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Looking to break into the defence industry?

Mar 16, 2007

As visitors' only opportunity to visit a national electronics manufacturing exhibition on UK soil, Nepcon will see a substantially developed educational programme. Forming just one part of this programme, the DSEi seminars will provide advice to suppliers on gaining entry to the defence and aerospace markets. The DSEi seminar schedule covers four distinct areas; Why businesses should consider doing business with the defence industry, How the MoD (Ministry of Defence) aims to get SMEs into the supply chain, Compliance with defence standards, and Industry case studies highlighting the opportunities available in these areas.

"We are very pleased that DSEi has teamed up with Nepcon to put on these seminars which I am confident will be a great feature at the show," comments Nepcon Marketing Manager, Deborah Sibthorpe. "The new seminar programme will offer visitors and exhibitors insight into a different area of electronics manufacture, for which demand over the last few years has grown as businesses look for ways to diversify in this competitive climate. Due to the introduction of this new programme, we also hope that new visitors from the defence and aerospace industries will visit Nepcon to come and meet suppliers face-to-face and to gain a better understanding of the issues and pressures facing the electronics industry."

The DSEi is the world's largest fully integrated international defence exhibition. By partnering with the DSEi team, Nepcon has created a unique and dedicated seminar programme for visitors and exhibitors. The DSEi seminars are just one of the educational programmes running at Nepcon. There are also sessions by Electronics Yorkshire on legislation, the Smart Group with solutions to day-to-day problems and daily interactive round table debates.

For more information and to register to visit, go to To find out more about the DSEi seminar schedule, please see the list of guest speakers below:

  • How to be an intelligent supplier - Phil Margerison, Head of Defence Suppliers Service, Defence Procurement Agency, UK MoD
  • Making innovation count for defence and security - Keith Blackwood, Director of Technology, Defence Diversification Agency, UK MoD
  • Current defence standards and how to comply with them - Harry Mclernon, Business Development Manager, Defence Standards, UK MoD
  • Industry perspectives on the Defence Industrial Strategy - Derek Marshall, Director of Aerospace, Defence and Homeland Security, SBAC
  • The role of SMEs in defence procurement - Robin Fox, Director-Business Development, Northern Defence Industries Ltd
  • How the Defence Industrial Strategy is supporting SMEs - Ken Tait, MOD DIS Implementation Team - Supply Chain, Defence Procurement Agency, UK MoD
  • Reliability and compliance challenges and solutions - Lloyd Francis, Aerospace and Defence Manager, IGG Component Technology Ltd

For the full seminar programme and to reserve your place at what are expected to be very busy sessions go to

Nepcon is the UK's only dedicated exhibition for the electronics industry covering products and services from design to manufacture. It is an annual show and held at the NEC, Birmingham. It provides the platform for sellers to demonstrate their products and services to potential customers face-to-face. Buyers come from across the industry including production, contract manufacturing, test, design and services companies and have a unique opportunity to browse, compare and analyse equipment in a live environment all under one roof.

Nepcon brings the industry together offering the opportunity for 3000 individual professionals to participate in seminars and debates and to network. Industry experts share their expertise on process solutions, technological innovations and legislative progress in three days of seminars, helping visitors to gain valuable knowledge and solutions to business challenges.

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