PPMA Show 2014 returns to the NEC to demonstrate opportunities for UK manufacturing prosperity

As growth in the UK manufacturing sector continues to accelerate, industry professionals are poised to flock to the PPMA Show 2014

As growth in the UK manufacturing sector continues to accelerate, industry professionals are poised to flock to this year’s PPMA Show 2014, the UK’s premier, free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery to be held from 30 September to 2 October 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Now in its 27th year, the show has been recognised as the only UK event that attracts hundreds of machinery manufacturers and component suppliers across a wide range of industries including food, drink, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, dairy, snacks, construction and electronics.

Planning is well under way with over 80% of floor space already sold months in advance. This year, the NEC will welcome more than 320 exhibitors from the processing and packaging machinery industry as they gather to present and showcase a wide range of new products and innovative processes to help UK manufacturers improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability.

Demonstrating the future of packaging innovation

Attendees at the NEC in September will be able to view a number of exclusive machinery demonstrations.

Kliklok International, one of the world’s leading packaging machinery manufacturers, will be launching its new Certiwrap ELITE wraparound cartoning system on stand E32. Capable of improving functionality, repeatability and flexibility on the production line thanks to new modular infeeds which help manufacturers adapt to increasingly fast-paced market requirements, the ELITE can be tailored to different pack styles, sizes and formats. It also features a choice of twin or triple arm carton feeders to improve handling and is designed to increase throughput rates on high-speed lines, being capable of packaging at speeds up to 300 cartons per minute dependent on product size.

Neil Fowell, Managing Director of Kliklok International, said: 'We are very excited to launch the new Certiwrap ELITE at the PPMA Show. ELITE joins our portfolio of wrap-around cartoning solutions that have been successfully tried and tested by packaging professionals across global manufacturing industries. It is designed as an evolution of the previous models and combines our engineering expertise gained over the last 50 years and drive for innovation to create a wrap-around cartoner that stays at the forefront of carton and product control while simplifying the set up process for manufacturers.'

Award-winning end-of-line automation specialist Endoline Machinery will address the need for packing speed and flexibility with the launch of its latest SMART machines – including the UK debut of the 744 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer on stand D30, believed to be the fastest of its type in the world.

'We are expecting to see a marked increase in interest this year for flexible, high speed machinery from a growing number of manufacturers,' said Alan Yates, Managing Director for Endoline Machinery. 'At the recent Interpack Show we received more than 450 leads and we are looking forward to continuing that momentum at the PPMA show which pulls in the most influential UK decision makers.'

Finally, Pacepacker Services, the award winning automation expert, will be showcasing the widest range of pick and place solutions on the market on stand C50. Six different pick and place systems will demonstrate the innovative ways to handle a variety of unpackaged and packaged FMCG goods. As well as Pacepacker’s own equipment, robot technology from FANUC and Festo will also be on show.

For more than 25 years the PPMA show has brought together buyers and sellers at one of the most visually dynamic exhibitions of the very latest processing and packaging innovations

Speakers in the spotlight

Several high-profile seminar speakers have already been announced, including former cabinet minister, politician and journalist Michael Portillo who will provide this year’s opening address and discuss the resurgence of British manufacturing and its role in rebalancing the economy. Following his address, which takes place at 10.15am, Portillo will take to the show’s floor to speak with exhibitors and further discuss the points covered in his address.

Other speakers for the 2014 PPMA seminar programme include Craig Mochrie from Morrison Bowmore and Martin Dallas, from Essentra Packaging who join the line-up on the first day to deliver exclusive presentations on real time management information systems and creative packaging technologies. On the second day, Ian Barnett from Coca-Cola Enterprises and Kevin Vyse from Marks and Spencer will talk about sustainability and consumer packaging.

Recognising excellence

The PPMA Show 2014 will also take the opportunity to once again recognise the best and brightest up-and-coming talent in the industry with the return of the Ones to Watch competition, which aims to search out the industry’s brightest young processing and packaging professional, judged on entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to the industry.

'The Ones to Watch awards is a great opportunity to recognise and encourage young engineers within the industry. We can’t wait to see the calibre of this year’s nominations. We encourage all businesses to nominate their young ‘rising stars’ that are really making a difference to the industry, today and in the future,' said Grant Collier, Head of Marketing for the PPMA Group.

Richard Little, Chairman for the PPMA Group, added: 'For more than 25 years the PPMA show has brought together buyers and sellers at one of the most visually dynamic exhibitions of the very latest processing and packaging innovations. My company, Jenton International, has exhibited and substantially benefited from every PPMA show since its inception in 1988, so I’m talking from experience when I say it’s a great forum in which to meet the industry, see both existing and new customers, develop relationships and carry out business. I very much look forward to welcoming visitors to the PPMA Show 2014.'

This year will see the event return to the sole ownership and management of the PPMA Group of trade associations. Lloyds TSB is the headline sponsor of the PPMA Show 2014.

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