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MACH 2021 falls victim to Covid-19

September 30th, 2020 3:06 pm | by admin

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.

Roger Barber Publishing fully supports this move and will work hard to keep our readers fully informed about the advantages of the 2022 show.

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:

Tel: 020 7298 6243






MACH 2021: Leading the way to recovery

June 24th, 2020 9:56 am | by admin

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.”

Tel: 020 7298 6243


A call to arms

February 20th, 2020 1:23 pm | by admin

MTA President says UK Manufacturing providers should embrace their role as ‘Champions of Productivity’

The 6th February saw the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s (MTA) Annual Dinner take place at the at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Always a popular event for manufacturing technology providers, over 400 guests got together to discuss the future and celebrate success.

MTA president and director of Yamazaki Mazak, Marcus Burton MBE, used his keynote speech to address some of the hot topics affecting the UK manufacturing sector: Brexit and future trade, climate change, how MTA members are ‘champions of productivity’ and of course MACH 2020.

On productivity he said: “MTA members have the equipment, ideas and expertise for our manufacturers to transform their productivity. In fact, our MTA members are the ‘Champions of Productivity’. As such we have a huge opportunity, and responsibility, to improve the economic well-being of the whole country.”

He continued by highlighting that MACH 2020 is just around the corner, saying “MACH is the only place in the UK to see such technology on display and under power; but it is more than that, it is the spotlight for our creativity. It’s just ten weeks away now, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what the ‘Champions of Productivity’ have to offer the 25,000 plus visitors we expect to come from far and wide.”

The MTA President didn’t shirk away from tough topics, addressing concerns on climate change and Brexit, saying “The UK government is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. These changes will cause disruption but undoubtedly will bring huge opportunities for innovative manufacturers. We must be at the centre of this transformation and develop new innovative products and services using the latest digital technologies.”

On Brexit, he reiterated the Association’s commitment to engage with the Government to ensure “Sensible cooperation on regulations, developed by listening to our industry, will ensure our sector can continue to be competitive in our biggest market. We need a customs regime that is light touch, and the ability to send people all over the continent at short notice. We need this flexibility to support our customers.”

The MTA exists to promote the interests, and be the voice, of the manufacturing technologies sector in the UK. It delivers marketing support and networking opportunities, specific and relevant economic and technical information, representation to Government and other stakeholders, help for exporters and support for learning and development within member companies and beyond.

The MTA owns and runs MACH, the UK’s premier event to showcase manufacturing technologies. The biennial exhibition, held at the NEC, attracts over 25,000 visitors, over 600 exhibitors and the last edition, MACH 2018, saw over £200,000,000 of business attributed to it.

Established in 1919 the MTA has been at the core of the UK’s engineering-based manufacturing economy for almost a century.

Tel: 020 7298 6400


Future Engineering Ireland 2019

July 18th, 2018 4:20 pm | by Rob

The size and value of Ireland’s manufacturing sector has grown hugely over the last few decades and that growth continued at record levels last year. The biggest event in the country’s manufacturing calendar is the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition; a one-day event which attracts over 4,000 people to the Citywest venue outside Dublin.

The next event is scheduled for 17th January 2019 and for the first time there will be a significant part of the show dedicated to manufacturing technology.

The new co-located show, called Future Engineering Ireland, is owned by the MTA and will provide an opportunity for manufacturing technology providers to show off their latest
innovations to potential customers in this growing market.

Exhibiting rates:

€385 for shell scheme
Includes: electrics, carpet, modular side and back walls,
name board and fascia
€350 for self-build (space only)

Pavilion owned by the MTA, part of the larger National
Manufacturing Conference owned by Premier Publishing

Awards Dinner:
Co-hosted by MTA & Premier Publishing,
taking place on 17th January at Citywest, Dublin

Dinner contact:

Future Engineering Ireland

Sir Ben Ainslie set to open MACH 2018

February 13th, 2018 2:36 pm | by Rob

The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK, MACH 2018, is set to open in April at the NEC in Birmingham. This five-day celebration of UK manufacturing will be officially opened on 9th April by the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Sir Ben Ainslie. Sir Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 onwards, including gold at the four Games held between 2000 and 2012.

