SouthMACH 15 – an as­tound­ing re­sult says or­gan­iser

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The first SouthMACH event or­gan­ised by new own­ers XPO Ex­hi­bi­tions was a great suc­cess and XPO Sales & Events Di­rec­tor Tony Waite says the com­pany “couldn’t be more de­lighted with the re­sults.” He said XPO had been in­un­dated with feed­back that the show de­liv­ered a lot more new prod­ucts and in­no­va­tions with many qual­i­fied and qual­ity visi­tors at­tend­ing the two-day event.

SouthMACH at­tracted 104 in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies across a range of in­dus­tries and was at­tended by 1,967 visi­tors (au­then­ti­cated by the Au­dited Media As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­trala­sia) mak­ing it one of the most suc­cess­ful events since its in­cep­tion.

Cel­e­brat­ing the ‘Heart­land of New Zealand Man­u­fac­tur­ing’ the Christchurch-based event at­tracted a wide range of prod­ucts and ser­vices from lead­ing ex­hibitors. On dis­play was the latest in CNC ma­chin­ery, ad­vanced press brake tech­nol­ogy, live weld­ing demon­stra­tions, 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy and ro­bot­ics. Sev­eral key fea­tures were on site in­clud­ing lo­cal Cantabrian Graham Tully from Christchurch-based Global Aerial Plat­forms Ltd (GAP) with his Kuaka UAV. This lead­ing drone tech­nol­ogy is at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion as it be­gins to rev­o­lu­tionise search and res­cue oper­a­tions across the world.

A com­pre­hen­sive seminar se­ries held across the two days was well at­tended by hun­dreds of in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, re­ports XPO with pre­sen­ta­tions by some of the most re­spected lead­ers and ex­perts in their fields. Ses­sions cov­ered a range of top­ics in­clud­ing OH&S, 3D print­ing, Ro­bot­ics and a re­minder of the con­tri­bu­tion man­u­fac­tur­ing makes to the NZ econ­omy and the crit­i­cal role it plays.

Ad­di­tional ben­e­fits and ser­vices this year in­cluded a ‘ro­bust’ visi­tor reg­is­tra­tion and badg­ing sys­tem en­sur­ing all those at­tend­ing were ver­i­fied and qual­i­fied at the event; new lead retrieval tech­nol­ogy with the XPO Leads App that al­lowed ex­hibitors to scan visi­tors di­rectly to their smart­phone or tablet for im­me­di­ate sales leads and fol­low up; and a VIP/key buyer pro­gramme en­sur­ing that ex­hibit­ing com­pa­nies could ‘en­ter­tain, de­light and en­gage’ with their key cus­tomers. Na­tional TV cov­er­age on TV3 News en­sured the event was a suc­cess, con­cludes XPO Ex­hi­bi­tions. ( You can view the 3News story here – https://www.southmach.­hi­bi­tion-news).

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