MACH 2018 Preview


MACH 2018 is just one short month away and the whole industry is atwitter with anticipation.

The UK’s premier manufacturing technologies exhibition will return to the Birmingham NEC, this time in new halls, from 9-13 April. In a world where the engineering industry is a government priority and technology is increasingly central to everyday life, this edition of MACH promises to be its most exciting yet.

Enthused by Industry 4.0, MACH 2018 exhibitors will display more innovations under one roof than ever before, bringing them to life through live machinery, a feature unique to the MACH show. The fast implementation of connective manufacturing has allowed these companies, including Hewlett Packard, Jaguar Land Rover and Panasonic, to significantly increase their productivity; the recent, government-backed Made Smarter review even revealed that the digitalisation of industry could result in £455 billion of extra profit over the next decade, as well as creating 175,000 jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by 4.5%.

MACH 2018 is the best place to witness the actual impact of the new industrial revolution and visualise the future of engineering. MACH exhibitors stand at the centre of this new age of data-driven technology, as they provide solutions for manufacturers to produce goods as close to market needs as possible, all while reducing costs and production times.

In parallel to Industry 4.0, which serves as an unofficial thread throughout MACH 2018, the show will feature the latest and best developments in additive manufacturing, which is one of the other major factors in making the manufacturing process more efficient and creating more lightweight parts. Major processes such as milling, turning, metrology and tooling are well represented too.

With close to 600 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors expected, the five-day show provides an unrivalled platform to create valuable connections, generate new business and gain an understanding of the great breadth of progress in UK advanced engineering today. Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, is set to kick off the exhibition on 9th April.

MACH 2018 also boasts an extensive seminar programme, with talks from top leaders in manufacturing, which will help engineers and salespeople alike acquire the skills they need to keep at the top of their game, from optimising their digital strategy to testing out virtual machining. Students and apprentices visiting the Education & Development zone at MACH are also very welcome to attend these seminars, led by experts including David Holmes, Manufacturing Director at BAE Systems, and Andy Green, OBE, pilot at Bloodhound.

With such a full programme, spending just one day at MACH 2018 simply isn’t enough time to take advantage of all the opportunities the show has to offer — from networking to learning, and from sales to taking in all the latest machinery, visitors are encouraged to come out for at least two of five days.


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