“We had little idea of how MACH would go, with people still anxious about Covid and the level of sales in March made us think that attendance at the show may be poor, with people ordering machines instead of visiting the show. How wrong we were,” said Nigel Atherton, managing director, XYZ Machine Tools.
“From day one of MACH our stand was busy and the level of enquiries, and new orders resulting from the week are very encouraging and indicate that April will be an even better month than March”
By the end of the exhibition XYZ Machine Tools had recorded almost 500 leads, 100 of which were described as hot, of which 32 have already placed orders, another 192 customers indicated they would be placing orders in the next 2-3 months, with a further 162 suggesting a six month lag to placing an order.
New orders that can be directly attributed to MACH 2022 currently stand at 37 machines from 32 customers, made up of a mix of three manual machines, 20 ProtoTRAK controlled mills and lathes, and 14 Siemens controlled machines, a mix of vertical machining centres, turning centres and five-axis machining centres. The value of these sales is in excess of £2.4m.
“With these sales and ongoing negotiations, we are extremely happy with our attendance at MACH and a bonus was that even with our existing database of engineering companies, which extends to over 20000 names, we still managed to have conversations with 32 companies that we hadn’t come across before. Also reassuring is that our current levels of business are exceeding pre-Covid levels and there is little sign of buying confidence slowing down.”