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|MACH to be rescheduled to April 2022||30/09/2020|
THE MANUFACTURING Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the MACH exhibition on behalf of the industry, has taken the decision to reschedule MACH from January 2021 to April 2022.
With the continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and local lockdowns, the MTA decided to consult with its members and exhibitors who had booked a stand at MACH 2021 and gauge their opinion on whether to continue with MACH 2021 in January or carry forward to MACH 2022.
The overwhelming sentiment was that in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both, the event should be moved to April 2022.
The event will be held in the same Halls at the NEC from 4th to 8th April 2022.
James Selka, MTA CEO, said: “We believe that this decision, which has not been taken lightly, is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it. Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at MACH.
“In addition, we believe that by moving MACH to April 2022, we will be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, rather than holding it in January 2021 with the uncertainty that could still be with us. Add to this the Government’s recent announcement of a pause to the restart of live events, and it was felt that a dateline in April 2022 was a much better option.”
“In the meantime, visitors who planned to attend MACH 2021 to find out about new technology, look for new suppliers and research new trends will be able to utilise the existing MTA digital platforms. In addition, later this year, we will launch a new, virtual platform which we believe will perfectly complement the live show in 2022.”
Selka concluded: “We’re grateful to the NEC for working with us to facilitate this move and we look forward to welcoming visitors to MACH 2022 where they will be able to experience the best of modern manufacturing technology under one roof.”
All exhibitors booked for MACH in January 2021 have been offered the same space at the event being held on the new dates, and the MTA is already in contact with exhibitors to discuss their participation but should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the MTA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Simple steps for a safe and successful show||24/09/2020|
The importance of MACH 2021 to the manufacturing industry and the UK economy in general, cannot be overstated. The industry – and the companies within it – needs a rallying point after enduring one of the most challenging periods in its history
As we look to rebuild, in what will undoubtedly be a demanding new era for the UK economy, the manufacturing technologies industry must be seen to be leading the way to recovery, and a showpiece exhibition such as MACH will be the ideal platform on which to demonstrate our resilience and ingenuity.
The success of UK manufacturing has been built on finding innovative solutions to technical challenges, so as you would expect from the UK’s manufacturing show, the use of new technology will be prominent throughout the exhibition, starting with the process of keeping everyone safe.
The success of UK manufacturing has been built on finding innovative solutions
We want as many people as possible to share this experience with us, which is why we are determined to make MACH 2021 the safest it has ever been so that exhibitors and visitors alike feel reassured and free to conduct business safe in the knowledge they remain in a secure environment.
We have all had to get used to changes in the way we conduct our everyday lives during the past few months but the heartening thing about this is the willingness in which it has been adopted. So, visitors to MACH 2021 will be pleased to know the changes we will be implementing are nothing most of us are not already used to.
Keeping physical contact down to a minimum will be important and to help with this, contactless technology will be in operation throughout the show. This starts with personal Smart Badges, which will be issued to all visitors as soon as they register. The embedded technology within the badges ensures they serve as personal passports, allowing visitors to access product information and exhibitor details at terminals located throughout the exhibition halls.
Registering in advance is being strongly encouraged to assure the safest visitor experience and help with swift entry into the exhibition halls on the day. However, if they do not receive their badges in time, visitors will still be permitted to register on the day by scanning a barcode on a printed invitation or via their mobile device. Pre-registering will also help with track and trace should it be necessary.
Digital alternatives to exchanging business cards and product catalogues is also being encouraged, which will have the added advantage of reducing the exhibition’s carbon footprint in terms of printed material.
Complete non-contact will be impossible but the strictest of hygiene procedures will be adopted throughout the show. Enhanced cleaning will take place before, during and after the show and frequent touch surfaces such as door handles will be regularly cleaned. Toilets will be regularly disinfected and there will be additional handwashing facilities throughout the venue, with visitors being encouraged to use them regularly throughout the day. Likewise, hand sanitiser stations will be in all areas, with signage encouraging people to use them.
