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Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere 

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere 

Subcontracting Trade Fair is a networking opportunity like no other

The international trade fair for industrial subcontracting brings leading companies and decision-makers in the country together on 25–27 September 2018 in Tampere. More than 1000 exhibitors at the Subcontracting Trade Fair offer comprehensive insight into the respected Finnish industrial know-how, as well as excellent networking opportunities for companies in the industry. Startup companies will present their innovations and technology solutions for the needs of the industry at AlihankintaHEAT. The theme for Alihankinta 2018 is productivity, which is reflected in the programme.

The Story: “What can you offer me?”

The aptly named Alihankinta, Subcontracting Trade Fair, is the largest industrial sector event in the Nordic countries, which has been held in Tampere since 1988. Subcontracting is in itself a brand, and the event gathers about 1,000 exhibitors from approximately 20 countries, and almost 20,000 industry professional and expert guests to Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre.

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere

The spark for an event in the subcontracting sector was lit when in 1985, an entrepreneur from Lempäälä asked managing director of the trade fair Rafik Neuman that one important question: “What can you offer me?”. A success story may only require that one person poses the right question to the right people at the right time and in the right place. Demand creates supply, and this has also happened with the Subcontracting Trade Fair.

This subcontracting industry event has been vital, vibrant and successful from its early moments on, and it has grown to the most important industry event in Finland, and to one of the most important international events in the industry. Subcontracting is strongly developing and becoming more international, and a vision is to be the most important subcontracting trade fair event in Northern Europe.

The three most important days of the year

The Subcontracting Trade Fair is an event where various innovations are exhibited, including products, services, production methods and processes, materials and components.

The top management can meet colleagues, learn about the industry trends, success cases and future prospects – all within one visit. Persons responsible for design and product development can come across new ideas, solutions and methods at the trade fair. Persons in purchasing role have the opportunity to meet with dozens of partners during their visit to the Subcontracting Trade Fair. Those in charge of production can increase productivity with partner companies and new products and services.

The main theme this year is productivity

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere

Photo: Laura Vanzo / Visit Tampere

The main theme of the celebratory year is productivity. Subcontractors of the manufacturing industry have ensured their competitiveness and their competitive edge by continuously developing productivity and with investments. This trend is not going to change in the future, which makes productivity an apt theme.

The partner company for Alihankinta 2018 is Pemamek Ltd., a global welding and production automation provider. The company is specialized in designing and manufacturing automated systems, as well as work-piece handling equipment. Partner companies for previous Alihankinta trade fairs have been Ponsse (2014), Normet (2015), and Sandvik Mining and Construction (2016), MSK Group (2017).

 #AlihankintaHEAT brings new ways of thinking and solutions for industry

Subcontracting Trade Fair is a networking opportunity like no other. During the fair AlihankintaHEAT, the networking event for industrial companies and startups, presents bold visions and new types of collaborative models, as well as future solutions and agile working methods between startups and industrial companies.The event, held for the third time, has expanded to three days and it takes place in the main entrance lobby.


Welcome to our guest! 

Tampere Trade Fairs is the second largest fair company in Finland engaged in organising targeted, high-quality trade fairs and consumer events at Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre. The programme comprises more than 30 events, of which approx. 20 are annual events. Some of the fairs are among the largest international events in their field. 

Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre (TESC) is one of the largest exhibition and sports centres in Finland. The five exhibition halls of this versatile and contemporary facility offer an excellent environment for functions and events. Welcome to our guest!

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Subcontracting Trade Fair 

  • Since 1988, 30th anniversary
  • A gathering of the entire Finnish industry
  • 20,000 industry professional
  • Showcases the entire Finnish industry and its top companies 
  • 1,000 exhibitors from 20 countries
  • 5 halls of the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre
  • Presents every year over 2,000 innovations