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MACH – just one month to go 04/03/2022

MACH 2022 is set to be the most significant gathering of manufacturers in the UK this year. And will feature the largest display of new machinery and manufacturing technologies under one roof in the UK for four years. 

The revival of the manufacturing industry post-pandemic, the drive to Net Zero and exploiting the opportunities offered by decarbonisation, the development of innovative technologies shaping advanced manufacturing, a special focus on Additive Manufacturing, together with a unique showcase highlighting the skills and expertise contained within the UK manufacturing supply chain are all key themes for the five-day show.

The arrival of the exhibition, which opens its doors at the NEC in Birmingham between 4-8th April, could not be timelier for the manufacturing sector. The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which organises the show, believes the growing optimism surrounding the sector will see bumper levels of business transacted during the show. Exhibitors too, are excited at the prospect of showcasing their latest products to an eager array of buyers ready to capitalise on the current financial incentives such as Super Deduction and AIA available to businesses prepared to invest in capital assets.

James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said: “With the UK economy growing above forecasts for 2021 and the CBI predicting that plans for spending on plant and machinery over the coming twelve months have improved considerably, the timing of MACH 2022 could not be better.

“In order to make step change improvements in productivity and therefore competitiveness, you only need three things – Technologies, the skill to acquire and deploy those technologies and the finance to make it happen. Technologies have never been more powerful and affordable, the UK has an incredible reputation for its innovative and flexible workforce, and finance assisted by government incentives is incredibly good value and hugely available.

“There has never been a better time to accelerate investment in UK manufacturing and with MACH 2022 bringing together the latest advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies in operation all under one roof, it will be perfect place for manufacturers to come and view the best new machines on the market.”

The CBI’s latest survey, which reflects the MTA’s own data, indicates that plans for spending on plant and machinery over the coming twelve months have improved, with the percentage balance (+26) standing at its highest level since April 1988. Four consecutive double-digit positive balances in a row is exceptionally rare and represents a stronger recovery than seen after the global financial crisis.

Crucially, the improvement has been seen in some of the most important sectors within the manufacturing industry, such as Transport Equipment (automotive and aerospace) and Metal Products sub-sectors.

MACH is the longest-running manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK and its distinctive ability to showcase the largest variety of manufacturing technology solutions in the country, makes it unique and therefore, of such critical importance to the industry.

This year’s show will focus on the best of the manufacturing technologies sector - the development of the digital factory, Additive Manufacturing, new automation solutions and connected manufacturing processes, power by the hour and the cost efficiency solutions that will dramatically improve production processes and help shape the industry over the next decade.

Resolving the current challenges to the industry – soaring energy prices, rising labour costs, skills shortages, the escalating price of raw materials, supply chain disruption and the need to effectively tackle the green agenda by seizing the opportunities posed by decarbonisation, will also receive special focus. 

Engineering Supply Chain Show

There is also a new exhibition, launching for the first time at MACH 2022, which highlights another of the show’s core themes - the opportunities that can be found within the UK supply chain. Sponsored by Lloyds Bank and the Engineering Industries Association, The Engineering Supply Chain Show is where engineering and manufacturing buyers can go to source world-class suppliers, exclusively in the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chain.

“The UK Supply Chain Zone has always been one of the busiest areas of the MACH show and given the abilities inherent in the UK SME manufacturing sector, it makes sense to expand the zone into a show-within-a-show,” said Mr Selka.

“The levels of skill and expertise which can be found in UK supply chains are amongst the best in the world. This is why there has never been a better time for buyers looking for precision engineering and sub-contracting solutions to examine the opportunities available in the UK.”

He adds: “With more and more OEMs and Tier 1 companies looking to reshore operations and source component supply from within the UK, then the ability of the various UK supply chains to facilitate this has never been more important. It is why this new exhibition will provide a focused showcase for these in-demand products and services.”

AMRC Tooling Clinic

Also debuting at the show this year will be a special Tooling Clinic run by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). 

The Tooling Clinic will enable visitors to identify the solutions right for them through open discussion of the manufacturing challenges within their tooling applications, cutting strategies, parameter optimisation, virtual machining and other high value manufacturing methodologies and technologies. 

AMRC engineers will draw on their experience and expertise, provide presentations on key discussion areas and signpost visitors to the technology exhibitors who can best address their requirements. 

