Subcontracting Trade Fair - AI Driven Productivity
1–3rd Oct 2024
Tue-Wed 9am-5pm, Thu 9am-4pm
Tue-Wed 9am-5pm, Thu 9am-4pm
The 35-year-old Subcontracting Trade Fair catered the industrial public with the latest topics and the most intriguing encounters at Tampere, Finland. Celebrating its anniversary, the trade fair hosted 16,925 visitors during its three-day period. Over one thousand exhibitors from 17 countries participated the international event. The partner company 2023 was Patria. The next Subcontracting will be organised on 1–3 October 2024.
The averagely warm, successful Olympic summer of 1984 had just turned into a rainy autumn, as Rafik Neuman – the newly appointed managing director of Tampere Trade Fairs Group – talked about the need for a subcontracting trade fair with Kari Aarnio, business development advisor for the Federation of Finnish Metal, Engineering and Electrotechnical Industries MET, at the Finntec Trade Fair in Helsinki. He convinced Aarnio that there was a call for such event, and the idea remained smouldering at the back of the two industrialists’ minds.
The year had changed until Neuman was giving a talk on trade fairs at an entrepreneurs’ association, when an entrepreneur from Lempäälä stood up in the back of the room and asked: “What can you offer me?”
Subcontracting 2023 has three experts in the field as theme sponsors for the event.
The perspectives of the Globally Local theme World Domesticated, Unifying Industry and Technically Humane will be explored by Manu Skyttä Executive Vice President, Operations, Patria, Reijo Kangas, Senior Director, Partners and Business Development, Business Finland and Lari Nurmi, Business Director, Innolink Staff Oy.
From earliest times, the metalwork and machinery sector has been one of the cornerstones of industry. During the last few years, it has gained new pull and momentum from the rapid development of technology and the increased emphasis on sustainability. The number of applicants to e.g. vocational education has increased steadily during the last few years. The growing appeal of the sector is due to several factors, the combined effect of which creates exciting opportunities for businesses and for the entire society.
The availability of skilled workforce, as well as its integration with rapidly developing technologies, emerges as the biggest challenge in the research of the future of several fields, and more and more companies perceive workforce shortage as the most significant obstacle to growth now and in the future.
Every year, the Subcontracting trade fair brings together the manufacturing industry’s most significant companies and networks among which the theme of the industry’s prospects has been topical for years. This year, under the theme of “Globally local”, solutions to this problem are sought with the aid of diversifying possibilities of the international workforce. The main focus is on the need of having skilled workforce to ensure the industry thrives in Finland also in the years to come.
Finland has a very multifaceted business sector for the manufacturing of plastic products. Nearly all forms and competences of processing plastics can be found here, within more than 500 companies.
Injection moulding is still the most common and highest-demand method of manufacturing large series of precisely sized technical plastic products, as regards subcontracting. Nowadays there are approximately 2,000 injection moulding machines of varying sizes and performance levels in plastics companies in Finland. Injection moulding machines have been purchased to Finland at a pace of several dozen per year, and businesses have purchased other new manufacturing equipment at a similar or faster rate. Machines and, especially, the working tools to be installed in them are increasingly being purchased from Europe instead of Asia. Throughout, there is a rising trend in domestic content.
Subcontracting presents the metal, electronics, plastics and rubber industries, industrial ICT solutions, as well as design and consulting within these fields. In three days, Finland's leading industrial event offers visitors a unique overview of the industry's prospects and the future. Event theme of 2024 is AI Driven Productivity.News ›