The NEC, Birmingham, will play 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.
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.
To obtain your free visitor badge, visit the PPMA Show website at ppmashow.co.uk.
Day One: Tuesday 25 September
- KEYNOTE ADDRESS: How to Brexit proof your business delivered by Lord Mark Price.
- Q&A Panel Discussion: How will the proposed new regulations coming from both DEFRA & Brussels impact on the FMCG market’s use of Plastic? Featuring Mike Baxter, External Affairs Director, RPC bpi; Gail Hunt, Editor, Machinery Update; Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability, Coca-Cola.
- Smart technologies & robotics for packaging optimisation by Alexandre Flory from Schneider Electric.
- A&IP and how it fits into modern production by Andrew Manly at Active & Intelligent Packaging,
Day Two: Wednesday 26 September
- KEYNOTE ADDRESS: How to build a long-term sustainable business – Jonathan Warburton.
- The future of food manufacturing (preservation technologies & safety management) led by Craig Leadley, Campden BRI.
- Robotics & automation – Mark Swainson from the National Centre for Food Manufacturing.
- Augmented reality & the Virtual factory – Matt Rayment from the Manufacturing Technology Centre.
- Processing Emulsified Sauces: A development project case study & Discussion – Soren Steffensen & Ulrika Brintje of Tetra Pak and customer.
- Cyber security for packaging manufacturers & Industry 4.0 – Richard Werran, Director of Food at BSI Group.