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MACH 2014 early registrations to attend are 22% up on 2012

MACH 2014 early registrations to attend are 22% up on 2012

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 22 January 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Manufacturing Technologies in the UK as MACH 2014, the key industry bellwether, is set to deliver a great return for the industry.

The Exhibition will be held 7-11 April at the NEC Birmingham and is open to all (over the age of 14). MACH 2012 played host to 21,500 visitors and hopes are high that MACH 2014 will eclipse that number.

Hall 5 at the NEC, Britain’s largest exhibition space, is completely sold out and the NEC’s next biggest, Hall 4 is nearly full too.

There are 15 % more exhibitors this year than at the last exhibition, in 2012, and early registrations to attend are running some 22% ahead of where they were two years ago.

Graham Dewhurst, Director General of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, which owns and runs MACH said: 'It is tremendous news for UK manufacturing that the exhibition is set to be such a success. There is a buzz around UK manufacturing that we haven’t felt for a long time and MACH 2014 is part of that.

'It’s telling that of our 500+ exhibitors, fully 150 were not at MACH 2012. Some of that is due to established industry names, who took a break from exhibiting after the recession, realising that the opportunities are too good to miss; but the number of companies taking their places in the Halls for the first time to show the market what they have to offer is really encouraging.

'As well as new entrants lots of companies have taken more space this year than previously – overall we think we’re going to see something like 6,500 tonnes of machinery at the show. And of course MACH is unique in the UK in that it is a working show, meaning that those 6,500 tonnes will be under power.'

It’s not just the size that sets MACH 2014 apart. The show is cutting new ground. For the first time major OEM’s, including Airbus and Rolls Royce, are exhibiting alongside their supply chain partners, enabling visitors to get a sense of the scope of the UK’s manufacturing sector.

2014 is a breakthrough year for new technologies at MACH too. Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is one of the hottest manufacturing stories of the year and some of the leading companies will be at MACH 2014 showing how the technology could change manufacturing although maybe not in the ways you might think…

One thing that is constant from 2012 is the valued partnership between the MACH and Lloyds Bank. Richard Holden, head of manufacturing at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: 'MACH 2014 presents a fantastic opportunity for the industry to share the latest advances in technology and design that will help manufacturers to further develop and grow.

'The sector continues to play a fundamental role in the UK's economic resurgence and we are committed to supporting manufacturing businesses. We recently launched the £1million Lloyds Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry to help develop over 1,000 apprentices and trainees, and we are proud to be showing our support for the industry once again by sponsoring MACH 2014.'

The Education and Training Zone is now a key part of  what the exhibition is about and MACH 2014 will be no exception. There will be inspiration from the Bloodhound SSC project, competition from the Worldskills UK heats and state of the art interactivity from the AMRC’s MANTRA and VirtUweld simulators.


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