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By all measures MACH 2012 was bigger and better than MACH 2010. The Exhibition was a showcase for innovation and enterprise, a fitting tribute to celebrate the event’s centenary. 

Over the five days (April 16-20), well over 21,624 people visited the show at the NEC, a 15% increase on MACH 2010. Organised by the MTA, MACH is the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to advanced and precision manufacturing technologies and takes place every two years. MACH 2012 also featured some 5,000 tonnes of working machinery, a unique demonstration of innovation in manufacturing technologies.

The MTA is forecasting an uncertain environment for the UK machine tool sector over the next year. At the MTA’s annual Forecast Seminar, held at the University of Warwick’s International Digital Laboratory, it was anticipated that 2012 will be a stronger year than 2011, but that the outlook for 2013 was uncertain.

The MACH Exhibition has come a long way since its origins as the International Engineering & Machinery Exhibition, held at Olympia in 1912. Over the past 100 years the event, organised by the MTA and its forerunners, has been an outstanding showcase for advances in manufacturing technology and so it is fitting that the centenary of the first show should be celebrated.

Natalie Seymour from Coundon School in Coventry and Uddhav Vaghela from Yarm School in Stockton-on-Tees , were announced as the winners of the Manufacturing Technology Association’s (MTA) Technology, Design and Innovation (TDI) Challenge 2012 at the judging ceremony that took place on Wednesday July 11.

With the last visitor leaving the NEC Birmingham on Friday evening, MACH 2012 is now officially over and what an exhibition it was.
 

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