Four Shows With One Badge to Reunite the Manufacturing Industry

Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) and Rapid News Group teaming up to offer visitors full access to four leading industrial events in one place.

The PPMA Show will be co-located with Rapid News Group’s Interplas, Med-Tech Innovation Expo and TCT 3Sixty at the NEC Birmingham on 28-30 September 2021. After almost two years, this union is set to reunite the manufacturing industry in-person, with unlimited opportunities to be had.

David Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at PPMA Group of Associations, the organisers of the PPMA Show said Our industry has been working overtime during the last 18 months to keep the supply chain moving and coming together once again as the biggest group of industry experts at the end of September is so needed. We are looking forward to opening the doors to the show once again and creating the space for innovation, technology, business and conversation to flourish!

Both the PPMA and Rapid News Group are committed to creating the platform for the manufacturing industry to flourish and evolve, working closely with the NEC and event industry bodies to develop COVID Secure guidelines to safely provide opportunities to network, learn and build valuable connections.

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive at Rapid News Group, organisers of Interplas, TCT 3Sixty and Med-Tech Innovation Expo comments, “We cannot wait to re-open the doors to welcome back our exhibitors, speakers and attendees. By giving visitors access to all four events with one badge, they can see a wide spectrum of innovation in the manufacturing industry in one place, alongside a world-class multi-stage conference programme.

Thousands of visitors have registered to attend, showing that the manufacturing community has missed the opportunity to interact in a live environment. We are looking forward to presenting more than 1,000 exhibitors across the five halls. 1,000 reasons to come and join us!"

  • PPMA Show is the leading UK event for processing and packaging machinery, robotics and industrial vision
  • Interplas is the UK's number 1 plastics show
  • TCT 3Sixty is the event for 3D printing and additive manufacturing
  • Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK’s leading medical design and manufacturing technology event

This quartet of shows will create an engaging and useful experience for the attendee which means better educated prospective buyers, so the events will deliver greater commercial opportunities to suppliers and businesses both in the short and long term.

Registration is open, so get your free visitor badge through the websites.

The health, safety and comfort of participants have been, and continue to be, a top priority. Alongside the NEC, we are committed to delivering safe and secure events which support the recovery of the UK manufacturing industry. See the NEC's COVID-19 Guidelines: Visitor Venue Protect.

Notes for the Editor

PPMA Show 2021

The PPMA Show is the UK’s leading production line event for processing and packaging machinery. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, from 28th-30th September 2021, the exhibition showcases the latest innovations in processing and packaging machinery and is attended by manufacturers of food, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and FMCG, contract packers and more.

TCT 3Sixty – The event for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Intelligence

TCT 3Sixty is the TCT Group’s successful flagship event re-imagined for 2021 with a new mission. This new mission goes beyond simply raising awareness and adoption.

It is focused on developing a 360-degree understanding of the potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology to increase utilisation at all stages of design, engineering and manufacturing.

This focus on real-world applications and targeted intelligence and information aligned with the complete range of technology on the show floor will create an innovative event experience with networking opportunities, practical takeaways and highly focused content to help designers, engineers and buyers evaluate, adopt and optimise their additive requirements.

Interplas – Innovation Happens Here

Interplas is the UK's leading plastics industry event and an exciting showcase for the manufacturing processes, technologies and services essential to the plastics sector. In its 70th year, Interplas 2021 will see more than 350 exhibitors present solutions, products, machines and ideas from across the entire spectrum of moulding and forming machines as well as materials, automation, contract manufacturing and supporting technologies including software, testing, inspection, surface treatments and much more.

Over 12,000 attendees from the UK manufacturing community will attend to discover solutions to their challenges, to make connections and source the latest technologies and innovations.

Alongside the show floor an engaging three-stage conference programme is scheduled, with key themes of Advancing UK Plastics, Sustainability and Extrusion. These learning opportunities alongside a matchmaking programme and networking opportunities will ensure a visit to Interplas offers tangible value to an attendee immediately with intelligence and contacts that will continue to pay dividends long after the show closes.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo – Medical Device Supply Chain Intelligence

Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK and Ireland’s leading event for medical device design and manufacturing technology.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo brings together designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from across the medical and healthcare sectors to explore new ideas, understand emerging technologies, and source innovative products and services from almost 150 companies representing the complete medical device and manufacturing supply chain.

Visitors from the medical engineering and manufacturing community will be able to see the entire spectrum of advanced technology, materials and solutions for concept, design and validation and manufacture including packaging, extrusion and moulding, automation, materials, medical electronics, medical plastics, design, sterilisation, components, testing and inspection, sensors, surface technology, manufacturing equipment & contract services.

The solutions on the show floor will help attendees design and manufacture the next generation of medical and healthcare devices. 

The event is further enhanced by three world class conference stages. Each one presents something for every type of stakeholder in the Medtech supply chain – from solving design and engineering challenges through to market access.

The event centrepiece is the Med-Tech Innovation Conference, produced in association with Medilink UK, the leading health technology business organisation. The conference addresses key industry issues and brings together innovators, experts, thought leaders and government officials to deliver a world class 2-day programme.

Alongside the stages, the show floor packs in a wealth of exciting features including cutting edge technology zones, association member and country pavilions, a VIP meetings programme, the ever-popular start-up zone and a pitch competition for early-stage investment.

About Rapid News Group

Rapid News Group is a group of specialist international magazine publishing, trade event and digital media companies focused on business-to-business communications in the manufacturing space. Rapid operate principally in four key areas, plastics, healthcare, packaging and additive manufacturing, often known as 3D printing. Our approach is simple. We develop world class media and events that become an intrinsic part of the industry that they serve. We take time to understand the technologies in these sectors and are rightly recognised and sought around the world for the quality of our content, both in the media and events  arena.


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