MACH2010, the UK's premier manufacturing technologies event, demonstrated positive signs of recovery for machine tool users.
The biennial show, owned and organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association, is considered the UK’s leading manufacturing technologies event. With 446 exhibitors displaying their products and services to the 20,171 visitors who visited the show, MACH covered over 18,300m2 of space through Halls 4 and 5 at the NEC Birmingham from June 7-11.
MACH2010 also welcomed the Duke of York — the UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment — who officially opened the show, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, and his deputy, Mark Prisk.
One area the politicians were particularly impressed with was the new Education & Training Zone. Launched in 2010, the Zone was a major success at the show, with over 1,500 students visiting from schools and colleges across the country. With exhibitors such as the Bloodhound SSC and the AMRC MANTRA truck, the youngsters had the opportunity to learn what a career in manufacturing could hold.
MACH also played host to an international trade mission arranged by the MTA in conjunction with UKTI. Directly exposing decision-makers from Russia, China and India to senior managers of UK-based manufacturing companies, it showcased UK manufacturing technology and the products UK industry has to offer. Over 135 one-to-one meetings were held, providing leads for both international delegates and the UK-based companies.
Said Graham Shearsmith, MACH exhibition manager for the MTA: “Reaction from the exhibitors was very positive regarding the quality of the visitors, and comments in from visitors focussed on how the show was so innovative and engaging. This feedback is supported through some bumper sales made by exhibiting companies.”
Paul O’Donnell, head of external affairs at the MTA, added: “We were very pleased to welcome and engage with such prestigious guests at MACH2010. The show really demonstrated the importance of manufacturing to Government as they attempt to rebalance the economy and move the economy into growth.”