It may be just over eighteen months away but planning for MACH 2016 is already well under way, with companies large and small already securing their spaces for the Exhibition. The MTA, which owns and runs the Exhibition, has brought forward the process of allocating the space on the floor. That will give companies from industrial sectors which have not traditionally been brought into the exhibition more time to get involved in Britain’s biggest industrial event.
An area that has been particularly successful over the last two MACH exhibitions has been the UK Manufacturing Zone which brings together major global manufacturers and companies in the UK supply chain. The Zone is an innovative way to showcase how UK manufacturing can work together – a theme borne out in the seminar and networking programmes that were a key part of it. Airbus is the first OEM to confirm their attendance – highlighting the event’s importance and profile.
James Selka, CEO, Manufacturing Technologies Association said: “We’re delighted to be building on the success of MACH 2014 and the strength of the UK’s manufacturing sector. Putting MACH together is a major undertaking and it is important to us to reach out to as many companies who could be involved as possible. Starting the process earlier will enable us to do that. The UK Manufacturing Zone is already starting to fill up and the news that Airbus is on board for 2016 will give a boost to lots of companies thinking about taking part”.
Colin Sirett, Head of Research and Technology at Airbus UK said: “MACH 2104 provided Airbus a great opportunity to participate in the UKs largest International Manufacturing Exhibition. It proved invaluable to be able to meet all sectors of the manufacturing industry, and to discuss our future challenges. What we did not expect, was the strong support from schools and colleges who took the opportunity to give their students a greater insight into this buoyant sector. This was an event that spanned all dimensions of manufacturing. Airbus is certainly looking forward to supporting MACH again in 2016.”
The first ballot for space (outside the UK Manufacturing Zone), aimed at the largest Machine Tool and Tooling companies, closes on the 30th September but the key date for most exhibitors will be the closing date for the second, much more heavily subscribed Ballot which closes on the 31 October 2014. Thereafter space will be available on a first come first served basis.
For more information contact Paul O’Donnell at the MTA: [email protected] or on +44 20 7298 6400.