Last week saw over 23,000 people visit MACH 2014. This is an increase of over 10% on MACH 2012. The final number of exhibitors was a record 612.
As well as figures from across the industry the Exhibition, which was opened by Richard Noble OBE, was visited by Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable MP who toured the Exhibition and delivered a speech to a packed Seminar Theatre.
Vince Cable said: “MACH provided a good opportunity to see for myself the latest advances in manufacturing technology and meet the people behind them.
“If the manufacturing renaissance is to endure, the Government needs to give business the confidence to invest which is what we are doing through our Industrial Strategy.”
Dr Cable used the high profile platform of MACH 2014 to launch the latest round of the Government’s flagship AMSCI Programme which will see a further £100m committed to helping UK supply chains compete globally.
In addition, Dr Cable met industry figures to discuss issues including: investment, skills, Europe and the problems that SMEs can experience in obtaining bank funding for growth projects.
Mark Ridgway OBE, President of the MTA and Managing Director of Group Rhodes said: “It was great to welcome Dr Cable to MACH 2014 especially in the light of the recent uprating of the Annual Investment Allowance, something for which the MTA has been pressing. Engineering based manufacturing is on the up in the UK and that has really been evident at MACH this year.”