Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, will be guest of honour at the opening of MACH2010 next Monday, it has been announced.
The Duke will perform an official opening at 3:30pm on Monday (June 7). The biennial event, run by the Manufacturing Technologies Association, runs for five days at the Birmingham NEC.
HRH – the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment – will open MACH at a time when the UK’s manufacturing sector appears to be showing real signs of growth.
The 1st quarter analysis for 2010 of the UK’s Output, Income & Expenditure from the Office for National Statistics saw growth revised up; with manufacturing output stronger than had been estimated in the earlier figures.
Meanwhile, a recent CBI survey shows improvement in both export and total order books and expectations for output growth over the coming quarter are up, with SME’s the most optimistic.
The UK also leads other euro-zone and EU27 countries on European Industrial New Orders, according to data from Eurostat, with a 36.3% increase in orders compared to March 2009.
MACH is expected to attract 27,000 visitors and almost 450 exhibitors keen to see the latest in engineering-based hi-tech manufacturing technologies.
The Manufacturer has its very own stand at the event where you can come and meet the team.