At the official press launch of the event, which will take place between April 20th – 24th at the NEC in Birmingham, the organisers revealed some of the new developments intended to attract even more visitors and exhibitors in 2020.
Speaking at the University of Wolverhampton School of Engineering’s £10 million Innovation Campus in Telford, James Fudge, head of events at the MTA, which organises the exhibition on behalf of industry said: “MACH remains the market leader in the UK for manufacturing technologies exhibitions because we continue to refine our show and create a fertile environment for our exhibitors to do business.”
He continued: “For the 2020 show, we have added new zones to the floor plans, so you will be able to continue to see a complete picture of the UK’s manufacturing sector. We have listened to our visitors and exhibitors to ensure we have the right balance of technologies. It is the unmissable event for manufacturing technology suppliers.”
Demand for space at MACH 2020 is in excess of what it was at the same point in advance of MACH 2018. The sales process for the show started during MACH 2018, which saw a 50% increase in exhibitors re-booking on site to ensure they had space at 2020.
For MACH 2020, new zones have also been added to the floor plans to give a fuller picture to the UK market. These include a new Automation Zone, as well as a branded new Training Zone. The Training Zone, alongside the already established Education & Development Zone, will enable visitors to get a flavour of what a career in advanced engineering is like.
The Training Zone will present a clear picture of how visitors can upskill their current workforce. With this in mind, the MTA was pleased to announce that the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Engineering, is the first institution to sign‐up for the show.
The University has a growing reputation for excellence in aerospace engineering and motorsport, and is the only University race team to compete in the national Formula 3 Championship. Facilities at the Telford Campus include a High Value Manufacturing Suite, Composite Materials Lab, Wind Tunnel and Additive Manufacturing Suite.
James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said: “We are delighted to confirm the University of Wolverhampton will be at MACH 2020. It is our mission to keep pushing boundaries within the sector, and the only way to do this is through high-quality education and application of those skills. Wolverhampton has a growing reputation as a top-class institution and shares our values for promoting, developing and harnessing the skills of UK engineers.”
Syed Hasan, head of the School of Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are really pleased to be attending MACH 2020. It is the perfect platform for us to showcase the excellent facilities and the range of engineering and manufacturing courses we offer at our Telford Innovation Campus.
“Manufacturing Technology is something we’re very focused on, and being at the UK’s market-leading exhibition will provide additional opportunities for us to engage with future talent in order to help address the skills gap in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.”
The MTA says MACH remains the foremost manufacturing show because of the amount of live working machinery running at the event and the fact it has the widest selection of equipment on display. The association is urging manufacturing technology suppliers to start formulating their plans for how they can make the most of the event and encouraging those who have not already signed up to be a part of it. It says the show provides exhibitors with a genuine return on their investment by delivering an engaged audience with real purchasing power.
The MTA was also pleased to see that the recent Budget announcement from the Government included the expansion of the Annual Investment Allowance from £200,000 to £1,000,000. This was a specific ‘ask’ from the MTA and will make investing in new equipment at MACH 2020 more cost-effective for the vast majority of visitors involved in manufacturing.