Manufacturing (Visitor)

Manufacturing (Visitor)


The Manufacturing Hub aims to support manufacturers looking to break into the global Defence & Security sector as well as those wanting to strengthen their existing relationships. Prime contractors rely on keeping up to date with the latest skills and technology to deliver complex manufacturing programmes, and the Manufacturing Hub facilitates this by showcasing the latest breakthrough products and technologies.

With strategic partnerships with MAKE UK Defence and MTC, the Manufacturing Hub will support and engage with the UK's defence manufacturers and wider defence supply chain. 



  • “[The Manufacturing Hub] was ideal for a first time exhibitor. The location is nice because of the hospitality and space around it and helpful because it is right beside the supply chain lounge. We will definitely consider coming back”
    David Hobbs
    Managing Director, Elite EMC Ltd.
  • “It is perfect for an introduction and having access to the supply chain lounge has allowed us to make good contacts”
    Matthew Jordan
    Business Development Manager, Heico Fasteners UK Ltd.
  • "Platforms such as DSEI are vital to building a broad coalition of stakeholders to help Defence integrate and modernise in the coming years"
    General Sir Patrick Sanders
    Commander Strategic Command


Frequently Asked Questions

What schemes does the Manufacturing Hub have for SMEs and first time exhibitors at DSEI?

SMEs exhibiting at the DSEI Manufacturing Hub for the first time can purchase discounted pods through the Springboard Scheme, designed to help companies that are new to the industry to present their innovative solutions to the Defence & Security sector. Our team will support you by providing direct access to vendors who can assist you with any import and export licensing, audio-visual equipment, catering and more. Speak to our sales team to discuss this further:


What products and services will I find at the Manufacturing Hub?

The Manufacturing Hub exhibitors bring cutting-edge innovations to DSEI, with a particular focus on:

  • CAD/CAM Software
  • Electronic Components
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Turning, Milling and Machining
  • Ceramics
  • Hybrid Manufacturers
  • Consultancy Services
  • Connectors and Cables
  • Electronics
  • Composites
  • High Precision Press & Mould Tool Components
  • Robotics
  • Blockchain
  • Machine Learning
  • CNC Machining

Who attends the Manufacturing Hub?

In 2019, over 4,000 system engineers visited DSEI, with our Supply Chain Programme generating over 1,500 meetings between SMEs and Prime buyers during the show. The Manufacturing Hub attracts visitors with the most important titles including: Business Development Manager, Engineer Manager, Head of Supply Chain, Vice President and Procurement.

Supported By


ministry of defence

supported by

uk defence and security exports