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MACH exhibition rescheduled for 2021

02 April 2020

I had planned to sit down to write this month’s column to preview MACH 2020, which was due take place during April. But, like everyone’s plans across the world, ours have had to change and adapt due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Of course, running MACH on behalf of the industry is one of the things of which we are most proud at The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). So it was with a very heavy heart that we took the decision to reschedule MACH from April 2020 to January 2021. The event will now take place 25-28 January 2021 and will still be held, in the same Halls, at the NEC.

This decision was taken before lockdown was implemented in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform to get business done safely. All exhibitors that had booked for MACH in April have been offered the same stand space at the event held on the new dates. The MTA team contacted all of 550 exhibitors directly to discuss their participation in MACH 2021.

I would like to take this opportunity thank our exhibitors for their understanding and support, as well as all our contractors, suppliers and the NEC. The situation we currently face is unprecedented in modern times, but with the aid of technology, ingenuity and spirit we’ll come out of this stronger.

We have seen British manufacturers, including MTA members and MACH exhibitors, answer a national call and band together to help produce ventilators to save lives. I’ve seen our members offer the use of their equipment for free to help get production up and running. We have seen British engineers using their skills and expertise to help preserve life. This is what gives me hope and rest assured when the UK’s national manufacturing show returns next year, we will be showcasing an industry we can be even prouder of.

As a trade association our members are front and centre of everything we do. Keeping them informed of the latest support being made available to help businesses and people through this time. There is a dedicated area on our website (https://www.mta.org.uk/coronavirus-advice) which has all the latest Coronavirus advice.

If you have any issues, now is the time to be in touch with your trade association, we are your voice. By coming together as an industry, we can emerge from this situation stronger than before. I remain optimistic knowing that our members and exhibitors are creating the technology that is shaping the world around us and enabling us to fight back against the Coronavirus.

Great turmoil can foster great innovation and we know that British manufacturers never stop innovating. Stay safe, stay healthy and we will look forward to seeing in January at MACH 2021.

James Selka, DL,

CEO, MTA

 
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