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MACH Exhibition rescheduled to January 2021 12/03/2020

Due to the coronavirus situation, the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the MACH exhibition on behalf of the industry, has taken the decision to reschedule MACH from April 2020 to January 2021.

Given the spread of the Coronavirus, the MTA has decided that, in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both exhibitors and visitors, the event will now take place 25-28 January 2021. The event will still be held, in the same Halls, at the NEC.

James Selka, MTA CEO, said: “We believe that this decision, which has not been taken lightly, is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it. Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at MACH. In addition, we believe that by moving MACH to January 2021 we are going to be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, than by holding it in April under the conditions likely to be in place at that time.”

“We are grateful to the NEC for working with us to identify an option which we believe will work for the vast majority of our exhibitors and will give our visitors a great chance to see the best of advanced manufacturing technology under one roof.”

All exhibitors that had booked for MACH in April will be offered the same stand space at the event held on the new dates. The MTA team is contacting all 550 exhibitors directly to discuss their participation.

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The UK’s national manufacturing show 11/03/2020

Postponed from April this year to 25th-28th January 2121, MACH is the longest-running manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK, showcasing the largest variety of manufacturing technology solutions in the country, all under one roof

MACH 2020 is unique because of the amount of live working machinery on display. In 2018, the exhibition attracted more than 25,000 visitors during the five days of the show and has so far been credited with generating over £200 million worth of business for exhibitors

“The continued development of manufacturing technologies is enabling faster, more responsive, and more efficient processes to be implemented in businesses. The exhibition as always will introduce new technologies and processes that can help boost productivity,” says James Selka, MTA CEO. “MACH 2020 remains unique because of the amount of live working machinery on display. This means visitors will be able to experience first-hand the power and capabilities of the latest technology and see how it can be applied to their needs.

"By registering early guests will find it easier to gain access to the show and cut down on waiting times at the NEC. All registered visitors will receive regular updates about the show and a pre-registration pack, which contains show guide, fold out floorplans, ID badge and a product guide when they get to the exhibition."

Made Smarter at MACH 2020

Aiming to help SMEs start their digital journey, The Made Smarter programme will be exhibiting at MACH 2020. The Made Smarter North West pilot is already working with SMEs to help them introduce digital tools and technologies to boost productivity and growth. So far 300 North Western small and medium sized manufacturers have secured support, including specialised advice and £1.6M of funding, in the first year of the programme.

The programme aims to kick start a new industrial revolution for the manufacturing sector and turn the country into a world leader in digital technologies. These technologies can help close the productivity gap in the UK and cost effectively boost production.

The Made Smarter team is looking to implement what they have learnt in the North West Pilot to help roll the scheme out to other areas and regions of the UK.

Made Smarter is bringing this help and support to MACH 2020 in order to reach even more makers and signpost them towards taking their first steps into Industry 4.0.

HVM Catapult Trail

Another notable exhibitor at this year’s event is the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult - the go-to place for manufacturing technologies in the UK, supporting organisations of all sizes in their success.

The Catapult Trail, consisting of four stands across the exhibition, will demonstrate how the HMV Catapult can help companies harness key Industry 4.0 technologies to improve their bottom line. All seven of the HVM Catapult’s world-leading centres of innovation will be on display along the trail, with special features on the future of machining, additive manufacturing, digitalisation and automation.

expertise in additive manufacturing will be on show

With the continued push in the sector towards (near) netshape manufacturing, the Manufacturing Technology Centre’s expertise in additive manufacturing will be on show, with a cutting-edge carbon fibre printer producing components throughout the event.

Making their way along the trail to the Advanced Forming Research Centre’s (AFRC) stand, visitors can then discuss Machining 4.0. This is an Intereg-funded project for SMEs to innovate with new machining technologies, including hybrid systems.

To complete the visitor journey along the supply chain, the Catapult Trail ends with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC) display of their automation and digitalisation capabilities. On the stand, you’ll see an eye-catching Caterham sports car which forms the centrepiece of their ELLI (ELectrification and Lightweighting in Industry 4.0) project. Their demos will tie into an overarching Digital Twin, providing real time manufacturing data.

Seminar programme

Visitors will also be able to partake in the event's extensive seminar programme, which includes presentations from some of the leading minds in manufacturing and advanced engineering, including representatives from AMRC, MTC, Coventry University, Siemens and BAE Systems. Topics will include areas such as AI, Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing and cyber security. For full details visit www.machexhibition.com/visit/seminar-programme.

Key Points

  • MACH visitors can experience first-hand the power and capabilities of the latest technology and see how it can be applied to their needs
  • Exhibiting at MACH, the Made Smarter team is looking to implement what they have learnt in the North West Pilot and roll out to other areas
  • The Catapult Trail will demonstrate how the HMV Catapult can help companies harness Industry 4.0 technologies to improve their bottom line

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Made Smarter at MACH 2020 04/02/2020

The Made Smarter programme will be exhibiting at MACH 2020, the UK’s national manufacturing showcase, with the aim of helping SMEs start their digital journey.

