Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham the preparation for next year’s MACH show is under way, with over 75% of exhibitor space already sold. MTA CEO James Selka described this as a very encouraging sign for the industry.
MACH 2018 will takes place from 9th–13th April and is on course to be another bumper show. Following on from the sold-out success of MACH 2016, Selka commented: “With new halls and extra space to sell, we are seeing premium spots being snapped up by exhibitors at a good rate, leaving us with a little under a quarter of the show left to sell, which is a very encouraging sign for the industry at this stage. So we’d encourage all companies wishing to book a stand for MACH 2018 to act quickly to secure their space at the UK’s premier manufacturing technologies showcase.”
Following on from a hugely successful 2016 edition of the Exhibition, which boasted sold-out exhibitor space, a 10% increase in visitors on 2014 and over £150m worth of business attributed to the show, things are looking good for a repeat of this in 2018.
MACH 2018 will take place on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. This is the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC when it opened in 1976 and reflects the changing technologies the show covers. The new layout of the show is all on one level, enhancing both the visitor and exhibitor experience.
Mike Dinsdale, Managing Director of MACH Exhibitors, Ghuring who manufacture precision rotary cutting tools said of the move said: “Changing the halls gives a different dimension and makes it new again. People will come and try the show again.”
Dave Hurley, Managing Director, PDJ Vibro said: “The leads generated from MACH encouraged us to return again in 2018. The leads you get from MACH are of a quality I can’t find anywhere else, not through the internet or other exhibitions.”
Hurley continued: “Last year (2016) I did five exhibitions and the other four added together didn’t come to a fraction of the leads that the MACH exhibition yielded, so I think that tells a story.”
The show is the UK’s premier manufacturing technology showcase and will take an in-depth look at the latest technological advances in and around the advanced manufacturing sector. Hot topics for discussion at the show will include Industry 4.0 and the interconnectivity of machines, Additive Manufacturing and cyber security.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA)’s Head of Events James Fudge commented: “We’re really excited by the developments of the MACH sales process, we’ve seen a lot of returning exhibitors increase the size of their stands and commit to attending the show. MACH is the only place to see a fully integrated picture of the UK manufacturing.”