Sir Ben has a keen interest in manufacturing and the technology behind it, with his British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR employing the latest manufacturing processes in the creation of their foiling race boat for the America’s Cup.

MTA CEO James Selka, says: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Ben to open MACH 2018. We know how much hard work and engineering excellence has been employed in the creation of the Land Rover BAR team. They are a fine example of world class British engineering and sporting know how. Sir Ben is a true legend and we are honoured to have him opening the UK’s premier manufacturing and engineering showcase.”

Sir Ben Ainslie, says: “At Land Rover BAR we bring together huge resources of technical, design and engineering knowledge to create something truly British and unique. We invest in technology and innovative skills to find solutions for long-term issues in sustainability. I’m very much looking forward to opening the MACH 2018 exhibition and seeing the latest innovations coming out of the UK’s manufacturing technologies sector.”

MACH 2018 takes place from 9th-13th April and visitors can register for their Entrance Pass and Fast Track Entry Pack now, via the MACH exhibition website at

 The MACH exhibition is the largest manufacturing technologies event in the UK, attracting in the region of 600 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors. 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.

Tel: 020 7298 6400




Geoff Bryant retires from Citizen Machinery after creating business platform for record sales

January 22nd, 2018 3:06 pm | by Rob

A pre-Christmas gathering at Citizen Machinery UK of 79 employees, spouses and partners, plus a group of long-serving retired employees and specialist suppliers, celebrated Geoff Bryant’s 43 years of service, of which 25 were given to the company as managing director.

Significant in the last 12 months in his departure planning role, which involved liaison and progressive hand-over to the new management team of Edward James as MD, Darren Wilkins Deputy MD and Jon Hart as Finance Director, was a record breaking year of trading for the Bushey-based business supporting the ranges of Citizen Cincom CNC sliding head and Miyano fixed head turn-mill centres.

Edward James said: “I must compliment Geoff, who has set such a high standard and raised the profile of the business over so many years. He has created an enviable platform that enables us to further develop the company and its people, in particular, involving keen younger employees. This will enable us to provide customers with the level of support that such a high technology-based product deserves.”

He followed on to describe how with Citizen’s recent announcement of a £2 million investment in a regional facility in the West Midlands is destined to become a European conference facility and has been billed by the Japanese as its European Centre of Excellence. He said: “In particular, the interest and rapid take-up by customers following the launch of the Citizen patented and market leading Low Frequency Vibration (LFV) machining technology on the latest Citizen and forthcoming Miyano machines, means that sales forecasts through 2018 show an even greater level of growth.”

Geoff Bryant has committed further time to serve the machine tool industry and in particular the members of the MTA in his role as its president. He accepted this position following dedicated support of the MACH exhibition through his involvement on the MTA’s Exhibition Committee from 2001, rising to become its chairman from 2005 until late in 2016 when he took over the presidency.

He will continue to be available to provide support to the new management team with the knowledge and experience gained from his initiation to production engineering direct from university in 1974 with NC Engineering under MD Ken Jeffreys and the new to the UK, Citizen NC-controlled product range. He took over as MD in 1991 and was later heavily involved with the negotiations with the Japanese when the company became its wholly-owned subsidiary Citizen Machinery UK in 2006.

Adding to the farewell retirement event, Edward James applauded Godfrey Mills, who has worked with the sales team since 1999. He told the Christmas gathering about his 18 years of adventure keeping up with the rapid machine tool developments and ever expanding and challenging needs of his customer base forever demanding and receiving the benefits from the latest Citizen and Miyano technology. Also congratulated by the MD for long term commitment was customer manager Trevor Haase, who is responsible for post-sales support and was celebrating 30 years of man and boy service to the company.

Citizen Machinery UK Ltd
Tel: 01923 691500

Photo caption:

Geoff Bryant (right) receiving a farewell and handshake from Citizen Machinery UK managing director Edward James

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:  

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

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: