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Moving MACH 2018 Forward

The MACH exhibition, is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham in April 2018 with a new a look and new location.

After a hugely successful 2016 edition of the Exhibition, which boasted sold-out exhibitor space, a 10% increase in visitors on 2014 and over £150 million worth of business attributed to the show, the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), who organise the exhibition on behalf of the industry, are pleased to officially launch the 2018 edition of the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase.

MACH 2018 will take place on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. This is the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC when it opened in 1976 and reflects the changing technologies the show covers. 

The new halls mean the show will take place in a single uninterrupted space - on one level, making the show easier to navigate for visitors and providing a unique opportunity to showcase the full UK supply chain under one roof. 

MTA CEO James Selka, said of the move “The shift in technology towards a more digitised, automated model of manufacturing is an exciting evolution of the sector, of which MACH is at the forefront. As such, we as owners and organisers, have decided to refresh the show and enhance the exhibitor and visitor experience by moving to this new location in 2018.”

The new halls also have more entrances, enabling visitor flow through the halls to be managed more efficiently giving all exhibitors a better stream of potential buyers and partners to their stands. The new layout also means a reduced depth from the front to the back of the halls making it easier for visitors to navigate and see the whole show. 

As well as the move to new halls, the exhibition will also focus on Industry 4.0 technologies. James Fudge, Head of Events at the MTA, said “We understand the importance of reflecting the whole of UK manufacturing within the exhibition and the shift towards greater automation within production. With the application of digital technologies to manufacturing, the theme of interconnectivity will be reflected throughout the show.”

Ballots 1, 2 and 3 have now taken place with over 18,000 sq.m. of space allocated already. Exhibitors have been quick to secure their spots on the floor plans and the amount of space allocated for 2018 is slightly ahead of 2016’s for the comparable time period.  Full, live floor plans can be found on the MACH 2018 website at