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Show Preview: Mach 2020 All the latest manufacturing technology under one roof

| Editor: Steffen Donath

The UK’s national manufacturing and engineering show, Mach 2020, takes place 20-24 April. The anticipation as rising as the event aims to one of the industry's highlights of this year.

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Mach 2020 hopes to top the 2018 iteration of the show.
Mach 2020 hopes to top the 2018 iteration of the show.
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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. Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham between 20-24 April, Mach 2020 is set to be one of the best exhibitions in the event's long history, the organisers state. Mach 2020 aims to set itself apart from the competition due to 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. Packed with major suppliers, and with 95 % of exhibition space now sold, Mach 2020 is set to be an unmissable event for the UK manufacturing and engineering community.

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 pound worth of business for exhibitors — proof that Mach attracts visitors with real buying power, according to the organisers.

“Mach is unmissable”

James Fudge, Head of Events and Member Services at the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which organises the exhibition on behalf of industry, said: “Mach 2020 is the UK's National event for inspiring, innovating and connecting manufacturing and will provide real value for our visitors. We will have all the latest manufacturing technology solutions available under one roof, giving visitors an unrivalled overview of our sector in the UK.” He continued “With our exhibitors, we work hard to provide meaningful engagement points and are pleased to announce HS2 will be exhibiting at the show, looking to connect and work with the UK supply chain. We also have several Catapult Centres and the Made Smarter programme showing what they can offer, to assist companies with the transition into the digital age. If you're looking to improve your productivity and embrace new manufacturing technology solutions, Mach 2020 is unmissable for you and your business.”

Technology is changing the way we live and the way we work, transforming the way data is gathered, information is analysed and how businesses operate. Mach 2020 will show how this is happening, providing the knowledge and the solutions to enable your business to grow.

The expansion of the Annual Investment Allowance in the 2018 Budget from 200,000 to 1,000,000 pound, was a specific ‘ask’ from the MTA and will make investing in new equipment at Mach 2020 more cost-effective for most visitors.

Investment opportunity

James Selka, DL, CEO of the MTA said: “The continued development of manufacturing technologies is enabling faster, more responsive, and more efficient processes to be implemented in businesses. Inspire your workforce by bringing them to the show and ensure your team are technically up to date with the latest technology available. Mach 2020 is a fantastic opportunity to invest in new equipment.”

He continued “With the increase of the Annual Investment Allowance available and impartial support available on site from finance companies, there really has never been a better time to invest in your business and your staff.”

But also from an exhibitor point of view, Mach has a lot to offer: “2018 was extremely successful for us — both in terms of orders on the stand and future pipeline. If we can replicate that Mach 2020 then we will be very happy,” said Tony Dale, Technical Director, Mills CNC.

He continued: “Mach is the UK's largest manufacturing technology exhibition and the beauty of the exhibition is that it allows us to have a large stand where we can display our full range of machines. We view it as an essential part of a larger, two-year promotional strategy.”

Additionally, Mach 2020 is pleased to announce that the Made Smarter programme will be exhibiting at the UK’s national manufacturing showcase. Their stand at the exhibition will look to help SMEs start their digital journey.

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. 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 really is the UK's National Manufacturing showcase, with a lively and focused seminar programme, as well as the Education and Development Zone all set to help attract the next generation of engineers into the sector.

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