MACH 2014 sales 25% up

With a year to the opening of MACH 2014, the UK’s premier event for manufacturing technologies, exhibition sales are 25% up on MACH 2012 at the same point.

Graham Dewhurst, Director General, of the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) – the organisers of MACH – says: “This impressive early exhibition sales performance for MACH 2014 is a reflection on the importance of MACH to the UK engineering-based manufacturing sector. The fact that MACH exhibition sales are up by 25% on this time two years ago is a further indication of the resilience of UK advanced engineering and its determination to work towards a positive future.”

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2012 was a good year for the UK Machine Tool industry (29% growth in 2012 – 65% growth in 2011). The forecasts for the MACH 2014 period are for activity to continue at or around the current high levels.
End User markets:
Aerospace – Seen strong growth and will continue through the MACH 2014 period.
Automotive – Very strong areas in the sector – Excellent numbers published for February 2013. The shape of the UK industry tends to suggest it will outperform the European industry as a whole
Machinery is back to pre-recessionary levels – although with volatile patches.
Growth is forecast for 2013, strengthening in 2014/15.

OEMs and Tier 1s at MACH
OEMs and Tier 1s will be exhibiting for the first time at MACH 2014, covering the following sectors:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Oil and Gas
  • Nuclear and Power Generation
  • Yellow Goods

The organisers already announced that Airbus are exhibiting as a cornerstone of the “UK Manufacturing Zone”. Further companies will be joining very shortly.

Colin Sirett, Head of Research & Technology, Business Development and Partnerships Airbus UK, says: “Airbus recognises the importance of developing strong relationships with world class suppliers. By exhibiting at MACH 2014, Airbus is participating in the UK manufacturing sector’s pre-eminent event and bringing us into closer contact with a diverse range of the leading manufacturers. I very much look forward to the opportunities at MACH 2014.”

More than 20’000 visitors avaited
MACH is the UK’s longest established and best attended manufacturing event. The exhibition is held at the NEC in Birmingham and attracts in excess of 20,000 visitors and some 490 exhibitors showing the latest machines and other manufacturing equipment.
As the only UK exhibition of its kind and scale the show is widely recognised as the place to source and buy new equipment. It is the range and sheer scale of the technology on show that is the unique feature of MACH.

The visitor promotion campaign will kick off in September 2013– but the organisers wants to be planning long before then. It may be a good idea to plan to visit Birmingham from April 7 to 11 next year.

PS: I’ll keep you posted on what makes MACH a place to visit soon.