Discussion topics include: 

  • Process costing and parameter optimisation
  • Virtual machining for CAM iteration and process optimisation
  • Cutting strategy for thin parts
  • Aluminium, titanium and Inconel best practice
  • Down selection of tooling geometry using virtual machining
  • Use of non-traditional substrates
  • Solutions for aerofoil components - blades, blisks and impellers
  • Focused support for SMEs
  • Tool holding technologies
  • Micro machining
  • Machine tool dynamics
  • Other relevant topics

Visitors can make an appointment to the clinic in advance, highlighting their specific challenges or identifying options from the list of discussion topics. Appointments can be booked at www.machexhibition.com/tooling-clinic

Seminar Programme

As with previous exhibitions, MACH 2022 will feature a strong seminar programme, with sessions spanning the whole spectrum of the manufacturing technologies sector, with speakers focused on delivering intuitive and engaging presentations reflecting the themes of the show.

“The global shift towards greater sustainability has gathered significant momentum during the past four years and the drive to Net Zero and the opportunities offered by decarbonisation will be a core theme of MACH 2022,” said Mr Selka. 

“This will be reflected in the speaker programme, with several speakers basing their presentations on this important subject. Hopefully, this will encourage visitors to the show to discover more about the opportunities provided by these new technologies and to implement them into their own operations.”

Speakers will also address other important topics relating to the sector including the development of digital manufacturing technologies, the emerging role of Additive Manufacturing, the importance of Cyber Security and investment strategies.

The programme begins at midday on Monday 4th April, with Katherine Bennett CBE, Chief Executive of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, delivering the keynote speech in which she will address two of the key themes of the show - the importance of sustainability in manufacturing and the drive to net zero, alongside the importance of the advanced engineering sector.

Professor Juergen Maier, Co-Chair of Made Smarter, will be picking up on this theme when he delivers his presentation 'Delivering a Responsible and Decarbonising Made Smarter' on Wednesday 6th April.

On the following day, John Pearce, CEO of Made in Britain will be chairing a panel discussion entitled 'Race to Net Zero - Destination or Dream' which focuses on the importance of sustainability in manufacturing. 

Key market intelligence will be provided by Rhys Herbert, Senior Economist at headline sponsor Lloyds Bank, who will deliver 'UK Manufacturing - Better Times Ahead' on Thursday 7th April. In this presentation he will provide an overview of the current state of the UK manufacturing sector and the economic opportunities that lie ahead for manufacturers. Mr Herbert is responsible for analysing and forecasting trends in the UK and other major economies, with a special interest in the manufacturing sector.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) will be the subject of several presentations. On the Wednesday of the show, Kieron Salter, CEO at the Digital Manufacturing Centre, will discuss how to utilise the opportunities posed by AM to develop cost-effective component production. This will be followed by a presentation from Ed Cant, Advanced Research Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, who will discuss The Future of Tooling and Fixturing in Additive Manufacturing. 

Stuart Watt, Advanced Research Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, will round off the AM discussions by outlining where those looking to utilise the disruptive technology of 3D Printing within their business should begin.

On Thursday, a familiar face to MACH, David Holmes, Director of Operations and Technology for Air BAE Systems, will be talking about the manufacturing technology requirements BAE needs in order to remain competitive in a global market. Mr Holmes, along with Mr Herbert and Professor Maier were all presenters at the virtual MACH preview event in 2021.

To mark the debut of The Engineering Supply Chain Show, which runs alongside the main MACH exhibition, presentations are being aimed at the network of companies comprising the UK’s manufacturing supply chain.

In line with one of the key themes of the show, Lugano Kapembwa, Co-Founder and CEO of Loopcycle, will use his presentation to help steer the B2B manufacturing sector through the unlocking of the circular economy through digitisation. 

Mr Selka added: “The MTA is constantly communicating with the top tiers of the UK manufacturing community so it can target the issues that directly affect manufacturers. One of the MTA’s aims when drawing up the programme was to select speakers that could engage and inspire their audience, as well as directly address the issues of concern to today’s manufacturers. 

“We believe we have achieved this, and we are urging visitors to MACH 2022 to check out the full program in advance so they can identify the presentations they want to attend and not miss out.”

Spaces for each session will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors should go to the MACH 2022 Map Your Show website to choose the seminars they want to attend and secure their place.