Signage and floor markings will also be in place encouraging people to observe social distancing requirements.
Just as people do when they now go shopping, visitors will be required to wear a mask or face shield in all communal areas, stands and exhibition halls. Anyone feeling unwell or running a temperature will be asked to stay home.
To reinforce all the arrangements, the MTA has commissioned a short safety video, which anyone visiting the show will be able to view in advance.
On behalf of MACH 2021, we want you to have a safe, and successful show.
James Selka, DL
Chief Executive Officer
The Manufacturing Technologies Association
|UK manufacturing should be celebrated||29/07/2020|
The ability of the manufacturing industry to generate added value to the UK economy has proved to be invaluable down the years, helping the country bounce back from recession on more than one occasion. It will do so again.
The ingenuity and resilience of the industry is its strength, allied with the ability of our engineers to devise increasingly innovative solutions to ever more complex challenges. UK manufacturing should rightly be celebrated for what it has accomplished and the people who work in it, recognised for their enormous contribution.
During the four days of MACH 2021, we intend to do just that. MACH is a content-led event that brings together the latest advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies - in operation and all under one roof. As such, it really is the UK’s National Manufacturing showcase, complete with a vibrant seminar programme, as well as a multitude of must-see exhibits, demonstrations and networking opportunities, while the Education and Development Zone is all set to attract the next generation of engineers into the sector.
MACH will be back at the NEC between 25-28th January 2021 and it is our constant goal to provide value and engagement for visitors and exhibitors alike, for this reason we are delighted that HS2 Ltd will be exhibiting at the event. The new high-speed railway will play an important role in revitalising the UK economy over the coming decades and as such, offers a wealth of opportunities for the UK manufacturing sector. The company is keen to connect and work with the highly skilled UK supply chain so its participation in MACH 2021 is a win for both parties. With the focus on future technologies, visitors will also get the latest updates from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre and the Made Smarter programme, both will be showing what they can offer and how they can assist companies with the transition into the digital future.
An exciting part of the Education and Development Zone at MACH 2021 will be provided by Airbus Defence & Space, which will be displaying its ExoMars Rover ground demonstration model, ‘Bruno’. Bruno is the Earth-based testing model of its counterpart the ‘Rosalind Franklin’ Rover, which will ultimately search for life on Mars.
MACH’s core machine tool sector will also be well represented at the event with leading manufacturers keen to exhibit their latest machines. Many, such as Mills CNC and Star Micronics GB are strong advocates of the event because of the ability it offers them to showcase their full range of products. Both have resigned to appear at MACH 2021 and we are grateful for their support, as we are to the hundreds of other companies who have signed up to exhibit.
The informative and engaging seminar programme features some of the industry’s best-known figures and we are delighted that all speakers will be joining us again for the rescheduled event.
Away from the exhibition halls, MACH 2021 will also coincide with the MTA’s Annual Dinner, which takes place on Tuesday 26th January at the VOX conference centre in the heart of the Resorts World complex on the NEC campus. MTA members and invited guests from across the manufacturing spectrum will be attending in what is traditionally, one of the highlights of the industry calendar.
MACH has always been the place to see real innovation come to life
MACH has always been the place to see real innovation come to life. Manufacturers and engineers come out in force to support the UK’s national show and see first-hand how technology is developing. As such, MACH will be the perfect way to kick start 2021 and we are delighted to see other complimentary shows taking place alongside the week of MACH in January.
Check out our website – www.machexhibition.com - to see the full exhibitor list and for more details on how to be there.
It really will be an unmissable event for the UK manufacturing and engineering community, and I look forward to welcoming you all.
Until then, stay safe.
James Selka, DL, CEO, MTA
|MACH 2021 will provide vital stimulus to manufacturing industry||12/06/2020|
In my last column in this magazine I wrote about how we had had to postpone MACH 2020 until January next year due to the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and the need to go into lockdown.
