Manufacturing in motion

January 18th, 2018 9:18 am | by Rob

With just a couple of months to go before the doors open to MACH 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, visitor registration is now live.

MACH 2018 takes place from the 9th to the 13th April 2018 and will be located in a new home on the atrium side of the NEC, in Halls 17, 18, 19, 20, 6 and 7. This is the first move of the show since relocating to the NEC when it first opened in 1976, and reflects the changing technologies the show covers. Visitors are invited to register early for their entrance pass and fast track entry pack at the following link: www.machexhibition.com  

James Fudge, head of events at organisers the MTA says: “MACH prides itself on attracting top-quality visitors with real buying power and the ability to invest in new equipment. The new hall layout will help create a brand-new visitor experience which is easier to navigate, showcasing all the different technologies in action under one roof. It will be a more interconnected show, just as we have a more interconnected industry.”

“For MACH 2018, we have worked hard to provide visitors with a new way to connect with exhibitors. Our smart badging system provides every visitor with an interactive badge, allowing them to collect information from exhibitors in a quick and effective manner, without the need to carry lots of cumbersome documents. Data is transferred live to the visitors’ online portal, ready to download as soon as they leave the show. This investment by the MTA in smart badging reflects the digital nature of the advanced technology on show at MACH.”

James Selka, CEO of the MTA, says: “The show will be 2018’s biggest display of live, working technology. At the core of the show, exhibitors will showcase the latest developments in metal cutting, forming and finishing along with tooling, CADCAM and laser technology. The number of companies displaying additive manufacturing technology has grown considerably and exhibitors tell us they will be focusing on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes on display than ever before. New for 2018 is a specific IT for manufacturing zone, where companies offering connected solutions for the fourth industrial revolution will be on-hand with practical displays and demonstrations.”

“So, whilst the show will still attract the decision makers, engineers, designers and researchers who work in manufacturing, it is now a great place for chief information officers looking at systems and chief data officers who are adopters of these disruptive technologies to find new suppliers and experience the latest solutions. The vibrant seminar programme at MACH will feature subjects such as digital manufacturing, disruptive technologies, additive manufacturing and key ‘meet the supply chain’ networking sessions. The content is designed to provide clear thought leadership at a time when manufacturing is experiencing huge change, and we believe visitors should allow more than one day to experience everything that MACH has to offer.”

James Fudge concludes: “We know there are lots of regional and specialist shows people can visit to find out about manufacturing technology. The MACH difference is to bring all these technologies under one roof over a five-day period. With a single visit, companies looking to invest in and adopt any one of a number of new technologies can assess the options and be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.”

MACH was established more than 100 years ago by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA). It is the largest manufacturing technologies event in the UK, attracting in the region of 600 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors. Taking place from 9th to13th April 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham, the biennial exhibition brings together the latest developments and best innovations. MACH provides manufacturers of all sizes and sectors the chance to network with key clients and prospects as well as gain insight into their needs and future vision for supply chain manufacturing. For more information visit www.machexhibition.com

The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) is the UK trade association for the Manufacturing Technologies industry. The MTA represents the core of engineering based manufacturing and aims to promote the use and innovation of advanced technology in manufacturing.

Further information about the MTA and its members can be found at:
www.mta.org.uk