Education & Development Zone

As with previous MACH exhibitions, MACH 2022 will have a strong focus on encouraging more young people into the industry, with special displays and a dedicated exhibition zone showcasing the changes that are taking place within manufacturing and highlighting what makes it one of the most exciting industries to be involved in.

The Education & Development (E&D) Zone, sponsored by Sandvik Coromant, will feature special displays from Airbus Defence & Space, University of Wolverhampton Formula 3 Race Team, Vex Robotics, the Bowers Group Mobile Metrology Centre, F1 in Schools and the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), a nationwide educational charity which offers young people (9-21 years) active learning experiences in STEM-related careers.

  • Airbus Defence & Space 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 search for life on Mars. The ExoMars will be demonstrating how it can navigate the surface of Mars, while staff from Airbus will be showing how they communicate remotely with the rover and will be answering questions from young people keen to learn more about engineering in the Air and Space sectors.
  • The University of Wolverhampton Formula 3 Race Team is an initiative to provide university students with industry experience by working as part of a professional team in a competitive Motorsport environment. They will be displaying a selection of cars from their race team, which includes a Formula 3 Dallara F308 with a Honda Mugen engine run in the F3 Cup, two Plus 4 Clubsports run in the AR Motorsport Morgan Challenge, a Formula Renault 2.0 previously run at the 2015 Monoposto 2000 Championship and their IMechE Formula Student car.
  • VEX Robotics is the world's leading educational robotics company and the only one with significant presence from Early Years, right through every Key Stage and into University, both for classroom use and extra-curricular competitions. Its VEX IQ and VEX V5 are also used in two of the world's largest robotics competitions with 10,000s of teams competing in thousands of events every year. At MACH 2022 it will be running workshops using its VEX V5 Workcell Factory Automation solution. Attendees can learn about this 5-axis robot arm, industrial robots, throughput and end effectors and program the Workcell to pick and place.
  • The Bowers Group Mobile Metrology Centre is a fully equipped metrology lab on wheels, featuring a range of measuring solutions.
  • F1 in Schools is a STEM competition with a difference. Aimed at students aged nine to 19, participants are presented with the chance to work in a close-knit team, where everyone takes on a role to suit their skills. Teams are challenged to create and race their vision of the F1 car of the future, to official Technical Regulations, set out by a rule committee led by legendary F1 Engineer Gary Anderson. The multi-discipline programme encompasses research, planning, managing, designing, marketing, manufacturing and team promotion.
  • The Engineering Development Trust aims to give young people the opportunity to gain knowledge and exposure that will help them make decisions about their future. experiences designed to raise awareness, and inform young people how STEM is relevant, interesting and leads to a rewarding career. Participants undertake hands-on challenges and work towards the nationally recognised Industrial Cadets accreditation, whilst interacting with STEM professionals and educators. 

Metalworking Village

The Metalforming Machinery Makers’ Association (MMMA) is capping another major year of growth by taking over 650m² of space at MACH, allowing more than 23 members to showcase their services and technology. 

Visitors will be able to enjoy live demonstrations of machinery and take part in technical discussions that will help them improve production processes, remove bottlenecks, whilst also increasing orders and profitability. 

The full list of MMMA members exhibiting in the Metalworking Village is: 

  • Aida 
  • Bruderer 
  • Cidan Machine Tools
  • Cotswold Machinery 
  • Decade 
  • Esprit Automation 
  • Formit 
  • Group Rhodes 
  • Helm 
  • Industrial Clutch 
  • Kaller Springs 
  • Oerlikon Balzers 
  • Ortlinghaus 
  • OSA Systems 
  • Presscare 
  • Pressform Machinery 
  • Press Techniques 
  • QualiMach 
  • Raybould Machine Tools 
  • Roemheld UK 
  • Schuler 
  • TMA 
  • Worcester Presses 

Focused Zones

As with previous shows, the exhibition will be laid out in a series of interconnected zones covering virtually every facet of the manufacturing technologies industry. 

These include:

  • 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
  • Automation for Manufacturing
  • Digital Solutions for Manufacturing
  • Grinding & Adhesives
  • Lasers for Manufacturing
  • Logistics for Manufacturing
  • Measurement & Inspection
  • Surface Finishing & Component Cleaning
  • Welding 

“MACH is such a fantastic event for both exhibitors and visitors. Showcasing live, digital production systems in one space, it is not to be missed. Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of business is discussed, secured and completed at the exhibition, making it the must-attend event in the UK manufacturing calendar,” added Selka.

