Businesses in the processing and packaging machinery industry are encouraged to get their entries in for the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2017 before the official submission deadline of 30 June. The awards are still free to enter and this year the submissions process has been streamlined with entries made via the website: http://bit.ly/2qSElfr

The glittering ceremony, which recognises the finest examples of innovation, smart manufacturing, entrepreneurship and collaboration, will return to Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum on Tuesday 26 September – the first day of the PPMA Group’s unmissable industry event the PPMA Show 2017.

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Now in its sixth year, the awards bring together industry professionals and influencers from the world of processing and packaging machinery. More than 400 guests are expected to attend the highly-anticipated ceremony and three-course gala dinner hosted by Canadian stand-up comedian Stewart Francis and Sky Sport presenter Hayley McQueen.
Following a shake-up of this year’s categories, there are now 11 awards open for submissions, including Innovative Robotic Machinery, Partnership of the Year and the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award.

The 2017 event also features a brand-new category ‘Environmental Initiative of The Year’. This category recognises the innovative and varied steps manufacturers or end users have taken in the adoption of green measures in their businesses, with the move to paperless entries reflecting this focus on environmental issues. Each entry will be appraised by a judging panel made up of 10 independent industry experts, ranging from academia, end-users, editors and engineers.

Andrew Mint, CEO of PPMA Group said: “The PPMA Group Industry Awards has grown to be one of the most prestigious events on the industry calendar that brings together the very best in their field. The mission is, and always has been, to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the people and businesses in our industry and it wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.”

The PPMA Group Industry Awards is sponsored by many of the major businesses operating in the processing and packing machinery industry. Sponsors confirmed so far this year include TNA and FESTO. 

Both non-members and members of the PPMA are welcome to enter and submission is free of charge. For a full list of categories, information on how to enter or sponsor the awards, and to buy tickets for the ceremony and gala dinner head to: http://bit.ly/2qE5CSU

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About the PPMA Group
The PPMA Group of Associations is the UK’s leading non-profit trade association comprising the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA), British Automation & Robot Association (BARA) and UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA). Its mission is to actively help its 500+ members through services, tools and initiatives to thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Its PPMA Show and PPMA Total Show exhibitions are hailed as the UK’s unmissable, free-to-attend, processing and packaging machinery events and in 2017 it launched the first UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition.

About the PPMA Show
The PPMA Show is the UK’s unmissable trade show for processing and packaging machinery. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 26-28 September 2017, the exhibition showcases the latest product innovations, attended by thousands of manufacturers of food, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and FMCG as well as contract packers and more. http://www.ppmashow.co.uk/