With just over two months to go until the doors open on the show at the NEC in Birmingham, the growth impetus within this key sector is reflected by the news that the landmark exhibition is now more than 90% allocated, with more exhibitor interest being expressed every day.
Show organiser and national trade association, the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), said the huge support for the event was clear evidence that the UK engineering community was eager to demonstrate its ambitions to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.
The association is now urging people to register for the showpiece event, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham between 4-8th April 2022, as quickly as possible so as not to miss out on the exciting content and updates in the run up to the show.
James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said: “MACH is the national manufacturing and engineering show, and as a content-led event it brings together the latest advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies in operation, and all under one roof. As such it will be perfect place for manufacturers to come and view the best new machines on the market.
“The impetus we have seen in the manufacturing sector of late is clear evidence of the intention amongst the engineering community to demonstrate its resilience and to show exactly why the confidence surrounding the sector is not misplaced. There is a clear appetite to do business, as well as a desire to restore the manufacturing industries to their rightful place within the UK economy.”
MACH 2022 will be the event to connect the world of manufacturing technologies and stand as the destination of choice for companies looking to adopt and invest in the digital revolution.
“MACH is such a fantastic event for both exhibitors and visitors. Showcasing live, digital production systems in one space, it is not to be missed. Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of business is discussed, secured and completed at the exhibition, making it the must-attend event in the UK manufacturing calendar,” added Mr Selka.
For 2022, there are extra incentives in place for companies looking to invest in the latest machine technology, principally the Super Deduction initiative announced by the Chancellor last year.
Running until 31st March 2023, the scheme means companies investing in qualifying new plant and machinery assets will be able to claim a 130% super-deduction capital allowance on their plant and machinery investment, plus a 50% first-year allowance for qualifying special rate assets.
The super-deduction scheme will allow companies to cut their tax bill by up to 25p for every £1 they invest. The incentive scheme is intended to jump-start the manufacturing sector as it looks to bounce back quickly from the pandemic-induced recession.
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has predicted the scheme could encourage manufacturers to bring forward investment plans originally scheduled for much later in the decade.
“With MACH 2022 falling right in the middle of the scheme’s two-year window, the timing of the show could not be better. Bringing forward capital investment decisions to the present will enable the industry to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic far quicker,” added Mr Selka.
With the UK manufacturing being such a broad church, the MTA is collaborating with other associations in the sector, many of which are taking pavilions at the MACH show so they can promote their own messages. Most notable amongst these, is the MMMA, which will be bringing one of the largest pavilions to the NEC to ensure the needs of the metal working sector are represented alongside those of the other manufacturing technologies.
In this way, MACH is not just a showcase for the manufacturing technologies sector, but a celebration of the manufacturing industry at its best - the development of the digital factory, new automation solutions and connected manufacturing processes, power by the hour and the cost efficiency solutions that will dramatically improve production processes and help shape the industry over the next decade.
Other themes evident during the show will be decarbonisation and the drive to secure a net zero economy. Decarbonisation is predicted to be one of the major growth opportunities for the manufacturing sector in the next few decades. The Committee on Climate Change believes the UK's commitment to net zero by 2050 alone could cost an additional 1-2% of GDP.
New opportunities for the UK’s manufacturing supply chain will also be a focus. The MTA believes a more sustainable approach to the UK supply chain, with more intelligent sourcing of product from within the UK will benefit the entire economy.
To better reflect this, The Engineering Supply Chain Show, will run alongside the main exhibition and highlight some of the opportunities that can be found within the UK supply chain. This new exhibition is where engineering and manufacturing buyers can go to find world-class suppliers, exclusively in the UK engineering and manufacturing supply chain.
Those visiting MACH can optimise their show experience by using the new online platform, Map Your Show Planner. Trialled with great success during the MACH 2022 Preview Week, the platform enables visitors to filter by product type, save favourite exhibitors, speakers and content to their personal show planner. They can even make direct contact with exhibitors ahead of the event.
No other manufacturing event can bring together so many key decision makers across a five-day period, and no other event of its kind can attract over 20,000 trade visitors with real purchasing power - all looking to meet new suppliers, find new products, network and form new business relationships.
For more details on the exhibition and how to use the new show planner, visit www.machexhibition.com