“We also strive to provide meaningful engagement points for our visitors and exhibitors alike, so with the focus on future technologies, we also have the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre and the Made Smarter programme, both showing what they can offer and how they can assist companies with the transition into the digital future.”

www.machexhibition.com

Attracting 25,000 visitors and more than 600 exhibitors, MACH is the platform to connect UK manufacturing engineers, decision makers, buyers and specifiers with suppliers of new technology, equipment, services and processes.

MACH is owned and organised by The Manufacturing Technologies Association, the voice for the manufacturing technologies industry, committed to driving innovation, creating value and helping UK manufacturing to thrive. 

MACH 2022 is not just a five-day exhibition. It creates a large pipeline of high-quality leads and opportunities that will help generate sales long after the show has ended.

At MACH 2018:

  • 95% of exhibitors generated leads
  • 80% of exhibitors raised their profile
  • 38% of exhibitors launched new product
  • 51% of exhibitors received tenders/ quotation requests

Co-located at MACH 2022 will be subsidiary exhibitions Air Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, Drives & Controls, Plant & Asset Management and the Smart Industry Expo.

www.machexhibition.com

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Positive investment intentions bode well for MACH 2022 02/02/2022

LATEST RESULTS from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey make for very interesting reading and the uptick in demand is good news for the manufacturing industry, says James Selka

The latest results from the CBI Industrial Trends Survey make for very interesting reading and the uptick in demand is good news for the manufacturing industry ahead of MACH 2022, especially predictions that investment intentions look positive not just for the current quarter, but for the whole of this year.
The CBI survey, which reflects the MTA’s own data, indicates that plans for spending on plant and machinery over the coming twelve months have improved considerably, with the percentage balance (+26) standing at its highest level since April 1988. There have now been four consecutive double-digit positive balances in a row on this question which is exceptionally rare and represents a stronger recovery than was seen after the global financial crisis.
Crucially, the improvement has been seen in some of the most important sectors within the manufacturing industry, such as transport equipment (automotive and aerospace) and metal products sub-sectors.

This bodes well for MACH, which will feature the largest display of new machinery and manufacturing technologies under one roof in the UK this year. Manufacturers looking to invest will have plenty of choice and will find a willing and attentive selection of exhibitors, all eager to help find the right solution.
The timing of MACH 2022 is also significant as it falls right in the middle of the Chancellor’s super deduction investment incentive. Launching on 1st April 2021 and running until 31st March 2023, the scheme means companies investing in qualifying new plant and machinery assets will be able to claim a 130% super-deduction capital allowance on their investment, plus a 50% first-year allowance for qualifying special rate assets.

We know the scheme has been popular – and with good reason as it allows companies to cut their tax bill by up to 25p for every £1 they invest. The incentive scheme’s intention is to jump-start the manufacturing sector as it looks to bounce back quickly from the pandemic-induced recession and the MTA has urged companies planning an investment to do so now to capitalise on the scheme.

For the MTA, the super-deduction scheme is a vindication of a campaign it started in 2020, urging the Chancellor to introduce an economic stimulus that would incentivise manufacturers and help them take advantage of key opportunities such as decarbonisation, high-speed rail and the Tempest UAV programme.

The MTA is not the only body to support the stimulus package. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has predicted the scheme could encourage manufacturers to bring forward investment plans originally scheduled for much later in the decade, so they can take advantage of current levels of demand.
It also represents a wealth of opportunities for the UK’s engineering supply chain. The ability of supply companies to provide innovative solutions to complex problems is one of the core strengths of the UK’s manufacturing industry. These strengths will be showcased in the new Engineering Supply Chain Show, which is running alongside the main MACH exhibition. The event has been specifically designed to help buyers looking to source precision sub-contracting products and services from UK-based suppliers, many of them experts in their fields. 

