Prince Andrew, Duke of York, officially opens MACH, the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies event, at the NEC Birmingham. After ‘cutting’ a laser beam by hand, HRH walked the halls of the biennial show, which is open till Friday 11 June.
As well as its Royal Opening Ceremony MACH 2010 was the subject of a rare joint Ministerial visit. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable MP, was joined by his Deputy, Mark Prisk MP for tours and a roundtable discussion.
Results from the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) monthly members survey for April shows a drop in orders, inquiries and subsequently, confidence, compared to the March 2010 results. Following a spike in orders reported in March, the April fall has not affected the overall trend for orders – which remains positive.