Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2010 has opened for business online, giving exhibitors and visitors the chance to meet and begin negotiations a full two months before the actual event opens on February 10th and 11th.
Using the popular business networking site LinkedIn. exhibitors can post details of their products and services online, giving visitors the chance to see what’s on offer in advance of the show. Visitors looking for specific products or services can post details of their requirements into the same forum, inviting a private response from exhibitors using LinkedIn’s internal mail system. The show’s organisers, European Trade & Exhibition Services (ETES) hope that the new service will prove attractive to visitors wishing to conduct their initial research and negotiations in advance of next year’s event.
Even before the doors open, visitors and exhibitors can interact
Show director Phil Valentine says, "Time is a precious commodity in business today, so making the best use of time is vital. The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show is unique in that it’s possible to see everything from the latest CNC machines to the simplest bolt in a single visit. By extending that concept to the online business community, we’re hoping to make it even easier for visitors to find what they’re looking for."
LinkedIn is one of the most popular business sites in the world, with over 11 million users in Europe alone. Individual users can join groups within the LinkedIn service to share information with fellow professionals or to follow industry news. The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics group allows exhibitors at the show to post details of their products and services, including links back to their own company website. You can also sign up for the latest news on subcontracting by joining the Engineering Capacity LinkedIn group.
Use of the LinkedIn service is free to visitors and exhibitors. Registration takes just a couple of minutes – simply visit www.linkedIn.com .
In the real world, the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show provides a unique focus for industrial and precision engineering activity in the south of the UK. The show brings together around 500 top suppliers, between them catering for virtually every kind of industrial activity. Last year’s exhibition area covered nearly 3,500m² and attracted in excess of 5000 visitors over two days.
Along with many of Europe’s top industrial suppliers, the show hosts a unique free technical seminar programme, allowing visitors the opportunity to discover the latest developments in a wide range of business topics. 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.
Engineering Capacity: Southern Manufacturing already open for business