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Mach exhibition is postponed from January 2021 to 2022

29 September, 2020

Mach, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event, which had been due to take place at the NEC Birmingham in January 2021, has been rescheduled to April 2022. The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the Mach exhibition on behalf of the industry, asked companies that had booked to exhibit in January whether they wanted to go ahead with the show, or postpone it to 2022. 

“The overwhelming sentiment was that in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both, the event should be moved to April 2022,” the MTA reports.

Mach was originally due to take place in April 2020 but, following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the MTA postponed it until January 2021. The show will now be held in the same halls at the NEC from 4–8 April, 2022. All exhibitors that had booked for Mach in January 2021 have been offered the same space at the 2022 event.

The Mach show has been rescheduled from January 2021 to April 2022

“We believe that this decision – which has not been taken lightly – is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it,” says MTA CEO, James Selka. “Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at Mach.

“In addition, we believe that by moving Mach to April 2022, we will be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, rather than holding it in January 2021 with the uncertainty that could still be with us,” he continues. “Add to this the Government’s recent announcement of a pause to the restart of live events, and it was felt that a dateline in April 2022 was a much better option.

“In the meantime,” says Selka, “visitors who planned to attend Mach 2021 to find out about new technology, look for new suppliers and research new trends will be able to utilise the existing MTA digital platforms. In addition, later this year, we will launch a new, virtual platform which we believe will perfectly complement the live show in 2022.”

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