The Manufacturing Technologies Association, which owns and organises the MACH Exhibition, is pleased to announce that the number of trade visitors to MACH 2018 was up 5% on the equivalent figure for the Exhibition’s last edition in 2016.
23,125 trade visitors came into the Halls at the NEC between 9-13 April. 19,445 of those visitors registered directly with MACH (a 7% increase on 2016) and an additional 3,680 registered with one of the co-located exhibitions and visited MACH too.
James Selka, MTA CEO said: “It was great to see so many people at MACH 2018. For all those using or supplying manufacturing technology, MACH is the place to do business and keep up to date with the latest technology. That so many people made sure they were there is testament to the strength of the exhibition and its place at the heart of UK manufacturing.”
The total number of visitors – including students, who toured the exhibition and experienced a range of hands on activities in the Education and Development – was 24,654. The growth in the exhibition and the increase in the complexity of the technology on display – 10% more machines were lifted into position than in 2016 – drove a 24% increase in the number of visitors who attended for more than one day, up to 1,889. Wednesday 11 April was the peak day, with 7,331 trade visitors in the Halls. 2018 saw the exhibition move Halls to the newer, Atrium, side of the NEC which enabled MACH to be presented in a single space, on one level.
With so much of the manufacturing technologies supply chain under one roof it is no surprise that a lot of business is done between exhibiting companies and there were over 5,583 representatives from them, over and above the number of visitors, at MACH during the week.