If you’re at the NEC for Manufacturing Week, don’t forget there are six other shows running at the same time on the same site. Four of these are trade shows, the biggest being the CIM ’99 Computers in Manufacturing Show.
Situated in Halls 6 and 20, the CIM ’99 show incorporates four other specialist IT exhibitions grouped around industry disciplines which, like a set of Russian dolls, have their own shows-within-a-show.
Design Technologies, for example, is part of CIM ’99, but in turn incorporates two further mini-shows: computer aided manufacturing (CAM ’99) and product data management (PDM ’99). Also under the CIM ’99 umbrella are Control Systems Integration, Networks in Manufacturing and Process IT.
Meanwhile, the CIM ’99 show will also host hundreds of suppliers of products and services for manufacturing management systems, along with a packed seminar programme and an array of industry sector groupings and exhibitors.
Next door in Hall 7 is Tooling ’99, which features 250 exhibitors and a free seminar programme.
Adjoining this in Hall 8 is Pre-owned Production Equipment ’99. Exhibitors here are merchants and dealers, and you can buy machine tools straight off the stand.
Inspex, the biennial show for inspection, metrology and testing equipment is in Hall 9, just across the hallway. And if you thought a testing and measurement show might be a bit on the quiet side, you’d be wrong. The show organisers tell us that a brass band will be playing on the first day.
If by Friday you have had your fill of industry, there are two public shows to choose from. Starting on Friday, 27 October in Hall 1 is Photo Action, an exhibition for photograpers from beginners to serious amateurs. Over 50 clubs and societies will join the leading manufacturers of photographic and video equipment and accessories.
Meanwhile, Our House, Carlton TV’s Ideal Home Show in Halls 3 and 3a, has 250 exhibitors with everything for the house and garden. It includes a full-sized four-bedroom show house in the exhibition hall itself, plus a replica Carlton TV studio, where budding newsreaders can try their hand at reading the local weather forecast in realistic studio conditions.
THE COMPLETE NEC LINE-UP
Design Engineering Show, Halls 18 & 19
Automation, Production and Maintenance Equipment, Hall 17
Vehicle Engineering and Design, Halls 18 &19
26-28 October (9.30-5), free admission for registered visitors
CIM ’99: Halls 6 & 20, 26-28 October (9.30-5), free admission for registered visitors
PPE Hall 8, 26-28 October (9.30-5), free admission for registered visitors
Tooling: Halls 7, 26-28 October (9.30-5), free admission for registered visitors
Inspex: Hall 9, 26-28 October (9.30-5), free admission for registered visitors
Photo Action: Hall 1, 29-31 October (10-5) adults £7, concessions £5, NEC parking £5
Our House: Halls 3 & 3a, 27-31 October (10-6), adults £8, concessions £5, NEC parking £5