Alongside the transferrable skills shared by Martin Glenn, visitors to the PPMA Show 2017 heard from TED speaker Peter Anderton. Anderton brought his strong corporate background and significant experience in training to enlighten visiting manufacturers and suppliers alike on how to maximize the efficiency of their employees.

The line-up also featured such industry thought leaders as Dr Forbes McDougall, Head of Circular Economy at Veolia. McDougall covered everything from material recovery to ensuring supply chain security, all in the wider context of the circular economy. Robotics and the factory of the future were also on the agenda, with Dr Graham Deacon, Robotics Research Team Leader - Ocado Technology, explaining to PPMA Show visitors how the sensor guided robots of the future are using 3D point cloud cameras in order to pick and pack groceries to guarantee warehouse efficiency and offer a first class customer experience.

Danny Reed of PPMA BEST – the PPMA Group of Associations’ charitable initiative which aims to introduce new talent to the engineering sector in order to meet the demands on UK industry – also took to the stage. Reed spoke about the charity’s plans to support PPMA, BARA and UKIVA member companies to engage with the next generation of engineering apprentices and graduates.