A lot has happened in the intervening period, with the situation seemingly shifting on an almost daily basis. Nevertheless, factories involved in essential work were able to keep going by adapting very quickly to the required safety protocols and the dedicated work conducted by the UK manufacturing technologies sector during the pandemic has shone a beacon on the innovative ability of the industry to bring about fundamental change and preserve life.
Now, as industry is returning to work after lockdown and factories resume production, we should reflect on what has been achieved.
In an amazing demonstration, the UK Ventilator Challenge showed what can be achieved when manufacturers work together at a time of national crisis and use innovative technologies to drastically improve life for everyone. Major players in the manufacturing technology industry – including many MTA members – played a vital role in the initiative and their collaborative efforts helped to drastically ramp up production of ventilators just when they were needed most.
Such were their efforts, that orders were placed for 15,000 machines, with many collaborators going above and beyond to ensure the lifesaving equipment could be pressed into service straight away.
The efforts of other manufacturers, both OEMs and those further down the supply chain, in modifying their production methods to produce much-needed PPE equipment for our hospitals should also not be overlooked.
It is through these challenges that some of the greatest innovations happen and move technology and humanity forward, and here at the Manufacturing Technologies Association, we believe this work should be recognised and applauded, and fortunately we have just the vehicle to achieve this.
MACH 2021, as the national manufacturing exhibition, was already something to look forward to but when the doors open at the NEC on 25th January next year, it will offer something even more special. It was always going to be the showcase for not just the machine tool sector but all of the manufacturing technologies, including digital solutions, power by the hour and new cost efficiency solutions that will dramatically improve production processes and help to shape the industry over the next decade. However, it will take on added significance as the platform upon which to celebrate the hard work and dedication for all those involved in the mammoth relief effort.
I am pleased to say the exhibition is really starting to take shape and we have seen inquiries for exhibition space increase in the last few weeks, demonstrating how businesses are keen to look to the future and kickstart the manufacturing economy.
Exhibitions are still the best place to view new technology, meet the people producing it and forge long lasting business partnerships, and MACH 2021 will offer all this and more.
We are constantly in discussions with our partners at the NEC in Birmingham, so exhibitors and visitors alike can be assured that MACH 2021 will adhere to the highest safety and public health standards. As a diligent trade association, the safety of our visitors and exhibitors is paramount.
MACH 2021 will provide the vital impetus UK manufacturers and engineers will need so that they can go into next year full of confidence.
The exhibition will not just be about all the amazing technology and innovations on show. We also have a packed seminar programme planned and I am pleased to report many of the top names that were to participate in the rescheduled MACH 2020, have already signed up to speak next January. The programme includes updates on major infrastructure and modernising initiatives set to get underway in the UK. Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 will be providing an update on the high-speed rail project, while Juergen Maier will be speaking on Delivering a Responsible and Decarbonising Made Smarter. Graham Malley, Principal Director of Digital Manufacturing for Accenture, will provide an update on Made Smarter as a whole and David Holmes, Manager at BAE Systems will talk about what manufacturing technology strategies his company will be implementing to remain competitive in a global market.
There is still plenty more to come, and rest assured we will be working hard to ensure MACH 2021 delivers the best possible stimulus to the manufacturing technologies industry as we move into this vital new phase in our history.
James Selka, DL, CEO MTA
|MACH exhibition rescheduled for 2021||02/04/2020|
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,
|MACH Exhibition rescheduled to January 2021||11/03/2020|
Due to the Coronavirus, the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the MACH exhibition on behalf of the industry, has taken the decision to reschedule MACH from April 2020 to January 2021.
Given the spread of the Coronavirus, the MTA has decided that, in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both exhibitors and visitors, the event will now take place 25-28 January 2021. The event will still be held, in the same Halls, at the NEC.
James Selka, MTA CEO, said: “We believe that this decision, which has not been taken lightly, is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it. Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at MACH. In addition, we believe that by moving MACH to January 2021 we are going to be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, than by holding it in April under the conditions likely to be in place at that time.”
