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New Engineering Supply Chain Show

02 October 2021

THE MAUFACTURING Technologies Association (MTA) has announced a new Engineering Supply Chain Show which will run alongside MACH 2022 at NEC, Birmingham, 5-7 April 2022.

The Engineering Supply Chain Show is a new exhibition where engineering and manufacturing buyers go to find world-class suppliers, exclusively in the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chain.

Organised by The Manufacturing Technologies Association and being hosted at the NEC in April 2022, this show-within-a-show is part of the MACH exhibition, but sits as a separate 3-day event. The Engineering Supply Chain Show will have its own location and entrance in Hall 7 – directly alongside MACH.

Sponsored by Lloyds Bank and the Engineering Industries Association (EIA), this new exhibition has grown out of increased demand for the successful UK Supply Chain Zone at MACH. The event is dedicated to buyers looking to source precision sub-contracting products and services from UK-based suppliers.

Commenting on the new exhibition, James Selka DL, chief executive officer at The Manufacturing Technologies Association, says: “This is a very exciting time for the UK’s engineering and manufacturing supply chain. More and more UK OEMs and Tier 1 companies are looking to reshore their supply chains or develop new ones. This new exhibition, sited alongside the established MACH exhibition, will provide a focused showcase for their products and services.”

One common badge will provide unhindered access to both MACH and The Engineering Supply Chain Show, while in-hall links will ensure a seamless flow of visitors between the events. Traditionally attracting more than 25,000 visitors, MACH is the UK’s national event to showcase engineering and manufacturing technologies and is complemented by The Engineering Supply Chain Show, bringing together a wider audience focused on capacity in the UK subcontracting and supply chain sectors.

To exhibit, companies must be UK registered and offer capacity in subcontract or supply chain services. Examples include precision machined-parts subcontracting, castings and forgings, coatings, mechatronic and electronic design and assembly, extrusion, fabrication, finishing, forming, pressings and stampings, tool making, forming and manipulation, vacuum technology and design, development and testing services.

Selka concludes: “With demand for UK domestic production growing, particularly post-Brexit, coupled with the desire to reduce goods miles as part of the UK’s commitment to greener manufacturing, we believe this exhibition is perfectly timed to support this drive. Exhibiting at The Engineering Supply Chain Show allows exhibitors to meet face-to-face with buyers and procurement professionals with budget authority to spend. Alongside MACH, no other UK exhibition delivers such a strong audience.”