MACH 2021 falls victim to Covid-19
Despite the sterling efforts of organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) for the MACH 2021 exhibition to go ahead in January as planned, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event has had to be rescheduled 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.
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MTA CEO James Selka says: “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.
“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. However, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organisers:
MACH 2021: Leading the way to recovery
January 2021 is going to be a hugely important landmark for UK manufacturers. After the disruption of 2020 getting supply chains moving and investment flowing are going to be big priorities for the New Year. The place to do that will be the NEC, which will not only play host to MACH, the UK’s national engineering and manufacturing exhibition between 25-28th January, but will also be packed with other events.
After a gap of nearly a decade, Subcon will return to being co-located with MACH alongside a number of other shows, including Drives & Controls, meaning it will be a huge week for UK manufacturing.
The organisers have partnered on the events before, but in the current climate the collaboration takes on added significance as the need to kickstart the manufacturing sector after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic becomes of crucial importance to the wellbeing of the UK economy as a whole. By pooling their resources, expertise and experience, the two organisations say that they will be better able to support UK manufacturing and engineering businesses to bounce back as the economy starts to rebuild and adapt to this ‘new normal’.
The highpoint of the week will be the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s Annual Dinner, which the Association, which owns and runs MACH, will be holding onsite at the Vox, on Tuesday 26th January.
James Selka, CEO of the MTA, says: “Our intention is to ensure MACH is not just a showcase for the manufacturing technologies sector, but a celebration of the manufacturing industry at its best. MACH is a content-led event and brings together the latest advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies in operation and all under one roof.
“Highlights for the show will include a significant focus on the digital factory, with more automation and connected manufacturing processes, power by the hour and new cost-efficiency solutions that will dramatically improve production processes and help shape the industry over the next decade.
“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 that other complementary shows will be taking place alongside MACH for what should be a celebration of UK manufacturing at its very best.”