The show will act as a shop window for UK manufacturing excellence and will enable buyers to see first-hand the levels of expertise to be found within these small to medium enterprises and highlight how the rest of the world can tap into this unique network to resolve their own challenges.
The impetus we have seen in the manufacturing sector of late is clear evidence of the intention amongst the engineering community to demonstrate its resilience and to show exactly why the confidence surrounding the sector is not misplaced. There is a clear appetite to do business, as well as a desire to restore the manufacturing industries to their rightful place within the UK economy.
For this reason, both MACH 2022 and The Engineering Supply Chain Show are unmissable events for any business planning an investment in new machinery or to source vital supply support.I look forward to seeing you there.

James Selka DL is CEO of MTA, Manufacturing Technologies Association

www.mta.org.uk
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MTA president steps down 09/12/2021

ANDY HODGSON president of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) has stepped down for personal reasons.

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), the trade association for companies in the UK’s manufacturing technology sector – and which owns and runs the MACH exhibition – has announced with regret that its current president, Andy Hodgson has regrettably had to step down from the role and as an MTA board member for personal reasons.

Dave Burley, senior advisor to the board of NCMT Ltd and current MTA vice-president has stepped into the role early in support of the association and the industry.

James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said: “We would like to thank Andy for the enormous contribution he has made to the association during his time on the board and as president, including during the recent challenging period.

“We are sorry to see Andy retire, but totally respect his decision. We are incredibly lucky to have a talented and strong board representing our members and are grateful and delighted to welcome Dave Burley into the role of president.”

Mr Hodgson, strategic lead – digitalisation at Siemens, has played an active role in the MTA for many years as both a board member and as the chairman of the association’s Technical Committee, a position he relinquished in 2020 to take on the presidency in succession to Marcus Burton.

Mr Hodgson also has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing technologies sector, as well as first-hand experience of the acceleration of digitalisation within the industry through his work at Siemens. 

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MACH poised to be the go-to event for 2022 26/11/2021

Government forecasts suggest UK growth of 6.0% while the incentive of 130% capital allowances are in place on qualifying plant and machinery investments. Add in the COP26 global summit, focussing attention on the importance of tackling climate change, and 2022 is set to be a momentous year.

HEADING INTO 2022, the UK’s manufacturing and engineering community have every reason to be confident. Government forecasts suggest UK growth of 6.0% while the incentive of 130% capital allowances are in place on qualifying plant and machinery investments. Add in the COP26 global summit, focussing attention on the importance of tackling climate change, and 2022 is set to be a momentous year. 
There has therefore never been a better time for visitors to attend MACH and the new Engineering Supply Chain show to take advantage of these opportunities.

Organised by the industry, for the industry
MACH 2022 is the UK’s national event for inspiring, innovating and connecting manufacturing and will take place 4-8th April 2022 at the NEC, Birmingham. Organised by the industry, for the industry, MACH is owned by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), a not-for-profit organisation.

There has been talk in the national media and beyond recently about the challenges facing the manufacturing industry, much of it ill-informed and spouted by those without any real knowledge of what these challenges truly are.
The Manufacturing Technologies Association is different. Why? Because we are the industry. We are owned by the industry, and we talk regularly to our members to develop a true understanding of the issues facing them and what steps are needed to create the conditions under which they can thrive and add value as an important wealth-creating component of British industry.
Unlike other commercial multi-sector organisations, the manufacturing technologies industry is in our DNA. MACH is staged for manufacturers by manufacturers; our members, our board and – most importantly, in this context – our exhibition committee, all work to ensure we reflect the industry’s true needs and offer show content that is relevant and value-enhancing. 

Green manufacturing
With the COP26 global summit focussing attention on the importance of tackling climate change, the green agenda has never been more relevant to UK manufacturers. Manufacturers have a key role to play in helping to achieve the goals outlined by the Glasgow summit - which is why there will be a strong focus on the opportunities presented by decarbonisation during MACH 2022.
The desire to achieve sustainable manufacturing processes is now within our grasp and the latest engineering and manufacturing technologies are massively contributing to the ‘greening up’ of the industry. 

We must start being more ambitious as a country, moving our attitude from “how much will it cost” to “what value will this investment bring to our business?” – and we have the weapons in our armoury to achieve this. Generous government support packages in the form of the Annual Investment Allowance of £1M and the super deduction capital allowance incentive encourage vital investment. Never have the latest technologies been more powerful, more affordable and financeable as they are now.

New opportunities for the UK’s manufacturing supply chain
We would like to see a more sustainable approach to the UK supply chain, with more intelligent sourcing of product from within the UK. Encouragingly, many companies from within the UK are already looking at reshoring. 

