As growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector continues to accelerate, with manufacturers reporting a rise in sales and indicating plans for expansion, industry professionals are gearing up to visit the PPMA Show 2015, the UK’s premier, free-to-attend complete production line event for processing and packaging machinery – set to be the largest of its kind in recent years.
Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, the show will run over three days from September 29th until October 1st October and will be opened by Lord Digby Jones, former director General of the CBI and Trade and Investment Minister. With exhibitor space up by more than 20% compared to preparations for the 2014 show, this time last year, the event is quickly becoming the processing and packaging show that must be not be missed.
A leading figure in the FMCG and Grocery retailing sectors and former Sainsbury’s CEO, Justin King CBE, is set to headline this year’s PPMA Show seminar theatre. Taking to the stage, Justin will discuss the future for multiple retailers, how the growing market shares of discount retailers will affect the supply chain and how the continued emergence of supermarket convenience outlets is shaping the market. Other confirmed speakers include Andrew Love, Vice President at Be4ward Ltd, who will discuss the latest developments, technologies and strategies in pharmaceutical anti-counterfeit and tamper-resistant packaging being used to counter the threat posed to consumers by the counterfeit drugs black market.
Mike Crosby, Finance Director for Burts Potato Chips will also be at the show examining how sales targets and profitability have soared thanks to continued factory investment and new technology.
Attendees to Hall 5 at the NEC in September can also find out more about the latest trends and innovations taking the industry by storm, with confirmed exhibitors include the likes of Excel Packaging Machinery, AVE UK, Gebo Cermex UK, Karmelle, Paramount Packaging Systems and Syspal.
Finally, the team at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking (stand F40) will once again have a dedicated stand at the show where its team of specialists will be offering advice ranging from day-to-day banking requirements to funding for expansion to exporting. Lloyds Bank’s return as headline sponsor highlights the company’s confidence in UK manufacturing and, in particular, small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
The team, made up of 13 dedicated sector teams, has the autonomy to make local lending decisions up to £1m – on a case-by-case basis. It will once again have a dedicated stand at the show, offering visitors and exhibitors a chance to discuss banking opportunities following its 2014 commitment to provide lending facilities to the manufacturing sector of £1bn per annum every year until 2017.
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