Manufacturing and engineering giants gather once more at the NEC this month to celebrate the most cutting-edge innovations. We take a sneak ahead peek…
As growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector continues to accelerate, with manufacturers reporting a rise in sales and indicating plans for expansion, industry professionals are gearing up to visit the PPMA Show 2015, from 29th September to 1st October, the UK’s premier, free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery; and this year is all set to be the largest of its kind in recent years.
Returning to the NEC in fashionable Birmingham, the show will run over three days and will be opened by Lord Digby Jones, former director General of the CBI and Trade and Investment Minister. With exhibitor space up by more than 20% compared to preparations for the 2014 show, the event is quickly becoming the processing and packaging event that must not be missed.
WORDS OF WISDOM
A leading figure in the FMCG and Grocery retailing sectors and former Sainsbury’s CEO, Justin King CBE is set to headline this year’s PPMA Show seminar theatre. Taking to the stage, Justin will discuss the future for multiple retailers, how the growing market shares of discount retailers will affect the supply chain and how the continued emergence of supermarket convenience outlets is shaping the market. Also confirmed for the 2015 exhibition; Keith Thornhill, Business Manager for Food & Beverage at Siemens will present the case for technology and data analytics for the digital factory of the future; Peter Evans, Compliance Engineer at the CE Marking Association will help visitors understand the CE mark; Rhys Herbert, Senior Economist at Lloyds Banking Group will explore what’s in store for the manufacturing sector, including its ambitions, opportunities and challenges. Plus, Mike Crosby, Finance Director for Burts Potato Chips, will also be at the show examining how sales targets and profitability have soared thanks to continued factory investment and new technology.
Addressing the requisite ingredients for success and highlighting the opportunities for an engineering future in food and drink, Sam Kelly, Electrical Engineering Apprentice for PepsiCo and Hannah Whall, Graduate Project Engineer for Nestle, will provide an up-to-date insight into the opportunity in engineering in the largest industry in the UK. Representing two of the routes open to young people, including apprenticeships and graduate schemes, Sam and Hannah will share their personal stories from building a career in the UK’s food and drink manufacturing industries.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
In an effort to further encourage young engineers into the sector, the PPMA Show will also welcome the return of the Ones to Watch Awards, which recognises the contributions of processing and packaging professionals under the age of 35. Sponsored by Festo, the Awards are chosen by a select group of industry specialists from the PPMA Group Industry Awards judging panel, with colleagues being urged to nominate outstanding candidates to the PPMA Show press office.
Meanwhile, attendees to Hall 5 in September can also find out more about the latest trends and innovations taking the industry by storm. With the productivity puzzle still proving an issue for four fifths of the UK’s smaller manufacturers, visitors can attend stand E90 where Festo, the innovation leader in pneumatic and electric drive technology, will be showcasing a number of its exciting new developments, concepts and solutions for the food and beverage sector. Visitors to the stand will be able to discuss how they can increase productivity in different ways by considering efficiency, simplicity and security, as well as accessing Festo’s key competencies. Other confirmed exhibitors include the likes of the RM Group with ABB Limited, Yorkshire Packaging, SMC Pneumatics, SICK UK and Stemmer Imaging.
A DARK HORSE
Finally, the team at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking (stand F40) will once again have a dedicated stand at the show where its team of specialists will be offering advice ranging from day-to-day banking requirements to funding for expansion to exporting. Lloyds Bank return as headline sponsors, highlighting the company’s confidence in UK manufacturing and, in particular, Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The team, made up of 13 dedicated sector teams, have the autonomy to make local lending decisions up to £1m – on a case-by-case basis. They will once again have a dedicated stand at the show offering visitors and exhibitors a chance to discuss banking opportunities following its 2014 commitment to provide lending facilities to the manufacturing sector of £1bn per annum every year until 2017.
To register your attendance at the show please visit: http://bit.ly/PPMA2015. For more information visit www.ppmashow.co.uk, or join the conversation on Twitter (@PPMAshow #PPMAShow or the PPMA Show LinkedIn group.)