Sir Chris Hoy to set the wheels of MACH 2016 in motion

Sir Chris Hoy to set the wheels of MACH 2016 in motion

Olympic cycling legend turned entrepreneur Sir Chris Hoy MBE is set to officially open the largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK.

The athlete will add his backing to UK manufacturing and innovation when he gets MACH 2016 underway at the Birmingham NEC.

He will open the five-day event, which provides manufacturers of all sizes with the opportunity to network and gain insights into manufacturing technologies and supply chain development, on 11 April.

This year marks the first time since the downturn that the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA)-backed show has completely sold out, with 600 exhibitors showcasing their machines, products and services to more than 23,000 delegates.

MTA CEO James Selka said: “We are delighted to welcome one of British sport’s true greats Sir Chris Hoy to open MACH 2016.

“Sir Chris and the British Cycling team are a prime example of the synergy that can be achieved when top athletes and engineers work together.

“Part of the success of the Great Britain Cycling Teams - both on the track and road - relates to specific knowledge and expertise in aerodynamics and structural engineering which brought new levels of innovation to the sport of cycling.”

The eleven-time world champion and six-time Olympic gold medallist has a keen interest in the sector, playing a major role in the development and prototyping of his own range of bikes.

Sir Chris Hoy said: "I'm delighted to open MACH 2016, as I have an interest in manufacturing processes and the way advanced engineering can aid sporting performance. I'm looking forward to being at MACH 2016 and seeing what the future of British manufacturing has in store in the coming years."

MACH was established more than 100 years ago by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA).

In addition to the army of exhibitors, visitors can expect an action-packed seminar programme featuring insight into training and the latest developments with the Bloodhound SSC project.

There will also be a Learning and Development Zone that is expecting to host 3500 students, a vital resource for getting more young people to consider a career in UK manufacturing.