As there is only a few months to go now, before the doors open to MACH 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, the team behind the exhibition have announced that visitor registration is now live. MACH 2018 takes place from the 9-13th April 2018 and will be located in a new home on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7.
James Fudge, Head of Events at the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which organises the exhibition on behalf of the industry, said: “MACH prides itself on attracting top quality visitors with real buying power and the ability to invest in new equipment. The new hall layout will help create a brand new visitor experience which is easier to navigate, showcasing all the different technologies in action under one roof. It will be a more interconnected show, just as we have a more interconnected industry.”
Fudge continued: “For MACH 2018, we have worked hard to provide visitors with a new way to connect with exhibitors. Our smart badging system provides every visitor with an interactive badge, allowing them to collect information from exhibitors in a quick and effective manner, without the need to carry lots of cumbersome documents. Data is transferred live to the visitors’ online portal, ready to download as soon as they leave the show. This investment by the MTA in smart badging reflects the digital nature of the advanced technology on show at MACH.
James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said: “The show will be 2018’s biggest display of live, working technology. At the core of the show, exhibitors will showcase the latest developments in metal cutting, forming and finishing along with tooling, CAD/CAM and laser technology. The number of companies displaying additive manufacturing technology has grown considerably and exhibitors tell us they will be focusing on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes on display than ever before. New for 2018 is a specific IT for Manufacturing Zone, where companies offering connected solutions for the fourth industrial revolution will be on hand with practical displays and demonstrations.”
Selka continued: “So whilst the show will still attract the decision makers, engineers, designers and researchers who work in manufacturing, it is now a great place for Chief Information Officers looking at systems and Chief Data Officers who are adopters of these disruptive technologies to find new suppliers and experience the latest solutions. The vibrant seminar programme at MACH will feature subjects such as digital manufacturing, disruptive technologies, additive manufacturing and key ‘meet the supply chain’ networking sessions. The content is designed to provide clear thought leadership at a time when manufacturing is experiencing huge change – and we believe visitors should allow more than one day to experience everything MACH has to offer.”
Fudge concluded: “We know there are lots of regional and specialist shows people can visit to find out about manufacturing technology. The MACH difference is to bring all these technologies under one roof over a five-day period. So with a single visit, companies looking to invest in and adopt any one of a number of new technologies can assess the options and be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.”