MACH 2021 welcomes international visitors to attend the exhibition and offers advice to those visiting the NEC for the first time.
Please see below for further on information on visiting the UK:
Visa Invitation Letters
The NEC is conveniently located close to Birmingham, a large city in the center of the UK. It is fairly easy to reach other locations across the UK from the NEC, either by train, plane or car.
Click the images below to find out more details on getting here.
Visitors from Europe can reach London by taking the Eurostor, which takes between 2.5 and 3 hours depending on location.
Advance tickets can be booked for a little as £29 per person.
Once you arrive at St. Pancras International Station, Euston is a short walk away, where you can catch a train to Birmingham International.
The NEC is within an hour and a half's reach from London via train. The closest station to the NEC is Birmingham International which is a ten minute walk through the NEC to the halls where MACH is exhibiting. Trains run regularly from London Euston station to Birmingham International which has many connecting trains to Birmingham New Street, a major transport hub to the rest of the country.
Visitors to the NEC will receive a 25% discount off their travel fee if they book through the NEC's website.
Birmingham International Airport is located close to the NEC, and has regular, inexpensive flights to a number of countries.
To find out more information about the airport or book flights to your destination please follow the link.
A free shuttle bus runs every two minutes to Birmingham International station, which is a short walk to the halls.
Car and Taxi
The NEC is situated just off the M42 and close to the M40 and M6. The exhibition centre will be signposted as you approach, and you can use the postcode B40 1NT in your satnav to find it.
Once you arrive, you can follow signs to MACH which will be located in Halls 6, 7, 20, 17, 18, 20.
Parking will be available for those arriving by car. You can pre-book your parking online via the NEC's website, or you can pay on the day. Car parks will be signposted upon your arrival.
For those arriving by taxi, the NEC recommends TOA Taxis, you can book online or by calling 0121 427 888. TOA accept all major credit cards (subject to a 10% +VAT charge) and there are taxi ranks outside the main NEC entrances.
For international visitors who require a visa to visit the UK, the MTA will send you a visa invitation letter.
To apply for this letter, please fill in the form to the right - we aim to send out invitation letters within five working days. We recommend that to speed up the process of obtaining a letter, you fill in the form as accurately as possible, and apply for the letter within sufficient time of your visa appointment.
MACH Exhibition, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event, to be rescheduled to January 2021
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.