The Made Smarter North West pilot is already working with SMEs to help them introduce digital tools and technologies to boost productivity and growth. So far 300 North Western small and medium sized manufacturers have secured support, including specialised advice and £1.6M of funding, in the first year of the programme.

The North West pilot is being overseen by the Made Smarter Commission – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and industry leaders.  

The programme aims to kick start a new industrial revolution for the manufacturing sector and turn the country into a world leader in digital technologies. These technologies can help close the productivity gap in the UK and cost effectively boost production.

The Made Smarter team are looking to implement what they have learnt in the North West Pilot to help roll the scheme out to other areas and regions of the UK.

Made Smarter is bringing this help and support to MACH 2020 in order to reach even more makers and signpost them towards taking their first steps into Industry 4.0.

James Selka, DL, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association which organise MACH on behalf of industry, said: “We are delighted to welcome Made Smarter to MACH 2020, we have been a huge supporter of the initial Review and subsequent launch of the North West Pilot. Our members and exhibitors create the technology that’ll will power this new industrial revolution.”

He continued: “MACH 2020 is the perfect platform to reach out to manufacturing and engineering firms, with a readymade audience who are set to benefit from the advice and support the Made Smarter Program has to offer. We know the benefits SMEs across the UK will get from adopting cutting edge digital technology to help them boost productivity and take manufacturing forward in this county.”

Donna Edwards, director of the North West Made Smarter pilot, said: “In its first year Made Smarter has helped 300 SME manufacturers and we are keen to build on that success.

"MACH 2020 provides the perfect opportunity to showcase these achievements and encourage other SMEs to start their digital journey.

"Our stand will illustrate what technology has done for hundreds of manufacturing businesses and what it can do for you.

"Our specialist advisers can talk through your business challenge, help you understand the opportunities, and talk through the next steps."

MACH 2020 will take place from 20th to 24th April 2020 at the NEC in Birmingham and you can find Made Smarter in Hall 6 Stand 446. Visitor registration is now open at www.machexhibition.com

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Sir Chris Hoy to open MACH 2016 07/04/2016

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 10:00am in Hall 5 of the NEC complex.

Sir Chris has a keen interest in manufacturing, producing his own range of bikes to which he has been integral to the development and prototyping. Part of the success of the Great Britain Cycling Teams on the track and road relates to specific knowledge and expertise in aerodynamics and structural engineering which brought new levels of innovation to the sport of cycling. It is no coincidence that engineering excellence and sporting success work hand in hand in this ultra-competitive sport. Britain’s athletes’ competitive edge has been honed through UK design, testing and manufacturing.

MTA CEO James Selka, said “We are delighted to welcome one of British sport’s true greats Sir Chris Hoy to open MACH 2016. Sir Chris and the British Cycling team are a prime example of the synergy that can be achieved when top athletes and engineers work together, we are truly honoured to have him opening MACH 2016.”   

Sir Chris Hoy, said "I'm delighted to open MACH 2016, I have an interest in manufacturing processes and the way advanced engineering can aid sporting performance. I'm looking forward to being at MACH 2016 and seeing what the future of British manufacturing has in store in the coming years."

 

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Working machinery showcase 01/03/2016

Billed as the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies event, MACH 2016 returns to the NEC, Birmingham, from 11th to 15th April. MACH showcases live working machinery and brings together the many of the finest manufacturers from across a range of technologies.

With over 600 exhibitors, of which 130 will be completely new to MACH, the event will also feature a comprehensive seminar programme across two dedicated theatres that 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.

James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, said “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 MACH will need more than one day to experience everything the show has to offer.”

A dedicated Learning and Development Zone, sponsored by Sandvik Coromant, 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.

 

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3D printing & additive manufacturing zone at MACH 2016 16/07/2015

The wide spread adoption of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing has been one of the biggest revolutions in modern manufacturing technologies in the past decade, streamlining how prototypes are made and small batch manufacturing is carried out. With this in mind MACH 2016 is pleased to announce that next year’s exhibition will feature a dedicated 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Zone, showcasing all the latest advances in this technology.

James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said "3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing are becoming increasingly prominent within the industry. We recognise that this is no longer a fledgling technology but an integral part of the manufacturing process. The MACH Exhibition is the home of technological advances for the manufacturing industry in the UK and it is only right that we explore this process further through its own dedicated zone.”

The 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Zone will be one of the biggest at MACH 2016. Many of the leading companies in the sector such as, Creat3d, Laser Lines, Nabertherm, Photo Labs and Stratasys are already on the floorplan, and more are in the pipeline to exhibit.

