Celebrating 30 years of excellence in processing & packaging technology

The NEC, Birmingham, will host to one of the most anticipated and respected events in the processing and packaging sector calendar – the PPMA Show 2018, which runs from 25 to 27 September. 

The three-day event celebrates its 30th anniversary this autumn and is already shaping up to be the biggest and best show in its 30-year history. 

With 350 exhibitors presenting a host of new product launches and the latest technology innovations, and a free conference and first-class speaker lineup poised to tackle key industry issues, the PPMA Show 2018 looks set to offer a unique, informative and value-added visitor experience. 

The diversity of exhibitor stands will ensure every aspect of the production environment is represented, from filling and packaging machinery, processing equipment to robotics, automation and vision systems, making the PPMA Show the ‘go-to’ industry event.  

Enterprise Zone – a hub of knowledge share and networking

The Enterprise Zone will be a focus of learning and networking during the show with its two-day conference providing expert knowledge and insights into the latest industry trends, with presentations, interactive panel discussions, case studies and personal experiences on how to increase efficiencies and future-proof businesses.

Topics will include Industry 4.0, automation, augmented reality, sustainability, the future of food manufacturing as well as the impact of plastics in packaging.  ‘Visitors can attend keynote speeches from two of the most respected business leaders.  Lord Mark Price, the former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, whose previous roles included Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, will urge visitors to start preparing for what lies ahead post-Brexit.  

Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, meanwhile, will focus on how to build a long-term business by drawing on his own experiences of leading the growth his business into a £550m turnover organisation.

The Enterprise Zone will also house the Bright Ideas – Ambassador Programme, which is a new addition to this year’s show.  It will offer free advice for start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, or those investigating specific products or services. 

Visitors will be ‘matched’ with relevant knowledge experts, who will offer advice, guidance and product information.  Daily lunchtime drinks and the PPMA Industry Awards 2018 will also allow for informal networking during the show.

Speaking ahead of the event, Richard Little, PPMA Show Director, said, “It’s really important that the PPMA Show visitor experience doesn’t cease when the exhibition closes its doors. 

“We want to ensure that the benefits of coming along to our event continues to deliver well beyond the show, by ensuring that visitors take away the knowledge, foresight and inspiration to make a positive difference to their own businesses. 

“The PPMA Show 2018 is an encyclopedia of processing, packaging, automation and vision companies, providing learning experiences, networking opportunities and hours of free expert consultation,” he added.