Packaging Scotland


Preparations in full flow for milestone PPMA Show

ORGANISERS of the PPMA Show have predicted this year’s 30th anniversary event will be “one of the biggest and best yet”.

The exhibition returns to the NEC Birmingham from September 25-27 and is set to feature some of the leading players in smart manufacturing, processing technology and packaging machinery.

Some 350 exhibitors will be in attendance, showing off the latest products and innovations for industries including food and drink, pharmaceutical and toiletries. Firms already confirmed include Schneider Electric, Ishida Europe, Bosch, ABB and Omron Electronics UK.

A new feature this year will be the Enterprise Zone, described as a focal point for learning, networking, discovery and live debate. This area will feature workshops, presentations, discussion sessions and panel debate on key issues affecting the sector. The keynote address will be delivered by Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for Trade and Investment.

Dr Andrew Mint, chief executive officer, PPMA Group of Associations said, “Our 30th anniversary show comes at a time when UK manufacturing is enjoying its longest period of expansion since 1968 and these positive signs will undoubtedly boost confidence throughout our sector. Against this future optimism, the PPMA Show 2018 looks set to be one of the biggest and best to date, where visitors can benefit from an unsurpassed skill set of experience, expertise and industry knowledge and witness the latest processing and packaging technologies in real-time demonstrations.”

PPMA organisers said the speaker programme will include a number of high profile and respected industry experts, with presentations and case studies offering examples of manufacturing best practice and excellence in processing and packaging production.

The PPMA Group Industry Awards ceremony and gala dinner is moving to a new location this year – the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel at the NEC. The event takes place on September 25, the first day of the show, and will be hosted by TV presenter and comedian Brian Conley. This year’s offering includes two new categories; ‘Customer Service’ and ‘PPMA Best’.

Dr Mint added, “Having consulted with exhibitors and show visitors, we know that there is still a tremendous appetite to seek out new innovations, technologies and solutions and to discover the unexpected. We therefore look forward to opening the doors of the PPMA Show 2018 and celebrate its milestone anniversary with some of the biggest and brightest manufacturing leaders.”



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