With eight months to go before the doors open to visitors attending the MACH 2006 trade fair, the premier UK manufacturing technologies event, 90% of the exhibition space in Hall 5 of the Birmingham NEC is already sold, with sales for the other floor in Hall 4 following at nearly the same pace. The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which is organizing the show, is well on the way to achieving its goal of selling 26,000 m² to more than 500 exhibitors.

Sales throughout August and into September were strong. Commented Graham Shearsmith, exhibition manager: “I’m delighted with the response we’re getting to our sales campaign, which has been focused on giving exhibitors the best deal possible from the start. “Our latest change in this area is that we will be opening up a walkway at the back of Halls 4 and 5 to allow a more even movement of people between the halls, rather than all the traffic having to use the stairs at the front of the halls.”

Confirmed exhibitors now number 360. Up-to-date floor plans and a revised exhibitor list are posted at the MACH 2006 website every Friday afternoon.

MACH 2006 encompasses metal-cutting and metal-forming machine tools along with ancillary and related products and services. The event introduces MACHplus, exhibitors from related industries, and MACHconsult, a source of informed advice from industry experts. The show has recently attracted more than 400 exhibitors and in excess of 20,000 visitors.

Running from May 15 to 19, 2006, the event will in effect be much larger by virtue of the colocation of several smaller, related fairs at the NEC during that week. The simultaneously held fairs include Subcon, Weldex, Drives and Controls, Electrex, and Airtech.