Drives & Controls Magazine September 2023

44 n PPMA SHOW PREVIEW September 2023 Packaging show heads back to the NEC T UK'S LARGEST PROCESSING and packaging machinery exhibition, the PPMA Show, returns to the NEC Birmingham later this month. The event is aimed at anyone wanting to see the latest processing and packaging machinery, robotics and industrial vision systems. The three-day event, running from 26-28 September, will showcase the latest innovations to visitors from a wide range of sectors involved in processing and packaging. These sectors include food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, household products and toiletries, building materials and supplies, pet care, micro-breweries and distilleries, as well as contract packing. The thousands of visitors will be able to see 300 exhibitors representing more than 2,600 brands, as well as getting the opportunity to hear from a wide range of speakers who are taking part in the seminar programme. These speakers are eager to share their industry knowledge and insights into future developments in the sector. The seminars are designed to inspire visitors to think about how they can improve their businesses. The seminar programme will include presentations on food packaging innovation, the importance of sustainability, successful selling and how manufacturing is evolving to meet the needs of the processing and packaging sector. The show has a line-up of exciting keynote speakers, including Cassandra Stavrou, founder of Proper Snacks, who will share her entrepreneurial journey, including some “rules for business” and the importance of innovation in processing and packaging machinery. Joining her will be Dimitrios Spiliopoulos, Amazon Web Services’ industrial IoT lead for manufacturing, and Philip Hooker, vicepresident for strategic programmes at Cumulocity IoT, who will share their expertise in empowering packaging and processing enterprises to tackle smart production and connected product challenges. Numerous product launches and live demonstrations are planned, providing an opportunity for visitors to get a close-up look at the latest technological innovations and products. “We are pleased once again to have such an array of exhibitors representing the full spectrum of the industry,” says the PPMA Group’s exhibitions and membership manager, Scott McKenna. “These leading companies will be eager to demonstrate to visitors how they can improve their businesses with the latest cutting-edge technologies. This can help businesses stay ahead with the latest trends, improve efficiency, and make better use of resources.” Visitors can use the exhibitor listing on the The PPMA Show, which targets the processing and packaging industry, returns to the NEC later this month. The organisers say that visitors will gain insights into the latest innovations to help them raise efficiency, cut costs and boost sales. At the 2022 PPMA Show, Schneider Electric debuted its Lexium cobot