The PPMA Total Show is packing hall five at the NEC this autumn

The PPMA Total Show 2019 will open its doors at the NEC, Birmingham, from 1 – 3 October for what will be the most comprehensive production line event in the UK.

During the three days, visitors will have access to 450 exhibitors representing nearly 2,500 brands, and all of them showcasing the latest innovations in smart manufacturing, processing equipment and packaging solutions. This technology is designed for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, household products and toiletries, building materials and supplies, pet care, micro-brewery and distilleries, fmcg and contract packing sectors.

The industry-leading manufacturers taking part at the event will deliver the latest solutions in processing equipment and packaging machinery, with real-time demonstrations of advanced technologies and innovative solutions. Other areas of interest include artificial intelligence and the integration of vision equipment and robotics into existing production lines.

The Enterprise Zone at PPMA Total Show 2019 will offer visitors a focal point for knowledge and expertise to educate and inform visitors with a free to attend, issues-led conference programme set to support business growth and development.

Featuring high-profile and respected experts from IKEA, DS Smith, The British Plastics Federation and The Sunday Times, this year’s first-class, industry-responsive seminar programme will focus on some of the key issues facing modern manufacturing. These include Brexit, serialisation, artificial intelligence, plastics packaging, food waste, along with sustainability and the circular economy.

Case studies and presentations will also give visitors real examples of best practice manufacturing and excellence in processing and packaging production, aiming to motivate and inspire visitors to improve their businesses.

“New technology, working machinery and live demonstrations are always a big draw for visitors to our shows, and this year’s PPMA Total Show will be no exception,” says Richard Little, show director for organisers, the PPMA Group of Associations. 

In addition to a rich seminar programme and thriving Enterprise Zone, PPMA Total Show will also house a full-scale model of the 135,000 bhp, rocket powered supersonic car, Bloodhound, which is aiming to break the land speed record in the next two years.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about one of the most advanced aerodynamic and advanced engineering projects of the 21st century and how Bloodhound Education is inspiring a generation to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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  • The September/October issue of Machinery Update will include an 86 page preview that features more details of all the products to be demonstrated at the three-day event. It is published on 16 September.