With the last visitor leaving the NEC Birmingham on Friday evening, MACH 2012 is now officially over and what an exhibition it was.
Over the five days (April 16-20), some 21,624 people flooded through the doors including some 2,500 young people, many led on tours around the exhibition by apprentices from member companies.
The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, toured MACH on the Thursday and met with a host of companies to discuss how to build upon the sector’s strengths.
Simon Pollard, President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, who organise MACH, said: “MACH is Britain’s biggest exhibition of manufacturing technology. It lies at the heart of an incredible range of UK supply chains. It is vital as it allows people to come together, make contacts, do business and show off the worldclass technologies and applications that make our industry so dynamic”.
Carl Windram, Managing Director of engineering firm Central Grinding Services, of Oadby, Leicester, said: “We had a great show with a huge amount of enquiries, so much so that we are looking to buy another machine so we can fulfil potential orders. MACH has helped us to step up our operations and move our business onto the next level.”
Nick Frampton, Mills CNC’s Managing Director, said: ‘We have had a very positive MACH show. By the close of play on the last day we had sold 14 machines from the stand (over £1.8M sales), up 50% on the sales performance we achieved during the last MACH show. A significant percentage of these orders have come from new customers...which is particularly pleasing and demonstrates the pulling power of the Mills: Doosan offering.
‘In addition, we have taken a record-high number of serious sales enquiries which, I am confident, will be converted into actual orders in the next 4 – 8 weeks. The decision to take 16 machines to MACH and exhibit from the largest stand we’ve ever had at the show has been more than vindicated.’
Organised by the MTA and sponsored this year by Lloyds TSB Commercial, MACH is the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to advanced and precision manufacturing technologies and takes place every two years. MACH 2012 featured some 490 exhibitors and some 5,000 tonnes of working machinery.
The next MACH will take place between 7-11 April 2014.
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 450 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
Lloyds TSB Commercial is a trading name of Lloyds TSB bank plc and Lloyds TSB Scotland and provides dedicated banking services for customers with an annual turnover of up to £15 million, from start-ups to established companies looking to grow.
Lloyds TSB was voted Bank of the Year for the seventh year running at the Real Business/ CBI FDs' Excellence Awards 2011 in recognition of the support it offers its business customers.
Lloyds Banking Group has over one million small and medium sized businesses and not for profit customers, and in 2009 it introduced a three-year programme of support for SMEs which has been updated for 2012.
The key updates to the 2012 SME Charter are:
1. Lloyds TSB has announced that in 2012 it will further increase support to £12bn of new gross lending to SMEs
2. Lloyds TSB will encourage enterprise, boost access to finance and provide clearer and fairer pricing for customers – including a pledge to help 100,000 new start ups in 2012
3. Lloyds TSB will run a programme of at least 200 seminars nationwide to provide expert guidance and support for SMEs
4. Lloyds TSB will agree to any reasonable request for competitive commercially-priced finance (whether short-term or long-term) from viable business customers
5. Lloyds TSB will give customers the right to appeal where a lending decision has been declined, and will respond to 90 per cent of appeals with a decision within 15 working days
6. Lloyds TSB will not change the availability of overdrafts during the period of a customer’s agreement, as long as their accounts are kept within agreed terms and limits
7. The price of existing loans or renewed overdrafts will reflect the cost of funding. The margin Lloyds TSB charges over the cost of funding will only increase where there has been a material increase in risk
8. The Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards, in partnership with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), will support an increase in the number of students and graduates actively engaged in enterprise and enterprise societies from 50,000 to 70,000