The PPMA Show 2018 celebrated its 30th anniversary in style last week, with 350 exhibitors presenting new product launches and the latest technology innovations, and a well-attended conference and key speaker lineup tackling key industry issues, such as the Plastic Pact and how to survive Brexit by nurturing skilled staff.
The diversity of exhibitor stands represented every aspect of the production environment, from filling and packaging machinery, processing equipment to robotics, automation and vision systems while the Enterprise Zone was a focus of learning and networking during the show, 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 included Industry 4.0, automation, augmented reality, sustainability, the future of food manufacturing as well as the impact of plastics in packaging. 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, urged visitors to start preparing for what lies ahead post-Brexit in his keynote speech, while Jonathan Warburton, Chairman of Warburtons, focussed 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 also housed the Bright Ideas Ambassador Programme, a new addition to this year’s show offering free advice for start-up ventures and entrepreneurs, or those investigating specific products or services.
Visitors were ‘matched’ with relevant knowledge experts, who offered advice, guidance and product information.
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.”