FEATURE COVER STORY PPMA Total Show 2019 to host the latest sustainable developments and industry insights in packaging and processing

year, which proves that, despite the global economic slowdown, demand remains high for PPMA shows and there’s a real appetite for companies wanting to exhibit to grow their customer-base. “The environmental agenda is also

continuing to push the boundaries of our industry; particularly waste reduction and the use of plastic, so sustainability and waste reduction are topical themes for PPMA Total Show 2019. This is supported by a first-class speaker programme, with two prominent keynote presenters, who will look to impart their knowledge on the circular economy and political climate across Europe respectively. “It’s an important time for the

PPMA Total Show 2019 will open its doors at the NEC, Birmingham, from 1 – 3 October for what will be the most comprehensive production line event in the UK


uring the three days, visitors will have access to 450 exhibitors and

approximately 2,500 brands, showcasing the latest innovations in smart manufacturing, processing equipment and packaging solutions for the following sectors: food and beverage, pharmaceutical, household products and toiletries, building materials and supplies, pet care, micro-brewery and distilleries, FMCG and contract packing. Leading players exhibiting at PPMA

Total Show 2019 include: Hewlett Packard, KUKA, Mettler Toledo, Cama, Bizerba, Ishida, Ulma, Schneider Electric, Barry-Wehmiller, Bosch Packaging and Pester – to name a few. This gathering of industry leading

manufacturers will deliver the latest solutions in processing equipment and packaging machinery, with real-time demonstrations of advanced technologies and innovative solutions. Other areas of interest include artificial intelligence and the integration of vision equipment and robotics into existing production lines.

ENTERPRISE ZONE The Enterprise Zone at PPMA Total Show 2019 will offer visitors a focal point for knowledge and expertise to educate and inform visitors with a free to attend, issues-led conference programme set to


support business growth and development. Featuring high-profile and respected

experts from IKEA, DS Smith, The British Plastics Federation and The Sunday Times, this year’s first-class, industry-responsive conference programme will focus on some of the key issues facing modern manufacturing, including Brexit, serialisation, artificial intelligence, plastic packaging, food waste, and sustainability and the circular economy. Case studies and presentations will also give visitors real examples of best practice manufacturing and excellence in processing and packaging production, aiming to motivate and inspire visitors to improve their businesses. Richard Little, show director for the

PPMA Group of Associations, said: “This year’s PPMA Total Show is topical for a number of reasons. Not only will it be the biggest PPMA show in the Association’s history, it’s only taking place in the same month that the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. As a result, it’s encouraging more businesses to think laterally about investing in new machinery and equipment to ensure they maintain a competitive edge. “New technology, working machinery

and live demonstrations are always a big draw for visitors to our shows, and this year’s Total Show will be no exception. Pre-registration is again up year-on-

This gathering of industry leading manufacturers will deliver the latest solutions in processing equipment and packaging machinery, with real-time demonstrations of advanced technologies and innovative solutions

processing and packaging industry. We’re entering a phase where political changes are set to impact our business dealings internationally. I’m very confident, though, that this year’s PPMA Total Show will again provide visitors and exhibitors alike with new ideas, solutions and networking opportunities to help drive their businesses forward,” he added. In addition to a rich seminar

programme and thriving Enterprise Zone, PPMA Total Show will also house a full- scale model of the 135,000 bhp, rocket powered supersonic car, Bloodhound, which is aiming to break the land speed record in the next two years. Visitors will have the opportunity to

learn more about one of the most advanced aerodynamic and advanced engineering projects of the 21st century and how Bloodhound Education is inspiring a generation to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In a bid to inspire more young people to

take up a career in engineering, this year’s event will again house an education hub that will offer guidance about apprenticeships and how companies and visiting students can potentially gain access to funding through the PPMA’s charitable arm, BEST (Business, Education, Skills and Training).

 To register for your FREE visitor badge, visit the PPMA Total Show website at: https://www.ppm

PPMA GROUP INDUSTRY AWARDS The PPMA Group Industry Awards 2019 will be held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on the evening of the first day of the Show. Now in its eighth year, the Awards ceremony brings together more than 300 industry professionals from the world of processing and packaging machinery and recognises the finest examples of innovation, smart manufacturing and entrepreneurship.


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