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Excitement Builds with just under 2 months to go until MACH 2016

  • 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

Excitement levels are building with just 117 days to go until the doors open on MACH 2016, the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies event. The NEC in Birmingham will host the exhibition between 11th – 15th April and hopes are high that the 2016 edition of the show will surpass the Double Award Winning 2014 exhibition.

Sales of space at next year’s show have already passed 2014’s square metres sold mark. Hall 5 at the NEC is now completely sold out and Hall 4 has only limited space available. With over 600 exhibitors expected at the show, of which 130 will be completely new to MACH, the event is shaping up to be a pivotal point in UK manufacturing calendar for 2016.

MACH is unique in the sense that it showcases live working machinery and brings together the industry’s finest manufacturers across a range of technologies including; milling, turning, metrology, additive manufacturing and tooling, to name but a few. With live demonstrations and a packed seminar programme the MACH 2016 is the place to get business done.

The seminar programme will be supported by two dedicated theatres and will feature compelling talks by some of the industry’s best known OEM’s and institutions including; Airbus, Messier-Dowty, McLaren, Cranfield University and HS2. On the Wednesday (13 April) of the exhibition the seminar programme will take an in-depth look at Industry 4.0 and on the Thursday (14 April) it will be turning its attention to Additive Manufacturing with a particular focus on the 3D printing revolution.   

James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, said of the event “MACH 2016 has all the hallmarks of being a fantastic showcase for the UK’s advanced manufacturing technologies sectors. With working demonstrations of machinery, a compelling seminar programme and some of the finest names in manufacturing all under one roof, visitors to this edition of the exhibition will need more than one day to experience everything show has to offer.”

Tony Dale, Technical Director of Mills CNC Ltd, said “We are delighted to be returning to MACH in 2016. As one the largest, longest standing, exhibitors MACH 2016 really is an unmissable exhibition for the UK manufacturing technologies sector.”

For the third consecutive show Lloyds Banking Group are headline sponsors of the exhibition. David Atkinson, Head of Manufacturing, SME Commercial Banking, said “Manufacturing is a hugely important sector to Lloyds, as it is to the UK economy as a whole. It is natural therefore that the Bank is so supportive of MACH 2016. MACH is the biggest event of its kind in the UK and the hub for the nation’s advanced manufacturing sector. It provides an opportunity for Lloyds to interact with a huge number of key players in the sector as well as thousands of manufacturing businesses. Of course we’re keen to help those looking to invest but even more importantly it is an opportunity for us to learn more about the sector and those operating in it.”

As well as showcasing new technologies and the latest products, MACH 2016 will also be welcoming the next generation of talent to the exhibition. A dedicated Learning and Development Zone will act as a base for student visitors as well as housing some key exhibits and a showcase of MTA Members' apprentices and graduates at work. The MTA is delighted to announce that Sandvik Coromant will once again be sponsoring the Zone, demonstrating their support for bringing young people into the industry. Featured organisations within the Learning and Development Zone include the AMRC, the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car, the Ministry of Defence as well as a chance to see the next generation of engineers in action with our Apprentices at Work demonstrations.

James Fudge MTA’s Head of Events, said “The MTA is once again honoured to have Sandvik Coromant sponsoring the Learning and Development Zone. The MTA is always looking at new ways to encourage young talent into the industry and the Learning and Development Zone at MACH 2016 will do just that.”