The return of the MACH: Day 1

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As the doors opened on the first national gathering of the engineering and manufacturing community in four years at the NEC in Birmingham, exhibitors and visitors alike expressed their genuine excitement and enthusiasm to be back at MACH.

Opening the show from the Seminar Theatre in Hall 6, Dave Burley, MTA President, thanked all exhibitors and sponsors for pulling together to create a fantastic showcase onto the world of engineering and manufacturing technologies.  He commented on the variety of technology on display, the tangible buzz in the halls and summed up by thanking headline sponsor Lloyds Bank for their continued support of the show and the wider sector. 

The Seminar Theatre programme was then kicked off with keynote speaker Katherine Bennett CBE, chief executive officer at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, who said: “We celebrate those that seized the agenda. As MACH 2022 gets underway, open your minds to the possibilities – talk to people who have taken the plunge. Make the connections that could help take your business to the next level.”

Katherine also talked about how the sector answered the call to help during the heights of the pandemic as well as the value of the advanced manufacturing sector to the UK economy. She  enthused that the best of UK innovation is reflected throughout the halls in both the range and sheer volume of technology on display and urged visitors to grasp the opportunity to visit.

MACH is taking place all week at the NEC. Entry is free and all are welcome to attend, bringing together the engineering and manufacturing community together again under the MACH banner.

The halls were buzzing as the manufacturing technology industry finally had the chance to do business again.

Among the stand-out events on the first day were on the Ceratizit UK & Ireland stand where the winner of a Hope HB130 mountain bike, valued at over £6000 was chosen by World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth cycling champion Katie Archibald MBE.