MACH 2022 to feature the largest display of new machinery and manufacturing technologies under one roof in the UK for four years
MACH 2022 is set to be the most significant gathering of manufacturers in the UK this year. Aside from highlighting some of the most important issues facing the manufacturing industry, such as sustainability and the drive to net zero, the exhibition will also feature the largest display of new machinery and manufacturing technologies under one roof in the UK for four years.
The opportunities posed by decarbonisation, the latest developments in advanced manufacturing, reviving the manufacturing economy post-COVID-19 and the capabilities of the unique network of companies comprising the UK manufacturing supply chain will all receive special focus during the five-day event.
The response to the show by the industry has been wholly supportive and while stands are still available, they are selling out fast. The advice for anyone still wishing to exhibit is to book now. Pre-registration levels are also positive, as the engineering and manufacturing community looks to come together after two years of disruption.
The arrival of the exhibition, which opens its doors at the NEC in Birmingham between 4-8th April, could not be timelier for the manufacturing sector. The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) believes the growing optimism surrounding the sector will see bumper levels of business transacted during the show. Exhibitors too, are excited at the prospect of showcasing their latest products to an eager array of buyers ready to capitalise on the current financial incentives available to businesses prepared to invest in capital assets.
James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said: “With the UK economy growing above forecasts for 2021 and the CBI predicting that plans for spending on plant and machinery over the coming twelve months have improved considerably, the timing of MACH 2022 could not be better.
“MACH is the national manufacturing and engineering show, and as a content-led event it brings together the latest advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies in operation. It will feature the largest display of new machinery and manufacturing technologies under one roof in the UK for four years. As such, it will be perfect place for manufacturers to come and view the best new machines on the market.”
The CBI’s latest survey, which reflects the MTA’s own data, indicates that plans for spending on plant and machinery over the coming twelve months have improved, with the percentage balance (+26) standing at its highest level since April 1988. There have now been four consecutive double-digit positive balances in a row on this question which is exceptionally rare and represents a stronger recovery than was seen after the global financial crisis.
Crucially, the improvement has been seen in some of the most important sectors within the manufacturing industry, such as Transport Equipment (automotive and aerospace) and Metal Products sub-sectors.
MACH is the longest-running manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK and its distinctive ability to showcase the largest variety of manufacturing technology solutions in the country, makes it unique and therefore, of such critical importance to the industry.
This year’s show will focus on the best of the manufacturing technologies sector, as well as opportunities to revive the manufacturing industry post-pandemic, the drive to net zero and exploiting the opportunities offered by decarbonisation, the development of innovative technologies shaping advanced and digital manufacturing techniques.
Other highlights for the exhibition include, The Engineering Supply Chain Show, sponsored by Lloyds Bank and the Engineering Industries Association (EIA). This show-within-a-show is where buyers can go to source world-class suppliers, exclusively in the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chain.
The Education & Development (E&D) Zone, sponsored by Sandvik Coromant, will focus on encouraging young people into the industry by illustrating how STEM subjects can be put into practice. It will feature special displays from Airbus Defence & Space, University of Wolverhampton Formula 3 Race Team, Vex Robotics, the Bowers Group Mobile Metrology Centre, F1 in Schools and the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), a nationwide educational charity which offers young people (9-21 years) active learning experiences in STEM-related careers.
MACH 2022 will also feature a strong seminar programme, with sessions spanning the whole spectrum of the manufacturing technologies sector, with speakers focused on delivering intuitive and engaging presentations reflecting the themes of the show.