Simon Brandon, UK Marketing Manager at Stratasys emphasised the rapid growth of additive manufacturing, saying "3D printing has long been a tool for product design and development, but we now see its use right across manufacturing - including tooling and production parts. Stratasys wants the opportunity to demonstrate the quality, safety and cost benefits brought by 3D printing applications to the UK manufacturing community, so exhibiting at MACH is the natural choice for us. We feel that coming to MACH is a key part of our future success.”


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MACH scoops a double 13/07/2015

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that the MACH 2014 Exhibition is now a double award winning show. Following on from the success of winning Best Exhibition at The Association Excellence Awards back in February, MACH once again picked up the top prize, this time at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2015.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is pleased to announce that the MACH 2014 Exhibition is now a double award winning show. Following on from the success of winning Best Exhibition at The Association Excellence Awards back in February, MACH once again picked up the top prize, this time at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards 2015.  

MACH was nominated in the Exhibition of the Year category at the awards alongside the British Home Enhancement Trade Association, the National Association of Funeral Directors and the National Caravan Council.

MACH 2014 took place at the NEC in Birmingham between 7th – 11th April 2014, showcasing a staggering 6,500 tonnes of live working machinery and attracted over 23,000 visitors representing diverse sectors across the whole of the UK Manufacturing.

The Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards is an annual event, which is now in its thirteenth year. It has formal Government backing from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and recognises, rewards and promotes best practice amongst Trade Associations in the UK.

Commenting on receiving the award MTA CEO James Selka DL, said "It is a great testament to everyone involved in MACH that the exhibition is now a double award winning show. I’d like to pay tribute to the hard work of the MTA team for delivering an outstanding exhibition, which owed much to all of the fantastic exhibitors who continue to push the boundaries of innovation in UK manufacturing.”

Geoff Bryant, chairman of the MTA MACH Exhibition committee and MD of Citizen Machinery, said "It is a tremendous mark of recognition for MACH to have scooped this award. The Exhibition has over 100 years of history and is constantly innovating to make sure that it is the essential place to see the latest technology in a great setting. MACH is a product of the passion of the UK’s manufacturing industry and the hard work that all of our exhibitors put into making it such an outstanding showcase. There really is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the country.”

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Noble to open MACH 07/02/2014

World land speed record holder and Project Director for the Bloodhound Supersonic Car (SSC) Richard Noble OBE will be on the start line to open MACH 2014.

Many MACH Exhibitors are involved with the Bloodhound SSC project and MACH 2014 is the third time that the team themselves will be at the Show.

Graham Dewhurst, Director General of the MTA which owns and runs MACH 2014, said: "MACH 2014 and Bloodhound are obvious partners. MACH 2014 is the only place to see the full scope of the UK’s advanced engineering supply chain all in one place from household name OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) like Rolls Royce and Airbus, through to the companies that make the machine tools with which manufacturing begins.

"Education and training is an ever more important part of what MACH is about and Bloodhound is uniquely placed to enthuse young people about an engineering career. The project is a mainstay of our Education and Training Zone and is always very popular. We’re delighted that Richard has agreed to open the Exhibition and give our visitors an insight into what it’s like not just to go faster than the speed of sound but to put together one of this generation’s most inspiring engineering projects.”

Richard Noble OBE said:

"MACH 2014 is a showcase of the very best from the world of engineering, it enables all parts of the supply chain to come together, share ideas and demonstrate what can be achieved here in the UK.

"The event also provides a great opportunity for the next generation of engineers to find out more about the industry and the opportunities available to them. It’s great to be part of MACH again and the BLOODHOUND Team is looking forward to April.”


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MTA looks to the future 09/12/2013

At this year’s MTA Annual General Meeting many of the issues raised focused on the future prospects for the manufacturing technologies sector in the UK.

President, Mark Ridgway OBE, reminded members of the MTA’s co-operation with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield, now part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, over the introduction of a commercial engineering apprenticeship pathway and the hosting of the Deputy Prime Minister at the launch of the initiative in February.

"On a wider front your Association is working to ensure that the Catapult centres themselves remain relevant and supportive to the needs of industry in general and our members in particular,” he said.

The President also stressed that the Association needs to ensure the relevance of new government initiatives like the Employer Ownership of Skills programme.

He added: "Any MTA Strategy must have its members’ needs at its core but it ignores at its peril the non-market forces of Government. Aligning the latter to the needs of the former is a major strategic objective for your Association.”

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MACH Marks A Century Of Innovation 02/11/2012

The MTA’s MACH Exhibition celebrated its centenary and looked to the future at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Coventry this October.

The event marked the 100th anniversary of the first show, the International Engineering & Machinery Exhibition in 1912 and highlighted the innovations in manufacturing technology that have been showcased over the years.

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.

The occasion also marked the launch of MACH 2014 which will be held at the NEC between 7-11th April.

Guests were given a tour of the MTC before being entertained by the guest speaker, Robert Llewellyn – presenter of TV’s Scrapheap Challenge and champion of all things engineering.
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