James Fudge, head of events at the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which organises the exhibition on behalf of industry said: “MACH remains the market leader in the UK for manufacturing technologies exhibitions because we continue to refine our show and create a fertile environment for our exhibitors to do business.”

He continued: “For the 2020 show, we have added new zones to the floor plans, so you will be able to continue to see a complete picture of the UK’s manufacturing sector. We have listened to our visitors and exhibitors to ensure we have the right balance of technologies. It is the unmissable event for manufacturing technology suppliers.”

For MACH 2020, new zones have also been added to the floor plans to give a fuller picture to the UK market. These include a new Automation Zone, as well as a branded new Training Zone. The Training Zone, alongside the already established Education & Development Zone, will enable visitors to get a flavour of what a career in advanced engineering is like.

The Training Zone will present a clear picture of how visitors can upskill their current work force. With this in mind, MACH 2020 is pleased to announce that the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Engineering, based at its £10 million Telford Innovation Campus, is the first institution signed‐up to attend.

James Selka, CEO of the MTA, said: “We are delighted to confirm the University of Wolverhampton will be at MACH 2020. It is our mission to keep pushing boundaries within the sector, and the only way to do this is through high-quality education and application of those skills. Wolverhampton has a growing reputation as a top-class institution and shares our values for promoting, developing and harnessing the skills of UK engineers.”

Syed Hasan, head of the school of engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are really pleased to be attending MACH 2020. It is the perfect platform for us to showcase the excellent facilities and the range of engineering and manufacturing courses we offer at our Telford Innovation Campus.

“Manufacturing Technology is something we’re very focused on, and being at the UK’s market-leading exhibition will provide additional opportunities for us to engage with future talent in order to help address the skills gap in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.”

MACH 2020 will take place between 20th – 24th April at the NEC in Birmingham and it is now the right time for manufacturing technologies suppliers to start formulating their plans for how they’re planning to be there.