“We are grateful to the NEC for working with us to identify an option which we believe will work for the vast majority of our exhibitors and will give our visitors a great chance to see the best of advanced manufacturing technology under one roof.”
All exhibitors that had booked for MACH in April will be offered the same stand space at the event held on the new dates. The MTA team is contacting all 550 exhibitors directly to discuss their participation.
|It's show time||10/03/2020|
It is finally here; we are just a few short weeks away from opening the doors at the NEC and welcoming thousands of manufacturers and engineers to MACH 2020. The UK’s national manufacturing show runs from 20th – 24th of April and is set be the biggest and best for years, says James Selka, DL, CEO, MTA.
For the 2018 edition of the show, MACH moved to its new home on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. That was the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC, when it first opened in 1976, and was a great success, by visitors and exhibitors alike. MACH 2020 has already exceeded space allocated two years ago with more manufacturing technologies on show than ever before.
MACH 2020 is your one stop shop for all your manufacturing technology needs, bringing together the best companies and the brightest minds in engineering all under one roof for five days in April. As well as being the best place to solve your production needs and find the equipment and solutions to boost your productivity, MACH is much, much more.
The exhibition is the place where industry and academia come together, where theory meets reality and tomorrows ideas become todays solutions. I would encourage anyone who is attending the exhibition to plan their visit carefully, simply because there is so much to see and do. Visitor registration is now open on the MACH exhibition website and if you register now you’ll receive your Fast Track pass, which will help you beat the queues and most importantly give you all the information you need to plan your visit.
MACH 2020 is the place to be inspired, so bring your workforce with you, get them out on the exhibition floor experiencing how technology has moved forward and how this can be related back to your business. We work hard to ensure we not only bring the world’s best manufacturing technology providers together. We also bring the brightest minds from industry to our extensive seminar programme and have a dedicated Education and Development Zone to help excite the next generation about the possibilities and opportunities careers in manufacturing hold.
The exhibition is the ideal platform for industry and academia to share new ideas and solutions to move manufacturing forward. Throughout the week the seminar programme will feature speakers from the likes of the AMRC, MTC, Coventry University, Siemens, HS2, Made Smarter and BAE Systems to name but a few.
We are expecting over 25,000 visitors to attend the show throughout the week, with deals being done and orders being placed. To put it simply MACH 2020 is the place to get business done and bring our industry together.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit now and we’ll look forward to welcoming you to the NEC in April for what will be the manufacturing event of the year, MACH 2020.
|2020 – It’s a MACH Year||23/01/2020|
James Selka, DL, CEO, Manufacturing Technologies Association looks forward to what can be expected from the MACH show in 2020.
As soon as the clock ticked over to January 1st, 2020, we moved into a MACH year and it is shaping up to be a fantastic show. MACH 2020, as if I need to remind you, takes place from 20th to 24th April at the NEC in Birmingham. It’ll be a fantastic showcase for our sector, which we’re excited to welcome you too.
To put it simply, MACH is the UK’s national manufacturing show, the event for inspiring, innovating and connecting manufacturing and will provide real value for our visitors. MACH is an integral part of the fabric that binds our industry together, so make sure you start planning your visit.
The continued development of manufacturing technologies is enabling faster, more responsive, and more efficient processes to be implemented in businesses. The exhibition as always will introduce new technologies and processes that can help boost productivity. MACH 2020 remains unique because of 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 and see how it can be applied to their needs.
Visitor registration for MACH 2020 is now open, so firstly I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to register and to start inviting your colleagues along as well. By registering early guests will find it easier to gain access to the show and cut down on waiting times at the NEC. All registered visitors will receive regular updates about the show and a pre-registration pack, which contains show guide, fold out floorplans, ID badge and a product guide when they get to the exhibition.
