Over twenty members of the manufacturing trade and business press attended the MACH 2014 Media Launch this week held at the RAF Museum, Hendon. With the sector’s media showing great interest in the show now is the time for exhibitors to submit news of what they will be promoting at the exhibition. The MTA is producing regular MACH Bulletins and exhibitors are encouraged to contribute their news releases via the MACH Exhibition website http://www.machexhibition.com/
At the Media Launch journalists heard that 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. Also, there are 15 % more exhibitors this year than at the last exhibition, in 2012, and early registrations to attend are running ahead of where they were two years ago.
Graham Dewhurst, Director General of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, told journalists: “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.
One thing that is constant from 2012 is the valued partnership between 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 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.