FIVE Farnborough offers plentiful free car parking, superb access by road, rail or air, and an excellent selection of local hotels and restaurants to make your visit as enjoyable as it is productive. To register online for tickets, or to find out about exhibiting at this unique event, simply visit


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