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The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK MACH 2016 is set to open next Monday (11th April) at the NEC in Birmingham. This five day celebration of UK manufacturing will be officially opened by British Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy MBE. The opening ceremony will take place at 10:30am in Hall 5 of the NEC complex.

With just over a week to go before the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase kicks off, the MACH 2016 team have announced their full plans for Learning and Development Zone.

The financial crisis is often said to have started with the collapse of US Investment Bank Bear Stearns on March 17th 2008. To be in a position, one day short of eight years later, to be able to deliver one of the least momentous budgets of living memory may rank as a definite achievement. There were no crisis to deal with and few eye catching measures. When a tax on sugary drinks is commanding the headlines you know there hasn’t been much that needed to be washed down with something stronger.

February saw the Brexit phoney war finally come to an end as the Prime Minister set a date for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU. Business opinion is set to play a role in a decision in which economic factors are central.

In order to be able to express a view on this vitally important issue the MTA consulted members at the end of last year. The results were crystal clear - 89% of MTA members, when thinking about their companies, believed that it was in the UK’s interests to Remain in the EU.

The 28th of January saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) Annual Dinner, held for the first time at the Vox on the NEC site, Birmingham. Over 400 guests enjoyed a great night with friends, colleagues and contacts from across the industry.

The 28th of January saw the MTA’s Annual Dinner, held for the first time at the Vox on the NEC site,  Birmingham. Over 400 guests enjoyed a great night with friends, colleagues and contacts from across the industry. A highlight of the evening was the speech given by the MTA President, Guy Mollart. Mr Mollart highlighted the opportunities that the future presents for manufacturing in terms of changes to technology and the sector’s workforce. He also gave a strong message on the need for the UK to remain a fully engaged member of the European Union.

Hall 5 sold out – Hall 4 limited space available Packed seminar programme extended to two theatres Over 600 exhibitors expected – including 130 completely new to MACH Learning and Development Zone showcasing the next generation of engineering talent More than one day needed to experience the whole show

Commenting on the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review, James Selka, MTA CEO said:

The Finance & Leasing Association (FLA) and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) are today releasing a joint report calling on the Government to help improve the future financing of high-value manufacturing by increasing the use of asset finance (leasing and hire purchase) through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

MACH 2016 has hit a key mile stone. This week the space allocated for exhibitors at the exhibition, to be held at the NEC in Birmingham between 11th – 15th April, has exceeded the that allocated for the Double Award Winning 2014 edition of the exhibition.

Total commercial space allocated has now tipped over the 22,247 square metres mark achieved in 2014. There is a huge interest in being part of the UK’s premier industrial trade show and exhibiting is a must for the UK’s manufacturing technology sector.

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