Inspire your workforce and ensure your team are technically up to date with the latest technology available by bringing them to the show as well. MACH 2020 is not only a fantastic opportunity to invest in new equipment, but also to a chance to learn. We have several Catapult Centres and the Made Smarter programme ready to assist companies with the transition into the digital age.
Lastly, if you are a manufacturing technologies provider who is yet to secure your stand at the exhibition, I would encourage you to act now. At the time of writing, there is less 800 square meters of floor space left available. MACH has a reputation for being the go-to place for companies looking for manufacturing technology equipment and, in 2018, boasted over 25,000 visitors, with £250 million of business attributed to it.
With the expansion of the Annual Investment Allowance in the 2018 Budget from £200,000 to £1,000,000 and more support than ever available for companies to invest in new equipment, can your company afford not to be at the UK’s biggest and best attended manufacturing exhibition?
Head over to the www.machexhibition.com for all the latest news from the show and register to attend. We look forward to seeing you all at the NEC in April.
|Addressing mental health within the workplace||05/12/2019|
A new survey by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) and Close Brothers Asset Finance, has found that manufacturing and engineering firms are doing more than any other sector to raise awareness of mental health issues among their employees. James Selka DL, CEO, Manufacturing Technologies Association explains more.
Perceptions of mental health issues are changing for the better, as more is done to raise awareness of the problem. In the UK alone, mental health problems are estimated to cost employers between £33 billion and £42 billion per year.
Work-related stress, depression and anxiety are among the most common forms of mental illness in the workplace.
The survey looked across a range of industries, including Food and Drink, Retail, Recruitment and Services. It found that 65% of manufacturing and engineering firms are actively taking steps to raise awareness, opposed to 55% of other sectors surveyed.
Remembering the human element
When thinking about the future of manufacturing we often go straight to the image of automated production lines with robots carrying out many of the tasks. It must be remembered that the human element in manufacturing and engineering is the most vital part to the process. As much as we depend on technology to improve our productivity, we must also pay the same due care and attention to our employees’ mental health. Just like a CNC machine has preventative maintenance scheduled in to avoid too much down time, we should be looking to implement this same sort of due care to our employees.
The most successful interventions combine primary prevention strategies, such as reducing psychosocial risk factors, with secondary intervention strategies, for example, improving workers’ ability to deal with stress. Helping employees better understand their emotions and factors that lead to mental health issues.
Looking at the survey as a whole, it would suggest that mental health issues are more commonplace within the manufacturing and engineering sector with 51% of companies reporting an employee taking time off because of this in the past year. In other industries this number was still significant at 39%. More manufacturing and engineering (50.4%) companies reported that there had been an increase in the number of employees reporting mental health issues in the past three years than the total (37.9%).
With this increase in mental health issues being reported, we’re also seeing attitudes of employees changing for the better. More than half (53%) of manufacturing and engineering companies were more likely to have changed their attitude towards mental health than the total (45.2%), which is a huge step in destigmatising the problem and encouraging more people to seek help.
With increased awareness of how mental health affects the workplace among employers, employees and society, so we are better able to understand the issue. The workplace is the ideal environment to raise awareness of mental health issues and to offer accessible treatments. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimate that one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point during their working life. It is encouraging to see so many Manufacturing and engineering firms are being proactive in tackling the issue amongst their workforces.
|Registration opens for MACH 2020||28/11/2019|
The UK’s national manufacturing show, MACH 2020, might still be five months away, but anticipation is building and the event is set to be one of the industry’s highlights of the year.
MACH is said to be 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 20th – 24th April, MACH's organisers say MACH 2020 is set to be one of the best exhibitions in the event’s long history.
MACH 2020 is set apart by 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.
Jam-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 worth of business for exhibitors - proof that MACH attracts visitors with real buying power.
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, was a specific ‘ask’ from the MTA and will make investing in new equipment at MACH 2020 more cost-effective for most visitors.
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.”
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.
Now that visitor registration is open you can sign up to make sure that you don’t miss out on all the latest info and opportunities, visit www.machexhibition.com, to be part of it.