Throughout the week hot topics such as Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, workforce development and modern production processes will be discussed.

Explains MTA chief James Selka: “Emerging technology is at the heart of what MACH 2018 is about, of course the machinery and equipment on show are a great way of presenting what's new, but so are the seminars running throughout the week. They can help put the kit into context, give new ideas to help adapt your business and give SMEs a chance to engage with OEMs.

“MACH plays a vital role in the development and spread of new ideas, we have a compelling array of speakers, from some leading companies and institutions who are ready to engage and enlighten visitors to the show.”

The week kicks off with Sir Ben Ainslie officially opening the exhibition and giving the first seminar. This will be followed up by Andy Green, pilot of Bloodhound SSC, talking about the progress on the high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record.

Other speakers over the week will come from Added Scientific, Valuechain, Anisa Group, Consultant Designer 3M Buckley Innovation, Stratasys, MTC, Safran Landing Systems, The Machining Group, AMRC, BEA Systems and Cranfield University.

Registration for all seminars in now open.