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.
MACH 2012, at some 20,000 m2, was 17% larger than 2010 and reflected recovery in the manufacturing technology sector. Indeed, the 491 exhibitors represented a 10% increase on the previous show. The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, toured MACH 2012 and met with a host of companies to discuss how to build upon the sector’s strengths. The show was also more diverse than in previous years with over 20 sectors represented.
Based on the Exhibitor Survey an estimated £50 million worth of orders were taken at the show, with total business attributable to MACH expected to be in the region of £146 million. Of the visitors who responded to the survey 42% either placed orders or would do so as a result of visiting the show.
The Education & Training Zone at MACH 2012 saw a significantly stronger presence with over 2,500 engineering students visiting the Exhibition, many led on tours around the exhibition by apprentices from MTA member companies. Of the students surveyed, 97% rated the show excellent or good, while 94% left with a more positive view of engineering.
The next MACH will take place between 7-11 April 2014 at the NEC. The event will be themed Innovation in Action and will feature the latest machinery in live demonstrations. The show aims to cover more sectors than before and will create specialised areas to highlight new technologies.
MACH 2014 will engage more closely with the media, using new channels to communicate and by producing more regular news updates in advance of the show. A more interactive, new look website will be launched soon, with an improved MACH App downloadable from the site.
Notes to editors
MACH is the UK’s longest established and best attended manufacturing exhibition. The exhibition is held at the NEC in Birmingham and attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors and some 490 exhibitors showing the latest machines and other manufacturing equipment.
As the only UK exhibition of its kind and scale the show is widely recognised as the place to source and buy new equipment. It is the range and sheer scale of the technology on show that is the unique feature of MACH. MACH is owned and run on behalf of the industry by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), the not-for-profit trade body representing the UK’s hi-tech engineering-based manufacturing sector. www.machexhibition.com
About the MTA:
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is the UK trade association for the Manufacturing Technologies industry. The MTA sits at the core of the engineering based manufacturing with the aim to promote the use and innovation of advanced technology in manufacturing. Further information about the MTA and our members can be found on our web site at www.mta.org.uk