Mach 2018

Five-day celebration of UK manufacturing in Birmingham

| Author / Editor: Rosemarie Stahl / Rosemarie Stahl

Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic sailor from Great Britain, will be opening the tradeshow Mach.
Sir Ben Ainslie, Olympic sailor from Great Britain, will be opening the tradeshow Mach. (Source: MTA)

The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK, Mach 2018, is set to open in Birmingham in April. The trade show will be opened by Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie.

According to the organiser, MTA (Manufacturing Technologies Association), Mach is primarily targeted at those within the manufacturing sector. The UK’s premier manufacturing technologies exhibition, Mach 2018, is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham, England, from 9th to 13th April 2018 with a new a look and new location. The biennial exhibition has over 100 years of heritage and a reputation for being at the forefront of the latest advances in engineering.

For the first time since 1976, the trade show is moving. According to MTA, this reflects the changing technologies the show covers. The new location is said to make navigation for visitors easier. The show will take place in a single, uninterrupted space on one level, providing a unique opportunity to showcase the full range of manufacturing technologies in the UK under one roof.

Set to continue the success of the last edition in 2016

James Selka, CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which organises Mach 2018 on behalf of the industry, said: “The shift in technology towards a more digitised, automated model of manufacturing is an exciting evolution of the sector, and MACH is at the forefront. As such, we as owners and organisers have decided to refresh the show and enhance the exhibitor and visitor experience by moving to this new location in 2018.”

The 2016 edition of the exhibition was hugely successful, boasting sold-out exhibitor space, a 10% increase in visitors on 2014 and over £150 million worth of business attributed to the show.

The overriding theme running through the show is interconnected technology and the future of manufacturing. Mach showcases live working machinery and brings together the industry’s finest manufacturers across a range of technologies including milling, turning, metrology, additive manufacturing, tooling and Industry 4.0 technologies.

As well as all the technology on show, there is a vibrant seminar programme, which includes leading speakers from academia as well as industry, marrying together the theoretical and practical aspects of 21st-century manufacturing. With live demonstrations and a packed seminar programme, MACH 2018 is the place to get business done.

With its location just adjacent to Birmingham International Airport, Mach is easily accessible for international visitors. MTA CEO James Selka concluded: “Mach 2018 is in the perfect location for international visitors, with great transport links connecting Birmingham to the world. The UK has an exciting and vibrant advanced manufacturing sector and a reputation for innovation — Mach is the perfect entry point into the UK market, so come and see that the UK is open for business.”

Recently, the organiser announced that the trade show will be officially opened on 9th April by Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie. The winner of several medals, including gold at the four Games held between 2000 and 2012, is a fitting choice. His British America's Cup team, Land Rover BAR, employs the latest manufacturing processes in the creation of their foiling race boat for the America's Cup.

"At Land Rover BAR we bring together huge resources of technical, design and engineering knowledge to create something truly British and unique. We invest in technology and innovative skills to find solutions for long-term issues in sustainability. I’m very much looking forward to opening the MACH 2018 exhibition and seeing the latest innovations coming out of the UK’s manufacturing technologies sector,” says Sir Ainslie.

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