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MACH celebrates Century of Innovation

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.

The MTA President Simon Pollard says: “Making it to 100 is a remarkable achievement. There are few organisations who can boast a century of activity, still less of activity in such a fast moving environment as manufacturing technology”.

Throughout its history MACH has benefited from being organised by the manufacturing sector itself enabling it to evolve to meet industry and technology changes. MACH as an event has developed an international reputation and is well positioned to rise to the challenges of the future, increasingly referred to as the Third Industrial Revolution.

To help celebrate MACH’s centenary the MTA has scoured its archives to piece together the history of the Exhibition and produce a commemorative book, Century of Innovation. From the pages of the first Exhibition catalogue to the new media underpinning MACH 2012, the book tells the story of how the event has adapted to changing technology and often challenging economic conditions. The first Exhibition in 1912 was held at a time of rapid technological advances. Looking to the future, the MTA is in a strong position to respond to new innovations and develop the Exhibition into the 21st Century. This award winning Exhibition will rise to future challenges and provide the shop window for the manufacturing industries it serves.

For more information contact: Paul O’Donnell or Eric Beech at the MTA 0207 298 6420/ 07795683693   or via e-mail at: or

Notes to editors

About MACH

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.

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