Publication date: 11 March 2009
Southern Electronics 2009 defied both the British Winter and the credit crunch with the most successful show in its history. Visitors in record numbers braved the icy conditions to experience the show, the largest ever staged and arguably the most important electronics show in the UK this year.
More companies than ever took the opportunity to exhibit at the South’s landmark industrial event. Exhibition space sold out in December 2008, forcing the organisers to re-organise the floorplan and free-up more space.
As in previous years, Southern Electronics shared its Farnborough venue with the Southern Manufacturing show. A total of over 500 companies from across Europe took part this year, exhibiting an incredible variety of technologies, products and services – everything from the most sophisticated machine tools to the simplest connector.
The show’s great strength has always been that it is possible for visitors to meet suppliers from virtually every branch of industry in a single, convenient visit. With over 3,500m² of exhibition space filled, that was even more true this year.
Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show has a unique energy and atmosphere, this year given an extra edge by the enthusiasm of the many first-time visitors and exhibitors.
Times may be hard, but that seems to have done little to deter the UK’s engineers, manufacturers and industrial suppliers from their determination to seek out new opportunities and new business.
Chris Heal, sales manager of Custom Interconnect Ltd, commented, "We have been coming to the show for a number of years now and this is a particularly good one. Strange thing to say, but even when we were setting up there was a good feeling about the event, very alive somehow. There is a wide variety of exhibitors and that is always good".
Show director, Phil Valentine of European Trade & Exhibition Services (ETES) said, "The response this year has been truly remarkable. We know that things are difficult for some, but in many of the conversations I have had with people here, I’ve been struck by the degree of optimism and the strong belief in the importance of industry and manufacturing to the future prospects of the UK economy as a whole. We are delighted that the show has proved such a useful platform for so many exhibitors."
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