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MACH 2024 is hailed a roaring success

16 May 2024

The 2024 edition of MACH provided a showcase for buyers and visitors to experience the latest solutions and technologies from a comprehensive line-up of over 500 exhibitors

MACH 2024, the UK’s national event for inspiring, innovating, and connecting manufacturing, has once again been hailed as a triumph, with thousands of visitors filling the five halls at the NEC in Birmingham over the weeklong show in April. The halls were abuzz with excitement and anticipation every day, with exhibitors showcasing their latest cutting-edge engineering-based manufacturing technologies and solutions, including enthralling demonstrations and product launches.

Owned and organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and once again sponsored by Lloyds Bank, MACH provided an invaluable opportunity for buyers and visitors to see the latest products and technologies from an impressive line-up of over 500 exhibitors. 

DTS (UK), sealed a multi-million deal with WEC Group at MACH. “MACH 2024 has been one of the best yet and this deal with WEC Group has been a real highlight,” stated Andy Guy, operations/sales director for DTS (the UK agent for Correa).

Monday was a hugely successful opening day at MACH 2024. A highlight of the day one seminar programme was the launch of the MTA’s latest ‘True Impact of Manufacturing Report’ which revealed the significant positive impact that manufacturing is having on the UK economy. Key findings of the report included:

  • Manufacturing accounts for £518bn of UK GDP and supports 7.3 million jobs 
  • ‘Making things’ accounts for 34.5% of all UK goods and services exports
  • Median wage in manufacturing is 11% above the national average

Michelle Donelan, secretary of state for science, innovation and technology delivered a keynote speech on Tuesday which included a fascinating insight into thinking behind current and future UK Government policy and how this aligns with both the immediate and future needs of UK manufacturing. Her speech covered the following points:

  • The UK Government wants to build on the innovative reputation of the UK through supporting investment in advancing technologies such AI. The government recognises the power of AI and wants to harness this power but is mindful that security and safety are of paramount importance in this technology. 
  • The government places particular importance on skills and upskilling the workforce to ensure that individuals are not confined to a single industry.
  • The government recognises the role that apprenticeships can play in ensuring a skilled workforce. It is important that there are defined apprenticeship pathways to attract young people to take up the apprenticeships as a viable alternative to the traditional further education route.

One of the exhibitors at this year’s MACH has already rebooked their stand. “This has been a fantastic show for us, and we’ve already booked a stand for MACH 2026. This is the show to meet the key decision makers, the movers and shakers in the UK,” affirmed Matthew Aldridge, UK MD at Igus.

MACH 2026 will take place between 20-24 April at NEC Birmingham. There is already a high level of interest in the show, the MTA reporting an increased number of stand rebookings for MACH 2026.  

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