The PPMA Show, the UK’s unmissable, free-toattend, processing and packaging machinery exhibition, returns to the NEC from 25-27 September to provide manufacturers with insights into the latest machinery products, technologies and materials. Registration is now open and easier than ever before – taking less than three minutes for attendees to secure their place to join all corners of the industry together under one roof this autumn.

The PPMA Show is organised by the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) which comprises the PPMA, British Automation & Robot Association (BARA) and the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA). Serving manufacturers within the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care and FMCG industries to contract packers and more, the show will offer visitors a chance to see new machinery in action, find inspiration, new ideas and solutions, gain access to potential new suppliers and evaluate and purchase the latest technology as well as talk face-to-face with the industry’s leading technical experts.

The PPMA Show 2018, has unveiled a firstclass industry-responsive conference programme that looks set to create a forum for education, knowledge share and debate. The free to attend conference sessions will run over the first two days of the show in the Enterprise Zone, with a programme devised to focus on some of the key issues facing modern manufacturing. These include topical issues such as Brexit, Industry 4.0, cyber security, robotics, automation and optimisation, augmented reality, as well as tackling the ongoing debate surrounding the impact of lastics in packaging.

Headlining the programme will be two of the most respected and influential business leaders in the UK, Lord Mark Price and Jonathan Warburton.

With less than a year to go before Brexit on 29 March 2019, Lord Mark Price will dedicate his keynote address to looking at how business can prepare for life post-Brexit. Lord Price is a former Minister of State for Trade and Investment, whose previous roles have included Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

Jonathan Warburton is the current Chairman of Warburtons, the largest familyowned bakery business in the country, whose business has seen a 60% increase in turnover under his leadership. A fifth- generation member of the Warburton family and a hugely respected industry figurehead, Jonathan worked his way up through the junior ranks of the business to become Chairman in 2001. His keynote address will focus on how to build long-term sustainable businesses by drawing on his own experiences of spearheading the growth of the Warburton business into a highly successful £550m turnover organisation.

Visitors will also hear from Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca-Cola Enterprise, and a host of thought leaders from the processing and packaging industry, who will share their insight into how to improve production line efficiencies and future-proof operations.

“The Enterprise Zone will be a central focal point for visitors who will be attending the show to see the latest display of innovations and technologies. There’s also the opportunity to learn and take away creative ideas to enhance their own businesses,” says Dr Andrew Mint, CEO of the PPMA Group.