The Engineering Supply Chain Exhibition, a show within a show, is launching for the first time at MACH 2022 and is intended to highlight some of the opportunities that can be found within the UK supply chain. This new exhibition is where engineering and manufacturing buyers can go to find world-class suppliers, exclusively in the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chain.

There are three key things businesses need to improve productivity and therefore competitiveness; the latest technology, the finance to acquire the technology and the skills to acquire and deploy them. MACH and The Engineering Supply Chain show provide visitors with a unique opportunity – the first for a long time – to achieve all these targets with one visit to one venue. 

We look forward to welcoming the UK’s manufacturing and engineering community to the NEC in April.

James Selka is CEO of the Manufacturing Technologies Association

For more information visit: https://www.machexhibition.com
Tel: 020 7298 6400

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Focus on decarbonisation 29/09/2021

With less than 200 days to go until the opening of MACH 2022, the first national gathering of the UK engineering community post-COVID-19, excitement is mounting for the much-anticipated event.

WITH THE COP26 global summit set to take place in Glasgow in November, attention is understandably focussed on the importance of offsetting climate change. Manufacturers have a key role to play in this and there will be a strong focus on the opportunities presented by decarbonisation during next year’s show.

Decarbonisation is predicted to be one of the major growth factors for the manufacturing sector in the next few decades; the Committee on Climate Change believes the UK's commitment to net zero by 2050 alone could cost an additional 1-2% of GDP.

Getting to that net-zero future will be done by decarbonising processes and products right along the supply chain. That is where manufacturing technologies come in – by harnessing innovative technologies, from 3D Printing to automation, we can reduce the carbon intensity of the production process and create products that are better for the environment in the long term too.

The MTA has been delighted with the response amongst firms wishing to exhibit at the five-day show, which opens its doors to visitors at the NEC in Birmingham on 4th April. Such has been the demand for stands, that three quarters of the show space is already sold. We are advising anyone wishing to secure space at the show to confirm their booking as quickly as possible.

The good thing is that people don’t have to wait until next April before they can start organising those all-important meetings – you can do so straight away. As part of the MTA’s commitment to improve the exhibition experience, the association has invested in a new online platform, Map Your Show planner, to help people get the most from the event.

Trialled with great success during the MACH 2022 Preview Week earlier this year, the platform enables visitors to filter by product type, save favourite exhibitors, speakers and content to their personal show planner. They can even make direct contact with exhibitors ahead of the event and arrange face-to-face meetings.
No other manufacturing event can bring together so many key decision makers across a five-day period, and no other event of its kind can attract over 20,000 trade visitors with real purchasing power - all looking to meet new suppliers, find new products, network and form new business relationships, this is why MACH 2022 is of such critical importance to the manufacturing technologies industry.

Whilst the recovery was somewhat subdued over the summer, for a variety of reasons, the long-term picture is still one of major growth in the UK economy. The government is doing all it can to help firms invest for growth, principally through initiatives such as Super Deduction and the MTA has responded by ensuring that MACH 2022 will be the perfect showcase in which to see all the latest machines in action.

MACH 2022 will be the event to connect the world of manufacturing technologies and stand as the destination of choice for companies looking to adopt and invest in the digital revolution

MACH is such a fantastic event for both exhibitors and visitors. Showcasing live, digital production systems in one space, it is not to be missed. Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of business is discussed, secured and completed at the exhibition, making it the must-attend event in the UK manufacturing calendar.
For this, and many other reasons, MACH 2022 is an event not to be missed. Pledge your support to MACH 2022 now and start making a difference straight away.
For more details on this, and the rest of MACH 2022, visit www.machexhibition.com

James Selka DL
CEO
Manufacturing Technologies Association

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New Engineering Supply Chain Show 02/10/2021

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.”

http://www.engineeringsupplychain.co.uk

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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 events@mta.org.uk.

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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.
We are working in close collaboration with the NEC in Birmingham and all the measures adopted for the show will be in line with current public health regulations. If further changes are warranted between now and 25th January when the show opens, then these will be incorporated into our safety protocols.

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.
Nothing of what is planned is outside of what is now the normal. Simply by doing what people do already will help to keep everyone safe.

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

www.mta.org.uk

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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.

Seminar programme

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

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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

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