Subcon Show at the NEC
ICME was out in force at the recent Subcon Show at the NEC. Despite the difficult trading conditions at present ICME were pleased with the show, taking more than 80 enquiries from visitors, many of whom were looking for help with identifying castings suppliers. “I was pleased that we were able to give out a number of Foundry Yearbooks to visitors looking to source castings in the UK as well as being able to distribute copies of our free occasional magazine, the Castings Buyer, to engineers and purchasers of castings”, said Dr Pam Murrell, Operations Director at ICME.
Patrick Helly agrees, “It is so important that we promote the use of castings and I am pleased that ICME is here helping to support the industry and give advice to those wishing to purchase castings”.
The show saw one of its strongest line-ups ever for the event with over 280 exhibitors from around the world, including a particularly strong representation from the UK. There were also a number of national pavilions for the first time, including Denmark, Spain, Czech Republic as well as India and China.
Event Director Jon Hughes said: “The reasons for the success of Subcon 2009 are clear. Companies are changing the way they look at what to make themselves and what to buy in. Particularly in times like this when there is a lot of uncertainty in the market, people are turning to subcontractors to take cost and risk out of their own manufacturing operations and give them more flexibility on volumes.”
Jon Hughes concludes: “Despite the headlines, there are many areas, such as aerospace, medical equipment and energy, for example, where British companies are still thriving. To stay successful they need to tap into the skills and advanced production equipment of the world’s best subcontractors – a visit to Subcon allows them to do just that.”
The free seminar presentation that Pam gave whilst at the show, on Good Practice in Sourcing and Trends in the Global Industry, was well received and will be available to download from both the ICME and Subcon websites.
Photo shows Patrick Helly, NewPro Foundries and current SVP of ICME and and Tom Bruce from Alucast helping out on the ICME stand.