It is now four years since MACH took place and in that time the industry has certainly changed, technology has moved in terms of CNC, new machines, the rise of automation and robotics, Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, while the importance of sustainability has come to the fore.
This year’s event at the Birmingham NEC represents the second time in MACH’s new location and it is housed in several connected halls all on one level (Halls 6, 17, 18, 19 and 20). MACH 2022 heading for a sell-out with more 25,000 visitors set to attend along with 600 exhibitors and after such a long time without the event, it is set to be bigger than ever.
Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, MACH has arguably never been so important to the supply chain. New to MACH and running alongside for the first time will be the Engineering Supply Chain (5-7 April in Hall 7) that has been introduced by the organiser – the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA).
The MTA notes heading into 2022, the UK’s manufacturing and engineering community have every reason to be confident as government forecasts suggest UK growth of 6% while the incentive of 130% capital allowances are in place on qualifying plant and machinery investments.